My girlfriend and me stayed here for 9 days in order to snowboard on Ruapehu. The lodge is a 2 minute walk to the pubs/restaurants and our double room was small but clean and the lodge itself was awesome for a backpackers. There are two large lounges, one with a fire place which is really cosy. There's also a good drying room and best of all a hot spa - fantastic after a day on the mountain. Darren is a really nice guy and very knowledgeable. We also got some repairs/maintenance done to our boards in the attached ski/board shop at very reasonable prices. In the winter the lodge is set up for people hitting the slopes during the day and coming back around 4ish when the fires are lit, and spa comes on. So if you're planning on a day off even though the mountains open it can be a bit cold in the lodge until the fires are lit in the afternoon.
The only downer of the trip was some local guy had snuck into the backpackers (the front door had been left unlocked) and stole food out of the fridge, not once, but twice! He was caught on security camera and the police who came to investigate had a fair idea who it might be so hopefully it's been dealt with. To the owners credit they reimbursed us for the food we lost so that was great.
All in all, this is a great place to stay - especially if hitting the mountain. We will definitely be staying here again :)
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- 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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