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Discovery Lodge
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Reviewed September 7, 2011

My partner and I have stayed at Discovery twice in the past year, and we have been really pleased with both visits. We stayed both times in the basic cabins, and it was great both in winter and summer. Very private and clean. Staff was friendly as well.

Our only complaint was the hot plates in the kitchen. Both times we visited, only a handful were working, so we had to be patient in boiling our water.

We loved the peacefulness of the place, and loved activies in the area. We'll be back!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 23, 2011

Discovery's new bungalows at the front of the lodge are lovely. They were toasty, warm and nicely furnished. I was disappointed that we didn't have a porch or a view of the surrounding volcanoes. We were also a stone's throw away from the highway - not a relaxing spot at all.

I would recommend this lodge to people who are tramping in the area and who need a comfortable bed to sleep in for the night. It was unfortunately, not the mountain retreat we were hoping for.

We tried the lodge restaurant on our first night and we were very disappointed. Although the bungalows have a self catering facility, we were far away from any supermarkets. Had we planned better we would have bought our own food.

The people working at the lodge were very friendly and obviously have a passion for the area - a great resource when planning an epic tramp. For me, the new bungalows are fairly pricey for a spot right beside a highway.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 23, 2011

We stayed at the Discovery Lodge mainly because we wanted to do the Tongariro Crossing. The hotel is very convenient to the park and offered an early morning shuttle and frequent pick-ups on the crossing trail. Unfortunately, we were not able to due the Crossing because of high wind, but the owner quickly told us of several different hikes in the park and we had a great hike anyway. The workers were very helpful and really helped us to make the best of a disappointment.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Squatchmo
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Reviewed April 8, 2011

We stayed at Discovery Lodge the night before we started the Alpine Crossing and I believe there is simply no better place to stay for that purpose. The bungalows are brand new and very tastefully furnished. There is nothing missing and we should have stayed another night. The type and style of bungalow is a real benchmark for every lodge.

The lodge is providing a bus at different times in the morning that gets you directly to the starting point of your Alpine Crossing walk (which is a really nice walk - although not as breathtaking/life changing as Lonely Planet wants you to believe). They will also pick you up by bus on the other side of the mountain (volcano) at different times.

If you want a nice and cosy environment before and/or after the Alpine Crossing then book the Discovery Lodge. This is a place that can not improve anymore - as it is perfect.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank PlanetEarthTraveller
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Reviewed March 23, 2011

We stayed at Discovery lodge for two nights and chose it due to its location close to the start of the tongarrio crossing. We booked a studio chalet but due to a plumbing problem got an unexpected upgrade to a 1 bedroom chalet. The price of 165 might have been slightly overpriced for the studio but for the one bedroom it was spot on. The views of rupahu were breathtaking and the room was spotless. The only downside was the shower pressure, it was very low and after a 20km walk a strong warm shower would have been nice. Great place to stay!

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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