Awastone
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Awastone

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#1 of 2 campsites in Mangaweka
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Awastone is located halfway between Wellington and Taupo and 1km off SH1 with affordable accommodation and camper van sites making it easy for families or couples to relax during their holiday in New Zealand. Onsite are 2 comfortable, well appointed units that include linen, wifi and complimentary tea/coffee. "The Pukeko Palace" is a 4 bedroom en suite unit and "Tui's Flight" is a smaller double with river views. There are 9 powered sites for camper vans and caravans. These all have a river view and include the wifi, clean amenities and use of a shared kitchen. If you want to add some adventure, fun rafting and kayaking trips meet at Awastone 3 times daily in the summer months and children as young as 3yrs old can join too. "Stay and Play" package pricing is on offer, so relax and enjoy the river.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Boating
Canoeing
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Conference facilities
Electric vehicle charging station
Wifi
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Happy hour
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Hiking
Meeting rooms
Spa
Picnic area
Clothes dryer
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
Room features
Kitchenette
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Charming

Location

143 Ruahine Road, Mangaweka 4774 New Zealand
Getting there
Car recommended
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Palmerston North Airport
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Wanganui Airport
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David W wrote a review Jan 2020
Wellington, New Zealand29 contributions13 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely spot by the river and white cliffs. We stayed at Tui's nest. Cute, private and only $84 a nite. Nice cafe, beautiful views. The water is clear and cold but warms in summer afternoons. Didn't try the hot tub @ $25 an hour but would have if we had stayed another nite.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Mangaweka, Manager at Awastone
Responded 14 Mar 2020
We're so glad you enjoyed your stay in Tui's! We hope to have you again soon :)
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Kayla wrote a review Mar 2023
Feilding, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our family was fortunate to win a giveaway to Awastone, which granted us a night's stay at the Pukeko Palace and a one hour rafting excursion called "Splash n Giggle."

The experience was truly remarkable! The family-oriented lodging featured comfortable beds with quality bedding, a kitchenette, and a shower and toilet. We had ample space outside to enjoy playing soccer and rugby while catching a glimpse of Ruru's (Moreporks) during our game of spotlight. We appreciated being able to go on a nearby bush walk and throw rocks into the river.

The café, restaurant, and bar exceeded our expectations! The staff were exceptionally friendly, and the food was delicious and affordable. We were even loaned a game of "cornhole" so the kids could stay entertained after dinner while we relaxed and enjoyed our meal and drinks.

