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Dawson Falls Mountain Lodge

End of Manaia Road, Kaponga Egmont National Park, Stratford 4642 New Zealand
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#2 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Stratford
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Dawson Falls Mountain lodge offers unique lodge style accommodation on a magnificent site situated on the slopes of Mt Taranaki within the national park. We have 10 rooms that can accommodate up to 25 guests. We offer bed and breakfast, a small cafe, and a delicious a la carte experience in our restaurant. There is no self-catering or BYO (Bring your own beverage) allowed. The lodge is fully licensed and our bar offers a good variety of drinks. Each guest room has been meticulously crafted in a Swiss Alpine style - truly unique. Our two lounges invite to relax and socialise in this safe National Park environment. On colder days, our wood fires keep you warm and cosy. The nicest walks in Egmont National Park start right at our doorstep, with a variety of short walks for everyone to more demanding tramps/climbs for the advanced hikers and climbers. Since 1896 this lodge has been a part of Mt Taranaki and its long history is preserved in our Lodge Book, which is a treasure in itself and keeps you engaged for hours. Enjoy an authentic Alpine experience, here at Dawson Falls Mountain Lodge.
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Free parking
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Non-smoking hotel
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Susanna L wrote a review Sep 2021
Wellington, New Zealand15 contributions26 helpful votes
We had a relaxing stay at Dawson Falls Mountain Lodge. We went to Mt. Taranaki in summer for lovely easy walks. Convenient location for us. Friendly service. We had a delicious dinner at the restaurant on site, especially after the walk and we didn't need to worry to find food. Everything was well-prepared. We enjoyed the dinner. The view from our room was spectacular. I felt relaxing just enjoying beautiful the views of nature and lovely bird sounds. Highly recommend! Also thank you for special hospitality. Very unique in NZ!
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Date of stay: February 2021
TashFernz wrote a review Aug 2021
41 contributions2 helpful votes
Nice enough place, the people are genuinely lovely which is probably the saving grace. The lodge itself is fairly dated but clean and welcoming. The rooms were a good size and took a while to heat up, I ended up sleeping with the heating on, a sheet, duvet, and 2 blankets. I did have to go and ask for milk as the room had tea/coffee and a kettle but no milk. Guests cannot BYO food and alcohol - mores the pity. The food is really bad - I cannot stress enough how bad it is. I come from a family of incredible cooks and a brother in-law who was a chef so I have a high standard for food especially when you have to pay a la carte prices! I ordered the fish - don't do it. It was old, smelled fishy, over-cooked, and I threw it back up when I got back to my room. The rest of us ordered lamb (the jus was not jus - it was a very sweet gravy), the onion soup was more onions than soup. I would advise that you eat your main meals elsewhere. Again, the people are lovely and friendly, you can get a good night's sleep, and the coffee is good (a regular is $5.50 which way more expensive than a Wellington coffee!)
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Room Tip: Rooms are fine, just don't eat dinner here!
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Bhakto wrote a review Jul 2021
Wellington, New Zealand47 contributions15 helpful votes
Had 2 relaxing nights. Rustic, comfortable and easy access to the walking trails and the mountain. Excellent evening meals and the unusual open fire made the lounge warm and cozy. Woke to fantastic views of the snowy peaks. Dean and the staff really looked after us. Recommended.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Hunter D wrote a review Jul 2021
Melbourne, Australia18 contributions4 helpful votes
One of the very places to stay with a young family in NZ. We live it, have stayed their 3 times & will keep going back... We love the accommodation, the stars at night were great & so was the service. We’ve also been with two families & everyone loved their stays. 👌🙏👌
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
TaniaMcAnearney wrote a review May 2021
Auckland, New Zealand18 contributions4 helpful votes
My hubby, son and I stayed at the lodge for two nights and it was just wonderful! The lodge room was comfy and very retro - I adored it, my teenage son thought it was weird ;) The lounge area was comfort and class deluxe and the dinners were sublime. It was a true European lodge experience and we felt so content. Super service and I can tell you that the rooms are cleaned to the highest degree - I lost a tiny opal stud earring that I couldn’t find anywhere but the manager called a few days later to say it had been found :) Awesome. The walks around the mountain are simply magnificent- we did a four-hour mostly uphill walk that was the highlight of our holiday. Thank you, team!
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
$98 - $120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Dawson Falls Romantic Hotel
New ZealandNorth IslandTaranaki RegionStratford
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dawson Falls Mountain Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Dawson Falls Mountain Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Mount Taranaki (3.7 miles), Dawson Falls (0.2 miles), and Wilkies Pools Loop Track (0.08 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Dawson Falls Mountain Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Dawson Falls Mountain Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Dawson Falls Mountain Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Dawson Falls Mountain Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a sauna during their stay.
Does Dawson Falls Mountain Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.