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
Wishing everyone all the very best for 2021 !!
Out and about around Discovery on a better weather day
What can you hear ? Turn your volume up.
Around 4:30am from Discovery, before the birds are awake.
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
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.
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What an incredible bunch of people right there👆👆. We're so privileged your trails met ours !! 🙏🙏
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!
Cleared up a little this morning. Mt Ruapehu looking fine.
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!! First light this morning from our kitchen window at Discovery.
Mt Ruapehu from Discovery this morning. Might light the fire!!
Mt Ngauruhoe from Discovery this morning!! Brrrrrrr
This mornings sunrise from Discovery.
Discovery kids out exploring, breathing fresh mountain air, taking in the beauty and raw power of their surrounds.
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.
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.
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.
Out for a run this evening. Such a beautiful time of the year at Tongariro!
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.
Snowy at Discovery, Tongariro National Park this morning!
Even the cows are chomping at the bit. Images taken this afternoon from Discovery (my lounge window).
Did you see the sunset this evening? Spectacular!!!! Mt Ngauruhoe from our front deck. The sun setting is the view from our motels.
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
William (4.5 yrs old!) & his Dad starting off on the Tongariro Crossing at 6am this morning. Go well William !!
Another beautiful morning in paradise! So good to see blue sky once again after all the weather we have had.
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: www.volcanicair.co.nz
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.
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Takeaways here in National Park. Karina and James Kai located opposite Ski Biz
The perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal and few drinks after walking the Tongariro Crossing or spending the day on Mt Ruapehu. Great Bar - Great food.
Macrocarpa Cafe, National Park Village. Great coffee and a family friendly atmosphere. We have a wid
A place where you can eat good food, be relaxed and cozy next to two fire places or enjoy a game of rugby with mates. It is a family friendly environment.
Open for apré ski/hike/bike and dinner from 4:30pm