One of New Zealand's few hotels located in a World Heritage Park, The Grand Chateau is within easy reach of New Zealand's two largest cities, Auckland and Wellington. The Grand Chateau was completed in 1929 and still retains many of its original features. It sits majestically at the base of Mount Ruapehu - right in the midst of Tongariro National Park. Just imagine idyllic surroundings and luxurious facilities, whether you're into skiing or hiking, The Grand Chateau is New Zealand's perfect resort.
The Chateau Tongariro is nestled on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu, in the midst of the Dual World Heritage Tongariro National Park. Built in 1929, the hotel is a historic icon with 106 beautiful hotel rooms, restaurants and bars, sauna and hot plunge pool, conference facilities, cinema and the highest golf course in New Zealand. The 800 square kilometer Tongariro National Park–a dual listed World Heritage Area – 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, breathtaking 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.
Offering inspiring views of Mount Ngauruhoe, Mount Tongariro and the surrounding World Heritage Tongariro National Park, the 106 beautiful and elegant hotel rooms are spacious, luxurious and decorated in the finest classical-style furnishings to ensure you a pleasurable stay.
The suite boasts stunning views of all three towering mountains - Mount Ruapehu, Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Tongariro – and surrounding views of the World Heritage Tongariro National Park. Feel the warmth of the open fireplace, central to the large lounge and entertaining area. The Super King bed is positioned to capture the dramatic beauty of a sunrise on Mount Ngauruhoe. Soak in the large spa bath and sip champagne as and enjoy the magnificent colors of the sunset. The bathroom also has a separate shower, a double marble vanity and under-floor heating. Wrap up in a fluffy bathrobe and enjoy the TV with Sky TV Channels and a DVD player. The Te Heu Heu Suites also have a guest bathroom and a kitchen area. In the large living area, the soft glow of chandeliers creates a sensuous ambience and a large dining table is the ideal place for a meal.
The elegant McClaren Suite is located on the top floor of the historic Ruapehu Wing. The suite has awe-inspiring views of Mount Ngauruhoe, Mount Tongariro and the surrounding World Heritage Tongariro National Park. The McClaren Suite is furnished in warm tones that invite to relax. It is tastefully decorated in the style of a bygone era. The suite has a separate spacious living area with soft comfortable seating, a dining table and chairs, a stereo and a TV with Sky channels and a DVD player. The bedroom boasts a Super King Bed, and the ensuite is a full bathroom with a spa bath and separate shower. Enjoy beautiful views as the guest soak in the spa bath, then wrap up in a fluffy Bathrobe and relax in your lounge, entertained by a great in-room movie.
Ruapehu, the Chateau's signature restaurant, delivers the finest ambience and all the sophistication expected of the Chateau’s elegant traditions. Executive Chef Nick Fergusson will mesmerize your taste buds with his culinary masterworks, like the highly-regarded Chateau Briand for two. Breakfast is also served daily in the Ruapehu Restaurant and is a veritable feast of cooked and continental selections. The Ruapehu Restaurant offers a rich and intimate dining experience. Suitable dress is required (no jeans or t-shirts) and reservations are essential. Tuck into a delicious brunch or dinner at the Pihanga Café & T-Bar, open each day from 11.30 a.m. until late. Enjoy the sumptuous al fresco cuisine with great views of Mount Ruapehu, or relax with friends in the T-Bar after dark.
Challenge a friend to a friendly game of pool or snooker in the Ruapehu Lounge. Stay fit in the small fitness room which features a multi-station and cardio-training equipment. After your workout, relax a while in the sauna or take a dip in the heated plunge pool. Use of the Gym, Sauna and heated plunge pool are free for all Chateau Tongariro guests. The hotel's in-house cinema seats 60 people and shows three popular recent-release movies every day - at 6.00 p.m., 8.00 p.m. and at 10pm. 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. Boules are available also at reception for a languid game of Petanque, a game similar to lawn bowling. The playing pitch is located in the gardens at Fergusson’s Café, the beautifully-restored historic building just 50 meters from the main hotel. Order yourself a delicious lunch, a nice cool drink and then aim for that Cochonnet! Improve your backhand on the tennis court.
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