Having spent a night at National Park Tongariro, where there is nothing much other than proximity to the start of the Tongariro Crossing walk, Ohakune was a pleasant surprise and the Peaks motel makes an excellent base. Rooms are spotlessly clean, in great condition and well fitted out. For groups there is a guest kitchen although cooking facilities in units are better than the average motel. The central wing units have sliding doors onto a small patio where you can enjoy views of the garden. The motel is located close to the start of many of the walks in the area and is about one km from the town, making it a quiet location. Although a lot of the businesses close down outside of winter ski season there were enough cafes open to get coffee, food, Wifi and to just chill out. My only slight criticism of the motel is just having one free half hour of Wifi access even though I had a 3 night stay. Overall a town and location worth spending some time in, even in summer time!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Peaks is the perfect base for visiting Mt Ruapehu summer or winter, with a great location on the main road to Turoa ski area, halfway between town and the Junction. The property features 23 Studio & 1-Bedroom Units, 2 Outdoor Spa Pools Sauna, Gym, Guest Laundry and a Drying room. ... more less
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