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Adventure Lodge & Motel
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Reviewed April 28, 2012

We spent one night in a standard motel room. Though a bit rustic, the room was clean and comfortable. The staff was extremely helpful, and sincerely interested in seeing that we had a good time at Tongariro National Park. Overall, a good value.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 20, 2012

Owners Ron and Lorraine Sivell are consummate professionals. They have assisted thousands of people who have come to experience and attempt the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and their expertise is obvious. What is delightful however is despite the years that they have done this, they still have not lost their enthusiasm. Somehow, they manage to greet each new guest with warmth ... and their care, concern and attentiveness remains throughout one's stay. The Crossing itself is not technically difficult but it is tiring and the possibility for problems (such as "a late exit") is present. During our three-day stay, I watched Lorraine fuss over, care for and attend to various concerns -- some verbalized, some merely "obvious to the eye" -- with the perceptiveness of a compassionate parent. That alone makes the Inn a reason to stay. The pre-hike breakfast is helpful; the lunch amble and the post-hike dinner celebratory. They offer informed options about other hikes and tourist options. Rooms are spotless. This is not "deluxe accommodations" but the value is there and the warmth and care of the innkeepers makes a compelling reason to choose the Adventure Lodge for one's home base.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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AdventureLodge, Owner at Adventure Lodge & Motel, responded to this reviewResponded April 26, 2012

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. It is a pleasure to have so many interesting people from around the world come and stay with us. We love to travel and enjoy learning and sharing our little part of the world with others.

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Reviewed April 15, 2012

As a lodge / hostel type set up it's very clean, tidy and comfortable. We took the "freedom package" and found the food (including lunch for the crossing) to be real good quality and generous portions with healthy variety. The owners are very friendly and went the extra mile to make sure all that stayed in the lodge and did the crossing were looked after. Great service with a friendly attitude. If you're looking to do the crossing without the hassle of organising meals, transport etc then look no further - they take care of everything. The freedom package was excellent value for money I thought.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Tony d
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AdventureLodge, Owner at Adventure Lodge & Motel, responded to this reviewResponded April 26, 2012

We would just like to say thank you for choosing to stay with us and sharing your feedback. We are constantly looking to refine the experience for our guests so we are pleased that we have continued to meet your expectations.

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Reviewed April 15, 2012

Stayed 2 nights in April 2012 as part of Freedom Crossing Package. The room was very clean and medium sized. The overall package is a fair price given the worry-free convenience of conducting the Tongariro crossing, and the excellent care and attention provided by Lorraine (front desk, pre and post crossing guide). Breakfast was very good, packed lunch was more than sufficient, dinner much better than expected! The actual hike across Tongariro Crossing was AMAZING and highly recommended (but somewhat dependent on weather and relative level of fitness is highly recommended; proper footwear a must, running shoes at minimum). Location of the Adventure Lodge is great and close to what little there is in the area.

Only downside of experience was noise transmitted between walls in motel accomodations. Luckily neighbours were equally exhausted and did not stay up all hours.

Some interesting things about National Park area: had an excellent dining experience at the Train Station restuarant (not really walkable from Adventure Lodge however, a car would be helpful to get to and from); make sure you know the gas station opening hours as it probably is the only place to buy things (e.g. anything and everything) in the area.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank OttawaCanadianMan
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AdventureLodge, Owner at Adventure Lodge & Motel, responded to this reviewResponded April 26, 2012

Thank you for choosing to stay with us and sharing your feedback. We enjoy meeting and welcoming people from all around the world. It is a pleasure sharing our little part of the world and making your adventure in the Tongariro National Park one you will always remember.

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Reviewed April 3, 2012

We decided on little notice to make the Crossing and were willing to take any room. We took two rooms in the lodge, rather than up in the dorms. Not as quiet as separate rooms, I am sure, but good enough.
The food and hospitality were perfect! The owners were delightfully helpful. Made sure we were well fed and well provisioned for what became a very difficult hike, due to an unexpected gale blowing in. I made the Crossing in a borrowed red jacket. Dinner was delicious, as were both breakfasts. Hot tub was just what we needed after the crossing!

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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