Anglicans have turned a historic church hall in Ohakune into a lodge for retreats - with intended benefits to young people and the local faithful.
The Ohakune Anglican Lodge Retreat was blessed by Bishop Justin Duckworth on September 21 and is now open to paying guests. They will join the managers in spiritual practices at breakfast then spend the day as they please.
The conversion is one of many changes as the Anglican Church adapts to changing times.
The Ruapehu Parish takes in Ohakune and Raetihi and has a weekly congregation of around 15. It owns two churches, two halls,