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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My partner and I stayed here for the weekend with our 2 small dogs. The host Eliot was awesome! Had the fire going when we arrived so that our chalet was cosy after the long drive. Warmed up the spa for when we were ready to use it. Asked us when we wanted breakfast so it would be fresh and... More 

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Diss, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

A lovely peaceful location, with a fabulous view of Mt Ruapehu from the cottage decking, and the river running just a few yards away. The caretaker 'hosts' were as helpful as they could be, but perhaps lacked the really personal touch that we experienced throughout the rest of our trip. They did however recommend a trip to the Army Memorial... More 

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Kurow, New Zealand
2 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015 via mobile

We stayed for 2 nights. The room was great, with balcony & views. However it seems like the hosts have changed. It was by far the least welcoming stay on our 4 week tour of New Zealand. It seemed that we were intruding on their privacy.

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Leicester, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

In many ways the setting is absolutely superb and the accomodation is very good, we stayed in both one of the lodges and room 3 in the main house both of which were fine, however there were a few niggles which just took the edge off the experience. The current hosts are not the owners but are acting caretakers and... More 

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We stayed here for 2 nights in one of the two cottages with our own veranda with fantastic view of Mt Ruapehu. There is a table and chairs so you can sit with a glass of wine and enjoy ! Gayle and Denton are friendly hosts and give you the privacy. Breakfast is fine. The grounds and river in the... More 

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Ulm, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We stayed from 18.12.-20.12.14 at this marvellous place. We felt 100% comfortable with the lodge and the host. The surrounding garden and area is beautiful and relaxing. We have got a lot of tips about the area and help with booking a transfer to the Tangariro Nationalpark. One of our best times during our trip!

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manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We had a great two night stay at the end of November. Gayle had already set the fire up for us in our chalet and with it being rather unseasonably cool we took great advantage of this. The hot tub was also a welcome treat after our rather chilly Tongariro hike. Having our laundry taken care of after our walk... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We picked The River Lodge to stay in for a birthday treat in July while skiing at Ruapehu. We booked in for two nights and stayed a third in the end because it was wonderful. The room we had was enormous, great views and really cosy despite the weather being awful. The property is in a beautiful rural setting, but... More 

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We recently toured The North Island in New Zealand and stayed in many hotels/accommodations. This was one of the very best. Set in beautiful countryside we arrived on a cool and rainy winter evening. The welcome was warm, as was the house, and we were shown to our accommodation by Gayle, who owns the place with her husband. We had... More 

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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Of all of the hotels/lodges we have stayed in around the world this is the only one where my wife had nothing to complain about ! We stayed in one of the cottages/chalets with our two children aged 5 and 2, everything was perfect we especially loved the fireplace ! Everything was really clean and worked properly, the breakfasts were... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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. Evening meals range from casual to full dinner serive and priced accordingly. We cook to your taste. Room service or lodge dining is avaible for most meals.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 assiting you to make the most of your holiday. Come and join us, book now. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The River Lodge

Address: 206 Mangawhere River Road, Ohakune, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui Region > Ohakune
Price Range: $109 - $188 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The River Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
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