A great place to stay if you are hiking in the area, especially if you are hiking the Tongariro Crossing or plan a canoe trip on the Whanganui River.
Zeus, the owner/manager runs a tight ship. He's got a variety of rooms and is part of the BBH association (Budget Backpackers Hostel). We spent several nights there at two different times. Once, he upgraded us to a lovely two bedroom, fully equipped apartment and the second time we were in a double en-suite room. The communal areas of dining, kitchen and lounge are well equipped, clean, spacious and it was a lot of fun meeting the other guests and eating together with our new friends.
Zeus and his wife are gracious hosts. They live next to the office and are always available to help with any request. Zeus is a very resourceful fellow and he built a jacuzzy room surrounded by windows to the beautiful view. You can reserve the jacuzzy for an hour at a time and it was a pleasure to have a soak after a full day of hiking. There is a Bar B Q on the spacious front lawn and a large collection of DVDs you can borrow to watch on the lounge TV. The prices on the washer and dryer are also not extortionist. I was talking to Zeus about earthquakes and he pulled out a documentary on the most recent seismic activity in the area and set it up for me to see in the lounge. Unlike another reviewer who was made to feel like an inconvenience, we were made to feel like honoured guests.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Plateau Lodge, we are a family run lodge with a variety of accommodation and transport to the Tongariro National Park. We cater for single travellers, families or large groups. Our range of accommodation varies from budget beds to private double/family rooms (with or without a bathroom) or a modern two bedroom apartment. Plateau Lodge is located In New Zealand's North Island set in the heart of the National Park Village located on the edge of the Tongariro National Park. We are located at the foot hills of Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe, the landscape of sacred volcanoes. Tongariro National Park is a haven for New Zealand's largest & most developed ski area, Whakapapa, Turoa & Tukino, while summer boasts the best one day hike in New Zealand Tongariro Crossing. In summer & winter National Park accommodation boasts spectacular views of all three volcanoes covered in either glistening snow or deep red volcanic rock. National Park accommodation is in a small village with hire equipment, bars, cafes and supermarket they are all in walking distance from Plateau Lodge, a perfect getaway in the Tongariro Park. At $30 per person return we provide transport to The Tongariro Crossing -Whakapapa Village, Northern Circuit / Round the Mountain and Mt Ruapehu Hiking Trails. If time is on your hands Tongariro Park hosts many activities from mountain biking to floating down one of the many glacial streams.Dont forget our backyard is home to the mighty Whanganui River, paddle, bike or hike to the Bridge to Nowhere located in the Whanganui National Park, only 45 minutes from National Park accommodation. ... more less
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