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Snowy Waters - The Old Nurses Home

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Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed yesterday NEW

She's an old girl no doubt - but a fun night out was had with a great of friends with really passionate owners and they work really hard to make a great experience. Its an old nurses home in small town NZ so don't expect a flashy lodge. The biggest plus is the hard work the owners put in and...

Thank Tracey M
Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

We came here with a group of friends and had a really fun night. The lodge is a bit tired but it's comfortable and well equipped. All of the staff were lovely and we were well looked after. Unfortunately we missed out on the desert we ordered. This was out of their control but would gave been nice to know...

Thank Natasha K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a wonderful venue for our group of 23. Sandy runs a great team. The grounds were beautiful. Rooms clean tidy and warm. Self catering. Murder mystery and the snow...what more could we have asked for. Thank you

Thank Tracey P
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great, fun weekend!. Friendly, welcoming hosts, who are passionate about the area & its history, and making sure you have a great time, a warm cosy atmosphere, a comfy bed, and a brilliant murder mystery- bring your sense of humour- I havent laughed so much in ages. I will be back.Thank you so much Sandy & the team.Loved...

Thank Nicola M
Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

10 of us just had a spectacular weekend at snowy waters. The facilities are cosy and clean with everything you need. The murder mystery is great fun - highly recommend anyone with a sense of humour tries it!! The hostess is friendly, knowledgeable and clearly loves her community. Next time we will definitely stay longer and enjoy the other activities...

Thank Lilah14
New Zealand
Reviewed 25 April 2017

Rounded up a group of friends and went to Snowy Waters for the Murder Mystery Night. We had the best time! Sandy was an excellent host and the accommodations were lovely - comfortable beds, warm rooms, great lounge area and a kitchen with everything you need. The spa was great... being able to look at the stars through fern fronds...

Thank MrsTurtleNZ
Feilding, New Zealand
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Family reunion at Snowy Waters this weekend. Great place to stay. Great service, good food and use of the kitchen too. Spa, two different lounges, BBQ s, sky tv, own bar fridge. What more do you need? Would recommend to a group or family any time.

Thank Gaz75
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 29 March 2017

I needed a place to break the journey from Auckland to Wellington and I hit upon Raetihi and I am so glad that I did. From the moment Sandy came with an umbrella to show me into the lodge the specialness of Snowy Waters. This is a labour of love for Sandy, ably assisted by her awesome dad (just take...

Thank LocalTouristNZ
Valparaiso, Florida
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Sandy the owner is fabulous and the facility is cool and rustic. Our boys loved it and they said the bunk beds were very comfortable. Our room was small but comfortable and very clean. The bathroom was shared but very clean! The wifi was a must for teenagers and it worked perfectly. We would definitely stay there again.

Thank Cassandra C
Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 7 March 2017

This is our fourth time staying at Snowy Waters & won't be the last! Sandy is an amazing host, nothing is ever an issue. This time Sandy shared some of the history of Snowy Waters and Raetihi with us which was fascinating. Unfortunately the weather didn't allow us to do the crossing on the Saturday but Sandy suggested alternative walks...

Thank vanyafoskett

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Situated within 5 acres of park-like grounds, Snowy Waters was once a Nurses Home for staff of the former Waimarino Hospital. We are owned and operated by kiwi's who are passionate about the outdoors. Our property is private and peaceful yet within easy walking distance of shops and cafes. Retiring is a historic timber town situated between two National Parks; Tongariro and Whanganui. We are constantly upgrading and improving our 75 year old character building but our landscaped grounds and unmatched views are complimented by friendly, helpful staff and clean facilities. Our main guest lounge is a wonderful, tranquil space which opens onto an extensive outdoor entertainment area with BBQ's, an outdoor fireplace and a wood-fired pizza oven. Self-catering facilities are available in our open-plan, rustic themed kitchen. In winter cosy fireplaces are lit prior to your arrival while European style central heating warms your room. Both guest lounges feature a 50" TV (with Sports channels). Outside we have a playground, an outdoor spa pool surrounded by rocks and Palm trees with views of Mt Ruapehu, a pet goat and the Snowy Train. In summer transport departs daily for the Tongariro Crossing. Other nearby activities include: Skiing and snowboarding Mt Ruapehu, Walking the Tongariro Northern Circuit, Jet boating or canoeing to the Bridge to Nowhere, Mountain biking on the Mountains to Sea cycle trail, golf, bird watching and trout fishing. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Snowy Waters - The Old Nurses Home

Address: 58 Ward Street, Raetihi 4632, New Zealand (Formerly Snowy Waters Lodge)
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui Region > Raetihi
Price Range: RM232 - RM350 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Snowy Waters - The Old Nurses Home 2.5*
Number of rooms: 14
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“Take a robe .... the bathroom is a shared one.”
LocalTouristNZ, 28 Mar 2017 | Read review
“The rooms are all the same size but have different beds.”
CassandraC757, 14 Mar 2017 | Read review
“All rooms with mountain views”
EileenM969, 25 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Rooms facing the mountain and not close to dining area”
MaharaJane, 2 Jan 2017 | Read review
“suggest keep away from the living room squeky, swing, smokestop doors if you are staying with lots of others......”
kiwi093, 10 Jul 2016 | Read review
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