I had a very positive impression of Jimmy starting from my email enquiry; very prompt reply with loads info of the lodge and Tongariro national park. He did match my expectaion from our arrival, giving us a very warm welcome and detailed advice on national park village (despite it's a tiny place), and pointing out all the lovely walking tracks on the map.
We stayed in a little house/cottage with one bedroom, lounge area, a large bathroom and a small but fully functional kitchen, the dry room (for drying ski equipment in winter) is a plus because it was wet during our stay.
The interior decor is old fashion but the place is very clean and comfortable. Parking is straight in front of the house, washing machine and dryer are free to use, as well as free wi-fi : )
Both Jimmy and his father Colin are very friendly and helpful, know the area by heart and have a good sense of humor. Remember to ask for Jimmy's 600+ DVD collection, he kindly lend a couple to my husband so we watched a few in the long evenings (the sun doesn't go down until 9pm in the summer and there's not much to do except going to pubs - I suspect national park village may have one of the highest population to pub ratios in NZ).
Jimmy was very kind to offer us $5 off per day when we checked out because we stayed there for 5 nights; he also gave us a beautiful Tongariro poster as a farewell gift, what a nice surprise!
Jimmy and Colin mentioned a few times about booking a table in the Station Restaurant for us but we didn't take it serious. Then the last night we went there and found that it was fully booked!! It did look like a decent dining place so may be you should ask them to book a table for you if you are there. Also, if you are a cat person, look for Captain the cat, he's gorgerous!
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