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Howards Mountain Lodge

43/45 Carroll Street, National Park Village 3950 New Zealand
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Discover the secrets of the volcanic plateau. Walk the legendary Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Bike the popular 42 Traverse track. Canoe the wilderness of the Whanganui River. Ski the slopes of Mt Ruapehu. Howard's Lodge is the ultimate start for all outdoor adventure in Tongariro National Park, Ruapehu Skifields and Whanganui National Park. The lodge offers a broad variety of accommodation ranging from budget rooms to en-suite rooms. Daily transport to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and the 42 Traverse Mountain bike track, Rental of ski equipment, tramping boots and walking poles and mountain bikes. Enjoy a fantastic summer experience or an exhilarating winter getaway; we have just what you need.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast available
Bicycle rental
Game room
Babysitting
Shuttle bus service
BBQ facilities
Parking
Wifi
Hiking
Mini golf
Ski rentals
Skiing
Fishing
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Shared kitchen
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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English, Russian, Ukrainian
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Kara G wrote a review Jan 2024
Auckland, New Zealand83 contributions47 helpful votes
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Overall a good place to visit, clean and tidy. We had 4 adults and shared a room. Pretty comfortable. Lovely lounge rooms which would be cosy in winter. Few easily fixed issues. Kitchen is rather cluttered with stuff. One of the only three tables was covered in empty wine bottles and old floral arrangements. Ensure bathroom there was 4 of us but only really one usable hook. Also weird handle above sink that you hit your head on when brushing teeth. Lots of random pieces of firewood around and old floral and tree pieces. And kitchen was quite dark and cramped as visitors could only use one side But overall was perfectly fine for our 2 night stay.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Parking bit limited Nice lounge areas Kitchen bit cramped Comfy bedrooms with ensuites.
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Mobile49283898153 wrote a review Sept 2023
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We booked the family room. Got very little sleep as it’s right above the kitchen which was busy and noisy with inconsiderate people to god knows what time. The noise started up again at 5am. The room itself was fine, decent shower. Tv only had 3 channels when it worked properly. Parking was ok but pretty close together. We wouldn’t stay again.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Alex Lamb wrote a review Jan 2023
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The unfriendly, rude, condescending American man who handled our booking and stay. The shower head was broken in one of the bathrooms. Lodge manager failed to provide enough toilet paper in the bathrooms. There were not enough communal spaces, and the kitchen was very dirty. The beds were uncomfy and the lighting in the rooms were terrible. The doors to the toilet cubicles were too low so other guests could see over.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Acineto wrote a review Nov 2022
Auckland Central, New Zealand20157 contributions860 helpful votes
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We booked online and arrived later than anticipated. We were still able to check in ok. The lodge has off-street parking but it was a bit tight. We ended up on the older side of the lodge. The rooms were small but clean. The toilets were in a separate room from the showers and both were tidy. There was also a fairly large drying room which was very handy for wet gear. The lounge area was huge and quite comfortable. it would have been amazing had the fireplace been on. The kitchen was a bit on the older side. It did have a pair of stoves with ovens but we weren't able to get the oven going properly. It also had a microwave too. Although the facilities were a bit older, we were paying around $30 per person so it was a steal. The location isn't too bad as it's located down the road from SkiBiz and National Park isn't that large. It was a comfortable stay and would gladly come back if I'm starting in that area.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Nyanne P wrote a review Apr 2021
New Zealand11 contributions1 helpful vote
We stay here two nights to do the crossing. Has everything we needed. A clean spotless place with lovely helpful staff . The rooms are warm and great kitchen facilities The shuttle was organised with a's for us right outside the front and to come back to a hot spa 🥰 absolutely brilliant really recommend this place great for families. Thank you Howard Lodge
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Ron O wrote a review Mar 2021
Richmond, New Zealand88 contributions47 helpful votes
This was a nice place to stay considering the cost was quite reasonable. After hiking the Tongariro Crossing, it was nice to come back to a place with a nice hot shower in the en suite. Beds were a bit on the soft and spongy side, but otherwise a great little room.
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Date of stay: February 2021
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sandra j wrote a review Feb 2021
Nelson, New Zealand34 contributions13 helpful votes
We stayed for 4 days in January 2021. Unbeknown to us, our room (number 66) was directly over a diesel generator, and about 5m away from a gas pump. (we discovered this on our last night). The underfloor heating was running and it was stinking hot so our windows were wide open. For 4 days we breathed in toxic gases leading to nausea, headaches and sore throats. So much for a holiday in the pristine National Park! I'm sad to leave such a terrible review, but my letter to Howards Lodge has not been responded to - it appears they have not taken this complaint seriously.
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Date of stay: January 2021
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RereBro wrote a review Aug 2020
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absolutely loved this place. Spent 2 nights in the Ruapehu wing and we loved it. Housed 10 of us including kids, continental breakfast was yum. Service was fantastic and it was handy to Whakapapa. The place was warm and inviting and we'll definitely be booking in next season
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Amy J wrote a review Apr 2019
Woodville, New Zealand10 contributions
It was tidy and clean. You get what you pay for 😊 we were looking for somewhere cheap but still nice. Only thing was the spa was out of order and that was one of the reasons we choose to stay there. .
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 10 Apr 2019
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RPDSPD wrote a review Mar 2019
Totnes, Devon83 contributions124 helpful votes
We arrived at National Park by the Northern Explorer train and wondered what this quiet, unassuming town (aka frontier town, without the tumbleweed!) would offer, then we made our way to Howard’s Lodge for 3 nights before we caught the train again into Wellington. Firstly we were greeted by Tracey the new, but very enthusiastic and organised manager and we knew we’d settle in well. There were no en-suite double rooms left when we booked, so we had to settle for an en-suite twin room, which was clean, fairly basic, but adequate for our needs. The shower produced lots of hot water at any time of the day, so that was great. Other people have mentioned the noise in parts of the lodge and you can hear travellers preparing to set off early in the morning for walks etc, so this might affect light sleepers. Our main purpose for travelling to this area was of course to do the Alpine crossing, just like many other people and we were able to plan the shuttle run we needed for $40 per person, through Tracey at the Lodge. As so many people are travelling, accommodation in the area seems to come at a premium - we found it quite difficult to find and was a bit expensive in comparison with other places. Don’t expect the Hilton, when you stay at Howard’s Lodge, but do be assured that the staff are really helpful and work hard, especially Jo and her team of cleaners. We loved meeting a range of nationalities and ages in the communal lounge and kitchen, so this was part of the appeal of the place. We would definitely recommend Howard’s Lodge to real travellers and would urge tourists to give it a try too!
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Date of stay: February 2019
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Towards the back/kitchen area and there was quite a bit of noise we think from the water boiler...
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Responded 21 Jul 2019
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LOCATION
New ZealandNorth IslandManawatu-Wanganui RegionNational Park Village
NUMBER OF ROOMS
25
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Frequently Asked Questions about Howards Mountain Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Howards Mountain Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Schnapps Mini Golf (0.6 km), Raurimu Gravel Piles (5.5 km), and Roy Turner Memorial Playground (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Howards Mountain Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at Howards Mountain Lodge?
Guests can enjoy breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Howards Mountain Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Howards Mountain Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Station Cafe and Restaurant, Schnapps Bar, and The Spiral Restaurant & Bar.
Is Howards Mountain Lodge located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of National Park Village.
Are any cleaning services offered at Howards Mountain Lodge?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Howards Mountain Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Russian, and Ukrainian.
Are there any historical sites close to Howards Mountain Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Raurimu Gravel Piles (5.5 km).
Is Howards Mountain Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.