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    Chateau Tongariro, below Mount Ruapehu

How to Book

We don’t believe in off-the-shelf packages - we tailor-make holidays.

  • Tell us what you want to do. Whether you have detailed plans or just a vague idea, get in contact – we have knowledge, ideas and expertise.
  • We build a tailored itinerary. Once you’ve received it, we can answer any further questions and refine it until you are completely happy.
  • Book it. When you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit, at which point we start confirming everything.

Different Snow is a fully bonded tour operator, which means we automatically take responsibility for your whole holiday, offering you 100% financial security.

Chateau Tongariro only just missed out on the Roaring Twenties – it first opened its doors in 1929, right at the beginning of the great depression. A cruel twist of fate, as this classic hotels was conceived for the good times and to this day it has a certain old-world elegance. This is a hotel in which to be transported to a different era.

That is not to say that this 106-room property is also the pragmatic, luxury option. The guestrooms are comfortable – holding their own against any four star hotel – with with under-floor heating, mini-bars, TVs and tea and coffee making facilities…etc. The suites are more spacious and dial up the opulent decorations, while some even include a kitchen area. Family rooms are also available.

Beyond the rooms, the hotel also has two restaurants, lounge (with resident pianist and billiard table – of course!), café , bar, fitness centre, sauna, hot plunge pool and even an  in-house cinema. There are great views of the mountains (i.e. volcano’s) from most of the public areas. Much to our frustration, WiFi only comes with an additional charge.

  • Bar
  • Bath Tub
  • Concierge Service
  • Fireplace
  • Front Desk
  • Gym
  • Laundry Service (valet)
  • Restaurants (more than one)
  • Room Service
  • Small Plunge Pool
  • Television
  • Wireless Internet (Paid)

Within Whakapapa Village, in the heart of Tongariro National Park. They have a regular shuttle which will take you up to the ski field at Whakapapa, though there is a $20 per person return journey charge. It’s only a 10-minute transfer.

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  • Bar
  • Bath Tub
  • Concierge Service
  • Fireplace
  • Front Desk
  • Gym
  • Laundry Service (valet)
  • Restaurants (more than one)
  • Room Service
  • Small Plunge Pool
  • Television
  • Wireless Internet (Paid)

Within Whakapapa Village, in the heart of Tongariro National Park. They have a regular shuttle which will take you up to the ski field at Whakapapa, though there is a $20 per person return journey charge. It’s only a 10-minute transfer.

How to Book

We don’t believe in off-the-shelf packages - we tailor-make holidays.

  • Tell us what you want to do. Whether you have detailed plans or just a vague idea, get in contact – we have knowledge, ideas and expertise.
  • We build a tailored itinerary. Once you’ve received it, we can answer any further questions and refine it until you are completely happy.
  • Book it. When you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit, at which point we start confirming everything.

Different Snow is a fully bonded tour operator, which means we automatically take responsibility for your whole holiday, offering you 100% financial security.