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4265 Oio Road, Whakahoro, RD 2, Owhango 3990 New Zealand
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#1 of 3 Speciality lodging in Owhango
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Comfortable backpacker accommodation and exclusive private lodges located in the Ruapehu District on the banks of the Whanganui and Retaruke Rivers, and surrounded by Whanganui National park. Situated at the start of the 3-day Whanganui River Journey and the Kaiwhakauka/Mangapurua section of the Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail. Blue Duck Station is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground offering horse trekking, hunting, jet boating, kayaking and much much more.
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4265 Oio Road, Whakahoro, RD 2, Owhango 3990 New Zealand
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New Plymouth Airport78 kmSee all flights
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63Skelly63 wrote a review Yesterday
Rotorua District, New Zealand3 contributions
Our second time staying at Blue Duck Station - a fantastic piece of NZ, for beauty, adventure, history, conservation, as well as rest and relaxation. On top of this the staff are so welcoming and bend over backwards to make your stay special. This time we did the Chefs Table at the top of the station, incredibly views of Taranaki on one side and Ruapehu on the other. Haute cuisine in a brand new restaurant.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Carol W wrote a review 16 Jan
Auckland Central, New Zealand24 contributions19 helpful votes
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Still buzzing 2 days after the best 3 day horse trek ever! Blue Duck Station is situated near the Whanganui and Retaruke rivers. It is a working farm with strong conservation values. The Station is family owned and the team is so friendly and keen for you to have the best of experiences while also learning a bit about their Whio (blue duck) conservation programme, the local history and natural fauna and flora.This trek is for experienced riders as it covers varied terrain - steep farmland, redwood forest and native bush, with opportunities to canter. We also got to kayak at a waterfall, jetboat along the Whanganui river, and swim in the river. Brilliant team, excellent steady horses, comfortable beds, hearty food, flat whites (real coffee). What more could you wish for?
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Take your own alcohol - the station is not licensed. Once you turn off the main highway the road...
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FranNewZealand wrote a review Oct 2021
Palmerston North, New Zealand288 contributions111 helpful votes
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We had an amazing night here . Arrived to be greeted by Dan , Mel , Dakota & others in The Blue Duck Team including Richard ( & Dan’s 3 cute boys ) Chatted ,with complimentary coffee , around the table at the cafe to the other 2 couples who were joining us for the experience. As all shared an interest in agriculture, everyone was v compatible & knew many of the same people - NZ has very few degrees of separation! You may even still get to graduate one day Dan !! The station has a fascinating history & Dan & his team are so passionate about the environment & sustainability. Conservation is very important at Blue Duck Station. We had a great ride on the ATVs up to our accommodation at the “ top of the world “ , stopping along the way to view waterfalls , & pest prevention ideas to make it safer for kiwi & other native species to breed successfully - unfortunately , didn’t glimpse any of the beautiful blue ducks . At the end of our journey we were able to experience the absolutely brilliant Chefs Table restaurant run by top chef Jack & his team . ( separate review done ) - top class dining in a very unique spot. Thank you to all for your passion re the environment ( very contagious) & for giving us such a wonderful experience.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Matt B G wrote a review Feb 2021
Auckland, New Zealand20 contributions36 helpful votes
We were canoeing the river and staying at the DOC campsite (opposite) so when we saw the Blue Duck cafe / restaurant it was a lovely treat. We enjoyed the coffee and breakfast / lunch menus. The food was excellent and locally sourced. But what really made it was the location / setting / authentic vibe. Well worth a detour. Open 8 till 5
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Date of stay: February 2021
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JoJamie wrote a review Jan 2021
Hamilton, New Zealand45 contributions2 helpful votes
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We stayed at the Blue Duck Station in the Frontier Lodge for three nights, loved every minute of it and will certainly be back! There is plenty of interesting activities at the station, we did some hiking and birdwatching, then took the ATV bush safari and a half day kayak with a jetboat return. We loved the ATV Bush safari, Michael has been an awesome driver and host, we have learnt lots about the working of the station, conservation efforts and the history of the region from him! We also enjoyed the half day kayak on the Whanganui River and the jetboat ride back. Here again, Michael has been a fantastic jetboat driver and host to our group, while also having to attend to a rescue mission on the river to help a couple of canoeists, top marks for him! We were blown away by the scale of the operations, and want to wish Dan and his Blue Duck Station team all the best, may all your grand plans come true!
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Date of stay: December 2020
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PRICE RANGE
US$122 - US$238 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
New ZealandNorth IslandManawatu-Wanganui RegionOwhango
NUMBER OF ROOMS
14
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Is parking available at Blue Duck Station?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.