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206 Mangawhero River Road, Ohakune 4691 New Zealand
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#4 of 27 Specialty lodging in Ohakune
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The River Lodge is located at the Foothills of Mt.Ruapehu on the banks of the Mangawhero River. The property is unque and superbly appointed. It features high quality accommodation and facilites, beautiful gardens to wander through, trout fishing (NZ regulations apply), BBQ facilities and under cover hot tub where you can enjoy your superb NZ wine or beer taking in the views of Mt Ruapehu. Put you feet up down by the river and enjoy a good read from our large range of books. Breakfast is inclusive in most rates and lunches can be made for an additional price to take with you on your activities. The River Lodge can assist with advice and transport arrangements for most activities in the region. Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and Whanganui National Park are very unique environments with a range of short and long walks, guided or un-guided trout fishing adventures, and golfing at Waimarino Gold course is just two minutes away. The ultimate experience with flying over the three volcanoes either by fixed wing or helicoper transport is a must do. One day river adventures by Whanganui River Adventures on the Whanganui River is also available combining a mix of jet boat up to the walk into the Bridge to Nowhere and canoe back on the Whanganui River to home base. Turoa ski field has the largest skiiable area in New Zealand during the winter with Whakapappa a close second. Both have great ski facilities and located on the side of Mt. Ruapehu offering the ultimate in ski and snow boarding experiences. There really do try to offer something for everyone! We at The River Lodge firmly believe that the little things really do matter and therefore pride ourselves on assisting you to make the most of your holiday. Come and join us.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot tub
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Conference facilities
Electric vehicle charging station
Free internet
Public wifi
Pool with view
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Private pool
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Horseback riding
Mini golf
Ski rentals
Ski school
Bicycle tours
Canoeing offsite
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Meeting rooms
Photo copier / fax In business center
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
First aid kit
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
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Languages Spoken
English, German
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The host Daniel is well arranged, helpful with planning activities and dinner locations. He offers extensive breakfast options in an beautiful breakfast room. We stayed in the main house which is an historic building, beautiful, although we ware not bothered is it possible hear some noice from the other guests.
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Response from DanielS22652, Owner at The River Lodge
Responded Jan 9, 2020
Hi, thank you very much for your very appreciated review and even more for staying at The River Lodge. Yes, you are right, the walls of the main house are not thick enough to absorbe all the noise. In the long term, I will fix that, but for now I can only offer good service, a great view and other nice amedities which you find nowhere else. ;-) I wish you a great journey and say thanks again for choosing The River Lodge, cheers Dani
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We had a wonderful stay! The chalet is beautifully centrally located as a starting point for all kind of hikes and is a perfect spot to relax! Daniël, thanks for your help in arranging transport for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and the early breakfast! Your breakfast was anyway the best during our trip in New Zealand! Warm regards, Eric & Sandra Schuit, The Netherlands
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Response from DanielS22652, Owner at The River Lodge
Responded Dec 8, 2019
Hello the two of you. Thank you very much for your great review. I Your visit was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed the conversation with you. Lots of people come and go now at The River Lodge. But some remain in my heart, you are such. I wish you all the best and a successful start back in your everyday life. Cheers from Ohakune, Daniel & the tabby cats.
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Fantastic place to stay - can’t recommend it highly enough. We stayed here recently with our two teenage boys and our labradoodle. The host Dani does an amazing job. The chalet (#2) was comfortable and clean, with beds made and fire on when we arrived late at night. The breakfasts were generous and delicious. The scenery is picturesque. Dani gave us great advice on things to do and places to eat. We loved it and will be back soon.
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Response from DanielS22652, Owner at The River Lodge
Responded Oct 28, 2019
ohhhh, thank you very much for your great review. It makes me very happy that you enjoyed your stay at The River Lodge so much. Would be a pleasure to have you here again. I hope, I can then offer already at least one more amenity, which is in progress now. ;-) See you again and have a great time, cheers Dani & his tabby cats
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As a family of four including our family pet we had an unforgettable stay at The River Lodge. Dani is such a remarkable host and goes out of his way to make your stay extra special. Nestled in the foothills of Mt Ruapehu The River Lodge is so peaceful and tranquil with ample amenities. The breakfasts were terrific, our chalet cozy with exquisite views. Apart from skiing and horse trekking we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves from lazy days in the hammock, chilling around the bonfire and catching a ride on the farms quad bike. Thank you Dani for going above and beyond and exceeding our expectations! Sean & family
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Response from DanielS22652, Owner at The River Lodge
Responded Jul 21, 2019
Hi and a biiiiiig thank you for your amazing review. Was really great to have you here and makes me happy that you enjoyed it! All the best for you and your family and maybe another time here at The River Lodge. I try to make the place even more special... watch out for news ;-) Cheers Dani
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My group had an amazing 2 night stay at The River Lodge. Daniel was extremely welcoming and went above and beyond during our stay. He had great knowledge of the area and made an amazing spread for breakfast. Beautiful grounds and buildings. Close to town but feels remote. If you want a relaxing place to stay this is it. Hope to be back again one day!
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Response from DanielS22652, Owner at The River Lodge
Responded Jun 23, 2019
Hi Ruby, thank you very much for your great review and even more for staying at The River Lodge. Was great to have you here. The Mountain gets the new gondola at Whakapapa in a few weeks. That would be another good reason to come again ;-) All the best and cheers to you and your friends, Dani
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$143 - $220 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandNorth IslandManawatu-Wanganui RegionOhakune
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Frequently Asked Questions about The River Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to The River Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Ohakune Old Coach Road (2.3 miles), Ohakune Carrot Adventure Park (2.3 miles), and Dinosaur House (4.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The River Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at The River Lodge?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and blackout curtains.
What food & drink options are available at The River Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, barbeque facilities, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at The River Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The River Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Eat Takeaway Diner, The Blind Finch, Hamburgeria, and The Cyprus Tree.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The River Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a heated pool during their stay.
Does The River Lodge offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The River Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and German.
Are there any historical sites close to The River Lodge?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial (2.8 miles).