We visit Ohakune every year, but this is the first time we've rented a chalet, as we came over with a couple of friends and wanted to be able to prepare our own meals.
The Station Lodge Chalet 2 is right at foot of the mountain, very clean and tidy, warm, modern, and has everything you need to keep an entire family (or group of friends) happy. Fully stocked with board games, playing cards, etc. I cannot say enough how perfect it was having our very own spa bath (40 was a bit much for us though, so we turned it down to 28). It was a welcome treat after all that cold up in the mountain! We all felt like melting ice cream afterwards and slept like babies!
Being able to prepare our own meals was such a treat. And the view from the kitchen? The snow-capped slopes of Ruapehu. Keeps the cook very very happy! I really appreciated that all the cooking implements were in very good nick and quality. They certainly didn't scrimp on these.
Just to state the obvious -- this chalet is right in front of the train station, so you will hear and feel the trains go by. While we were there, I felt it about once during the day and twice at night. Having experienced Christchurch quakes, I would put it as 1/4 of it. It was familiar, but certainly not as strong.
I would highly recommend Station Lodge's chalets for families or groups of friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Station Lodge, a 1906 historical villa is located in the beautiful alpine town of Ohakune adjacent to the world renowned Tongariro National Park. A place for all seasons; the lodge is warm and inviting and its close proximity to spectacular walks including the Tongariro Alpine Crossing (Best Day Walk in New Zealand) ski fields, (Turoa 20 minutes and Whakapapa 40 minutes) and the mighty Whanganui River. The Station Lodge has been lovingly restored yet retains its unique and historical character. With the addition of modern facilities it is the perfect location. ... more less
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