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Bayview Chateau, Tongariro, New Zealand

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Bayview Chateau

Tongariro National Park is the oldest national park in New Zealand, located in the central North Island. It has been acknowledged by UNESCO as one of the twenty-eight mixed cultural and natural World Heritage Sites. This was the fourth national park established in the world. The active volcanic Mountains Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe, and Tongariro are located in the centre of the park. There are a number of Maori religious sites within the park and the summits of Tongariro, including Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu, are tapu (sacred). The park includes many towns around its boundary including Ohakune, Waiouru, Horopito, Pokaka, Erua, National Park Village, and Turangi.

Relaxing Areas and Spectacular Views

The scenery here is so breathtakingly beautiful, yet so ‘alien’ that it provided the perfect location for many scenes from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. With a Lord of the Rings guide, you can see Mount Doom (Mount Ngauruhoe), Orc Country, Ithilien Camp, the door of Sammath Naur, the Sea of Boulders and so much more – bring your camera!

Chateau Lobby Area

Since early last century, The Chateau Tongariro has occupied a special place in the hearts and minds of visitors from across the globe who have stayed at this historic and elegant hotel. The Chateau 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 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. For over one hundred years guests have enjoyed the Chateau’s service and ambiance which is simply second-to none.

A variety of rooms and suites are available for a wide range of travel budgets.

Large Rooms

Facilities At the Chateau Include:

Billiards: Challenge a friend to a friendly game of pool or snooker in the Ruapehu Lounge Bar—winner buys the next drink!

Fitness room and Sauna: Stay healthy on holiday—there is a small Fitness Room which features a cross trainer, bike, and rowing machine. Put your favourite video in the TV and get sweating! After your workout you may like to relax a while in the sauna. Use of the Fitness Room and Sauna and small heated plunge pool are free for all Chateau Tongariro guests to enjoy.

Cinema: The in-house cinema seats sixty people and shows three popular recent-release movies every day at 6.00pm, 8.00pm, and at 10.00pm. The daily 6 o’clock showing is always a family movie that the kids are bound to love. The Chateau Cinema is free for all guests to enjoy.

Petanque/Boules: Boules are available also at the Ruapehu hotel’s reception for a relaxing game of Petanque. The playing pitch is located in the gardens at Fergusson’s Café, the beautifully-restored historic building, just fifty metres from the main hotel.

With a host of outdoor activities to enjoy time spent here will be a perfect vacation.

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