Gayle is the most welcoming and gracious host and I would definitely recommend River Lodge.
We stayed for two nights in April, the room was superb. Giant comfy bed, sofa, fridge and a shared balcony with seating. The shared lounge area's are huge, plenty of space and Denton even lit the fire early especially for us as we came back soaking wet for one of the many great walks Gayle recommended.
Breakfast was delicious - cereals, bread, toast, cheese, ham, jams, eggs, hot breakfast. You name it Gayle offered it! We also had a lovey dinner that Gayle prepared with fresh lamb and vegetables.
Lovely place to stay to explore the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The River Lodge is located at the Foothills of Mt.Ruapehu on the banks of the Mangawhero River. The property is unque and superbly appointed. It features high quality accommodation and facilites, beautiful gardens to wander through, trout fishing (NZ regulations apply), BBQ facilities and under cover hot tub where you can enjoy your superb NZ wine or beer taking in the views of Mt Ruapehu. Put you feet up down by the river and enjoy a good read from our large range of books. Breakfast is inclusive in most rates and lunches can be made for an additional price to take with you on your activities. The River Lodge can assist with advice and transport arrangements for most activities in the region. Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and Whanganui National Park are very unique environments with a range of short and long walks, guided or un-guided trout fishing adventures, and golfing at Waimarino Gold course is just two minutes away. The ultimate experience with flying over the three volcanoes either by fixed wing or helicoper transport is a must do. One day river adventures by Whanganui River Adventures on the Whanganui River is also available combining a mix of jet boat up to the walk into the Bridge to Nowhere and canoe back on the Whanganui River to home base. Turoa ski field has the largest skiiable area in New Zealand during the winter with Whakapappa a close second. Both have great ski facilities and located on the side of Mt. Ruapehu offering the ultimate in ski and snow boarding experiences. There really do try to offer something for everyone! We at The River Lodge firmly believe that the little things really do matter and therefore pride ourselves on assisting you to make the most of your holiday. Come and join us, book now. ... more less
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