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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great room and a great experience. We also were the first clients of new owners and were treated very well. We were made to feel at home and had the run of most of the house. The lodge is remote to any city or traffic so it is very quiet and dark at night. Yet it only...

Thank John Y
Dunedin, New Zealand
Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

The River Lodge sits on a beautiful bit of property with a gorgeous view of Mt Ruaphue. It's the kind of place where you could spend all day relaxing with a deep sense of peace. We loved the host and his dog- they both made our stay extremely memorable.

Reviewed 10 October 2016

We had the best stay at The River Lodge, from start to finish. We came for a few days skiing with our dog in September. When we were making our booking enquires, Eliot was incredibly helpful and responsive and answered all our questions. Upon our arrival, Eliot made us feel incredibly welcome and had the hot tub ready to go...

1Thank JMatthews310
Reviewed 19 September 2016

We arrived on a wet afternoon and Eliot had built a cosy fire in our chalet. We were made very welcome and breakfast was delivered to us the next morning. It was wonderful being able to take our dog on holiday. He made friends with the resident dog, Gulliver, who was extremely hospitable and friendly and happy to show him...

1Thank sarabesque
Wellington, New Zealand
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

We booked 3 nights here to celebrate our wedding anniversary, and planned to spend the days snowboarding. Unfortunately the weather was awful and the mountain was closed, but it didn't matter as this was such a lovely place to relax. It's on a back road about 10 mins out of Ohakune, so is incredibly quiet and peaceful. The lodge is...

1Thank JoVJo
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

My partner and I stayed here for the weekend with our 2 small dogs. The host Eliot was awesome! Had the fire going when we arrived so that our chalet was cosy after the long drive. Warmed up the spa for when we were ready to use it. Asked us when we wanted breakfast so it would be fresh and...

1Thank Kathryn N
Diss, United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 April 2015

A lovely peaceful location, with a fabulous view of Mt Ruapehu from the cottage decking, and the river running just a few yards away. The caretaker 'hosts' were as helpful as they could be, but perhaps lacked the really personal touch that we experienced throughout the rest of our trip. They did however recommend a trip to the Army Memorial...

Thank APDC2014
Kurow, New Zealand
Reviewed 5 April 2015

We stayed for 2 nights. The room was great, with balcony & views. However it seems like the hosts have changed. It was by far the least welcoming stay on our 4 week tour of New Zealand. It seemed that we were intruding on their privacy.

4Thank HenryJH2
Leicester, England
Reviewed 2 March 2015

In many ways the setting is absolutely superb and the accomodation is very good, we stayed in both one of the lodges and room 3 in the main house both of which were fine, however there were a few niggles which just took the edge off the experience. The current hosts are not the owners but are acting caretakers and...

Thank awizzbang
Utrecht, The Netherlands
Reviewed 1 March 2015

We stayed here for 2 nights in one of the two cottages with our own veranda with fantastic view of Mt Ruapehu. There is a table and chairs so you can sit with a glass of wine and enjoy ! Gayle and Denton are friendly hosts and give you the privacy. Breakfast is fine. The grounds and river in the...

Thank reisverslaafde

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The River Lodge is located at the Foothills of Mt Ruapehu on the banks of the Mangawhero River. The property is unque and superbly appointed. It features high quality accommodation and facilites, beautiful gardens to wander through,trout fishing (NZ regulations apply) BBQ facilities and under cover hot tub where you can enjoy your superb NZ wine or beer taking in the views of Mt Ruapehu. Put you feet up down by the river and enjoy a good read from our large range of books. Breakfast is inclusive in most rates and lunches can be made for an additional price to take with you on your activities. Evening meals range from casual to full dinner serive and priced accordingly. We cook to your taste. Room service or lodge dining is avaible for most meals.The River Lodge can assist with advice and transport arrangements for most activities in the region. Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and Whanganui National Park are very unique environments with a range of short and long walks, guided or un-guided trout fishing adventures, and golfing at Waimarino Gold course is just two minutes away. The ultimate experience with flying over the three volcanoes either by fixed wing or helicoper transport is a must do. One day river adventures by Whanganui River Adventures on the Whanganui River is also available combining a mix of jet boat up to the walk into the Bridge to Nowhere and canoe back on the Whanganui River to home base. Turoa ski field has the largest skiiable area in New Zealand during the winter with Whakapappa a close second. Both have great ski facilities and located on the side of Mt Ruapehu offering the ultimate in ski and snow boarding experiences. There really do try to offer something for everyone!We at The River Lodge firmly believe that the little things really do matter and therefore pride ourselves on assiting you to make the most of your holiday. Come and join us, book now. ... more   less 

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Address: 206 Mangawhere River Road, Ohakune, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui Region > Ohakune
Price Range: €147 - €181 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The River Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
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“One of the cottages”
 of 5 bubbles APDC2014, 22 Apr 2015 | Read review
“Room 3 is the best room in the house although it does have a shared balcony wth room 2”
 of 5 bubbles awizzbang, 1 Mar 2015 | Read review
“chalet 1 or 2”
 of 5 bubbles reisverslaafde, 1 Mar 2015 | Read review
“All of the accommodation is brilliantly located, if you'd prefer privacy and being independent then book a lodge if you enjoy a little bit of company then try to get the rooms in the house, the owners are great hosts and judge how much interaction to have with guests very well.”
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 of 5 bubbles PaulH489, 28 Aug 2014 | Read review
“Looking for a very nice and quit place near Ohakune, this is the place to be.”
  • Excellent place in a rural area
 of 5 bubbles jacques0303, 26 Dec 2013 | Read review
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