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Howard's Lodge

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2.5 of 5
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Caroll Street National Park Village | Mount Ruapehu, National Park Village, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Comfy, clean and friendly. Staff happy to give tips and advice. Well organised transport to and from Tongario crossing (amazing trip). My trip included cooked breakfast which was not bad. Handy location for getting about the National Park - food/bars at top of road, start of crossing 20mins, ski areas 15 - 25mins (shame about no snow in Jan though)..

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

A very good place for a short stay & economical. Clean & comfortable, but basic. The kitchen facilities were good (table knives in short supply) & plenty of room in the large lounge. We wee one of only two couples (also ature) who used the kitchen - it would be very differfent in the ski season when all rooms are... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Easy to work with,helpful and practical advice. Did things when they said they would and did it with a smile. Facilities clean and tidy, not fancy just basic but functional. Used their very handy lodge bus to take us to the Tongario crossing and back which was a real bonus and made it very easy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

We found the staff to be very friendly and the motel to have excellent facilities especially the huge kitchen and lounge. Our room was clean with lots of space. This was perfect for our family on a budget.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

New Zealanders seem very keen on the word 'deluxe'. We took the 'Deluxe Xing Package' it was basic not deluxe. A few insect screens would help keep the insects out. Kitchen was very good and underused by other guests

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Howard's Lodge is super clean and has great common areas for everyone to hang out in. Staff was very helpful about how to get to the Tongarirro Crossing and filled us in on a rain forest hike which was only a ten minute walk from the hostel.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Family groups of us came down from Hamilton. Easy to get to ski field, hiring gear here is cheaper than on the mountain! The staff we dealt with were super friendly and nice and knew what they were talking about when fitting gear. Rooms were adequate and warm. Only negative thing I can say is that there weren't quite enough... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Just did the Alpine Crossing 2 days after the doomsday. Nice lodge, convenient location from the intercity bus station (2 mins walk). Cosy and clean rooms and bathrooms. Took a standard package including 2 nights of accomodation, 2 days of breakfast and packed lunch during Alpine crossing. Really hassle free as there's shuttle to transport you to and from the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

well located, very good package offer for the crossing, clean little rooms, showers and toilets, very helpful staff at reception, cute and cozy sitting room. Didn't use the spa, although it is for free. Take two days and get the transport included in package, very easy for those without car.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Nice facilities, friendly staff, good location for the mountain etc, plenty of restaurants nearby, good comfortable clean rooms. Would highly recommend for skiing, walking etc, nice cat too............................................................................................................................

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