Experience complete immersion in nature and the luxury of total solitude – there are no roads, no people, no cell coverage, no stress. Just wild perfection.

Choose to just relax on the extensive decks, soak in the outdoor bath, stargaze from bed, or explore the surrounding native landscape with sparking rivers, cool forests, swaying valleys of tussock and soaring mountaintops.

Our fully gas-powered kitchen is ready for your self-catered get away. The DIY Package is perfect for New Zealand residents who just want to get away from it all and still have the comforts of home.


For wilderness explorers who want comfort when they return from their expeditions, this package includes a self-catered exclusive stay at Te Whare Ruruhau, with gorgeous bedding, a glass bedroom, outdoor bath for two, extensive decking, full kitchen and toilet facilities set in 4,000 acres all to yourself.

Self-Catered Delights

Bring out all your favourite food and drink, and prepare them in the comfort and privacy of Te Whare Ruruhau.

The fully gas-powered kitchen includes oven and range top, refrigerator and freezer, hot and cold running water as well as a full set of kitchen ware and tableware.  On the deck, guests can make the most of the view with a barbecue.


Owhaoko ancestral land is over 16,000 private acres of pristine native bush accessible only by helicopter.

The Owhaoko Trust works in partnership with ecological experts to ensure the future of the endangered plant and animal species unique to our land have increased chance of success through invasive weed control and predator management.  We encourage guests at Te Whare Ruruhau to get involved in helping our endangered species by contributing to the tracking and identification of species found during your stay.


Te Whare Ruruhau starts with an open-plan central living space with kitchen, dining and lounge areas opening onto the covered porch and spacious decks. On either side of the living space are the two double bedrooms, with every room positioned to take advantage of the amazing views and vistas.

Nga Whetu Piata (The shining star) room: Surrounded by glass walls and ceiling, perfect for  watching the stars and the sunrise over the native bush.

Ahuru (warm) room: Cosy double bedroom with private deck to watch the sunset.

The full bathroom features continuous hot water, flush toilet, vanity, shower and luxurious towels, then take a short stroll along the decking to bathe surrounded by the native bush and enjoy the view and exquisite privacy from the extra large bathtub.


NZ$800 first night (1-4 guests)

Additional nights: NZ$600 per night

Helicopter Transport Options:

Hughes 500 (3-4 passengers plus pilot. Maximum combined guests and luggage weight: 400kg):

  • Helisika Base (45 minute drive from Taupo) $1,380 return
  • Taupō Airport $2,360 return

Airbus AS350BA ‘Squirrel’ (4-5 passengers plus pilot. Maximum combined guests and luggage weight: 580kg):

  • Helisika Base (45 minute drive from Taupo) $1,860 return
  • Taupō Airport $3,220 return