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Break away to Discovery Lodge

Escape from the hustle-and-bustle. Relax and recharge amongst nature. Discovery Lodge is surrounded by alpine meadows and the Tongariro National Park.


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Feel welcome and looked after

Be treated more like friends or family rather than a customer. Experience the best of Tongariro with the help from our friendly local team. 


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Two chalets with a close up view of Mt Ruapehu and the Tongariro National Park from Discovery Lodge

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.

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Your amazing Tongariro Alpine Crossing experience

Enjoy peace & quiet on the Crossing. Only a short 10 minute shuttle ride to the start. Feel well prepared and ready with help from our experienced local Team, or our Tongariro Crossing Guide.    

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Close accommodation to Whakapapa Mt Ruapehu 

Relax in a warm quiet motel or chalet. A short 15 minute drive to Whakapapa and the Skywaka. Affordable camping options available. A short 5 minute drive to restaurants, cafes and bars.

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Your mountain home away from home

Rest easy with views of the surrounding nature, or a beautiful sunrise or sunset from your room. Affordable, comfortable and warm. Homely self contained chalets and motels.

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Feel the freedom of camping

With wide open spaces, green grass and the surrounding nature you’ll find it easy to connect with nature here. You might even witness a spectacular mountain sunset or sunrise.

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Experience the best of Tongariro

Recharge, & be ready for your adventures. Surround yourself with nature & good local people.

Treated as friends or family

Feel welcome and looked after. Be treated more like friends or family rather than a customer. Your happiness is our priority.

Surrounded by nature

Relax and recharge amongst nature. Discovery Lodge is surrounded by alpine meadows and the Tongariro National Park.

Park like grounds

Enjoy peace, tranquility and wide open spaces. Discovery Lodge is set on 10 acres of park like grounds. Wander and marvel at the views.

Close to Tongariro Crossing

Save travel time to the start of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. The start is a short 10 minute drive from Discovery Lodge.

Close to Whakapapa Skiing

Save travel time and hassle travelling to Whakapapa ski area. An easy 15 minute drive to the Skywaka, chairlifts & winter snow.

Kiwi Owned & Operated

You'll be supporting a 3rd & 4th generation local family. Born & breed in the region. Some even at Discovery Lodge.

Extensive local knowledge

Have the best experience of Tongariro. Let us help you with our extensive local knowledge.

Options for everyone

Staying in nature is possible for everyone. We have accommodation options to suit all budgets.

Earliest Crossing Shuttle

Beat the crowds. Be the first on the Tongariro Crossing. Enjoy the hike in peace and quiet.

 Mountain views

Enjoy a full panorama of Tongariro's active volcanoes. Discovery is the only property to enjoy this view.

Restaurants, cafes & bars

A short 5 minute drive to a range of restaurants, cafes and bars.

Special Deals

The best Discovery deals anywhere on earth. You'll find them right here.

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Don't take our word for it...

Rated 4.5/5 on Tripadvisor. Awarded winner of Certificate of Excellence from 2011 to 2019 and Travellers Choice for 2020.

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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.

Jonathan R

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Meet the family...

We'll do anything to help you have an amazing Tongariro experience. 

Callum Harland owner of Discovery Lodge Tongariro

Callum Harland

Made in Ruapehu

Born & bred in the Ruapehu region. Enjoys going bush and flying. His best time for the Crossing is 1hr 25min

Miekelien Bosman of Discovery Lodge

Miki Bosman

Local since 2003

Originally from Amsterdam. Miki enjoys skiing and puts much of her energy into looking after guests and the Discovery Team.

Abel Harland of Discovery Lodge Tongariro

Abel Harland

Born at Discovery

Born and bred at Discovery Lodge. He's either in the shed making something, or in the bush somewhere. 

Edana Harland of Discovery Lodge Tongariro

Edana Harland

Born here too

Also Born and bred at Discovery Lodge. Likes ballet, rugby, singing, skiing, baking and making stuff.

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