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Tongariro Lodge
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Tamworth, Australia
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“Tongariro lodge”
Reviewed 19 June 2013

The Tongariro lodge is a fisherman’s lodge and I opted for a fisherman’s package it is well set up to cater for fisherman. I had as a guide Tim McCarthy for 4 days who is an excellent and I can thoroughly recommend his services, see fish pictures.

The lounge in the lodge is a great place for relaxing in front of the roaring log fire after a day out, before sitting down to exceptional food in the restaurant. I cannot speak more highly of the experience and will list it as one of my favourites; I had Chalet 10 and was very comfortable with a beautiful view of the river

Room Tip: Chalet 10 with a great view
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 16 June 2013 via mobile

Stayed just the one night recently, in the two bedroom house, Lockwood style with basic fittings, small fan heater, leather couches. Could have done with more fishing / hunting style decorations (like main lodge). Place was clean, but basic - not luxury.

What was impressive was the food, award winning chef who has a signature beef dish - this really made the stay. Hearty, well cooked food. Service, from welcome to dinner service was very good. I would stay again for a fishing weekend, followed by a decent meal.

Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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Orange, Australia
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Reviewed 3 June 2013

We recently stayed two nights in a Chalet at this lovely old fishing lodge. We opted for accommodation only. We found the Chalet adequate but dated - 1980's? Heating by radiator kept the room warm enough and the comfortable bed had an electric blanket. The tv was tiny. We had a view of the river and a small deck with a table but only one chair. We were greeted by a very friendly Michelle and met the acting manager, Andrew who was friendly, helpful and knowledgable about fishing. We had dinner in the dining room with roaring fire and fine food friendly waiting staff. We did not eat breakfast there. The grounds were lovely. All in all we were disappointed with the tired accommodation but the staff made our visit a happy one.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 June 2013

Just back from 3 nights in a 4 bedroom villa at the Lodge with its fantastic views of the mountains as a backdrop across the river. We were extremely well looked after by Andrew and his team who couldn't do enough enough for us. The lounge in the lodge is a great place for relaxing in front of the roaring log fire after a day out, before sitting down to exceptional food in the restaurant. My son and I went out fishing with Tim McCarthy who is an excellent guide and I can thoroughly recommend his services especially when fishing a river as big as the Tongariro.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 June 2013

My wife and I stayed one night in a 'Chalet', and can only speak about those units. We were expecting a 'luxurious' nights accommodation having paid a 'special' rate of $200, down from $400 per night. Well, that's where the 'luxury' ended!
We stood in a rather small but adequately furnished room (with ensuite) looking round for the 'luxury' - finding nothing that would escalate it to that level: thin plastic toilet seat; standard bulk-produced hand basin; no refrigerator; no full length mirror; a rather dated ambience; the electric blanket stuffed in a cupboard (great for the first night of winter!); limited view - all trees, no river!.
In summary this unit was very adequate (good shower; comfy bed; free WiFi; etc.) but terribly over-priced, and over-advertised. We would have priced this unit's worth at around $140, with a 'special' discount of about $100.
The manager (Andrew) and staff who we had contact with were all very friendly and helpful.
The establishment had many 'extras' (spa room; restaurant; communial lounge; etc.), but we didn't require nor think we needed to pay for those.
There was nobody in the unit next door on this night, so we were unable to confirm/negate the lack of privacy mentioned in other reviews.

Room Tip: Don't book a 'Chalet' expecting luxury - all you'll do is pay plenty for an average...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 June 2013

We recently spent two nights at Tongariro Lodge for our 25th Wedding Anniversary and we found everything from the food to service just exceptional! The atmosphere and ambience of the place was truly relaxing and enjoyable. We were blessed to have lovely weather so this was an extra bonus! A big thanks to Michelle and Andrew the Acting Manager, who were both extremely friendly as well as professional and all the other staff also. Thanks also for the lovely bottle of champagne for our anniversary! - Maurice & Deb Dodunski, NZ.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Jackson Hole Wyoming usa
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Reviewed 12 May 2013

We were only able to stay two nights, but every aspect of our visit was truly exceptional.
Especially, the above and beyond professionalism and hospitality extended to us by Andrew, the acting General Manager.
The Chef is clearly first class.
We hope to return.
Brent and Sarita Eastman, San Diego, Ca and Jackson Hole, Wyoming USA

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Tongariro Lodge
Address: Grace Road | PO Box 278, Turangi 3334, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Turangi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Turangi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Tongariro Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tongariro Lodge offers a unique fishing lodge atmosphere with an international reputation for providing guests with intimate friendly service, the best of food and wine and private exclusive accommodation. There is a secluded spa and all weather tennis court on park like grounds. The Lodge specialises in providing personally guided trout fishing or outdoor experiences with resident guides.Tongariro is the ideal holiday destination for trout fishermen, outdoor enthusiasts and family adventure. ... more   less 
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