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Reviewed 8 January 2017

My wife and I stayed at one of the few private chalets at the front of the property. The views of the mountains were great from our unit. Unit was spectacular: new with separate bedroom, spacious bathroom, fully-stocked kitchen and pleasant living area. It was so comfy... had large windows and was our favorite accommodation during our trip. Staff was...

1Thank 4TheLoveOfRum
Queenstown, New Zealand
Reviewed 3 January 2017

Discovery Lodge provides an array of accommodations from camp sites, motel units and chalet units. Our group stayed here in summer to hike the Tongariro Crossing. We chose Discovery due to their professionalism that we could sense through the website, and also when booking with them on the phone. (Miki was also super helpful with changing our dates for us...

Thank canadiankye
Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

After a day tramping this is where you want to be. Stayed in a chalet self contained room newly refurbished. Highly recommend the restaurant food was awesome. Great views. Perfect place to be in wet weather.

Thank Alison M
Reviewed 30 December 2016

We stayed in a studio cabin which was clean, comfortable, compact and modern. We had a view straight onto the snow capped mountain too, which was spectacular. The room had good cooking facilities which was great as the restaurant at the lodge was closed when we stayed over Christmas day. There is the small village of Whakapapa with a cafe...

Thank Napen01
Reviewed 24 December 2016

We stay in a studio chalet, it was spotlessly clean, with cooking facilities, we used the microwave but were also easily able to prepare lunch/breakfast. The location here is amazing but the best part is the service that you get, Callum was amazingly helpful with ensuring that we only hiked the Tongariro Crossing if it was safe to do so,...

Thank Amanda H
Reviewed 1 December 2016

Three of us wanted a comfortable spot to stay for our Tongariro Crossing. Discovery Lodge exceeded our expectations. The chalet was modern, spacious, well appointed, very comfortable. (Note, we did not stay in a hotel room.) Incredible views. The restaurant prepared a fabulous lunch for us to bring on the crossing. The bus service to and from the crossing was...

Thank stevlind104
King's Lynn, United Kingdom
Reviewed 28 November 2016

Discovery runs the earliest shuttle to the start of the Tongariro Crossing, a truly awesome and beautiful place, so that you can get some time to experience the beauty without too many other people. The staff at the Discovery Lodge are very welcoming and helpful. They provided packed breakfast and lunch so, with accommodation, food and the shuttle, they provide...

Thank Sarah91052
Central Poland, Poland
Reviewed 26 November 2016

Stayed in the self-contained campervan and it was OK. Highly recommended to book in advance - we arrived in the late evening and were able to stay but when I went to pay in the morning I was informed it's against the rules.

Thank MaGPL
Reviewed 23 November 2016

The gal at the desk was very friendly, and just let me pick whatever site I wanted, which was good and bad. Tis location does not have wifi ("back to nature") and the campervan sites are covered with grass. It happened to be raining the first night I was there and I had a hard time keeping the grass clippings...

Thank Mark C
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Discovery Lodge is one of the best accommodations around National Park. A good view of Tongariro Mountain from their deck. Offering shuttle to the mount for people who love ski and nature. Near to the best spot of National Park. Good customer service and friendly staff. Thanks to Collum and Micky for their hospitality. I definitely will come back :)

Thank Lhorayne O

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  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Parking
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Self-Serve Laundry
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Chalets & Motels. Surrounded by nature with spectacular panorama of the Tongariro Volcanoes. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Discovery Lodge

Address: State Highway 47, National Park Village 3948, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui Region > National Park Village
Price Range: ₹ 907 - ₹ 15,546 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Discovery Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Also Known As:
Discovery Hotel National Park Village
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“Pay the extra money for a chalet. They are by themselves at the front of the property with the best views.”
HCr0ss, 5 Apr 2017 | Read review
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“Chalets are great location & new”
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“Chalets are stand-alone "homes." Fabulous. Spacious. Modern and efficient. Comfortable beds.”
stevlind104, 1 Dec 2016 | Read review
“All the chalets are detached with open views of the mountain.”
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MeAndSpouse, 10 Apr 2016 | Read review
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