Discovery Lodge

Discovery Lodge

Tongariro Crossing Transport

Reviews

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Bill

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Good organised site near the crossing and main walks. There's very little else around so this is really very useful and complaints about the price seem a bit unreasonable. Fairly big and well organised site. We stayed in a powered van, pleanty of space and freedom to choose where, good facilities. They happily arranged shuttles and searched for my wife on the site when I tried to phone her from the crossing

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Lauren Hedley

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Remote and very quiet, nice for a family, clean and friendly, helpful staff. Location was not ideal.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Casandra Prunica

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

Very nice kitchen, showers! Had your own space to camp and reception very helpful. Nice and quiet camp area with lots of trees.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Eva-Maria Krueger

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Fair price for the transport.
We got a lot of information about the Tongariro Alpine Crossing regarding fitness, safety, clothing etc. to decide if we want to do the crossing. If you decide not to do the crossing at the starting point (after the first transfer) you get your money back, which is really fair.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Katya Verikaitis

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

Fair price for drop off and pick up from park to accommodation. Provided with lots of information re crossing.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Hanneke P

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

very friendly people. When it was rainy for 2 days we asked for an upgrade and they gave us an extra upgrade for the save price.
Shutlle too crossing is really professional! They are honest about what too expect in bad wether and their advise what to do was really good.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Deana Peters

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

We stayed at Discovery Lodge - friendly clean and new cottages!!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Konny

Austria

Ranking: 10/10

Reliable and very punctual transport.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Rachel Cockroft

England

Ranking: 8/10

Accommodation and transport for Tongariro Crossing. Facilities good, clean, comfortable. Shuttle to and from walk was prompt, reliable, helpful and friendly. Campsite has good views of mountains.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Steve Waterhouse

England

Ranking: 9/10

First class, very quiet, excellent facilities, free internet. Don't miss the sunset.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Thelia Beament

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

What a lovely location, the views are amazing and they have a great little restaurant too.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Katharina Schmitts

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Bus to a great walk.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Alexandra

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent service.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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C Gobl

Ireland

Ranking: 9/10

Really good service and advice on crossing Tongariro. Good camping too. Early bus service to beat the crowds.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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beeskneez999

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I did the Tongariro Crossing with Discovery. They had to convince me to go on the early bus which leaves at 5:45am. That was not easy because I am not an early morning person. However when I do the Crossing again I will definitely go early again. We saw the most amazing sun rise and the mountains are so beautiful and peaceful and quiet in the morning. We were at the bleu lakes with hardly anyone around so we got some amazing pictures. And it is just unbelievable how busy it gets later on. Hundreds of people must have been behind us on the track.
The five pick ups in the afternoon were also great because it meant that we didn't have to wait for hours in the hot sun (like lots of other people) to be picked up at the end. What a great service.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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koster

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Very friendly people who will give you lots of information. The best way to go for the Tongariro crossing. They drop you off before the other buses arrive at the start and they have 2 pick up options at the end of the day.

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in May 2010

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Katerina Wimmer

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

good kitchen, good clean wc, lovely place.

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Irene Turley

England

Ranking: 9/10

excellent site. stunning location and very helpful owners.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Nigel Armstrong

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Bus transfer worked well. The days trek was exhilarating. Exhausting!

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Thomas

Belgium

Ranking: 8/10

Pick Up every hour and extra info. Early start but not cheap.

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Serge Yken

France

Ranking: 6/10

Shuttle was fully booked and the owner at the campground didn't say us that we have to book it one day before.

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Louis Duhaime

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Panoramic view on all 3 volcanoes- friendly, knowledgeable resident owner.

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Jiri Klima

Czech Republic

Ranking: 9/10

Great adventure! Very nice track, people in Matai Shuttles also very nice and helpful. They even managed to arrange lovely weather. Only the return journy was a somewhat unpleasant as we had to squeeze into a small shuttle with very little leg space. Anyway - thank you

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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TsjerkJ

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful to see different landscapes.

Reviewed over 12 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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CarolineZ

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Very nice! We only had to pay for the transport. Rest were free but the park was beautiful. I wasent allowed to climb a volcano but I did and was to late. And the hot bus driver had to wait and wasent very happy. But I thought it was worth it.

Reviewed over 12 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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JoR

England

Ranking: 7/10

Good but could do more regular pick ups.

Reviewed over 12 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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VickiEngland

England

Ranking: 8/10

Good though xpensive especially as there was two of us $15-20 more appropraite.

Reviewed over 12 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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SylviaV

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Tongariro experience, bus company for transport between Turangi and Tongariro NP crossing. Pick up & drop off. Good advice, nice driver. No extra's nescessary.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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AurelieD

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Actually you pay only the bus to the beginning, that was totally okay. Very nice driver. The crossing itself was absolutely amazing.

Reviewed over 12 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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Anna

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

The Tongariro Crossing was one of our best days during our NZ tour (N+S islands). Staying at Discovery Lodge (at the campsite) and using their early morning transport added to the experience. Watching the sunrise as we climbed the saddle, having the place to ourselves for the whole crossing and enjoying a beer at 2pm back at the site made the whole day absolutely brilliant.
Small improvements to the showers would earn a 10/10 for sure.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Benny

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Is great and takes care of your safety. The crossing is quite touristic - the tracks are great as well.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Thomas

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

Very friendly & understanding stt. Good information to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Safety first for them! Only the chalet could be a bit cleaner.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago

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Emma & Rob

England

Ranking: 9/10

First company to access the track with a 5.45am start but it is well worth it.

Reviewed over 13 years ago