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The River Lodge

3.5 star property
Mountain Ohakune lodge with bar/lounge

9.8/10 Exceptional

11 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet-friendly
  • Airport transfer
  • Refrigerator
  • Laundry facilities
206 Mangawhero River Road RD 1, Ohakune, 4691
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Bar/lounge
  • Airport shuttle
  • Terrace
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Garden
  • Library
  • Laundry service
  • Self-serve laundry
  • Picnic area
  • Barbecue grills
  • Wedding services
For families
  • Children stay free
  • Refrigerator
  • Private bathroom
  • Premium TV channels
  • Garden
  • Terrace
Cleaning & safety
  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Hand sanitiser provided
  • Social distancing
  • Sheets and towels washed at 60°C

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About this area

Getting around

  • Taupo (TUO) - 99 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

About this property

The River Lodge

A great choice for a stay in Ohakune, The River Lodge features an airport shuttle. You can be pampered with massages, then unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge. Other highlights include a terrace and a garden. Fellow travelers say good things about the local sightseeing.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 5 rooms


  • Check-in time from 4 PM - 10 PM
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The host will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Up to 2 children stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding


  • Pets allowed*
  • Restrictions apply*
  • Food and water bowls available


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms (speed: 25+ Mbps)


  • No onsite parking


  • Airport shuttle*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free continental breakfast each morning 7 AM–9:00 AM
  • Bar/lounge
  • Barbecue grills

Taking the kids

  • Children stay free

What to do

  • Skiing nearby

Working away

  • Meeting rooms


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services


  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Library


  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • LCD television
  • Premium satellite channels

Home comfort

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi (speed of 25+ Mbps)

Food and drink

  • Refrigerator


  • Daily housekeeping

Special features

Awards and affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Qualmark Sustainable Tourism Business Award, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge


You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out:
  • Pet deposit: NZD 25.00 per stay
  • Pets are allowed for an extra charge of NZD 25 per pet, per stay

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions.


This property does not have elevators.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a security system on site.

This property accepts credit cards and cash.

Also known as

River Lodge Ohakune
River Ohakune
The River Lodge Lodge
The River Lodge Ohakune
The River Lodge Lodge Ohakune

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Property conditions & facilities



10/10 Exceptional

Fantastic setting and great service
Penny, 2-night trip
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Tatiana Midori, 2-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Highly Recommended
Beautiful location, welcoming and friendly host, fantastic breakfast.
3-night family trip
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

We stayed in a self contained chalet and really enjoyed it, especially the wood fire which kept the chalet warm all night even though it was very cold outside. Our host Daniel was superb! He found maps for the bike trails we wanted to do, gave us tips on great places to eat out (and discount vouchers). He provided a delicious rich continental breakfast both mornings and told us about a place we could visit on our way back to Wellington (Whitecliffs Boulders near Mangaweka). We did just that and it was well worth the walk.
2-night family trip
Verified Wotif guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Daniel made us feel extremely welcome and was very helpful throughout our stay. Make sure to get directions to the property from him, Google will lead you astray!
3-night romance trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Daniel is very friendly and helpful and put on a delicious breakfast for us. He is very attentive and personable. We would love to come back! Me and the kids especially enjoyed the view from the room and the spa pool!
2-night family trip
Verified Wotif guest review

10/10 Exceptional

The host was fabulous at making us feel welcome and having advice of wonderful things to do around the area. We absolutely loved our stay here.
2-night romance trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

A bit out of town but really worth it!
Maps didn’t get us there, but once we got there it was lovely. Daniel provides great local what to do advice and where to have dinner. His breakfast is terrific as well.
Carolyn, 2-night romance trip
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

The river lodge was recommended to my family by a work colleague of many years. My colleague and his wife had stayed at the establishment some ten years ago and their recommendation was made confidently and without hesitation. We only stated for two nights allowing us access to the mountain and its many wintertime attractions. We would recommend however that the main entrance be signposted and have better lighting because we found it difficult to find during night time conditions. We found our host Daniel welcoming and a delight to talk to. Our best wishes from Upper Hutt.
2-night trip
Verified Lastminute guest review

10/10 Exceptional

We loved our stay. Warm and cosy with a wonderful fire in our chalet. Delicious breakfast and beautiful location.
Karen, 2-night trip
Verified Wotif guest review