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7 best Tongariro accommodation options for 2021

The top rated hotels under an hour's drive from Tongariro National Park.

Tongariro National Park’s dramatic landscape is well-loved by both Lord of the Rings fans and nature enthusiasts alike.

Whether you’re in town for an adrenaline-fueled holiday on the slopes, a hike the Tongariro crossing or a relaxing one at the spa, we’ve sussed out the stays that offer the best views.

As there is limited accommodation at Tongariro itself, we’ve also included a few stunners a short distance from the Tongariro National Park as well that have exceptional ratings on HotelsCombined.



Top hotels in Tongariro

Chateau Tongariro Hotel

Chateau Tongariro Hotel from HotelsCombined

Go back in time when you book a stay in the historic Chateau Tongariro with unparalleled views of Mount Ruapehu. This stately building impresses with a grand interior fitted with a fireplace and plenty of amenities from a nine-hole golf course to an in-house cinema. Make sure you venture out of your comfortable bed to explore the Alpine Crossing and ski field, both of which are at your doorstep.

  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Features: Games room, sauna, fitness centre, in-house cinema and golf course
  • Distance to Tongariro National Park: 10 minutes’ drive
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Skotel Alpine Resort

Skotel Alpine Resort from HotelsCombined

Located in the heart of Tongariro National Park is the highest hotel in New Zealand boasting some of the best views around. Conveniently located close to the Whakapapa ski fields with accommodation options for all budgets. We recommend splurging on the Ruapehu Room to wake up to priceless views right out your window.

  • Star rating: 3 stars
  • Features: On-site ski facilities, restaurant with stunning mountain views and a terrace bar with a fireplace
  • Distance to Tongariro National Park: Eight minutes’ drive
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Adventure Lodge and Motels Tongariro Crossing

Adventure Lodge and Motels Tongariro Crossing from HotelsCombined

For an affordable stay, look no further than Adventure Lodge and Motels. Family-run accommodation that’s a favourite with the locals and is a mere 15-minute drive to the ski fields. Transport can also be arranged for a fee.

  • Star rating: 3 stars
  • Features: Coin-operated laundry, covered BBQ area, spa pools and transport to Tongariro Crossing for an additional charge
  • Distance to Tongariro National Park: 20 minutes’ drive
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Tongariro Lodge

Tongariro Lodge from HotelsCombined

Tongariro Lodge is 22 acres of secluded paradise and is perfect for a romantic getaway or family trips. Rustic cabins with a touch of luxury greet guests upon their arrival, with plenty of space in the room and the backyard for taking in the glorious views of Mount Ruapehu.

  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Features: Spacious rooms, tennis court, library, on-site restaurant and bar
  • Distance to Tongariro National Park: 40 minutes’ drive
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River Birches

River Birches from HotelsCombined

Relax in luxury and try your hand at trout fishing when you book a stay at the award-winning River Birches. Guests have the option of staying at a boutique lodge or a three-bedroom cottage perfect for families or groups.

  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Features: Spacious rooms with private decks, large bathrooms and in-room dining available
  • Distance to Tongariro National Park: 45 minutes’ drive
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Oreti Village Resort

Oreti Village Resort from HotelsCombined

Oreti Village Resort offers lakefront lodge and apartment stays for that home-away-from-home experience. Each apartment comes with private balcony, fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities and sweeping views of Lake Taupo. Alternatively, head to the timber-floored restaurant to have your meals by the open fireplace.

  • Star rating: 4 stars
  • Features: Spacious apartments with two bedrooms, private parking on-site, indoor swimming pool, tennis court and spa
  • Distance to Tongariro National Park: One hour’s drive
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Creel Lodge

Creel Lodge from HotelsCombined

Creel Lodge is a highly rated traveller’s favourite with self-contained suites surrounded by landscaped gardens that teem with birdlife for a relaxing, peaceful getaway. Lake Taupo and Tokaanu thermal pools are within five minutes’ drive from the property.

  • Star rating: 3 stars
  • Features: Close to restaurants and cafes, on-site laundry facilities and each room comes with a fully equipped kitchen
  • Distance to Tongariro National Park: 45 minutes’ drive
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