It was clean though and we enjoyed our hike. But we could have completed the Tongarirro crossing in half the time allotted and perhaps driven to Rorarura for a hotspring soak. As it was there is nothing to do in National Park and the spa at Howards was luke warm.
Also the walls were paper thin and we could hear the neighbours, watch lord of the rings (groan).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover the secrets of the volcanic plateau. Walk the legendary Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Bike the popular 42 Traverse track. Canoe the wilderness of the Whanganui River. Ski the slopes of Mt Ruapehu. Howard's Lodge is the ultimate start for all outdoor adventure in Tongariro National Park, Ruapehu Skifields and Whanganui National Park. The lodge offers a broad variety of accommodation ranging from budget rooms to en-suite rooms. Daily transport to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and the 42 Traverse Mountain bike track, Rental of ski equipment, tramping boots and walking poles and mountain bikes. Enjoy a fantastic summer experience or an exhilarating winter getaway; we have just what you need. ... more less
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