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“One Of New Zealand's Nicest Holiday Parks” 5 of 5 stars
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4.5 of 5 Cabin/Campground   |   Whakapapa Village | State Highway 48, Tongariro National Park, Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park 3951, New Zealand   |  
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Manukau, New Zealand
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“One Of New Zealand's Nicest Holiday Parks”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

The campsites and cabins are nestled in pretty beech forest about 100 metres up the road from the fabulous Tongariro National Park visitor centre at Whakapapa. There are no views of the mountains but the beech forest is very pretty and a lovely fast flowing stream rushes down the southwest side of the site and can be accessed from a couple of short tracks (ie. 20 metres). A walk back out to the office reveals a view of Mt Ruapehu up the road and Mt Ngauruhoe can be seen by walking 300 metres down the road by the Chateau Hotel.

I received a nice welcome from a very friendly lady at the office then checked into my cabin for three nights. My intention was to do some varied day hikes but return to the comfort of a cabin for the night.

The kitchen and amenities blocks were very clean, well maintained and had everything you would expect from several 6 slice toasters, microwaves, stoves, fridges, internet, TV, etc.
Cell phones work just fine here too. If you did not feel like cooking, the Chateau Hotel has two restaurants - the Ruapehu Room which is quite expensive but nice and the Pihanga Cafe which is very reasonably priced and highly recommended. The Skotel has a restaurant and good value meals can be had from the pub (Tussock Bar). None of these are more than 300 metres away.

Cabins 1-3 have 4 single bunk beds and a double bed up in a mezzanine area. The rooms are carpeted, have a heater, table and 4 chairs, lighting and are just fine for a basic cabin.

I really like this place and will be returning.

Room Tip: Cabins 1-3 are down by the river opposite the lodge and it is peaceful and quiet there. No noise fro...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Whakapapa Holiday Park is not a large park, but it is in a very pretty location. It is only a 10 minute drive to the Whakapapa ski field and there are several lovely day walks in the National Park within a short walking or driving distance. The amenities were clean and ample, although a heater or two in the bathrooms would be nice. Internet access is patchy and expensive, but it is in a relatively isolated spot, so it's not surprising. The powered campervan sites are not huge but are set by a pretty stream. Overall, we enjoyed our stay here, more than we were expecting and are hoping to return one day soon.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Whakapapa Village | State Highway 48, Tongariro National Park, Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park 3951, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui Region > Tongariro National Park > Whakapapa
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Whakapapa
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Whakapapa Holiday Park 4.5*

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