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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:   May 17, 2018 9:59PM
Review:   We thoroughly enjoyed staying in the Chateau, loved everything about the Hotel. Rooms were extremely adequate with plenty of space, clean with lovely bed linen & towels. The buffet breakfast was superb but a little disappointed with our main meal in the dining room. Not enough vegetables. Surely vegetables are a reasonable price here in New Zealand & we felt more could have been supplied. Staff were really great very welcoming & helpful. A wonderful ambiance overall.
Author:   Lynette Bendrey
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Review date:   May 14, 2018 7:53PM
Review:   The building itself was built just before the great depression and has that old world charm that looks good in movies. Large spaces in the main lobby area are broken into functional sitting areas with over-stuffed velvet-like chairs and sofas, small and large side tables, an enormous billiards table, and multiple fireplaces and picture windows. It's all old school, and though it creates a bit of nostalgia, it is also dark and a little stifling with heavy drapes over the tall windows in the main dinning room at night and wall-to-wall carpet as far as the eye can see. The waitstaff leadership is eager to please and so is most of the staff themselves, if a little awkward at times. The rooms are dated but serviceable, but have strange issues like too few electrical outlets that are positioned in awkward places. Plugging in the water kettle, for instance, presents one with an engineering challenge. You can hear voices from other rooms as well as water turning on and off, so it feels a little like home in that way, even if modern expectations are a bit different. One highlight to be sure is High Tea. It's fabulous, affordable, and tasty. The whole hotel is as though from a time capsule and shouldn't be missed if you are passing through this gorgeous one-of-a-kind place.
Author:   M S
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Review date:   May 16, 2018 12:03AM
Review:   Arrived in time for high tea, the food was great. The staff were always very attentive. Had a beautiful evening in the lounge. Dinner was exquisite. The location is superb. So beautiful. The entire trip was awesome. Would recommend for any pampered get away.
Author:   Benjamin Sill
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Review date:   May 15, 2018 5:00PM
Review:   Was very impressed with the service we received. Also the food options including some vegan choices were awesome. Our room was clean and plenty of space along with a beautiful view. I would highly recommend staying at this beautiful, historic hotel.
Author:   Wilson Arroyo
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Review date:   May 16, 2018 10:49AM
Review:   The staff were wonderful and so helpful but the Chateau was very tired and living on past glories. Our room had no view, was far too warm and had constant clanging, dripping noises onto the metal roof from the constant heavy rain, resulting in a sleepless night. We couldn't flush the toilet in the middle of the night because of the appalling noise it made post flush. The bed and pillows were far too soft. The food in the main restaurant was just warm and the buffet breakfast was something only to be avoided. After pre-paying for 2 nights we left after one! As this was a treat for ourselves after illness we wish we hadn't bothered.
Author:   shirley davies
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