Couple Mountain Biking The Marton Sash and Door Trail

Here at The Old Post Office Lodge, sustainability is a big priority to us.

We not only strive to provide eco-friendly accommodation that respects our location’s natural environment (such as using low-consumption LED chandelier illumination, installing modern bioclimatic heating/air-con systems, and supplying NZ ecologic biodegradable EcoStore plant and mineral-based home and body products for guest use) but also by being proactive to help and support our local businesses and community development; plus a deep passion to honour and preserve local history.

Two friends hiking in the bush

Embracing a culture of Kaitiakitanga

We believe The Old Post Office Lodge has a ‘trustee’ responsibility of guardianship socially, culturally, economically, and spiritually; to futureproof and protect the environment, in order to enhance a sustainable future for generations to come.

As owners, we think of ourselves as ‘caretakers’ or ‘guardians’ of this century-old iconic Ōwhango Post Office building, and we take great pride in protecting its history as part of local heritage. We believe cultural experience is an integral part of the customer experience at our property, and we pride ourselves in cherishing Māori culture and want guests to feel a cultural connection during their stay. (Extensive local cultural history and destination information is provided to all guests upon booking, plus prior to arrival, and contained on-site within our in-house manual folder.)

Embracing Manaakitanga hospitality

It is hugely important to us at The Old Post Office Lodge, that throughout the guest experience all our visitors feel the hospitality of being welcome visiting our holiday home; welcome visiting the Ruapehu District; and welcome visiting Aotearoa NZ!

We strive to embrace the Māori tikanga concepts of Kaitiaki (being guardians of the earth: reduce, reuse, recycle) and Kotahi (being unified as one race: giving and receiving āwhina helpful service).

Showing respect, generosity and care for the guests who stay in this unique holiday home is a fundamental core value led by the owners and empowered by the local property managers.

Nevalea Alpacas Family