Group Booking Terms and Conditions

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General Group Booking Terms

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  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
  • are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.

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Property Description

Howard’s Lodge is the ultimate start for all outdoor adventure in Tongariro National Park, Ruapehu Skifields and Whanganui National Park.

The lodge offers a broad variety of accommodation ranging from budget rooms to ensuite rooms. Daily transport to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and the 42 Traverse Mountain bike track, Rental of ski equipment, tramping boots and walkingpoles and mountain bikes. Enjoy a fantastic summer experience or an exhilarating winter getaway; we have just what you need. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.4

  • Security 8.4

  • Location 8.3

  • Staff 8.6

  • Atmosphere 8.2

  • Cleanliness 8.4

  • Facilities 7.6

Latest Reviews

  • 9.7


    08 Sep 2019
    Awesome place to stay! Very comfortable lounge and ample kitchen facilities. Central heating throughout the building was an amazing feature in the cold temperatures. The drying room definitely assisted us with our accumulated wet skiing gear! One thing of which to be aware is the limit to the check-in time, which is strictly 9.30pm. Our discounted rate offered excellent value for money, and we would definitely return.
    New Zealand, Male, 18-24
  • 9.7


    30 Aug 2019
    Loved staying here. Lovely owners. God bless.
    New Zealand, Male, 41+
  • 9.4


    04 Jun 2019
    Great lodge, nice people. Walkable distance to everything in town. Dorms might be snug if all beds were full
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 9.1


    20 May 2019
    Howard's was nice, we were there right before the high season, but could tell it fills up once the snow drops. for us it was just an overnight on our way north, but it was nice. didn't really talk to anybody save the manager, wo was very informative and friendly.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 8.9


    05 Nov 2019
    Excellent place to stay for anyone looking for a calm stay and activities in Tongariro national park. The atmosphere and travelers here are all awesome and adventurous. Excellent kitchens, bathrooms, and hang out areas. WiFi was very spotty and unreliable. Rooms are not the most secure. There are no lockers, and rooms can easily be left unlocked.
    USA, Male, 18-24
  • 8.6


    08 Jun 2019
    Stayed at Howard’s to do the Tongariro Crossing. Lots of long term guests there working on the ski slopes. Howard was helpful and friendly. Good value. Showers weren’t always hot.
    Ireland, Couple, 25-30
  • 8.3


    15 Nov 2019
    Nice quiet town in the mountains. Everything shuts down by 8pm, but that's not terrible as most people are up with the sun to hike. It is worth noting there was no wifi in the rooms (the only access point being in another building). It had a cozy atmosphere and reception was kind and welcoming. Though, they did charge the amount of my full stay to my international card, prior to my listed arrival (despite their listing stating, 'pay on arrival'). Even after a reversal, I incurred fees.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    11 Nov 2019
    Nice, cosy place to stay. We stayed here before doing the Tongariro Crossing making it a great location for that and we booked our shuttle at reception when checking in. I would say if you aren’t doing the crossing or skiing then it would be quite boring to stay here as there isn’t much else to do and the town is very small. It was a bit on the pricier side for us but the location was perfect for our activities.
    Scotland, Female, 18-24
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    04 Nov 2019
    Staff were very friendly & great help. Pretty quiet, but it was low season, so hostel didn’t have much of an atmosphere. Good place to stay for Tongariro crossing As shuttle leaves right outside hostel.
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 3.4


    07 Aug 2019
    So cold may as well slept outside
    England, Male, 18-24
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