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Discovery Lodge

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All reviewsearliest shuttleshuttle servicetongariro crossingthe kitchenhot platemotel unitpacked breakfast and lunchmin driveviews of the mountainsevery hourplace to staycomfortable chaletwhakapapa villagethe busonsite restaurantearly startrecommend staying here
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

The Discovery Lodge is the best place to stay if you're planning to tackle the Tongariro crossing. The bus to the start of the hike picks you up right at the lodge and it's very affordable with a variety of options from decent rooms to...More

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Reviewed 14 March 2014

I booked a two night stay at this lodge to do the "Tongariro Crossing" hike. Its the closest lodge to the start point and do a unique early start (the earliest of all companies around the area which is great because you avoid the "crowds")....More

1  Thank ChrisWOwens
Response from CallumHarland, Owner at Discovery LodgeResponded 3 April 2014

Dear ChrisWOwens, Thanks so much for taking the time to write a detailed review. I am pleased you had a good time and enjoyed the chalets. And thrilled you would recommend Discovery. On your recommendation I have toned down our web site wording about the...More

Reviewed 28 February 2014

I booked a motel type room several weeks ahead to be sure I was close to the start. The room looked recently upgraded and although small had all we needed for a 2 night stay. The staff were very knowledgeable and called off the bus...More

2  Thank Phill_Linlithgow
Response from CallumHarland, Owner at Discovery LodgeResponded 3 April 2014

Dear Phil_Linlithgow, Thank you for your review. And thank you also for your strong recommendation – much appreciated! Great you had the extra day to complete the Crossing. You have to feel fortunate the weather the next day was good as it does not always...More

Reviewed 20 February 2014

We stayed here for one night utilising the transfer for the tongario crossing walk. The driver in the morning was a little harsh with the guests, he actually left a couple as one of them wasn't stood right next to the van, he was down...More

Thank Katie C
Response from CallumHarland, Owner at Discovery LodgeResponded 3 April 2014

Dear Katie C, Thank you for your review and I am pleased you had a good stay. I do agree with you a revamp is needed for the camping facilities, which is scheduled for prior to next summer. I understand how you would feel I...More

Reviewed 19 February 2014

Very good base for trips in Tongariro National Park, located in the hart of the park. Nice clean rooms with good view and friendly and helpfull people. They know all about tramping and the crossing, but also can help you in time of personal problems....More

Thank Kees L
Response from CallumHarland, Owner at Discovery LodgeResponded 25 March 2014

Dear Kees L, Thanks for your review and thank you for choosing to stay with us in the first place. I am very happy you had a good time while staying at Discovery. We are fortunate to have many years of experience in Tongariro and...More

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nuyuix
1 June 2017|
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Response from smw45 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry to be so late replying and not able to answer I'm afraid as we had a car The lodge staff are v helpful so suggest you contact them
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Samantha B
9 April 2016|
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Response from BucksJane | Reviewed this property |
I would email them. The staff are really helpful. Find the email address on website. They won't take you on transport unless the weather is ok and they deem it safe to walk. Plus they check you have the correct clothing... More
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986leel
18 July 2015|
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Response from CallumHarland | Property representative |
Thanks for making contact with us. Each Chalet has a private separate bathroom. They also have a kitchenette. If you have any other questions we are very happy to help. Kindest regards, Callum
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"Camping sites aren't great just average"
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"There are options from tents to chalets - all good value. You get full use of the facilities whatever you pay."
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"Can only comment on tent site: choose a spot near the edge with a slight angle, otherwise when it rains you..."
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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."
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