The Old Post Office Lodge


A world where 1920s Art Deco style meets 2020s quality amenities!

Opulent, Sumptuous, Elegant, Lavish
and a truly unique piece of genuine History

Named as one of the Top 13 Best Historic & Heritage Hotels in NZ, in 2021 this iconic century-old Ōwhango Post Office underwent an extensive 8-month renovation transforming it into what is now one of the most distinctive accommodation Lodges in the entire Ruapehu District!

Welcome to The Old Post Office Lodge of Ōwhango Village, in the stunning Tongariro National Park ward (being the planet’s 4th ever Cultural Heritage site). The Old Post Office Lodge in Ōwhango is your perfect year-round Base Camp to extraordinary outdoor adventures throughout the endlessly stunning region of the Mount Ruapehu District!

Basecamp to the Ruapehu District!

  • End point of the Tongariro Forest’s 42 Traverse trail
  • 1-min to one of the best Cafés in the area
  • World-class Fishing at the end of the road
  • Incredible Walking tracks and Cycling trails in every direction
  • Many Hunting locations in multiple directions
  • 15-mins south to the Pubs & Restaurants at National Park Village
  • 15-mins north to Taumarunui town & the local Supermarket
  • 25-mins to Whakapapa Village at Mt Ruapehu

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Located on the Adventure Highway (State Highway 4), this century-old building only closed as a functional NZ Post Office in 1989. After that it became a back-packer lodge for a while, then a private home, and in 2020 extensive renovations commenced to turn it into the gorgeous 1930s art deco lodge it is today.

And an amazing location to get your glam on for a Great Gatsby evening or Murder Mystery night!

Our unique and versatile accomodation options

Whole Lodge

5/6/7 Bedrooms, up to 18 guests

  • All amenities listed under both the West and East
  • Plus Dorm Room which interconnects both Wings, featuring 4 x Single Beds
  • 5 or 6 Bedroom bookings can reserve in advance any of the seven bedrooms they prefer
  • An 18th person is able to be accommodated sleeping on the Lounge Couch

West-Wing

1/2/3/4 Bedrooms, up to 11 guests

  • Opulent art deco decor theme
  • Master Bedroom: 4-poster Queen
  • 2nd Bedroom: Double
  • 3rd Bedroom: Triple (double-single bunk)
  • Optional 4th Bedroom: Dorm Room (4 x Single Beds)
  • Roomy Gatsby-style Lounge
  • Opulent Kitchen-Dining with all the mod-cons
  • Drying Room-Cupboard
  • Gun Safe vault
  • Washer & Dryer
  • Post Office’s phone-booth converted into the Shower
  • Separate Toilet
  • Lounge wood-fire & Heat-pump
  • Outdoor back deck with traditional Finnish-style Sauna cabin, Hot-tub style spa-pool, Fire-pit with Cape Cod style chairs & bbq forks for toasting marshmallows

East-Wing

1/2/3 Bedrooms, up to 6 guests

  • Historic 1930s decor theme
  • Ruapehu Bedroom: Queen with office Desk
  • Tongariro & Ngauruhoe Bedrooms: Double beds each
  • Uber cool bathroom with shower & toilet
  • Kitchen-Dining with Laundry & Heat-pump
  • The entire East-Wing can be booked as a 2-3 Bedroom ‘unit’ reservation
  • OR single East-Wing bedrooms can be booked individually, sharing the East Wing Bathroom and Kitchen-Dining as communal amenities

Plenty of free parking available on-site and road-side
plus
Access to secure Garage for storing outdoor gear
(bikes, skis, snowboards, fishing rods etc) including
bike stands, powerpoints for e-bikes, small workbench & garden hose


Of interest, this is what the layout used to be:

  • The bunk bedroom was the public entrance, and combined with the 4-Poster bedroom area, together they formed the ‘public’ side of the Post Office, with a famously beautiful long wooden countertop (where the wall now is that the 3-seater couch is against). The rest of today’s Lounge was where the staff worked, and sorted the mail.
  • The ‘Safe’ room – today renamed the Peacock Bedroom – was the Post Master’s office.
  • The west-wing’s kitchen was the Telephone Exchange room, with telephonists working on shifts from early morning until late in the evening – there are still several local residents who well remember working at the Post Office … this iconic building was the ‘heart’ of the local community.
  • The original entrance to the PhoneBox (today’s shower) was from the porch. Opposite it is the door to the Telephone Exchange (back-door to the kitchen), with its slot where locals would pay the Telephonist to use the phone (the ladies were never allowed to open the door in case a man was feeling amorous after drinking at the pub a few doors up).
  • Today’s Dorm Room was the lounge of the Post Master’s residence, with the rest of the building’s east-wing being his home.
  • Adjacent to this iconic building, is what today is a garage, but we suspect it was the original Post Office or Post Master’s residence because it contains remnants of a very old kitchen – its history is still vague.

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42 at 42

Enjoy 42 Owhango Rd after the 42 Traverse!

For everyone experiencing the 42 Traverse in the nearby Tongariro Forest Conservation Area, we recommend afterwards relaxing in our gorgeous Finnish sauna cabin and wonderful Hot-tub spa-pool, then sitting around the fire-pit sipping hot mulled wine and toasting marshmallows to make s’mores!

But, if you can’t stay at the Old Post Office Lodge, still do stop for a Selfie at our 42 Traverse Wall!

(Wall created by community locals from repurposing the old Post Office roofing iron, and chimney stacks, and kitchen hearth bricks – along with saving some old bikes and old skis being thrown away.)

COVID POLICY:
If you need to cancel your booking due to a COVID-19 lockdown, or a Trans- Tasman bubble withdrawal, you are able to reschedule without cancellation penalties (swapping a like-for-like seasonal rate).