OPC Tongariro

Tongariro Centre

Photo By: Gareth Eyers

OPC Tongariro is located in a beautiful wilderness area of the Central North Island adjacent to the Tongariro National Park. Established in 1887, Tongariro was the first national park in New Zealand, and it is also a dual World Heritage area.

This status recognises the park’s important Maori cultural and spiritual associations as well as its outstanding volcanic features. OPC offers an infinite variety of natural environments providing life-changing experiences that are fun and expertly managed. OPC is situated 4km off State Highway 47 on the western side of Tongariro National Park.

It is an area rich in natural and cultural history surrounded by lakes, rivers, mountains and native bush. To find us, travel via Tokaanu, Turangi or National Park onto State Highway 47. We can be found approximately 25km along this road from each of these townships. The Centre is well signposted from the main road.

OPC Tongariro Lay Out

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Carter Holt Harvey Leadership Centre

This purpose-built adult training facility can accommodate up to 20 people in twin share room (full linen provided). The full-time Catering Manager offers sumptuous meals and can accommodate any special dietary requirements.

The Centre has wonderful views of Tongariro National Park and has a fully equipped conference room with AV equipment, comfortable lounge, open fire and bar facilities. You need not share this facility with anyone else, as you are the sole occupants of the CHH Leadership Centre for the duration of your stay.

The Centre is commonly used by our clients for their conferences, planning sessions, and team-building leadership programmes. To enquire about booking the Carter Holt Harvey Leadership Centre please contact us at opc@opc.org.nz for details.

Carter Holt Harvey Leadership Centre Floor Plan

Genesis Energy Outdoor Leadership School

Thanks to the generosity of Genesis Energy who have donated their surplus buildings to OPC, we have acquired another leadership facility.
The Leadership School was refurbished three years ago is located at our Taurewa site, accommodates up to 30 people. The facilities include 12 large bedrooms, drying rooms, lecture/conference room, lounge, dining room, and decks. The Leadership School is ideal for groups who want to mix outdoor activities with classroom-based theoretical sessions or conferences.

Should your group number more than this, we can accommodate up to 150 more people in alternative OPC sites such as the Youth Development Centre. Please note that you can use our accommodation facilities without the use of an instructor, and can be set up for conferencing only. OPC Tongariro has a range of accommodation available across our two sites within three minutes of each other.

Outdoor Leadership School Floor Plan

The Youth Development Centre

The Youth Development Centre (YDC) was officially opened in July 1996. The YDC is architecturally designed to fit in with the natural surroundings and has magnificent views of the mountains.

Facilities include a main dining room, lounge, a break-out room, and three adjacent accommodation blocks. Each accommodation block is composed of two chalets, each with a ten-bunk room, wash room, and drying room. There are two additional rooms which sleep two at both ends of each accommodation block. The bunkrooms have mattresses and normally participants provide their own sleeping bags and pillows.

The YDC sleeps up to 72 people and is perfect for school or youth groups, large induction programmes, and conferences. It has fully equipped conference facilities and a full time cook.

YDC Chalet Floor Plan

Lions Taurewa Lodge

The Lions Taurewa Lodge is a self-contained building renovated from the original cook house of the old Taurewa milling village. It provides separate accommodation 6km from the main OPC campus. The Lodge is very comfortable and homely with a large lounge and wood fire. It has bunk-style accommodation with six assorted bunkrooms and provides a stunning uninterrupted view of the mountains.

The Taurewa Lodge sleeps up to 35 people. Mattresses are provided but participants need to bring sleeping bags and pillows. The kitchen is fully equipped including a commercial oven, hot plate, fridge and microwave. A drying room gets those outdoor clothes dry overnight. However, there is hand-washing only.

The Lodge is perfect for weekend ‘get-aways’ and is available for groups who wish to cater for themselves.

Lions Taurewa Lodge Floor Plan


High Ropes Course

Inspired by three pencils and a piece of string, Grant Davidson (past Chief Executive) conceived the ambitious idea of building our current High Ropes course – the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. The course was built in 1996.

The High Ropes course is an excellent tool for building self-confidence and includes numerous activities such as a rock-climbing wall, big swing, and trapeze.

The High Ropes course was made possible with $50,000 worth of timber gifted by Carter Holt Harvey, donated excavators and drivers by Gough, Gough, and Hamer, plus a multitude of small donations.

Kayak Rolling Pool

The Kayak Roll pool was opened in 2004 and is designed especially for kayak rolling and flat water kayak skills sessions.

The indoor heated pool measures 25m by 7m.

The pool is designated as a ‘school pool’, and as such, there are strict policies and procedures to be adhered to. When not being used for kayak sessions, the pool is also available for use by the OPC staff community and OPC students.

The pool was made possible by generous grants from the Lottery Grants Board, Trust Waikato, and the J.R. McKenzie Trust.