What to see and do

This King Country location is phenomenal

The property’s location feels like it’s in a tiny village town, but it is actually in the hub of the Ruapehu District’s National Park ward, straddling the Tongariro State Forest Park. Owhango town lies on the 39th Parallel South “Circle of Latitude”, and is a mecca for walking, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, trout fishing, hunting, horse trekking, canoeing, tramping, 4WD tracks, jet-boating the Te Aroroa Trail, mountain-running, plus cycle trails and some hardcore mountain-biking.

It is a close proximity to many hiking and walking trails (that take 5 mins to 5 days) among the Whanganui and Tongariro National Parks, featuring breathtaking scenery. Tongariro is NZ’s oldest national park, and a World Heritage site. Owhango town is also located approximately half-way between Auckland (in the north coast) and Wellington (in the south coast), and about half-way between New Plymouth (in the west coast) and Napier (in the east coast).

We’re the middle of the middle, so to speak.

Our Location

  • 2-mins walk to an excellent local Cafe
  • A few mins drive to the end of our road for excellent fishing, plus walking the loop track through Ohinetonga Scenic Reserve (2-3 hours of beautiful views and even a good swimming hole)
  • 10 mins drive to nearest deer, pig and goat Hunting – plus loads of other hunting locations in the area
  • 15 mins drive to the Pubs and Restaurants at National Park Village
  • 15mins drive to Taumarunui town and nearest large supermarket
  • 25 mins drive to the Chateau Tongariro at the Whakapapa Ski Field on Mt Ruapehu
  • 40 mins drive to the picturesque mountain town of Ohakune with its specialty and gift shops, and extensive array of excellent restaurants


The Tongariro Alpine Crossing 1-day track is one of the most popular “great walks” of NZ, which passes over Mt Tongariro, and around Mt Ngaruahoe.

Other local walking tracks include: 1-day Tama Lakes trail, 2-day 42nd Traverse trail, and even the amazing Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake trail. 

Half-hour to Mt Ruapehu skiing

We’re about half-hour drive to the Whakapapa ski-field carpark (and on another side of Mt Ruapehu is the Turoa ski-field). These are NZ’s two largest ski areas.


Many cycle trails including the National Cycleway, Mountains to Sea cycleway, The Timber Trail, Fishers Track and more.

World-class wilderness fishing

Fly fishing trips plus jet-boat shuttles available for walkers and mountain bikers. Ruapehu and surrounding areas boast world class wilderness fishing, with Whakapapa River, the largest tributary of the Whanganui River and one of NZ’s finest trout fisheries, just minutes from the accommodation.

Red deer hunting

Tongariro National Park and Rangataua Forest offers great hunting primarily for Red Deer with localised Sika populations. There is also pig and goat hunting year round.

Fun at the iconic Post Office Lodge!

If getting away for just a couple of nights, we recommend chillaxing the first night, maybe toasting s’mores around the fire-pit. Then on the second night get your glam on, to enjoy your own Great Gatsby evening or Murder Mystery night!

And more . . .

Photo sources: Paul Abbitt, Camilla Rutherford, Tourism New Zealand, Miles Holden, Chris Sarsgard, Bradley Dunn, Benjamin Raffetseder, Matt Hatchett, ShakyIsles, Wikimedia Commons

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.)

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