Discovery Lodge Tongariro

Discovery Lodge Tongariro

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Tongariro Nacionalinis Parkas
Tongariro Nacionalinis Parkas


Discovery Lodge is easily one of our favourite travel destinations. We have stayed there seventeen times in the last ten years, and I am sure that would have been more visits has we known about it earlier. The accommodation, from tent sites and camping huts up to luxury chalets has something for everyone, and the service for those wishing to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is the best I have ever heard of. Even when not venturing out to the tracks or the ski field, there is are amazing views directly from the grounds.
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The stunning view from our Chalet when we completed the Tongariro Crossing in March. Callum & Miki were awesome! Thanks for the tips and advice, will definitely return for another trip.
Discovery Lodge Tongariro was my home, by way of a tent for a week - was sad to leave. Very friendly, helpful & knowledgeable staff (good advice regarding weather & walks); nice relaxing communal lounge, dining, kitchen area and warm showers after a long day on your feet. If it weren't for the super early shuttle, I wouldn't have made the last bus for the Tongariro Crossing :) The onsite restaurant also serves good decent food. Would go back again :)
Pic from my trip.
Pic from my trip.
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Had a fantastic few days at National Park. Up with the sun and out walking to make the most of the awesome weather. We stayed at the Discovery Lodge Tongariro camping ground to recover and hit the mountains again early the next day. Amazing weather to walk the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

Discovery Lodge Tongariro
Hi to you all down there!
Loved staying at the chalet !
Hi Discovery Lodge Tongariro. Regarding the weekend prize that I won for Selina Josephs. Who has now passed away. Her partner Greg Thomas and daughter SallyMae were hoping to have a weekend there but Greg says persons have to b over 18. Sally is only 15 so how do they stand regarding the weekend. Otherwise u shld draw it again. Thanking you.. Barbara McDorrell
Need a holiday bad been looking after my grandchildren love the look of the roomes love to stay there

Discovery is more than just accommodation. It's a place to escape to and surround yourself with nature and good people. It's a place where you can enjoy New Zealand's unique Tongariro National Park, a dual World Heritage Area.

Chalets, motels, backpacker cabins & camping set out on 10 acres of park like grounds, surrounded by alpine meadows & the Tongariro National Park

Operating as usual


Happy New Year from all of us at Discovery !!

Wishing everyone all the very best for 2021 !!

Photos from Discovery Lodge Tongariro's post 24/12/2020

Out and about around Discovery on a better weather day


Morning chorus from Discovery Lodge... before the birds are up

What can you hear ? Turn your volume up.

Around 4:30am from Discovery, before the birds are awake.

Photos from Discovery Lodge Tongariro's post 15/12/2020

On an early run this morning.

Aaaahhh.... the taste of fresh morning mountain air with a generous helping of serenity...

So good for the soul

Sign the Petition 05/12/2020

Sign the Petition

I strongly disagree with Work Safe laying charges against these helicopter companies or any of the other businesses and organisations.

I am not against the pursuit of high safety standards. Quite the opposite. I am against these businesses and organisations being held to account for what happened as a result of a volcanic eruption, which is an unpredictable natural event. An eruption of White Island or Tongariro's volcanos can happen anytime regardless of the GNS risk level.

I feel for the families who lost loved ones and those who were badly injured. But laying blame for this tragedy is not constructive and not the best way forward.

Guilty verdicts, huge fines, ticked boxes, written procedures, rubber stamps, risk levels, bureaucrats in offices etc cannot ever fully protect people from an unpredictable natural volcanic eruption. The only way to eliminate or minimise this risk is to not go near a volcano.

If Work Safe is successful the outcome will be more misery. The people and businesses involved will be hit even harder than they already have been. A successful prosecution will strengthen and reinforce a dangerous ideology that you as an individual are not responsible for the decisions you make, the places you visit in the great outdoors, and the risks you take.

For businesses and operators it will send a frightening warning that even if you have all the safety measures in place, and have been audited, and you operate to these standards, and something still goes wrong because of the unthinkable, you will be prosecuted.

I'm also afraid that this prosecution will lead to measures which will only further sanitise ever increasing sterile lives many people lead.
Lives without real adventure, without exploration, without pushing limits to see how far one can go. This also would be an unhappy ending.

Callum Harland

Please sign petition if you support

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Your chance to WIN a $1000 Tongariro Crossing adventure package with Discovery Lodge

Package includes:
4 nights studio chalet stay for a couple
Early start Tongariro Crossing shuttle for 2
Quality cactus jacket & head torch hire

How to enter:
1. Like this post
2. Comment on this post telling us why you need a break away in the mountains of Tongariro
3. Enter your details here:

All terms and conditions, and details of contest can be found at


This award recognises Discovery for being in the Top 10% of hospitality businesses world wide based on guest feedback.

