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“Tongariro Freedom Package is the way to go!”

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Adventure Lodge & Motel
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Taunton, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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“Tongariro Freedom Package is the way to go!”
Reviewed March 9, 2014

A belated big thank-you to Lorraine and Ron, who did everything in their power to ensure we could undertake the Tongariro Crossing. Their hospitality was the most memorable in the whole of our experience in New Zealand. Lorraine studied the weather forecasts, booked us a table at The Station restaurant, where we had complimentary bubbly and rose early so that we could get to the mountain before the weather deteriorated. We had a lovely room with vaulted ceiling, comfortable bed and everything we needed. National Park Village was so peaceful after travelling from Rotorua. We had a great breakfast on both days and the best dinner of our 6-week trip, which tasted even better having completed the Crossing. (Plus a more than substantial packed lunch which sustained us throughout the day) Ron provided lots of useful and interesting information on the journey to and from Mangatepopo and Lorraine was so warm and caring and clearly made our welfare her top priority. They even provided walking poles. Lorraine and Ron had alternatives on offer if the weather was too inclement for the Crossing. But for the best chance of completing the Tongariro Crossing, stay at the Adventure Lodge!

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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Reviewed March 8, 2014

I have just returned from a weekend staying at the ADVENTURE LODGE & MOTEL,
to do the "Tongariro Alpine Crossing" - The welcome, the room, the cleanliness, the food, the information, minibus for dropoff and pickup for the walk, the advise, the service, the warmth and the willingness ?... A1. If you are doing the crossing and you want a bed and meals with a spa (booked) to go with - this IS the place to stay. Don't delay ! Book Now !! Check them out on line, find the contact and ask them if they have a deal that will include a t-shirt and a certificate to say you have COMPLETED the crossing. This added fun to the whole experience ! Thank you staff for what you provide. FANTASTIC !!!!

Room Tip: Upstairs there is a room with a double bed, a couple of singles and some bunks. Plenty of room for...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Ottery St. Mary, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

This is the place to stay if you are looking for quite superb advice and assistance in completing the challenging 19km Tongariro walk up and down 3 volcanoes, one of the most exhilarating walks that you will do. You can book a package of accommodation and mini-bus transfers to and from the walk – or, like us, take a decision on the walk once you’re there. There’s even a Tongariro T-shirt once you’ve completed the walk. The rooms reflect the fact that it is an adventure lodge: they are clean and functional, and it’s all a part of the adventure experience. There’s hot tubs for you and washing machines for your clothes. Don’t miss out on the breakfasts and the evening meals. (And the Station Café/Restaurant is also worth a visit). And don’t miss out on the farewell hug when, reluctantly, it’s time to leave.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
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Reviewed February 27, 2014

The lodge was nice and comfortable but the staff was weird. We went to check in and the lady was on the phone having a personal conversation for 5 minutes! Great location for checking out the National Park but didn't feel comfortable around staff. We just wanted to relax and enjoy our stay. Seemed like they were nosy about everything. Too bad because we liked the lodging but not the staff. We will not be going back.

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AdventureLodge, Owner at Adventure Lodge & Motel, responded to this review, February 28, 2014
Thank you for your positive feedback on the accommodation here at Adventure Lodge, I am sorry about the "uptight" reception you received the day you checked in, the family had just learnt of the death of a good friend and needed to make arrangements for staff to cover over this time.
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

The Adventure Lodge & Motel gave us a wonderful experience. The accommodation was great, food lovely & the Spa Pool an added bonus. We were greeted warmly & explained what our itinerary was as it can vary due to the weather conditions. So well organsied but you didn't feel bullied.I would definitely stay there again next time we plan a trip to the area. I thought the pricing was very good - I don't know how they make any money!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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AdventureLodge, Owner at Adventure Lodge & Motel, responded to this review, February 28, 2014
Thank You Penelope for your feedback, we first introduced the Tongariro Crossing Freedom Package for over 12 years ago and it is nice to know our guests receive the same value when we first started with clean accommodation, good food and service. We look forward to seeing you back again.
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed February 24, 2014

The freedom package is excellent value: the accommodation is not flashy, but is comfortable. The food is delicious, and good quality. The owners Lorraine and Ron are welcoming and helpful. Can't recommend this highly enough as a great weekend away for NZers (and a great experience for visitors).

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AdventureLodge, Owner at Adventure Lodge & Motel, responded to this review, February 28, 2014
Thanks joreilly for your feedback it was great to hear you received value and had a great experience here on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, we hope to see you back again.
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

We stayed two nights with the Freedom Package. This was excellent value - clean & comfortable room, great breakfast, a really nice packed lunch for the Tongariro Crossing & dinner at the end. We were also dropped off & picked up by the track as part of the deal. Ron & Lorraine were so helpful & friendly....great Kiwi hospitality.


Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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AdventureLodge, Owner at Adventure Lodge & Motel, responded to this review, February 28, 2014
Thank you jobyscoby for your feedback on our Tongariro Freedom Package, our overseas guests really enjoy the weekends with all the kiwis coming to hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Many New Zealanders do not realise how popular this hike is until they are on the crossing and hear the different languages from around the world.
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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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