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“Great gem in the middle of a national park”
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Discovery Lodge
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Sydney, Australia
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36 reviews
23 hotel reviews
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“Great gem in the middle of a national park”
Reviewed 18 February 2012

Stayed in a one-bedroom chalet for two nights as a base for the Tongariro Crossing. Wasn't able to do it on the first day due to bad weather, Callum the owner was very helpful and offered great advice on whether we should continue with the walk or not. Weather wasn't much better on the second day but we decided to go on anyway. You can go to the start of the track using their shuttle and if you decide not continue due to bad weather, they will take you back to the lodge and you won't be charged the $35 fee. The chalet was immaculate, clean and had all the mod cons and offered a great view of the mountains. Only issue with the chalet was the low water pressure of the shower, other than that, everything was perfect. The lodge is the closest accommodation available to the start of the Tongariro Crossing so this is the perfect place to stay if doing the walk. Highly recommend the chalets to anyone wanting a little bit of luxury in a national park.

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Dubendorf, Switzerland
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Reviewed 5 February 2012

Doing the Tongariro crossing is really convenient if you stay at the Discovery Lodge. The shuttle bus takes you to the start early in the morning and picks you up in the evening at the end.

The motel room was huge (we were only 2) and it was clean. Staff was friendly. Would stay there again.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 January 2012

We travelled in a group of three and stayed at Discovery Lodge in National Park. They were the PERFECT place to stay. Up tp date weather conditions for going up Tongarario, expert advice and the earliest shuttle company made the trip amazing. We stayed in the backpackers option and it was great. Communal kitchen and lounge were awesome, lots of room around the place and also toileting/shower facilities were nice and hot after a long walk up Tongarario. I wouldn't of stayed anywhere else. It cost us $170 for three people for two nights. Great bargain! We also got lunch and breakfast (extra charge) to prepare us for going up Tongarario. One last thing, the reception girl was GREAT! Put up with my partners awkward jokes and gave us amazing advice!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Torquay, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 January 2012

I stayed overnight in a powered campervan spot. The check-in was quick, and well-priced (35$ for 2 people). The location is amazing if you want to do the Tongariro crossing, as you're the first people on the mountain.
However, the quality of the facilities for campers and campervans is below par - the toilets were all blocked, and the shower facilities were basic.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 10 January 2012

Discovery Lodge Chalet.
Lovely new room in 1/2 of stand alone cabin. Nice cooking facilities, lovely bed - very
convenient to Mt. Tongariro. Great place for two.

Room Tip: The Chalet is totally different to the Motel or camp ground - in both price and quality
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Additional Information about Discovery Lodge

Property: Discovery Lodge
Address: State Highway 47, National Park Village 3948, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui Region > National Park Village
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 Speciality Lodging in National Park Village
Price range (per night): $18 - $317
Hotel Class:3 star — Discovery Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chalets & Motels. Surrounded by nature with spectacular panorama of the Tongariro Volcanoes. ... more   less 
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Discovery Hotel National Park Village

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