The Doctors Residence

Max Guests

About this Holiday House

Formerly residence of the Doctor who worked at the Waimarino Hospital and his family, now one of three accommodation offerings available at Snowy Waters Lodge. The Doctors Residence is set within 5 acres of parklike grounds with established trees and breathtaking views of Mt Ruapehu. Our location in the centre of New Zealand’s North Island makes a convenient gathering place for family, friends and work colleagues travelling from Auckland and Wellington, Taranaki and Hawkes Bay and everywhere in between. From humble beginnings 80 years ago, our historic building retains much of it's traditional character with a touch of rustic charm. Four guest rooms (two with ensuite bathrooms) can accommodate up to 10 guests. A perfect size for two families or a small group of friends. Our large, sunny, north facing open-plan kitchen and lounge features a fireplace, smart TV, dining room table and everything you need to self-cater. French doors open onto a patio with a BBQ, outside fireplace and spectacular views of the mountains. Outside we have mountain bike storage and a bike washdown area, plenty of CCTV monitored off-street carparking, a trampoline and bouncy castle (weather permitting) or ask about our pony parties (extra charge, must be prebooked). Our location up on a hill on the outskirts of town, is private and peaceful yet within waking distance of shops and cafes. We are 30 minutes from Turoa ski area and 45 minutes from Whakapapa. Ohakune is just 11km away. We welcome guests to experience the Ruapehu Region and the amazing activities it has to offer, from hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, mountain biking the Old Coach Road, canoeing the Whanganui river or jet boating to the Bridge to Nowhere in the summer months, to skiing or snowboarding Turoa, Whakapapa or Tukino ski areas in the winter months. 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 Whanganui River Road and plenty of walking trails. Transport to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing departs daily during summer. Room configurations are as follows: 2 x queen room (with private ensuite bathroom) 1 x queen room 1 x quad room (two sets of bunks) For meeting facilities or if you have more than 10 guests, see our listing for the Old Nurses Home (10 rooms, sleeps 30 listing number 10058). EVENTS: Celebrate your birthday or book a Murder Mystery party. Our Murder Mystery package (extra charge, must be pre-booked) includes Doctors, Nurses & crazy patient costumes, scripts & a facilitator. Also available: portacots, high chairs, children toys

Details and amenities

Child friendly
No pets
Linen provided
Smoking outside only
No disabled access
Sand pit
Heating & cooling
Fire place
High Chair
Cot Available
Off Street Parking
Tea, coffee, sugar etc
CD player
Cellphone coverage
Cleaning equipment
Cleaning supplies
Drying room
Electric heat
Ensuite Bathroom
Fire wood supplied
Internet available
iPod Dock
Oil heaters
Outdoor furniture

Bed layout

3 Queen(s), 4 Bunk(s), 2 Single(s)

Special Attractions and Activities Nearby

Whanganui River kayaking and jet boating, Bridge to Nowhere, Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Hiking, Golf, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding.


Average Rating: 2
1 total review

Tarryn Pratt
We had a lovely time, but it was certainly a lot different to how it was advertised. The photos were obviously taken a long time ago. We went for the kids activities, many of which no longer existed or were seriously run down to the point they were dangerous. I think the listing needs a serious update. The staff were lovely and super helpful, but so overworked and probably just can't keep up with the maintenance.



Date rangeRatesMinimum stay
All year$650 / Night for 10 guests1 Night
All year (Weekends)$650 / Night for 10 guests2 Nights
All year
$650 / Night for 10 guests
Min. stay: 1 Night
All year (Weekends)
$650 / Night for 10 guests
Min. stay: 2 Nights



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