I have been travelling New Zealand with Stray and the National Park would have been one of my favourite stops if it was not for my accommodation. I booked my accommodation in advance and paid more to stay at Plateau Lodge instead of The Park so that when I arrived I could use the 'Free WIFI' to book further travel arrangements. You only get 20MB for free which wasn't enough to book anything. They then have the cheek to charge $2 per 20MB. Feeling fairly ripped off I ask the owner to see if there was anything she could offer us, she rudely said no and that was the end of that.
We decided that we should try the 'Spa', which consists of a Hot Tub with 4 useless jets, it is effectively a dirty bath tub. The controls to the 'Spa' are kept in reception so once the 'jets' stop, you have to get out to ask for them to be put back on.
The room seem to have a small fly infestation, I am not sure what had previously died in the room.
WORST hostel in The National Park. STAY AT THE PARK INSTEAD. They have more hot tubs, MUCH cheaper Internet ($4 Unlimited per day), a great restaurant and a better location and the staff are actually helpful. You are not made to feel like a second class citizen.
You would have to pay me, A LOT, to stay here again.
- 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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