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Howard's Lodge

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Caroll Street National Park Village | Mount Ruapehu, National Park Village, New Zealand
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars reviewed today
Claus T Saeby, Denmark
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Saeby, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

I had a great time and was very lucky, the weather was very nice and the walk across mt. tongariro as good as i was told. the rooms are small but there is what you need and that is a bed after the walk.

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Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stayed at Howards lodge for the night before and after completing the Tongariro crossing. We booked there as they had a special deal which included 2 breakfasts and a packed lunch as well s the 2 nights accommodation and transport to and from the crossing. The accommodation was a basic double room with an ensuite, our towels were not... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an ideal stop in National Park. It is a comfortable lodge with ready-made options to see the Tongariro crossing. I recommend this very highly - it's a turnkey way to experience one of New Zealand's best sights.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed three nights to hike the Crossing and do some other hikes. The ensuite room was quite small for our stuff and the lighting didn't allow reading in bed, but Grant Adams and the staff were terrific. We came by train, and they picked us up from the train station and delivered us back there (walking distance, but not... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The rooms are clean, the service is good and the transfer to Tongariro NP is well organised. The only thing I was not happy with, is that the Bus transfer was too late (8:30 AM). It would be better to start earlier in the morning to have more time for the extra trails (Mt Ngauruhoe).

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Howard's provided everything necessary for my brief visit and Tongariro crossing: fortifying breakfasts, necessary additional gear. A solid lunch, timely transport and advice. Proprietor Grant was amicable and responsive, facilities clean and substantive and price a good value.

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Amberley, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

my wife and I stayed here for two nights to walk the Tongariro Crossing. First impression was very good, and the staff were really great and allowed us to change our booking for an ensuite room as we had inadvertently booked a backpacker style room. The room was very clean but a bit dated. Transfers to and from the crossing... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Again, I called Howards Lodge for accommodation. This is my favourite place to stay for skiing and tramping. This time, I took my family with me and completed Tongariro Crossing. Clean room with ensuite shower, comfortable beds , friendly hosts and pussycat, tidy big kitchen and lounge, convenient delivery and pick up for crossing, nice environment around, we enjoyed our... More 

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Rita A, Owner at Howard's Lodge, responded to this review

A pleasure to have you here again and good to know we are keeping up our standards. Just 4 months till ski season ! More 

Dallas, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Owner was so rude! Our friends had booked through BBH and paid and when we went to check in, he didn't have their reservation, and he acted like it wasn't his problem since he emailed BBH to tell them he was fully booked. He did find them accommodations next door, but seemed annoyed by the whole thing. Then later... More 

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Rita A, Owner at Howard's Lodge, responded to this review

Yes we are all entitled to our opinions and you have stated yours. No problem with that but it would have been better for us both if your opinion was based on facts. It isn’t really my style to go on about my own efforts but you make it clear you got no service from me, so here goes. You... More 

Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

On our tour of NZ we decided to treat ourselves to a 'proper' room for the two nights at Howard's rather than a dorm room. The room was great, comfortable bed, lovely ensuite shower, and spotlessly clean. The huge kitchen was also spotless and well stocked with utensils etc, and free tea and coffee. We also made use of the... More 

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Rita A, Owner at Howard's Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to post a review and your kind words. Good to know your one "fancy" night proved to be worth the extra money. More 

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