Here’s the Top 10 reasons we achieved this recognition:

Miki Bosman
Emily Church
Janina Gould
Tania Mapp
Emilia Pietraszko
Julie Schyns
Anou Maarsingh
Julius Kaetel
Emile Michel
And of course all our wonderful guests

What an incredible bunch of people right there👆👆. We're so privileged your trails met ours !! 🙏🙏

It's now easier to send Discovery Lodge Tongariro a message. 06/07/2019

It's now easier to send Discovery Lodge Tongariro a message.

It's now easier to send Discovery Lodge Tongariro a message.

Discovery Lodge Tongariro updated their website address. 12/10/2018

Discovery Lodge Tongariro updated their website address.

Discovery Lodge Tongariro updated their website address.


Fresh dusting of snow on Ngauruhoe today.


A busy morning at Discovery Heliport Tongariro

Dropping some clients at Discovery Lodge yesterday to have a crack at the Tongariro Crossing. Enjoying this run of good weather!

Photos from Discovery Lodge Tongariro's post 11/09/2017

Cleared up a little this morning. Mt Ruapehu looking fine.


Evening snow run

I've experienced snowy trails many times before, but this evenings run was spectacular!! On the trails around Whakapapa.


A beautiful start to the day!!

A beautiful start to the day!! First light this morning from our kitchen window at Discovery.

Discovery Lodge Tongariro updated their address. 07/07/2017

Discovery Lodge Tongariro updated their address.

Discovery Lodge Tongariro updated their address.

Timeline photos 16/04/2017

Mt Ruapehu from Discovery this morning. Might light the fire!!

Timeline photos 16/04/2017

Mt Ngauruhoe from Discovery this morning!! Brrrrrrr

Timeline photos 11/02/2017

This mornings sunrise from Discovery.

Photos from Discovery Lodge Tongariro's post 28/08/2016

Discovery kids out exploring, breathing fresh mountain air, taking in the beauty and raw power of their surrounds.

Timeline photos 28/07/2016



"Mum! This is really bad!"

Watch what she requests from her Mama.

Discovery's littlest at 4.5 years old taking a splinter out of my finger - handy to have around when doing firewood.

Timeline photos 12/03/2016

Autumn can be such a beautiful season. I love the freshness and the clarity of the air. Such a nice time to be here in Tongariro! Here's a shot I took from the back of Discovery yesterday.


Tongariro Sunrise

Timeline photos 28/11/2015

Timeline photos

Not a bad spot to be hanging out for the day! Pilot Chris flew clients to Tongariro /National Park so they could enjoy the wonderful outdoors down there. Many thanks to Discovery Lodge for having us.

Photos from Discovery Lodge Tongariro's post 13/09/2015

Out for a run this evening. Such a beautiful time of the year at Tongariro!

Timeline photos 15/08/2015

Free Chalet - Tongariro National Park - 2 Nights!!
We are giving away a Studio Chalet for 2 nights to a deserving couple. See comments for details.

Photos from Discovery Lodge Tongariro's post 08/08/2015

Snowy at Discovery, Tongariro National Park this morning!

Photos from Discovery Lodge Tongariro's post 16/06/2015

Even the cows are chomping at the bit. Images taken this afternoon from Discovery (my lounge window).

Photos from Discovery Lodge Tongariro's post 15/03/2015

Did you see the sunset this evening? Spectacular!!!! Mt Ngauruhoe from our front deck. The sun setting is the view from our motels.

Timeline photos 24/12/2014

Wishing all our wonderful guests past, present & future, all our family & friends and everyone else a beautiful Merry Christmas!! From all of us here at Discovery; Harry, Crissy, Steve, Jed, Maria, Hollie, Abel, Edana, Miki, Jan, Daniel & Callum

Timeline photos 14/12/2014

William (4.5 yrs old!) & his Dad starting off on the Tongariro Crossing at 6am this morning. Go well William !!

Timeline photos 23/11/2014

Another beautiful morning in paradise! So good to see blue sky once again after all the weather we have had.

Timeline photos 21/11/2014

Nice to meet Tim from Volcanic Air who flew into Discovery today, and of course his VIP passengers - very nice people! If anyone is thinking of flying to White Island or anywhere around Rotorua check out these guys:

Photos from Discovery Lodge Tongariro's post 20/11/2014

First time holding a Kiwi!! This 3 week old visited us at Discovery today, before being released into the Tongariro Forest. Thanks for the treat Jerome.

Videos (show all)

Happy New Year from all of us at Discovery !!
Morning chorus from Discovery Lodge... before the birds are up
Evening snow run
A beautiful start to the day!!
"Mum! This is really bad!"
Tongariro Sunrise



3890 State Highway 47
National Park

General information

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 8pm
Tuesday 8am - 8pm
Wednesday 8am - 8pm
Thursday 8am - 8pm
Friday 8am - 8pm
Saturday 8am - 8pm
Sunday 8am - 8pm

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