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Bayview Chateau Tongariro

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Overview - Bayview Chateau Tongariro. Copyright Bayview Chateau Tongariro.

The elegant Chateau Tongariro is located within Whakapapa Village - in the heart of the Tongariro National Park and was constructed in 1929.

Today, the hotel provides accommodation, restaurants, bars, conference facilites and is a popular wedding destination. The hotel is surrounded by a stunning natural playground bursting with diverse landscapes for visitors to the Tongariro National Park to discover.

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Since early last century, the Chateau Tongariro has occupied a special place in the hearts and minds of New Zealander's and visitors from across the globe, who have stayed in this famously elegant hotel.

The Chateau Tongariro sits nestled in the shadow of three towering active volcanoes, and at the very foot of the majestic and sacred Mount Ruapehu. The 800 square kilometre Tongariro National Park – a dual listed World Heritage Area – provides a stunning natural playground bursting with diverse landscapes for visitors to the Chateau to discover. With arid badlands, crater and alpine lakes, sparkling rivers, breath-taking lunar landscapes, lush rainforest and alpine meadows to be explored, staying at the Chateau Tongariro is an all-seasons, utterly unique experience not to be missed.

In winter and spring, you're literally minutes away from exhilarating ski slopes. Year round, you're on the doorstep of one of nature's finest playgrounds, amongst the world's finest wild trout fishing and at the doorstep of 'New Zealand's best one day walk' - the acclaimed Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

Since early last Century, our guests have enjoyed service and ambiance that is simply second-to none...

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Review date:   February 22, 2018 12:37AM
Review:   Old fashioned hotel, reminds you of all the old movies. Great, friendly staff. Nice grounds. Right next to the visitor centre to get onto walking trails.
Author:   Dave D
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Review date:   February 12, 2018 10:11AM
Review:   Who wouldn't love this place. It's like a monument to a better (and also slightly worse era). I was here attending a wedding and it was amazing. It's litterally a hotel on the side of a volcano so you can't really gonwrong. With a tired opulence that is both overwhelming and comfortable at the same time staying here feels a bit like being in a friendly version of the shining. I love this place.
Author:   Brad Knewstubb
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Review date:   November 13, 2017 10:27PM
Review:   Absolutely adore the Chateau. Perfect couples getaway. Really good prices, go for a Standard Room it's great value. Love the little idiosyncrisies of the hotel & the fact it's not in perfect condition - adds to the charm! We also stayed in a Heritage King room for our honeymoon - the room was amazing but bathrooms desperately need to be replaced. Book a room during school holidays so you can get in on the buffet dinner - it's great value & quality, only wish it was on offer throughout the rest of the year!
Author:   Katie Skudder
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Review date:   February 21, 2018 2:34AM
Review:   Beautiful building close to the trailheads. Unfortunately the cafe is facing the road and doesn't have a great view. Good coffee!
Author:   Tim Falconmire
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Review date:   January 7, 2018 11:15AM
Review:   Classic hotel straight from the set of a 1920s Agatha Christie whodunnit. Varied menu of good food for all tastes and a excellent range of wines, beers and spirits. The surrounding mountains and volcanoes are breathtakingly beautiful and awe inspiring. Good place to visit for people of all ages.
Author:   John Gallant
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