We found the rooms comfortable, and bedrooms cozy. It is well located in National Park Village, around 15 min to the top of the Bruce (in summer). The bathroom was a little strangely laid out (lock the door if you're in there, so someone doesn't take your knees off if you're on the toilet). The shower is nice and strong, with endless hot water.
The storage is a little tight - there are no wardrobes in the bedrooms, instead there is a shared wardrobe in the main part of the apartment. The bedrooms themselves are small - room for the beds and bedside tables, and that's all.
While their own website advertises that "LCD flat screens TV in our lodge and apartments all LCD's have Sky.", this is not the case. We did not have sky, and the reception of the channels we did have was very fuzzy (obviously not Freeview either). When we asked about this at reception, we were advised "We are going through a change with Sky at the moment. It's a matter of balancing new motherhood with running a business". So, there may be Sky in the apartments in future - if this matters to you, check with them directly before you book. TV was an LCD though, so that part is correct.
Also to be aware, while there is Wifi available, this is in the form of a 40mb voucher given when you check in, and after that you need to top up. We could not get connected (room 6) to even log in and use it, as we could not get ample reception from their Wifi. So, gave the voucher to our friends in room 5 to use (they could get reception), and we used the 3G on our phones to check email / weather forecast ...etc.
Those things aside, I really did like the place, and would stay again, and would recommend to others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a family run lodge with a variety of accommodation and transport to the Tongariro National Park. Private double rooms (with or without a bathroom) Modern two bedroom apartment Camper van sites Tongariro Alpine Crossing Shuttle Return Shuttle 7.00am and returning at 3.30pm & 5.00pm Cost is $35pp One way: Leave your car at Ketatahi and we will transport you to the start $30pp ... more less
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