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Discovery Lodge

3890 State Highway 47, National Park Village 3948 New Zealand
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#2 of 6 lodges in National Park Village
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Chalets & Motels. Surrounded by nature with spectacular panorama of the Tongariro Volcanoes.
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Free parking
Hiking
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Shuttle bus service
Non-smoking hotel
Picnic area
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Clothes dryer
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
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Kitchenette
Microwave
Refrigerator
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Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Complimentary toiletries
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Mountain view
Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Mountain View
Languages Spoken
English, Dutch
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QuentinHeim wrote a review Feb 2024
Saratoga, California41 contributions33 helpful votes
Given the unrivaled proximity to the Crossing and the range of accommodation (suiting all comfort levels and budgets) available, it’s hard to believe that anyone presented with all the facts would choose to stay anywhere else. Callum and his team do a terrific job of providing guests with essential knowledge for a serious Alpine adventure. Their flawless safety record over 20 years is underpinned by experience and a readiness to cancel the shuttles (with full refunds) any time the weather demands - and by a refusal to take guests whose clothing could expose them if the weather turns nasty. Which it did, on my crossing, as an apparently fine day with great forecast turned into a sub-zero hike accompanied by a gale and freezing cloud. We stayed in one of the one-bedroom chalets - fabulous, spacious, and very well laid out.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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rkvsraman wrote a review Jan 2024
Bengaluru, India5 contributions1 helpful vote
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Discovery lodge is one of the calmest campsites that we have stayed in New Zealand. Right next to the volcano and the ice capped peak, the sunrise from the park is stunning. One of the highlights of the park is the water which is supposed to be from the mountains. Tastes sweet and crisp.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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mlchael812006 wrote a review Nov 2023
Banbury, United Kingdom85 contributions32 helpful votes
Camper van experience was not great. The lack of the usual facilities for camper-van stay made this great location a little below par. No toilet waste on site, no easy grey water drain. As car parked over drain. Showers we communal and not private but good to have a free shower.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Make sure your van is empty before arriving or expect to make a 20km trip to empty your toilet
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Maxime L wrote a review Nov 2023
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Lovely caravane Park, good location with a wonderfull landscape. Good equipement and good kitchen and bathrooms. Very clean. The staff is very nice! We booked the bus for the alpine crossing very late and that was not a problem, they do their best for you. We really recommend this place, there no WiFi but there is also a very good restaurant and bar 5 minutes driving where you have free wifi
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Date of stay: November 2023
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leebumblebee wrote a review Jul 2023
Port Macquarie, Australia13 contributions4 helpful votes
By the photos, I originally thought that the chalet was located below the mountain for viewing purposes, but it is in fact quite a distance away and there was a highway between us. So I was a little disappointed at first. However, the chalet was lovely and it was in such a good location to drive, as it only took 10 minutes up to the mountain. The chalet was modern, warm, spacious and clean. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Go up the mountain early to guarantee a park.
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eric t wrote a review Mar 2023
Charlotte, North Carolina13 contributions3 helpful votes
The discovery lodge is not what the website claims. The management is disorganized and rude. The services promised are lacking That being said the chalet accommodations are comfortable and clean. Hiking the tongarairo crossing is worth the hassle of staying at this sun par lodging.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Know that they claim to be turn key support for hiking the crossing. They r not. Bring ur own...
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Teresa T wrote a review Oct 2022
Cancun, Mexico8 contributions
Stay way from this place and don’t waste your money nor spoilt your vacation !! It’s terrible staff and not helpful and rude !!!! We wish they closed down soon !!!! Horrible experince through out my 20 years travelling !!!! Stay away from here !!
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Room Tip: My advice- STAY AWAY AND DON’T RUINED your vacation
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Brown B wrote a review Sept 2022
Auckland Central, New Zealand5 contributions
Check her language shez txting rubbish to her guests N she denied to give extra heater when we requested last night And her old heaters not strong enough is putting on us Her electric blanket is not working she never check while making beds and later when we complained then she said it is not her fault. Changed another electric blanket at 9:30pm, came without texting us. Knocked our door at 9:20pm to change blanket which is weird why didn’t inform us before coming. Milk was expired for coffee, I did vomit cz I had it and later checked the expiry date June2022 Posting pic to see date also Kettle is dirty she is not accepting that she keeps saying its not harmful you can still drink in it In the morning without our txt msg she again started you did this for a refund Found 5-6 hair on bedsheet and two on pillow, when asked her she was saying again I am complaining bcz I was discount or refund. No iron available when asked she said she doesn’t advertise for iron. So many things to write but can’t write each and everything Last thing Please don’t waste your money and your holidays to book this place
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Diana wrote a review Jan 2022
Auckland, New Zealand2 contributions
We just had an amazing experience staying at Discovery Lodge. The surrounding is so peaceful and the view is spectacular especially at sunset and 4am in the morning when on a clear night you could see all the stars. The shuttle drivers were helpful, on time, friendly and humble. The chalet was tastefully decorated, modern and very clean. We highly recommend the Tongaririo Crossing experience and staying at Discovery, one of the closest accommodations to the crossing as well as the ski area for winter.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Vanessa S wrote a review Apr 2021
5 contributions1 helpful vote
Our Chalet was clean & modern with a stunning view of the mountain. Callum is very knowledgeable and helpful with so many tips for our walk. Both Callum and Miki were welcoming and friendly with lots of information on other activities in the area. The early morning shuttle was perfect and made it exciting to start our walk in the dark. Would definitely recommend staying at Discovery Lodge.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions about Discovery Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Discovery Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Taranaki Falls (6.4 km), Tawhai Falls (2.8 km), and Tama Lakes (6.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Discovery Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, shuttle bus service, and self serve laundry.
Which room amenities are available at Discovery Lodge?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at Discovery Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Discovery Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Station Cafe and Restaurant, Schnapps Bar, and The Spiral Restaurant & Bar.
Are any cleaning services offered at Discovery Lodge?
Yes, self serve laundry and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Discovery Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Discovery Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Dutch.
Are there any historical sites close to Discovery Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Te Porere Redoubt (3.8 km).
Does Discovery Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.