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Adventure Lodge & Motel
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Perth, Australia
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121 reviews
25 hotel reviews
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“Good value and a very friendly & knowledgeable host”
Reviewed 25 October 2013

We had planned to stay for three nights but the snow conditions weren't suitable, so decided to bring forward our two days at Tauringa and return later. Lorraine was very helpful and fortunately able to accommodate the change. Lorraine really is very friendly, knowledgeable and happy to have a chat.

Happily the conditions for skiing were much better on our return!

We were staying in a self-service room and it did have everything that we needed. The room was lovely and warm. The bed was very comfortable with good quality sheets and the towels were big and fluffy (& the heated towel rail was nice too). Lorraine had actually given us the disabled room because it had more room.

I did spend some time over in the lodge and the rooms look very good and the common areas very accommodating.

I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

Another accomodation place had let us down, and Lorraine took us in and even gave us a friendly price. We stayed in a studio unit which was all she had left. As studio units go this was fine, it was clean and warm, and just across the courtyard from the communal kitchen. But Lorraine and Ron's Kiwi hospitality really shines when it comes to supporting guests doing the Tongariro Alpine crossing (walkway). We had to turn back due to unexpected adverse weather at high altitude and without complaint or extra charge they came and collected us, and even rescued another lost soul who was not their guest, and delivered her to the base camp near Ketetahi. They were wonderful.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

We stayed 3 nights and had a great time. We were able to do our own basic meals in the self contained 2 bedroom unit. The beds were very comfortable and warm and the friendly owners are always ready to help and share their local knowledge of the weather, ski fields and things to see and do. Our AFL team was in the grand final the weekend we stayed, and Lorraine went out of her way to find us a tv with the right station to watch it on! The spa is perfect for the end of a cold day in the snow. National Park is a very small, but cute town and a great base for activities around Ruapehu and Tongariro national park and I would definitely recommend Adventure Lodge & Motel.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

Extremely friendly and helpful owners. They provided a great breakfast on both morning that we were staying. The shared kitchen facilities were great for those that like to cook their own dinners. It's a good location for access to the mountains. It is also and great little village.

A little expensive, but it is somewhat remote.

Only compliant would be that the walls were quite thin. I had to ask the person next door to turn his TV down. It was late and he had fallen asleep with the TV blaring. :)

I would definitely recommend this place and would happily go back.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank you David for taking the time to review Adventure Lodge, it was such a wonderful day you had to do the winter guided Tongariro Alpine Crossing and I am sure you will remember your adventure in the Tongariro National Park for the rest of your life.

Maybe you will come back and do this in summer - we would love to welcome you back - it is not too far, over the Tasman Sea.
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

Stayed here two nights and loved it. The owners run the place and it has much more of a personal feel than some larger places.

The bed and sheets were very nice and I had a great sleep. I had a studio unit and it's quite large. Nice to have central heating and TV in the room is a bonus for when you're too tired after a days climbing to go out.

Breakfast was quite good.

Will definitely stay again.

Room Tip: The room with disabled access (the ramp) has no other rooms directly beside it, so nice a quite.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

We chose this motel based on other positive review and because it fulfilled my requirement: Sky TV (National Park isn't exactly entertainment central at night) & my partner's requirement: a spa pool. Also it looked like a good price for what we were getting and we found that to be perfectly true.

We stayed in one of the motel rooms for 2 nights. When we arrived we found I had mistakenly booked a room with separate beds, not a twin share, and being a couple did not want separate beds, and although the owners had our original room all warned up for us with the heater going were happy enough to move us to a double room which I thought was very nice of them considering it was peak ski season. The room was very big for 2 people - plenty of room for our boards and gear and the drying room was just a hot water cupboard with a fan but did a good job though. The heating was great, never felt cold. Bed was comfy, had a great sleep, and again, lots of warm blankets for the freezing central plateau nights. Parking and privacy were no problem and housekeeping did a good job.

The spa pool is really nice after a day of snowboarding, although it was a bit awkward going to get the key from the desk and then returning it in the cold weather. Other lodges I've stayed at just have free and open use of the spa pools but once in it was nice to have it to ourselves, so no complaints. This policy probably allows them to keep the spa pools in such good condition and not waste energy.

Overall for the price we paid in the peak ski season it was tremendous value and I would stay here again happily. This isn't a 5 star resort and just a little bit long in the tooth in some areas (cutlery for example), but I feel like we got what we expected and paid for - good, clean, tidy accommodation with fantastic service which is why I've given it such a good rating.

One of the reasons I felt the service was so good - a friendly ski report in the morning. If you've never skied at Ruapehu before, local knowledge is invaluable when heading up the mountain as it is so changeable and these guys really knew their stuff.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Atlanta, GA
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

We stayed in a Superior King room that had a separate bedroom with king bed, a nice bathroom with towel heater and a living area with small kitchenette, dining table, couch, and single bed in the back. It felt like coming home after a long day of hiking in the cold - we were able to snuggle on the couch with a nice cuppa and watch a movie (borrowed from the office) before going off to bed. The bed was comfortable, and the whole unit heats up quickly - there are separate heaters for the living area and bedroom. Parking is included, just outside your room.

The best part of staying here though is the hospitality. Lorraine is wonderfully helpful, and seems genuinely happy to have you stay with her. It has the feel of a bed and breakfast, rather than a motel or lodge. She can help you pick out a movie, find a place for dinner, pick out a scenic drive, or point you to anything else you need. When we wanted to use the laundry facilities and hot tub, Lorraine was happy to set us up quickly. She even called our guide for us to check on the weather and what time she wanted us to meet her in the morning, before we could ask.

The breakfast was lovely (full cooked breakfast, porridge with fruit, or cereals/yogurts, etc. - lots of choices). For an extra $15, Lorraine set us up with lunches for the day we went hiking - there aren't a lot of places to grab a sandwich for your backpack in town. Our lunches included sandwiches, multiple snack bars, multiple pieces of fruit and a bit of chocolate. She even included a thermos of hot tea that stayed hot until we stopped for lunch. SO worth it.

Location is great - right off the main road, very near the turnoff to the Ruapehu ski areas, and a short trip to several other major hiking routes (including the Tongariro Crossing trail head). We walked to dinner both nights (less than 10 minutes).

This really is an excellent option in National Park - you'll be so happy you stayed here, and you'll leave feeling like you have friends in the area now.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Adventure Lodge & Motel
Address: 21 Carroll Street, Tongariro National Park 3948, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui Region > Tongariro National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Tongariro National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Adventure Lodge & Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hi and Welcome to Adventure National Park. Gillian and John welcome you to their lodge and motel in National Park Village. We cater for families, groups, and the independent traveler. Your choice of deluxe one bedroom units with King size beds, standard studio motel units with Queen Size Beds and private facilities. Our budget lodge rooms with double beds or Twin share, shared bathrooms, lounge and kitchen. Bed and Breakfast options available. Comfortable warm beds, electric blankets, Sky TV in lodge and all units, drying room, Internet and wireless access available, large open fire, Dinner, Breakfast and a packed lunch available. Department of Conservation authorized shuttle to and from the Tongariro Crossing departing daily weather dependent, let us take care of you with our Tongariro Freedom Package. ... more   less 
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