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Please note that this guide was last updated a few years ago (2009), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

Diana and Tiri Sotiri
1 Kaha Street, Rangataua, Ohakune, Central Plateau

Tel: + 64 (0)6-385-9385
Cell: + 64 (0)27-481-5667
Fax: + 64 (0)6-385-9385

You are in the middle of the Tongariro National Park here, one of the first World Heritage sites ever to be declared. It is home to the Tongariro Alpine crossing, New Zealand’s finest one-day trek.....

.... It’s a magical world of lush rainforest, emerald lakes, purple desert, with an active volcano thrown in for good measure. No surprise, then, to discover they filmed Lord of the Rings here. Hundreds of walks, from 15 minutes to a week in length, and you can also canoe, mountain-bike, ski, horse-trek, fish, ride or read your book. At the lodge: huge rooms, peace and quiet, and piping hot baths to bring your feet back to life. The upstairs suite is enormous and has a vast triangle of glass through which Mt. Ruapehu provides a magnificent and ever-changing view. There’s a wall of books, an open-plan sitting-room and a bed from which you can gaze out at the mountain. The downstairs suite is smaller but still has a bed with a mountain view and the most luxurious bathroom. I slept blissfully in crisp linen and awoke to the sound of birdsong. The house, originally built in 1910, is warm with lots of wood lending it a smart mountain-hideaway chalet feel. Log fires in winter and wine with Diana and Tiri before supper. They have a wide range of music and Tiri knows his jazz, too. Scenic flights over the mountains available.

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Symbols: No Smoking    Off-street Parking    Children Welcome    Meals Can Be Provided    TV in All Rooms    Good Hiking or Walking    Owners are Garden Enthusiasts    Gourmet Cuisine Available    Canoeing    Bird-watching Enthusiasts    
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Rooms: 2 suites; 1 with en/s spa bath and separate shower and 1 with en/s shower over the bath.
Prices: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Full breakfast included. Dinner by prior arrangement only: $50 - $80 per person, dependent on the number of courses. includes wine.
Directions: East from Ohakune for about 5km, then left, signed Rangataua. Straight ahead for 0.5km, then left into Kaha Street. House on right at end of road.

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