Welcome to Forest Lodge Guest House “Hut 39”

Forest Lodge Guest House “Hut 39” is located in Omaki Road, Owhango and a short walk to the Tongariro Forest Park. The friendly and relaxing atmosphere at Forest Lodge offers the perfect accommodation to accompany your outdoors experience with comfortable yet affordable accommodation.

Hut 39

Some Local Attractions

Tramp through wild lowland forests or across volcanic terrain, ski Mt Ruapehu, canoe the Whanganui River or mountain bike the 42 Traverse, one of New Zealand’s premium mountain bike trails.

Owhango is such an idyllic spot and so well located near to some of New Zealand’s most popular outdoor activities. Forest Lodge is your Ruapehu Adventure Activities Base.

Trout Fishing

Experience the finest trout fishing in from wilderness fishing in Lake Otamangakau, to Rivers – Whakapapa, Manganui-o-te-Ao, Whanganui, Ongarue and Retaruke.

trout fishing


Ride a number of popular Cycle Trails in the Ruapheu area and some are close to Forest Lodge in Owhango. The 42nd Traverse is a popular attraction.



Mt Ruapehu is home to New Zealand’s two largest Ski Areas, Whakapapa and Turoa. Both will provide you with a number of snow activity options.

snowboarding & skiing


The Whanganui and Tongariro National Parks offer superb access to some of the most breathtaking scenery on the planet. Tongariro is a dual World Heritage area.

hiking & walking

Horse Trekking

Explore New Zealand’s beautiful landscape by horseback through forests and rivers. From one to multi day treks for novice to experienced riders.

horse trekking


Take an unforgettable guided or self-guided trip down the Whanganui River. Enjoy camping on the riverbanks listening to the birdlife.


Why stay with us?

Eco Friendly

Owhango has a unique environment with native birdsong to greet and end the days. We are very conscious of being eco friendly to protect our Kiwi, Kereru, Tui, Bellbirds and Whio to name a few. Please help us by using the compost and recycling bins provided.


Our yearly Ruapehu District Council compliance Schedule and Building Warrant of Fitness is up to date and our fire alarms are inspected every month. We are always endeavouring to add to your comfort and security. You will have a key to your room, and an action plan in case of fire is on the noticeboard.

Clean & Tidy

Our main focus since taking over the lodge has been to upgrade it to a standard that is easy to maintain and provide our guests with an affordable and comfortable stay. We have installed a ventilation system, carpet and cosy wood fire. Electric blankets are on the beds in the winter months and extra bedding is available.