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Dawson Falls Mountain Lodge

End of Manaia Road, Kaponga Egmont National Park, Stratford 4642 New Zealand
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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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Christine Baylis wrote a review May 2020
Taranaki Region, New Zealand1 contribution
Today I visited the Dawson Falls cafe with my 86yr old mother. We drove from Opunake for an outing hoping to sit in a cosy cafe. Instead it was a big, very cold cafe. I had forgotten to take my jacket so asked along with some other guests if we could sit in the adjoining restaurant area to have our afternoon tea. The lady serving us talked to the Manager. A lady and her husband appeared. I will have to say that they were extremely unfriendly and unwelcoming. We asked if we could please sit in the restaurant area where it would be warmer for my mother, myself and the few other guests. Their reply was a firm NO as they didn't want to disturb their guests. They said that we could normally sit in the room near the counter in the cafe which would be warmer but because of Covid 19 this wasn't allowed. There was a fireplace in there but although freezing, the fire wasn't on.I asked about a heater in the area where we were sitting and that couldn't be done. My elderly mother and I sat in the freezing cafe and drank our hot drinks quickly and left. As we left wr looked into the empty restaurant area. Never again will I go there in cold weather! A wasted afternoon.
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Date of stay: May 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
Cathy K wrote a review Mar 2020
7 contributions2 helpful votes
I’ve only one piece of advice: Be sure to allow time just to be IN your room - if you’re out hiking your entire visit you’ll miss the real magic of the woods that are indoors. I adore this place and we will definitely be back to just ‘hang out’!
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Sandpiper52 wrote a review Feb 2020
Auckland, New Zealand25 contributions10 helpful votes
This was a spur of the moment decision after finishing a journey on the Whanganui River - arrived only a couple of hours after booking. The hotel is approached by an impressive drive through thick bush where the trees meet overhead - a green tunnel. The hotel was opened in the 1890s and, although modernised, still has many original features and has the atmosphere of a Victorian mountain lodge. There are superb views of the mountain from some rooms and several walking tracks start from right outside the hotel gate. Our room was clean and comfortable and there was an excellent breakfast. Service was friendly and efficient. There were many interesting books for guests to read but I did not notice if there were any for children. I would gladly stay here again.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Room Tip: Room 1 is the honeymoon suite.
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Pining_ex_londoner wrote a review Feb 2020
Appleton le Moors, United Kingdom33 contributions27 helpful votes
The lodge is in a great location, halfway up mount Taranaki, with lots of walks starting just outside the front door. The rooms are decorated in Swiss mountain style - lots of carved wood. The bathrooms could do with updating (though great to have a bath, with lots of hot water!) but the beds are very comfortable and the views are fantastic - you feel like you could reach out and touch the mountaintop. Large lounge to hang out in. Food was well cooked, although menu was very limited - just 4 mains to choose from, which reduces choice if you stay several nights (we stayed 3) . Also portion seemed to vary - some meals were huge, others quite small. Service was leisurely, but then there was nothing else we'd rather be doing, so it didn't matter. Breakfast was functional, but not imaginative - we would have paid more for greater choice (eg a cooked option)
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Jennifer B wrote a review Jan 2020
Canberra, Australia106 contributions42 helpful votes
My family of four had a wonderful night at Dawson Falls Mountain Lodge. Our room was lovely with a small sitting area and deck, and our dinner was fabulous. All staff were lovely and kind - Donna in particular was incredibly hospitable. The location of the lodge is superb, nestled on the side of Mt Taranaki amid rainforest, with stunning views and beautiful walks. The only problem was that our stay was too short - we will definitely be back. One of our most favourite places.
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Date of stay: January 2020
$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.