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State Highway 47, National Park Village 3948, New Zealand
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
19 hotel reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My friend and I stayed here primarily because it offered a return transfer to the Tongariro Crossing starting point at a very affordable rate. When we reached there, we knew we made a very good decision to stay there as it was a very nice place. The view of Mount Ruapehu from afar was just magical at dawn, morning, noon... More

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Sudbury, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

We stayed at Discovery Lodge twice, in February of both 2013 and 2014. Our decision to come the second time was based on the positive experience from our first visit. We stayed in a motel room both times. The staff is friendly and very helpful. The room in which we stayed was spacious with a comfy bed and a kitchenette.... More

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Traverse City
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56 reviews 56 reviews
16 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Stayed one night in March (supposed to be two but dual flat tires nixed that). 5 Stars on communication pre-stay, arranging for trail transport and food. Discovery Lodge is a great base from which to do hiking in the area – their early shuttle option to Tongariro is recommended depending on the day of the week. The chalets are in... More

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

We stayed here in February 2014 to do the Tongariro Crossing. The customer service was great even dealing with our email queries before we arrived, and they were very accommodating when circumstances changed with our travel party. The check in process was cheerful and easy, the transport to and from the crossing was well organised and punctual. We stayed in... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Could not recommend this place more! Stayed 2 nights to walk the Tongariro Crossing but unfortunately this was cancelled due to bad weather including high winds. This didn't stop us from enjoying our stay, plenty more walks to do in the rain, all with amazing scenery. We stayed in a studio but plenty of choices to suit all budgets. Studio... More

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Bangalore, India
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6 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

we stayed here in April 2014. i chose it cause i wanted to do the tongariro crossing. its a great location - close to multiple trails. our room was excellent- comfortable, with kitchenette, well furnished. the hosts were very knowlegeble. this property has a range of stay options - from chalets to tents. i would recommend it .

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

We stayed in our campervan at the campsite for 2 nights to do the Tongariro Crossing. It is fantastically convenient for this and offers several morning shuttles to the start of the Crossing and many afternoon return shuttles. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The location of the campsite is beautiful with views of the mountains. The campsite facilities... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

We stayed at Discovery Lodge in Feb 2014 for a friend's birthday and to walk the Tongariro Crossing. We stayed in the studio chalets which were beautifully appointed, very quiet, well equiped and decorated. The choice of accomodation here however is wide from chalets, motel rooms to campervans and tents. The shuttles to and from the crossing were well organised... More

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Arizona
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36 reviews 36 reviews
27 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Just returned from a month in NZ and of all the places we stayed this stands out as the absolute worst value. Let's see, where to start ... how 'bout while taking a shower the showerhead blew off. Could've easily broken a toe if I hadn't dodged it on the way down. Give them the benefit of the doubt and... More

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CallumHarland, Owner at Discovery Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Ziggyfly, Thank you for providing us with your feedback. I am unhappy your stay was such a poor experience for you and for this I do sincerely apologise. I will address the issues you have mentioned so you can be rest assured your feedback is not in vain, as I do trust you are giving this feedback so we... More

Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

The Discovery Lodge is the best place to stay if you're planning to tackle the Tongariro crossing. The bus to the start of the hike picks you up right at the lodge and it's very affordable with a variety of options from decent rooms to camping. However, it is very limited in terms of service offerings. There's a restaurant that... More

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Address: State Highway 47, National Park Village 3948, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui Region > National Park Village
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Chalets & Motels. Surrounded by nature with spectacular panorama of the Tongariro Volcanoes. ... more   less 
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