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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:   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:   October 12, 2017 9:05AM
Review:   While the period building is atmospheric and can take you back in time, the food quality is disappointing. Supermarket quality of bread with cheap condiments disguised under fancy names. While the place tries to be upmarket and smart - the staff will politely send you to the water station. Staff is polite - but this is not a remedy for subpar quality. Pity as the place has a huge potential to be of international standard.
Author:   Franek GrumpyBean
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Review date:   November 29, 2017 8:22AM
Review:   Poor view from room with sounds and smells from kitchen. They said they had no alternatives. However it was spacious and clean. Restaurant main course was poor and over priced. Pudding was excellent though. Whole atmosphere was a bit stuffy and staff were least friendly of nz people we've met.
Author:   Jennifer Temperton
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Review date:   November 26, 2017 9:40AM
Review:   Driving up to the Chateau it's absolutely beautiful, however, the interior is in much need of a renovation. Our room was spacious but our tub had multiple burns and there was no air conditioning. The pool and fitness center is very out dated and not worth the price tag.
Author:   Holly Fritz
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Review date:   November 24, 2017 3:56AM
Review:   The chateau is gigantic, built in 1929. There are vestiges of art deco in the building. The restaurant is the best in the area, though a little pricey. My beef tenderloin was excellent.
Author:   SeFok Chan
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