The Old Nurses Home

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About this Holiday House

***Photos added May 2022*** The Old Nurses Home (part of Snowy Waters Lodge) was built in 1941 to accommodate staff of the former Waimarino Hospital. We are a unique accommodation and events venue centrally located halfway between Auckland & Wellington. Set within 5 acres of parklike grounds with magnificent views of Mt Ruapehu, our historic building is full of rustic character and vintage charm. Ten warm and cosy guest rooms with either mountain or garden views sleep up to 30 guests in a combination of double, twin, family and quad rooms. The open plan kitchen, lounge and BYO bar has three large bifold doors which open onto a huge covered outdoor entertainment area. This is a fantastic space with a BBQ, brazier and covered outdoor seating for 40 people offering a relaxed, fun atmosphere, perfect for your friends or family reunion, company function, wellness retreat or birthday celebration. Inside we have a laundry, drying room for ski gear, two bathrooms each with three showers and three toilets. Outside we have mountain bike storage and a bike washdown area, plenty of CCTV monitored off-street carparking, a trampoline, bouncy castle and the Snowy Train (must be prebooked) or ask about our pony parties (extra charge). If you have more than 30 guests you can add on The Doctors Residence (see listing 11163) or the Matrons Quarters (see listing...) Safe water filled European style radiators heat the building during winter, perfect for enjoying the selection of boardgames provided. Towering gum trees, enormous oaks and colourful gardens surround your accommodation, making it private and peaceful, yet within a 10-minute walk of Raetihi’s main street cafes. We are 10 minutes from Ohakune, 30 minutes to Turoa Ski Area, 45 to Whakapapa. The ski season is our busiest time, however the three-day Whanganui River canoe journey is fast becoming our most popular summer activity. One-day jet boat tours and mountain bike rides to the Bridge to Nowhere are also available. Transport to the Tongariro Crossing departs from our doorstep daily during summer. Trout fishing is popular here, as is bird watching (the rare and endangered karearea and whio live nearby), plus there’s golf, horse trekking, the National Army Museum, the Whanganui River Road and plenty of hiking trails. Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be supplied to make your stay as hassle-free as possible. Alternatively, bring your own supplies, you will find everything you need in our well-equipped kitchen. Room configurations are as follows: 4 x queen rooms (one queen bed) 1 x family room (one double bed plus a set of bunks) 1 x twin room (two single beds) 4 x quad rooms (two sets of bunks) If you have more than 30 guests add on The Doctors Residence (4 rooms, sleeps 10 see listing 11163) or The Matrons Quarters (6 cabins, sleeps 20 see listing 80379). Also available: portacots, high chairs, children toys. MEETINGS: Our lounge can be set up for meetings and will seat 50 people theatre style, 20 u-shape or boardroom and 40 for dinner. EVENTS: Celebrate your birthday or book a Murder Mystery party. Our Murder Mystery package (must be pre-booked) includes Doctors, Nurses & crazy patient costumes, scripts & a facilitator.

Details and amenities

Child friendly
No pets
Linen provided
Smoking outside only
No disabled access
Sand pit
Sky TV
Heating & cooling
Fire place
High Chair
Cot Available
Extra Bedding
Washing Machine
Boat parking
Off Street Parking
Tea, coffee, sugar etc
CD player
Cellphone coverage
Cleaning equipment
Cleaning supplies
Clothes line
Drying room
Electric heat
Fire wood supplied
Internet available
iPod Dock
Laundry Tub
Oil heaters
Outdoor furniture

Bed layout

18 Bunk(s), 4 Queen(s), 1 Double(s), 2 Single(s)

Special Attractions and Activities Nearby

Whanganui River kayaking and jet boating, Bridge to Nowhere, Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Tramping, Golf, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Quad Bikes, Paintball, Skiing, Snowboarding. Five minutes walk to shops and cafes.


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Date rangeRatesMinimum stay
All year$1350 / Night1 Night
All year$8050 / Week1 Week
All year (Weekends)$1350 / Night2 Nights
All year
$1350 / Night
Min. stay: 1 Night
All year
$8050 / Week
Min. stay: 1 Week
All year (Weekends)
$1350 / Night
Min. stay: 2 Nights



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