We stayed for 3 nights in the self contained 1 bedroom chalet at the Discovery Lodge. The views of the surrounding mountains, tipped with snow, by day or in the moonlight were hauntingly beautiful. There is a road but there are so few cars I can't imagine it bothering anyone.
Everything about the chalet was new and first rate, with comfort and style. The kitchenette included an oven, there were plenty of dishes and everything to whip up a nice meal. The pullout sleeper couch and chair were also brand new and very solid and comfortable. The separate bedroom had privacy, a great mattress, high quality linens and plenty of extra blankets.
Service was friendly, obliging and knowledgeable. Collum is from the area and knows the mountains well. He is eager to give good advice, as well as help his guests get the most out of their visit.Common areas are congenial, pleasant and warm. The pool table was a fun addition, we had quite a tournament! There are loads of dvds to watch if the weather turns bad on you as well.
I would remind future guests that you are staying at a remote lodge in a National Park. Bring food or make arrangements with the lodge. Their catering is excellent, but because all supplies need to be brought in from a distance, they need to know ahead of time.Lodge guests use a pleasant and well heated common area, separate from the camping facility.
I would happily stay there again for a several day sojourn. It would also be just the spot for a ski vacation.
- 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