Have stayed here 3 times with my family including 2 under age 10 kids. First time in December 2007 in the motel apartments at the back, secondtime in October 2008 during the skiing season staying in a family room in main building and most recently again in a family room for 3 nights in the main building at a cost of NZ$250 per night...no breakfast included but we always have a lie in anyway.
We return for the stunning location and access to easy flat two hour walks in the National Park. We also enjoy the main restaurant for dinner and it was noticeably better this time than two years ago. Breakfast which we only took on a couple of occasions was also pretty good for a buffet. Kids are charged much less than adults. There is a good kids menu in the main restaurant.
As a Brit living in NZ, and therefore denied access to historic buildings, I also love the place for its architectural grandeur and history..it gives me my fix.....it can't be beat for relaxing in the main lounge before/after dinner with a drink or cup of coffee listening to the pianist.
I also notice thay have introduced 'high tea' which was sorely needed but we were unable to partake as we were always out on walks.
The coffee was worse than 2 years ago - they have changed the blend unfortunately.
Service can be variable - this time it was pretty good especially in the main restaurant. Can be slow in the Piha one. The Tavern is to be avoided unless you want fast food and pub atmosphere. fergussons is just a simple cafe. The Cafe at the bottom of the cable car is not bad but again more chips and sandwiches.
The pool is more of a glorified hot tub and very strange. The cinema is a good option although since they also show free films on the tv in your room. you may not need to use it.
Great place to blow the cobwebs out of your brain, relax and eat good food (shame about the coffee - still drinkable though - NB people who live in Wellington get very fussy about the standard of latte coffees) so don't read too much into this.
An experience not to be missed if your comparison point is your average NZ Motel. The Skotel behind it looks pretty good though if you are on a tight budget.
- Also Known As:
- Bayview Chateau Tongariro Hotel Tongariro National Park
- Bayview Chateau Tongariro National Park
- Bayview Chateau Tongariro Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Everything we do at the Chateau Tongariro Hotel we believe in providing you with a timeless elegance. We believe that preserving tradition and history is most important and as the hotel is located within a dual World Heritage National Park, conservation and culture are also at the forefront of your experience. Tongariro National Park provides a stunning natural playground bursting with diverse landscapes for visitors to the Chateau Tongariro to discover. Chateau Tongariro provides accommodation, restaurants, bars and conference facilities and is an all-seasons, utterly timeless experience not to be missed. ... more less
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