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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed 15 January 2015

Chalet was modern, stylish, clean and well-equipped, with fantastic views over the volcanoes. We enjoyed our stay very much, and the Crossing transport worked well. (My only small quibble is that the laundry facilities are inadequate - a single washing machine for the whole site. We were there over the busy New Year period and spent a lot of time...

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Newcastle upon Tyne
Reviewed 7 January 2015

We stayed at the Discovery for 5 nights over Christmas 2014. The grounds were well kept and the views from the cabin were superb. The staff were really helpful and the accommodation was serviced on a daily basis including Christmas Day. The cafe was very welcoming and served a great pizza. The staff were very helpful and shared much information...

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Vienna, Austria
Reviewed 7 January 2015

Chale 22 offers the best view. We had a very nice stay here. They do not offer internet because (they say) it is technically impossible. Chalees are very new, clean and very practically designed. They are not big, but suit 2-3 people perfectly. Food on site was a bit pricey, but ok. Employees were also very nice and helpful. Unfortunately...

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vancouver
Reviewed 6 January 2015

We spent 2 nights in Chalet 22. This is the best chalet because although it is closest to the not very busy road, there is nothing to block your view of the volcanoes. The interior is modern and functional but rather stark and definitely not luxurious. The bed was comfortable enough, the shower OK, the kitchenette quite useful. We ate...

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Denver, Colorado
Reviewed 31 December 2014

We stayed here for 2 nights in a Chalet Studio at the end of November in order to do the Tongariro Crossing. The Good: -Best location available if you want to do the Tongariro Crossing -Chalet Studio had lots of windows and wonderful views -Front desk is very knowledgeable of the area and very timely with bus to and from...

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Thank samaka05
France
Reviewed 28 December 2014

We stayed in one of the cottages. It was nice, roomy and peaceful. Unfortunately, we had terrible weather and could not do the crossing nor enjoy the views. But Miki was super nice and helpful trying to find us activities to do nearby. She also is very knowledgeable about the mountains and treks. Great place to stay if you are...

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Lenexa, Kansas
Reviewed 22 December 2014

We stayed in a 1 bedroom chalet Oct 30 and 31st. The first day the weather was cold, rainy and windy and The Crossing was not open. The next day we were leaving and the weather was beautiful. So maybe try to add an extra day to your stay. Our chalet accommodation was really nice. The chalet seemed new and...

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Boston, MA
Reviewed 10 December 2014

First, as most reviews say, the Discovery Lodge is geared for a Tongariro Crossing. They get you there early, they can provide breakfast and lunch and Callum, the manager is very knowledgeable about the trek. They are working to make the property more attractive as a multi-day destination, but they have a way to go. That said, I am not...

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Reviewed 8 December 2014 via mobile

We did the Tongariro Crossing and stayed at Discovery lodge in a chalet. The chalet is fully equipped and you only need to bring your clothes. The chalet is excellent with an awesome view. The people are very friendly and helpful and the shuttle service is great. Perfect place to stay when you're in this area!

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Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 6 December 2014 via mobile

A lovely place to stay, especially if you're interested in hiking the Tongariro Crossing. Some of us stayed in huts, backpacker ensuite and a chalet. Management was friendly and the accommodation was lovely, clean and warm. The backpacker ensuite provided towels and bedding so we didn't have to worry about that which was great. If you catch the earliest shuttle...

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  • Free Parking
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  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Parking
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Self-Serve Laundry
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Chalets & Motels. Surrounded by nature with spectacular panorama of the Tongariro Volcanoes. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Discovery Lodge

Address: State Highway 47, National Park Village 3948, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui Region > National Park Village
Price Range: $19 - $320 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Discovery Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Also Known As:
Discovery Hotel National Park Village
Discovery Lodge New Zealand/National Park Village
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