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Bayview Chateau Tongariro

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Overview


 
 
 
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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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Overview



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...

Google Reviews



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Review date:   July 20, 2018 2:14AM
 
Review:   Our stay was only for a night but it was most enjoyable. We have been coming to the Chateau for years and had our daughter's wedding there. I feel the Chateau is moving forward in all the right ways and has improved in all areas. The staff were all extremely helpful and most professional. A small mistake in the lounge was rectified and we left feeling well cared for. The rooms are old but feel very modern. Are very clean and most comfortable.I loved it all.
 
Author:   Debbie Brown
 
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Review date:   July 27, 2018 3:56AM
 
Review:   The service is very good. The music and piano is excellent. Food is great. Very comfortable. The wing back chairs in the main room ground floor seem very soft and require an upholsterer to rebuild as do the chairs in the dining room. The dinning room tables wobble and need new rubber feet. The bathrooms in the heritage wing badly need an upgrade. Taller people like myself require a super king bed and you have got rid of all these. More rooms need to be able to be configured for families when needed. Such as two x doubles and one single or one double and two singles. Not enough options for families with the changes to the bed sizes. In the old days the super king broke down into large singles. thanks
 
Author:   Max Tongue
 
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Review date:   July 4, 2018 4:24AM
 
Review:   When we arrived at 6 pm to our two bedroom Villa, the heaters had been running and it was amazingly warm considering it was -7 outside. Very Clean and well equipped Villa. Breakfast the next day in the Ruapehu lounge was the greatest breakfast I've ever had provided by accommodation. The Buffet was never ending with so many options. The staff are very friendly and accommodating. The pool looked beautiful and the cinema is very tempting.
 
Author:   Celeste Allan
 
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Review date:   July 14, 2018 8:58AM
 
Review:   Staying at the Chateau Tongariro is a real world old time experience. The decor is 1930's art deco style and the rooms have been refurbished in the same great style. Irrespective of the weather you can have a great time. The Ruapehu restaurant menu is fabulous as is the lounge high tea. Food not your thing? try the Cinema or the Plunge Pool. The staff were all very friendly and couldn't do enough for us - we'd love to come back
 
Author:   Kevin Beeby
 
Rating (out of 3 stars):  

Review date:   July 22, 2018 6:08AM
 
Review:   The staff were excellent. The quality of the food is excellent too. Our rooms were nicely put together, decor etc. Good size rooms and clean. My only concern was the common areas eg lounge bar etc. I'm wondering if the somewhat shabby appearance is due to the fact skiers use it plus kids everywhere so the upholstery gets very dirty and damaged quickly? Our bedroom nice as it was with a very lovely bed had too much bedding for the fact the rooms seem centrally heated. It was very hot so removed the cover and used a sheet but this was too cold so couldn't get the temperature right.
 
Author:   Raewyn Levis
 
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