Be treated more like friends or family rather than a customer. Experience the best of Tongariro with the help from our friendly local team.
Staying and experiencing the best of Tongariro National Park is possible for everyone. We have accommodation to suit all budgets. From cosy upmarket chalets, homely motel apartments, budget camping huts and "back to nature" camping. Located only minutes from the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Whakapapa ski field.
Recharge, & be ready for your adventures. Surround yourself with nature & good local people.
Feel welcome and looked after. Be treated more like friends or family rather than a customer. Your happiness is our priority.
Relax and recharge amongst nature. Discovery Lodge is surrounded by alpine meadows and the Tongariro National Park.
Enjoy peace, tranquility and wide open spaces. Discovery Lodge is set on 10 acres of park like grounds. Wander and marvel at the views.
Save travel time to the start of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. The start is a short 10 minute drive from Discovery Lodge.
Save travel time and hassle travelling to Whakapapa ski area. An easy 15 minute drive to the Skywaka, chairlifts & winter snow.
You'll be supporting a 3rd & 4th generation local family. Born & breed in the region. Some even at Discovery Lodge.
Have the best experience of Tongariro. Let us help you with our extensive local knowledge.
Staying in nature is possible for everyone. We have accommodation options to suit all budgets.
Beat the crowds. Be the first on the Tongariro Crossing. Enjoy the hike in peace and quiet.
Enjoy a full panorama of Tongariro's active volcanoes. Discovery is the only property to enjoy this view.
A short 5 minute drive to a range of restaurants, cafes and bars.
The best Discovery deals anywhere on earth. You'll find them right here.
Rated 4.5/5 on Tripadvisor. Awarded winner of Certificate of Excellence from 2011 to 2019 and Travellers Choice for 2020.
Hi Callum and Miki. I just wanted to extend my deepest gratitude for everything over the past weekend. The accomodation was wonderful, but the service was truly first class. You both were beyond helpful and very proactive with my group - you guys really ensured we had an awesome visit and I can’t thank you enough for that. Will definitely be seeing you guys again in the future for more excursions. Wish you guys all the best through the coming months.
We'll do anything to help you have an amazing Tongariro experience.
Born & bred in the Ruapehu region. Enjoys going bush and flying. His best time for the Crossing is 1hr 25min
Originally from Amsterdam. Miki enjoys skiing and puts much of her energy into looking after guests and the Discovery Team.
Born and bred at Discovery Lodge. He's either in the shed making something, or in the bush somewhere.
Also Born and bred at Discovery Lodge. Likes ballet, rugby, singing, skiing, baking and making stuff.