The rafting trip was a highlight of our stay! The kids couldn't stop grinning, and our guide was both experienced and knowledgeable. We'll cherish the memories of this exceptional experience at such a magical location. Thank you!
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Response from Paul Eames, Owner at Awastone
Responded 3 Apr 2023
Hey! Thank you so much for your detailed and complimentary review. We greatly appreciate you taking the time to let others know about our beautiful area. Hopefully we can welcome you back sometime!
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Pam T wrote a review Feb 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We really enjoyed our gentle raft trip with our skilled and knowledgeable guide. Lovely way to see the river and get up close to the water. The cafe provides great snacks and light meals, with generous refreshments included following our trip.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from Mangaweka, Manager at Awastone
Responded 14 Mar 2020
It's a beautiful trip isn't it!? Thank you for the nice review, we're so happy you enjoyed as much as we do!
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Gary wrote a review Feb 2021
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Fabulous setting .. awesome food ..attentive staff .. extremely quiet and peaceful
We stayed in the Pukeko Palace for a night in a very very comfortable bed .. BUT... the Pukeko Palace was anything but
being charged $120'was ( in our opinion and we travel a lot ) grossly over priced.
For that price one would expect
A Television ( none )
A shower that worked ( just poured out extremely hot water whether on Hot or Cold settings so not able to be used)
No sink in the kitchen area ( crockery had to be washed in the bathroom handbasin. Seems that a review back in August 2019 drew attention to this and the Management response was that it was " going to be fixed very soon .. hey, almost 18 months later ??
No Coffee
No toiletries in Shower
Adjust the price to a realistic level for what is very basic accomodation rather than have it at School camp level and we will be back in a flash.
To whoever makes those Pies... they are to die for.
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Date of stay: February 2021
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Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Paul Eames, Owner at Awastone
Responded 6 Apr 2021
Hi Gary, Thank you for your honest review. Stoked you enjoyed the pie, we agree! We have not & do not ever intend to put Televisions in our rooms, we hope our guests will enjoy the beauty the area has to offer. We do however, provide free wifi for all guests. We are very sorry about the shower, it has since been fixed. The Pukeko Palace provides a kitchenette, so no it doesn't not have a sink, but is conveniently close to the customer kitchen should guests like to cook and clean a full meal. Coffee is provided, if we had known it was missing we would have happily topped you up :) We do not agree with small, single use plastics so do not provide these as toiletries, but we are working towards a more eco friendly alternative. While we disagree that the Pukeko is "at school camp level", we do hear and appreciate your comments and we hope to see you again. Kind Regards, Awastone
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Angie B wrote a review Dec 2020
Auckland, New Zealand15 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had stayed at Awastone previously as Motorhome owners and loved the dramatic location, peace and naturalness. Having a great café was always an added bonus. However recently we stayed in their latest accommodation, "Tui Bach," accommodation tucked discretely among native trees yet open enough to give a view of the river and towering white cliffs. We were mourning the loss of a much loved person and to be able to find this oasis for respite was truly wonderful. The staff, as always, are super relaxed and friendly and open to catering for any unexpected needs. I'm hoping that my next stay will be longer and to be used as time for a writers retreat. The perfect location. We may have been before but we'll keep going back. Why not?!
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Response from Paul Eames, Owner at Awastone
Responded 5 Jan 2021
Angie! Thank you for your heartfelt review of our new Tuis Flight cabin, sorry to hear about your loss, however we're glad we could share a piece of our home to bring some joy. We look forward to having you again soon... thanks again.
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Jenny A wrote a review Sept 2023
Wellington, New Zealand34 contributions5 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautiful spot. The staff were really lovely. I was staying in ‘the Bach’. It’s a bit expensive for a solo traveler but would be perfect for a couple. It’s a really cute spot and even though it was raining there were plenty of birds around. Would recommend for anyone wanting an escape and a comfortable quiet spot. The Mangaweka Dam is just down the road and a nice little walk. The toilet and shower are about 50m away from the bach so this would not be suitable for anyone with mobility challenges.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Trip type: Travelled solo
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ravinon wrote a review Apr 2021
New Zealand172 contributions131 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Peaceful, tranquil. Authentic Kiwi rural location. Sleep to the sound of the river running just meters away and on our particular night the Stags roaring!
The staff are welcoming and lots of fun. Thank you Paula and Trisha for your good humour and attention. We really enjoyed our time at the bar and the great gin selection. The beef burger was to die for!
Thank you Chef!
We will be returning to enjoy kayaking or rafting in the most spectacular scenery of the Rangatiki limestone cliffs.
It would be easy to spend a few days here so dont hesitate.
This place is well set up for caravans, motor homes, tents and cabins. Powered and non powered sites. And the facilities are spotless!
Book ahead for public holidays if you want a powered site. This little secret spot is getting popular and deservedly so. Its a perfect location between Wellington and the north for a stop over as well
Cant wait to go back in the spring!
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Paul Eames, Owner at Awastone
Responded 6 Apr 2021
Thank you Ravinon! We're glad you enjoyed your time with us & look forward to hosting you again soon :)
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Laura M wrote a review Feb 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
My partner and I spontaneously made a trip to Awastone and it was a great decision. Comfortable cafe, garden area and clean shower and toilet facilities at the main site. We stayed in our campervan at the the Mangaweka Campground (unpowered) - fantastic to be so close to the water with clean toilets. We were welcomed by friendly staff who all adhered to Covid-19 guidelines. We thoroughly enjoyed the Whitewater Kayaking and both felt very safe and assured by the instructor. Thank you for an amazing experience.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Response from Paul Eames, Owner at Awastone
Responded 26 Jul 2022
Thank you for this amazing review! We're so happy to hear you had a great time at Awastone, and we hope we can welcome you back again.
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Juanita Blue Tiki wrote a review Dec 2022
Whanganui, New Zealand3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A group of us stay every year, within the Pavilion camping area and enjoy the cleared area around the campsite, its always well kept and beautifully presented.
My partner and I stayed on in the 'Batch' to have a couple of extra days rest and also a bit of adventure in the area surrounding Awastone before we went home.
we were absolutely blown away with the hospitality, the whole experience was brilliant ..... we want to thank all the staff a big bunch for going the extra mile.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Room Tip: Camping that has everything you need.
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Response from Paul Eames, Owner at Awastone
Responded 3 Apr 2023
Thanks so much for leaving a review, we're so happy to host you!
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Nic D wrote a review Dec 2022
Brisbane, Australia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My partner and I had the best experience at Awastone. Right from when I first enquired about the packrafting course and accommodation the communication was excellent. Our stay was lovely with views of the river and a very comfortable room.

The next day we had an exceptional packrafting experience. Extremely professional and knowledgeable. We felt well looked after and safe on the river. Off the river the cafe provided us an amazing lunch, tea, coffee and cake at the end. It just made the whole day the best.

The next day we asked them last minute for a shuttle to raft again and even though they had a big live music event to organise, they were more than happy to accommodate us.

All in all Awastone feels like a well loved business that makes you feel at home and comfortable. I hope to be back with a group of friend in the future. High recommended!
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Paul Eames, Owner at Awastone
Responded 3 Apr 2023
So happy to hear you were well looked after by the team. Our aim is for people to feel at home & comfortable - so hearing we did exactly that is music to our ears! All the best.
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Juanita Blue Tiki wrote a tip Dec 2022
Whanganui, New Zealand3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Camping that has everything you need."
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scott d wrote a tip Dec 2021
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book early to avoid missing out on the dates you want."
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David B wrote a tip Mar 2020
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I didn't see the other rooms but The Bach has a lovely view and is private"
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Kristine B wrote a tip Mar 2018
7 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"camping by the river is amazing!"
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PRICE RANGE
$146 - $147 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
New ZealandNorth IslandManawatu-Wanganui RegionRangitikei DistrictMangaweka
NUMBER OF ROOMS
2
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Frequently Asked Questions about Awastone
Which popular attractions are close to Awastone?
Nearby attractions include Whitecliffs Boulders (6.2 km) and Manawatu Scenic Route (1.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Awastone?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Awastone?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Awastone?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Awastone?
Conveniently located restaurants include Flat Hills Cafe and Tourist Park, The Duke's Roadhouse, and Awastone Cafe.
Does Awastone have airport transportation?
Yes, Awastone offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Awastone?
Yes, self serve laundry and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Does Awastone offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Is Awastone accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.