Stayed one night in March (supposed to be two but dual flat tires nixed that). 5 Stars on communication pre-stay, arranging for trail transport and food.
Discovery Lodge is a great base from which to do hiking in the area – their early shuttle option to Tongariro is recommended depending on the day of the week. The chalets are in essence one building split into two accommodations, and were contemporary and spacious with a small but useful kitchen space. The view was nice but not amazing (see ChrisWOwens review written on March 14, 2014 and Discovery team response). I only mention this re: expectations – if you were expecting solo chalets with Mt. Cook-like village views from the inside of the chalet, it isn’t going to be that.
Re: bathroom – note the “shelf” for your shower items is a plate of glass over the shower door – as it is clear you may not notice it at first.
One recommendation to the Discovery team – there is insufficient laundry equipment on site. One (slow) washer/dryer isn’t adequate for the # of guests. We needed to do laundry while there and were unable to due to the backup of people in line.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chalets & Motels. Surrounded by nature with spectacular panorama of the Tongariro Volcanoes. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Discovery Hotel National Park Village