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Discovery Lodge

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State Highway 47, National Park Village 3948, New Zealand
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stayed at the Discovery Lodge for 2 nights, while we walked up Mt Ruapehu. We stayed in Chalet Studio, which was very clean and tidy. The Lodge was close to the 3 mountains for walking, and would recommend staying there. The staff were friendly. The restaurant was small, so best to book a table if you want to eat... More 

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Hastings, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Spent one night in a cheap-as-chips cabin (at $60 for 2 people you can't go wrong) before heading up to climb Ruapehu. What a great little place. The cabins are very basic but aren't advertised as being anything else. They're warm and dry and could easily sleep three people. An oil column heater is provided along with basic bedding -... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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6 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stayed the night before heading of on the Tongariro Crossing. Around a 20min drive to the finish carpark. The room was alright, nothing fancy. Greated by a number of blowflies in our room, which were easily brushed out a window. The restaurant on the premises was quite good, which was nice as there isn't a whole lot near by. Room... More 

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North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As many others we stayed here as we were doing the Tangariro Crossing. We had one of the duplex chalets that were self contained. It is well worth being one of the first ones on the crossing during our trip we talked to several other people who complained about the crowds on the crossing being there ahead of everyone else... More 

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Minneapolis
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's great to be the first ones out on the Tongariro Trek, so this location is unbeatable. The accommodations are clean and serve the purpose. The front desk even loaned us a raincoat! Our only quibble: when you leave for the trek at 5:30 am wouldn't it be possible to offer SOMETHING for breakfast - even fruit and yogurt? After... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We rented a chalet--a duplex studio unit with good kitchenette. For the area, the choice was perfect. We were there to walk the Tangariro Crossing. In our sixties, we were taking no chances! Discovery Lodge offers the earliest shuttle (5:35) giving us extra time on the trail, AND the chance to walk ahead of all the other groups for a... More 

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Preston, Lancashire
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267 helpful votes 267 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Located within the National Park, one of the main attractions for staying here was the availability of an early start shuttle bus run by Discovery (first bus at 5.35am) which gets you to the Tongariro Alpine start point by 6am. There are pick ups at the end of the walk every hour from 12.30pm, the last being at 4.30pm. We... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

My friend and I wanted to do the Tongariro Crossing and after searching on Trip Advisor for decent accommodation in the area we chose the Discovery Lodge. We were not disappointed!! We stayed in a backpackers lodge with en-suite and when we arrived we had been upgraded to a larger room with a kitchenette. The rooms were absolutely fine and... More 

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Oxford, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Discovery runs a shuttle bus to the start and from the finish of the famous Tongoriro Alpine Crossing, a 12 mile hike. I left of the bus in the morning, but was a couple of hours late for the pickup at the finish. Reason: I ran out of steam, hurt myself, and had to be helped down. A National Park... More 

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Edinburgh , Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015 via mobile

After checking all accommodation options in the area we booked 2nts in a Studio Chalet. After reading some reviews of hot rooms we arrived with a fan. The room was a good size n very clean. The finishings reminded me of a Yotel we stayed in Gatwick Airport years ago. Very modern n functional. The bed was big n comfy.... More 

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