Chateau Tongariro Hotel, New Zealand

February 21, 2014

Chateau Tongariro Hotel

Chateau Tongariro Hotel

Located on the edge of Whakapapa Village, the Chateau’s setting with views of the peaks and it’s spacious lounge areas make it a pleasant and convenient base for visiting Tongariro National Park. However, don’t expect the grandeur that the name “chateau” may evoke. This is after all a New Zealand mountain retreat and not a European palace.

Guest rooms have a business hotel vibe rather than a lodge or chateau feel.The main difference between the old standard rooms and the pricier new wing premium rooms is the newness of the room and not the amenities or size.

standard room

standard room

new wing room

new wing room

Ruapehu dining room

Ruapehu dining room

The large bell époque style Ruapehu dining room, painted in reds and greens with large heavy drapes, has a white table cloth ambiance where “tidy” dress is appreciated. Tables are formally set and generously spaced.

The dishes off the limited menu are surprisingly well presented and tasty for such a large establishment. A definite cut above your typical big hotel fare.

Dining in the restaurant both before and after the Tongariro Circuit Trek we tasted:

Chateau Tongariro Hotel - Ruapehu Diningroom

Paradise Prawns on a chili and cilantro corn cake with a saffron glaze and sugar snap peas

Chateau Tongariro Hotel - Ruapehu Diningroom

Caramelized pork salad with green mango, cilantro, mint and bean sprouts

Chateau Tongariro Hotel - Ruapehu Diningroom

The fish of the day (salmon and snapper) served with cauliflower and seared scallop mousseline with a caper dressing

Chateau Tongariro Hotel - Ruapehu Diningroom

My favorite, the wild New Zealand venison served with a razor back black pudding spring roll, snow pea sprouts with a vanilla and garlic jus

Chateau Tongariro Hotel - Ruapehu Diningroom

Caramelized lemon and lime tart with a citrus confit and an orange mint salad

Chateau Tongariro Hotel - Ruapehu Diningroom

Mixed berry stack with brandy marinated berries sandwiched between crispy snap wafers and mascarpone cream

Chateau Tongariro Hotel - Ruapehu Diningroom

Breakfast includes the typical selection of cold and hot buffet items of average quality.

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2 Responses to Chateau Tongariro Hotel, New Zealand

  1. Looks like a charming place.. food looks pretty good too.. but the best part.. the view!! 😀

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