The Old Nurses Home

58 Ward Street, Raetihi, Mt Ruapehu
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About this Holiday House

In 1941 a beautiful native timber Nurses Home opened in Raetihi to accommodate staff of the Waimarino Hospital which sat right next door. The hospital has since gone but The Old Nurses Home (otherwise known as Snowy Waters Lodge) and The Doctors Residence (see listing 11163) have been undergoing renovations by the new owner who, ironically, stayed in this very building when she was just a kid (and fondly remembers skiing down the front lawn!) Our large, north-facing, open-plan, kitchen, lounge and conservatory open out to an extensive outdoor entertainment area with BBQ, outdoor seating and a huge outdoor fireplace. The views are breathtaking. There are ten guest bedrooms with either mountain or garden views, all set within 5 acres of park-like grounds. Separate male/female bathrooms each have three toilets and three showers plus there’s a drying room onsite. MEETINGS: Our lounge can be set up for meetings and will seat 50 people theatre style, 20 u-shape and 40 for dinner. EVENTS: Murder Mystery parties are our specialty. The package (must be pre-booked) includes Doctors, Nurses & crazy patient costumes, scripts & a facilitator. ACTIVITIES: Your hosts are passionate outdoor enthusiasts and will be happy to recommend/assist with booking Bridge to Nowhere tours, the Whanganui River canoe journey, Tongariro Crossing transport or the Mountains to Sea cycle trail. European style central heating will keep you cosy warm and a log burning fireplace is perfect for toasting marshmallows. Outside, a spa pool is set amongst rocks and palm trees with views of snowcapped Mt Ruapehu. We also have our own onsite playground, bouncy castle (weather permitting), The Snowy Train, a miniature horse and a pet goat. 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. We have plenty of off-street car parking. 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 and the Whanganui River Road. 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 (see listing 11163) or a Garden Cabin (enquire directly).

Details and amenities

Child friendly
No pets
Linen provided
Smoking outside only
No disabled access
Sand pit
Sky TV
Spa pool
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$1250 / Night1 Night
All year$7000 / Week1 Week
All year (Weekends)$2500 / Night2 Nights
All year
$1250 / Night
Min. stay: 1 Night
All year
$7000 / Week
Min. stay: 1 Week
All year (Weekends)
$2500 / Night
Min. stay: 2 Nights




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