The Doctors Residence

58 Ward Street, Raetihi, Mt Ruapehu
Max Guests

About this Holiday House

Once upon a time there was a hospital that served the entire Waimarino district (now Ruapehu). Right next door, a beautiful native timber Nurses Home was built to accommodate the staff. In later years, this building was purchased by one of the doctors and a part of it was converted into The Doctors Residence. The hospital has since gone but the Nurses Home (see listing 10058) and The Doctors Residence have been renovated 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!) The Doctors Residence (otherwise known as The Villa at Snowy Waters) is fully self-contained with a large, open-plan, kitchen and lounge, plus four guest bedrooms with either mountain or garden views, all set within 5 acres of park-like grounds. Restored, big old water filled radiators (European 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. It is breathtaking. We have our own onsite playground, trampoline, 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. There is plenty of off-street carparking, plus a BBQ and outside table and chairs. We are 10 minutes from Ohakune, 30 minutes to Turoa Ski Area and 45 minutes to Whakapapa. Your hosts are passionate outdoor enthusiasts. We live nearby and are available at the touch of a buzzer giving you complete privacy or a hosted experience if you so choose. The Doctors Residence offers much more than your ordinary holiday home. 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 and the Whanganui River Road. Room configurations are as follows: 1 x family room (set of bunks plus a double) 1 x queen room (one queen bed) 1 x queen room (with private ensuite) 1 x triple room (set of bunks plus a single) For meeting facilities or if you have more than 11 guests, see our listing for the Old Nurses Home (sleeps 29).

Details and amenities

Child friendly
No pets
Linen provided
Smoking outside only
No disabled access
Sand pit
Spa pool
Heating & cooling
Fire place
High Chair
Cot Available
Washing Machine
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

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


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
20 Jan - 30 Dec $500 / Night for 1 guest1 Night
Rest of year$500 / Night for 10 guests1 Night
Rest of year$1800 / Week for 10 guests1 Week
20 Jan - 30 Dec
$500 / Night for 1 guest
Min. stay: 1 Night
Rest of year
$500 / Night for 10 guests
Min. stay: 1 Night
Rest of year
$1800 / Week for 10 guests
Min. stay: 1 Week




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