Tongariro National Park hotels and hostels
Whakapapa Village has limited accommodation and prices quoted here are for summer; rates are generally much higher during the ski season. National Park village and Ohakune offer a greater range of options. National Park has the best selection of budget accommodation while Ohakune is a proper town, with a better array of eateries and shops.
Bayview Chateau Tongariro
Station Lodge & Chalets Backpacker
The Crossing Backpackers
Housed in a lovely old villa with wooden floors and high ceilings, this excellent backpackers has a well-equipped kitchen, comfortable lounge and a spa pool.
Enjoying a long-standing reputation as the hub of activity during the ski season, the Powderhorn has a Swiss-chalet feel with woody interiors, slate floors and exposed rafters.
Skotel Alpine Resort
If you think of it more as a hostel than a hotel, you'll excuse the odd bit of stained carpet or cheap lino, and enjoy the timber-lined alpine ambience and decidedly non-hostel-like facilties: sauna, spa pool, gym, ski hire, restaurant and bar.
Tongariro Holiday Park
Located on SH47 halfway between Turangi and National Park (approximately 24km from each), this old Kiwi classic has basic cabins and newer units. Camping is pleasant and the communal facilities are more than adequate.
These small, self-contained chalets are good for families or small groups, with kitchens and diminutive decks for relaxing on. Booking and check-in is through the Bayview Chateau Tongariro.
Whakapapa Holiday Park
This popular DOC-associated park has a wide range of accommodation options, including campsites perched on the edge of beautiful bushland, a 32-bed backpackers lodge (linen required), cabins (linen required) and a self-contained unit.
Bayview Chateau Tongariro
NZ's great missed tourism opportunity promises much, with its sublime setting and manor house grandeur, but the old-world charm is fading fast.
Handy for skiers, this lodge is midway between the village and the Whakapapa turn-off. The restaurant has excellent views of Ruapehu, plus there’s a bar and comfy lounge.
Rimu Park Lodge
This rambling, character-filled complex is close to the Junction and has an option for every budget. Pine Tree Lodge sleeps up to 10 ($180), plus there are cabins, slick self-contained apartments and a 1934 train carriage, popular with families.
Apart from the huts and associated campsites, there are two basic DOC camping grounds in this area: Mangahuia, between National Park village and the SH48 turn-off heading to Whakapapa; and Mangawhero, near Ohakune.