My husband and I stayed here for two nights on their Tongariro Crossing package which was a very god value. For a reasonable price (by New Zealand standards) we had an apartment, pretty well equipped, breakfast both mornings (more on that below), a packed lunch, transport to and from the parking lot for the Tongariro Crossing arranged through Adventure Headquarters (more on that below) and dinner with wine both nights (more on that below as well).
The apartments themselves are not luxurious but comfortable with a good sized living room and dining room, a kitchen area, bathroom and bedroom (we changed our booking quite late so had to unfortunately, my fault, be put in a two bedroom with two bathrooms - much more room than we needed). Even came with a washer and dryer. We had a large balcony area with lovely lake view. Too bad there were no screens on any of the windows or sliding doors.
Dinner both the first and second nights we were there was surprisingly good. We had pleasant attentive service and, unlike many places where a meal is included, no restrictions on what you could have - the included meal was two courses and a glass of wine or beer. I had the lamb special the first night and it was delicious and I had the duck the second night and enjoyed that as well. Views from the restaurant out over the lake are beautiful.
A breakfast hamper was delivered early that evening as the restaurant is not open except for dinner. Lunch for our hike the next day was also delivered. The breakfast was probably the most disappointing part of the entire package. No real coffee, just instant. Prepackaged cereal, doughy unappetizing croissants, a few frozen pieces of bread - there is a toaster in the kitchen area and they did provide butter, jams and honey. Fresh milk was provided as well as bottled orange juice and yogurt. I appreciate it is difficult to do a breakfast hamper the night before but this was really pretty bad.
The lunch provided wasn't as bad - pretty good sandwich, though not great.
The resort is very well located for the Tongariro crossing. We were only about a half hour drive to the Adventure Headquarters (AH) parking lot. We had been told by our contact at Oreti and noted on the AH website that they would be there in the morning when we arrived to catch the transport for the hike and that we could buy stuff we might need in their store there. Lucky we had everything we needed except water (!!!) as they were closed up tighter than a drum when we arrived. The bus driver had extra water he agreed to sell us or we really would have had a problem. Pretty disappointing and they weren't there when we returned at the end of the day either!
One final beef - although there is free WIFI - as advertised, in fact, they only provide one hour of free WIFI a day and only one person on one device can access it at a time - annoying and unnecessary in this day and age.
All in all, for doing the Tongariro Crossing, this is a good spot to stay - there is a French press in the kitchen area so I suggest you pick up some coffee ahead of time and if you are using AH, don't rely on them for anything but the transport.
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