We (3 of us) stayed in a One Bedroom Chalets, for 11 nights from 22/August 2012, for a ski holiday in Whakapapa & Tuora. The Lodge is a 15min drive to the car parks at Whakapapa, and about 45min away from the car parks at Tuora. It has wonderful views of Mt Ruapehu, especially at sun rise and sun set.
The Chalet is well insulated, beautifully furnished with all-new fittings and appliances. The kitchen has good quality plates/utensils & cookware, shame the cooking elements aren't as powerful as we had hoped. Overall the chalet is plenty warm during the winter nights, except for the bathroom which is spacious, but does not have heating inside. Another pity about the bathroom as another reviewer pointed out, is that the shower water pressure leaves much to be desired. You do get used to the weak water pressure after a few days...
Also as pointed out by other reviewers, the laundry and drying room are in the main part of the complex, across from the reception, which is a little far from the Chalets. It didn't both us too much as we brought our own clothes airer and would prefer to dry our gears inside the house anyway.
The staff are just so friendly and wonderful. We had friends coming to joining us for the ski trip over a weekend. They had car trouble on arrival and departure of the Lodge, the staff totally went out of their way to help us out! First calling a car garage after hours and later helping us patch up the car. We also ate at the restaurant one night for dinner. The service and the food were simply top notch.
Overall this is a great place to stay and relax, and I would highly recommend them to all of my friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chalets & Motels. Surrounded by nature with spectacular panorama of the Tongariro Volcanoes. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Discovery Hotel National Park Village