Marahua Homestead, Owhango via Taumarunui

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Marahua Homestead, Owhango

Located in Owhango in the scenic Ruapehu District, Central Plateau, North Island, New Zealand, Marahua offers Seasonal organically grown blueberries and guest lodge accommodation.

Only metres from Highway 4, and diagonally opposite a ski shop, Marahua has a tranquil small farm atmosphere.

The orchard was established in 1979, with the planting of five original American blueberry varieties: Atlanta, Burlington, Concord, Dixie and Jersey. It has been organically run under the present ownership since 1993, and boasts of the tastiest blueberries in the world, with the original plantings still in place. The picking and fresh fruit marketing season is from early January to mid March.  Frozen berries available year round or as long as stocks last.

What else should we know?  There are sheep which help keep the grass under control; two cats and free range chooks.

Other attractions in the district:  Close to the Mount Ruapehu ski-fields (Turoa and Whakapapa), numerous mountain and forest or bush walks, hunting, mountain biking (at one end of the world reknowned 42nd Traverse andnearby  Fishers’ Track), trout fishing in the local Whakapapa River (which borders Owhango), the Whanganui River (10 minutes away) and Lake Taupo which is only 45 minutes away, river rafting, kayaking, scenic mountain flights, the world famous Tongariro Crossing hike and others on Mt Ruapehu itself. (Crater Lake etc.  The scene locations for filming of parts of the Lord of the Rings trilogy (Mount Doom  etc), birdwatching,  unpublicised glow worms at Kakahi (10 minutes away), waterfalls to visit.

How do we pay?  Pre-arranged direct bank payment or cash/cheque.

Where is Marahua?  Situated on the south-west corner of the intersection of Highway 4 and Owhango Road (40 Owhango Road) in the village of Owhango (20 minutes South of Taumarunui and 15 minutes North of National Park Township). Opposite a ski hire shop and hotel liquor and fast food outlet.

What accommodation is there and what are the rates?
Marahua Lodge is private, quiet, restful and secure.  Off street covered parking.  

1. A well equipped, completely self contained and self catering downstairs unit with wheel chair access, which sleeps 4 ( a queen sized bed room, and a bunk bed in the living area). The unit has its own bathroom (shower and toilet), kitchen and eating area.  There is a washing machine in the unit and access to a drier.   $120 per night for 2 people.  Each additional person $15 per night.

2. Three bedrooms in the main lodge area each designed to sleep a couple, or a total of 6 singles.  One room has ensuite bathroom(shower and  toilet) and the other two share a bathroom (shower and toilet).  $90 per night for 2 people.  Each additional person per room $15 per night.

Prices quoted are in NZ Dollars and may be subject to change. Special rates for two or more nights by negotiation (preferably midweek).    

Bed & Breakfast. 
If Bed & Breakfast is required, please let us know at the time of booking.

  • Continental Breakfast:  $12.00 per person
  • Full cooked breakfast:  $17.00 per person (Bacon, eggs, toast and tea/coffee etc
  • Other meals available by arrangement
  • Special dietary requirements can be catered for.  Gluten free, vegetarian, Type-2 diabetes, Vegan.
  • Pets:  By arrangement
  • Smoking:  No inside smoking.


  • Tea, coffee, sugar, milk
  • Access to dishwasher
  • Small Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Hot plate
  • Mini oven
  • Toaster
  • Iron
  • Pillows, blankets, duvets,
  • Electric blankets
  • Linen provided
  • Access to video and DVD player
  • NO TV
  • Wireless for computers
  • BBQ facilities
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Protected deck area
  • Clothes line and drier
  • Plenty of parking space, including a carport for 2 cars.

Marahua Homestead, Owhango via Taumarunui Enquiry Form


40 Owhango Road

Phone: +64 7 895 4410


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