Photo gallery

Featured image
Living area

Guest reviews

4.0/5 Very good
3 reviews
Guests rated this property 5.0/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

Parking included
Breakfast Available


Explore the area

Popular LocationTaumarunui Domain76 min drive
Popular LocationRangaroa Domain76 min drive
Popular LocationOhinetonga Scenic Reserve85 min drive

Choose dates to view prices

  • Frontier Lodge

    Room amenities

    • 20 sq m
    • Sleeps 2
    More detailsFrontier Lodge
  • Blue Duck Lodge

    Room amenities

    • Sleeps 8
    More detailsBlue Duck Lodge

About this area


Blue Duck Station is located in Retaruke.

Visit our Retaruke travel guide
Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Whakapapa and Whanganui River Confluence - 73 min drive
  • Taumarunui Domain - 76 min drive
  • Rangaroa Domain - 76 min drive
  • Ohinetonga Scenic Reserve - 85 min drive
  • Taumarunui Golf Course - 102 min drive

About this property

Blue Duck Station

3.5-star lodge with restaurant and coffee shop/café
Along with a restaurant, this smoke-free lodge has a coffee shop/café and WiFi in public areas. Self parking is free. Additionally, laundry facilities, a garden and barbecues are on-site. This lodge has 4 rooms. Limited housekeeping is available.
Blue Duck Station offers 4 forms of accommodation. Bathrooms include a shower. Housekeeping is provided on a limited basis.

Property amenities


  • Available in some public areas: WiFi (NZD 10.00 per day)

Parking and public transport

  • Free self parking

Food and drink

  • Cooked-to-order breakfast available for a fee daily 8 AM–noon: NZD 16 for adults and NZD 10 for children
  • 1 restaurant and 1 coffee shop/cafe

Family friendly

  • Laundry facilities

Guest services

  • Housekeeping (limited)
  • Laundry facilities

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish


  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Garden
  • Picnic area


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Shower



Check-in between 2 PM and 10 PM
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10 AM

Special check-in instructions

There is no front desk at this property
The check-in location differs from the property location; to check in, go to Blue Duck Cafe
If you are planning to arrive after 5 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation


Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
Cots (infant beds) are not available

Payment types

Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Fee for cooked-to-order breakfast: NZD 16 for adults and NZD 10 for children (approximately)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: NZD 10.00 per day (rates may vary)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed

National rating

This property does not have a Qualmark® rating. For the benefit of our customers, we have provided a rating based on our ratings system.

Property is also known as

Blue Duck Station Lodge Owhango
Blue Duck Station Lodge
Blue Duck Station Owhango
Blue Duck Station Lodge Retaruke
Blue Duck Station Retaruke

Frequently asked questions

Can I cancel my reservation for free at Blue Duck Station and receive a full refund?
Yes, Blue Duck Station offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Blue Duck Station cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.
Is this lodge pet-friendly?
No, only service animals are welcome at the property.
How much is parking at Blue Duck Station?
Self-parking is free at this property.
What time is check-in at this property?
Check-in is from 2 PM to 10 PM.
What time is check-out at Blue Duck Station?
Checkout is at 10 AM.
Where is this property located?
Situated in Retaruke, this lodge is 26.4 mi (42.6 km) from Ohinetonga Scenic Reserve and 29.5 mi (47.4 km) from Tongariro National Park.

Guest reviews

Overall score and ratings for Blue Duck Station

Very good
5 - Excellent
4 - Good
3 - Okay
2 - Mediocre
1 - Poor
Service and Staff
Property condition

4/5 Good

  • Liked: Cleanliness, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Virkelig unikke omgivelser

Virkelig fantastisk sted med smuk natur, fred og ro og en unik oplevelse. Vores Lodge havde en skøn seng, helt nyt badeværelse og fantastisk beliggenhed. Vi var ikke så glade for check in processen, hvor vi følte os talt ned til, men de skønne omgivelser endte med at overgå den dårlige start.

Stayed 2 nights in Nov 2019

4/5 Good

Good experience in a unique place.

We are a mature couple that were travelling with the Stray Backpacker's bus. Although most of the Stray people were staying in the dorm facilities, we booked a private room in one of the nicer lodges at Blue Duck. The lodge and room were very nice - pretty luxurious actually - but the price did reflect that. We met the owner, Dan the last evening we were there and he was very nice and welcoming. Unfortunately I can't say that for most of the staff members we dealt with, with the exception of the young man who ran the target shooting activity. I got the impression that they did not want to be there, or at least be providing hospitality to a group of people.

Cons: Staff attitudes.

4/5 Good

  • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort