We are located in the Ruapehu District within the Whanganui National Park, where the Whanganui and Retaruke Rivers meet. The closest township is Owhango and the closest towns are Taumarunui and National park. Our accommodation and activity reception, central office and café are located together at 4265 Oio Road, Retaruke 3990. You can find written directions on our contact page.
Yes, you can drive and park at all of our lodges with the exception of The Chef’s Table which can only be accessed by ATV, horse or helicopter.
We have a variety of lodges. Accommodation starts at $275 per night with a minimum 2-night stay. We also offer multi-share accommodation for large groups. You can view all our lodges and accommodation options on our accommodation page. Check availability and book online here or contact us to make a booking enquiry. Please note that large group bookings can only be made directly.
Each lodge offers unique amenities, but all have linen provided (BYO towel at Whio and Warrior bush cabins), outdoor BBQ, a wood-burning stove (wood supplied in winter only) and a well-equipped kitchen, as well as complimentary coffee and tea.
We can provide as much catering from our café as you would like. Dinner must be pre-arranged at least a week prior to your arrival. The café is not licensed and there are no off-licence shops in the valley, so please BYO if you would like to.
The Chef’s Table at Blue Duck Station is a remote 10 seat fine dining experience with a tasting menu of produce mainly farmed, grown and foraged on the farm. Reservations available Thursday-Sunday from September to June. The restaurant is only accessible via ATV, helicopter, horseback or mountain bike. Prices start at $495 per person for an ATV tour and dinner. Accommodation, wine, and experience packages are also available. Find out more here.
Reservations for each season open a maximum of 6 months ahead of time.
Activities include Horse Trekking, Jet Boating, Kayaking, Bush Safaris, Tramping, Guided Hunting, and more. Read more about activities and pricing on our Activities page. Get in touch to check availability. Activities must be booked well in advance, it is highly unlikely we would have any availability the day or even week of your arrival. Please book ahead to avoid disappointment.
All our activities go ahead in wet weather, we adjust to suit the conditions with the exception of kayaking and jet boating. No fee applies if a river activity cannot go ahead due to weather or river conditions.
Priority is given to in-house guests. Activities must be booked well in advance, it is highly unlikely we would have any availability on the day or even week of.
We’re open Thursday to Monday. Closed Christmas Day and throughout August.
The Chef’s Table is open Thursday to Sunday, September to June.
Yes, no problem to stay longer on our closed days if you’re happy to self cater (the café is closed), and relax or hike (no guided activities available during these times).
A 50% accommodation deposit is required to confirm a booking.
The Chef’s Table is a pre-paid experience.
We do not offer camping accommodation at Blue Duck Station, but you can access our location via campervan or caravan and there is a convenient DOC campsite at Whakahoro, just opposite our café.
There is no mobile reception in the valley, but Wifi is available for purchase at the café. Free for in-house guests.
The café is open from Thursday to Monday, 8am to 3pm, serving breakfast, lunch, hot and cold drinks, and snacks. Dinner can be arranged for in-house guests. Dinners must be arranged in advanced and may be delivered to your lodge if minimum numbers are not met. Opening hours may vary, so please contact us before planning a day visit.
We do not have guest laundry facilities.
Yes, you can pay for a hot shower at our cafe ablution block.
Given our remote location and neighbouring the Whanganui national park, it’s much appreciated if you can take out any rubbish and recycling that you bring in. Food scraps can feed our chooks, worm farm or compost.
Our café is not licensed, and there are no shops or off-licenses in Whakahoro. Please bring what you need for the full duration of your stay, especially if you intend to self-cater.