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Adventure Lodge & Motel
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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51 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Helpful is an understatement”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

We did not actually stay here but my sister and her husband did for their 1st anniversary. I rung the reception the day they were going to be booking in and asked if we could do something special for the happy couple. For a very reasonable fee Lorraine at the motel organised bottle of bubby, some chocolates and a note from us to be laid out in the room upon their arrival, she was super kind and arranged their meal for the night and even told the chef to send a complimentary bottle of champers to the table. I am soooo impressed with the service and "happy to go the extra mile" attitude of Lorraine I just had to comment and recommend them to everyone.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
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43 reviews
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

Lorraine and Ron are great hosts, offering useful advice and providing a terrific service to their guests.

I stayed two nights in one of the studio units. It was spacious, clean and well appointed. There was a little noise from the rooms next door at times but nothing to disturb a good night's sleep. The price charged for the room represented good value.

I used the kitchen facilities for breakfast and I prepared my own pack lunch for the Tongariro walk so I didn't sample the meals prepared by Ron. However, other guests I spoke to commended them highly.

The shuttle service to and from the walk was excellent.

Even though the full Crossing cannot be completed at the moment (because of recent volcanic activity) the part of the walk that is open is very well worth doing. I aim to come back when the full walk is open again and I'll have no hesitation in booking to stay at the Adventure Lodge and Motel.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed March 17, 2013

My boyfriend and I just returned from doing the Tongariro Crossing on the Freedom Package with Adventure Lodge. I cannot recommend this enough. Lorraine and Ron were excellent hosts and made the trip so easy and gave great advice. You get so much for your money and the dinner is excellent. The spa is a bonus and we had a fantastic time. If you want to do Mount Doom - ask for an earlier start time. We chose to the Tongariro summit and see the Lakes which was tough enough! Excellent trip- well worth it.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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canada
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66 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed March 16, 2013

I was travelling in New Zealand without a car and I decided to take the train to National Park and do the Tongariro Crossing. I loved the train ride from Auckland (comfortable, informative, relaxing) and then Adventure Lodge looked after the rest. I can't imagine slogging up and down that trail, then driving somewhere and cooking supper. The lodge shuttle was waiting for us at 4 pm. I bought a cold beer as soon as we got back to the lodge, had a shower, then a jacuzzi and let Ron look after dinner. And it was a great dinner (steak, salad bar and lemon cheesecake) shared with all the other lodge guests who did the crossing that day. Extremely good value
Only one complaint - I was expecting to leave the lodge at 7:30 and be on the trail by 8:00. We didn't leave until 8:30 because we were waiting for some commuters to arrive. I think you want to be on the trail as early as possible because there is no shade and 6-7 hours in the sun and ultraviolet is very depleting.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed March 12, 2013

Booked 2 nights in the motel accommodation but stayed 3 due to the weather. The freedom package is super value to do the Tongariro mountain crossing. Accommodation first class as is the organisation and food. Lorraine and Ron made us very welcome and their local knowledge made our stay. The jacuzzi was very welcome after our walk. We went as far as is open on the Tongariro crossing and hope to return to complete it one day.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Nottingham
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45 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed March 10, 2013

We had a great walk, blessed by fantastic weather with clear blue skies. The organisation by Lorraine was professionally done, with spacious clean room, wholesome meals, free T shirt, and transport to and from the Crossing start. We ate our packed lunch, made by Ron, on top of Mount Tongiriro, and it will go down as one of the best sandwiches we've ever had ! Afterwards we had a welcome soak in the Jacuzzi, and generally felt on top of the world. Would definitely recommend the Tonariro Freedom package.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

We stayed here and had the 2 night freedom package.. it has to be the best value for money we have ever had on any holiday and we have travelled extensively within New Zealand and overseas. The food was excellent, rooms comfortable and hosts obliging. The weather was fantastic and the hike just wonderful. We went to the summit of Tongariro and back and although we were unable to go right across as it is still closed beyond the lakes, we felt we did not miss out on anything. Ron cooked the moistest chicken breast we have ever had. Nothing to do with the accommodation but we did have a meal at the pub on the corner.. was good food but beware the "house" wine which consisted of the vinegary dregs of one bottle and then topped up with a new bottle of a different variety..!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Adventure Lodge & Motel
Address: 21 Carroll Street, Tongariro National Park 3948, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui Region > Tongariro National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Tongariro National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Adventure Lodge & Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hi and Welcome to Adventure National Park. Gillian and John welcome you to their lodge and motel in National Park Village. We cater for families, groups, and the independent traveler. Your choice of deluxe one bedroom units with King size beds, standard studio motel units with Queen Size Beds and private facilities. Our budget lodge rooms with double beds or Twin share, shared bathrooms, lounge and kitchen. Bed and Breakfast options available. Comfortable warm beds, electric blankets, Sky TV in lodge and all units, drying room, Internet and wireless access available, large open fire, Dinner, Breakfast and a packed lunch available. Department of Conservation authorized shuttle to and from the Tongariro Crossing departing daily weather dependent, let us take care of you with our Tongariro Freedom Package. ... more   less 
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