The Chateau Tongariro was constructed in 1929 by Rodolph Lysaght Wigley a pioneer of Tourism in New Zealand.   He had won the tender by the newly formed Tongariro Park Board to develop and build a Hostel to provide accommodation for visitors to the Park and encourage Tourism.   It was designed by Herbert Hall and constructed by Fletcher Construction.   Construction started in January 1929 and the Hostel was opened to guests on the 1st August 1929.
Since that date Chateau Tongariro has become a New Zealand icon.   Chateau Tongariro has a rich and fascinating history and has played a significant role in the development of both the Dual World Heritage Tongariro National Park and the New Zealand Ski Industry.
Chateau Tongariro has two wings to the Hotel.   The Heritage Wing (the original part of the Hotel) and the Tongariro Wing (added in 2005).   We also have 9 Motel units which are located behind the Hotel.
Accommodation consists of the 1 and 2 bedroom Motel Units.   Standard, Heritage, Family Rooms and McLaren Suite - these rooms are all located in the Heritage Wing.   The Tongariro Wing has the Tongariro Rooms, Superior Rooms, Executive Spa Suites and Te Heuheu Suite.
The Chateau Tongariro has five Food and Beverage outlets to accommodate all tastes and needs plus Meeting Facilities.
The Food and Beverage Outlets are – the Ruapehu Room, The Lounge, Pihanga Café, T-Bar, Fergusson Café and Tussock Tavern.
The Ruapehu Room is our signature Restaurant and formal Dining Room.   It is open for Buffet Breakfast from 6:30am – 10am daily and Dinner from 6pm daily.   We no longer require guests to dress up in Dinner Jacket and Tie, however we do request our guests to dress up to make the dining experience special, as many of our guests are there for special occasions.   Dinner reservations are essential and can be made when you book your accommodation or at any time with our Reception or Food and Beverage Staff.
Every Sunday we do a Carvery Lunch in the Ruapehu Room between 12 noon and 2pm.  Bookings are essential.
The Ruapehu Lounge is world famous for our Signature High Tea.   It is a place for people visiting the National Park or our guests to sit, relax, and watch the world go by, enjoy the Fireplace and look out of the picture windows to Mt Ngauruhoe and the Tongariro National Park.   Off the Ruapehu Lounge is the Ngauruhoe Room a smaller room to relax in – originally called the writing room.   This is also used for small meetings or private dinners.
There is also a full size Billiard Table for guests to the Hotel to enjoy.   The table is as old as the Hotel and has been standing in the same place since the Hotel was opened.
High Tea and Devonshire Tea are available from 11am to 5pm daily in the Ruapehu Lounge.  Lite snacks are available during the operational hours of the Lounge Bar.
Pihanga Café is on the side of the Hotel and can be accessed internally form the 1st floor of the Heritage Wing for Hotel Guests.   It is open from 11:30am daily with some seasonal based closure and operating times.   It is a family style restaurant with daily specials.   Dinner Reservations are recommended especially on weekends and school holidays.
The T-Bar is a small Lounge Bar located next to the Pihanga for you to enjoy a coffee or tea or something stronger during the day or prior to or after dinner in the Pihanga.
Fergusson Café is located behind the Hotel across the road.   It is located in converted Heritage Listed huts which were built prior to the Hotel being constructed.   It is open from 7am till 3pm daily with some seasonal closures.  Picnic tables are available for you to enjoy your food in the fresh air.   We have ample seating inside when you want a warmer environment.  The food is traditional cabinet style for with Breakfast options and Hot Soup available.   Fergusson Café is a great place to go to get some takeaway food for a picnic or to have on one of the many walks around the Hotel.
Tussock Tavern is located 100 metres from the Hotel on the other side of the road.   It is a warm friendly environment for you and your party to enjoy a beverage either on the deck overlooking Mt Ngauruhoe or inside by the large open Fire.  We provide typical Pub fare with a twist.   It is open daily from either mid-day or 3pm depending on the season and day of the week.   We do close the Tussock during the quite seasonal periods.
Chateau Tongariro has a large Conference Room – the Tongariro Room – located on the lower ground floor of the Hotel.   It is positioned in front of the Hotel and has views of the Golf course.   It is an idea meeting place for Mid-size Events, Family Celebrations and Weddings and can accommodate Dinners for up to 100 guests or a reception for 250 guests.
Chateau Tongariro has other facilities located on the lower ground floor for our House Guests to enjoy.  We have a Cinema showing movies daily.  Also located on this level is our Heated Plunge Pool and Sauna.  There are changing rooms and showers available in the Pool area.   Washing Machines and Dyers for guests to use plus a separate Drying Room for your wet items after a day walking or skiing can also be located on this level.
Retreat Beauty Therapy is also available and located on the lower ground level.   A menu of treatments available can be obtained at Reception or from the Reservations team.
Chateau Tongariro has always had a 9 hole Golf Course for our guests & visitors to enjoy.   It is a true alpine experience being the highest Golf Course in the country.   From the bottom of the Course to the Chateau building is an elevation the equivalent of a 22 story building.  It is a great place for a walk to enjoy views of all the surrounding mountains and Hotel or even a round of Golf.
Chateau Tongariro is an ideal location to base yourself, so as to enjoy all the Tongariro National Park and surrounding areas has to offer.   It is also a perfect location to celebrate significant events in your life or as a retreat to get away from it all.