High tea

The Insider's Guide to New Zealand - - NORTH ISLAND -

“Grand”, “old” and “stately” are words most com­monly used to de­scribe New Zealand’s iconic Chateau Ton­gariro. “Warm” is an­other. If high winds and sleet drive you off the slopes, there is no bet­ter place to hun­ker down than on the plush so­fas in front of a crack­ling fire in the Ruapehu Lounge. The ho­tel serves high teas of dainty fin­ger sand­wiches, scones and sweet treats, ac­com­pa­nied by tea, coffee, cham­pagne or mulled wine. The view from the win­dow is a strik­ing vista of Mt Ngau­ruhoe, New Zealand’s his­tor­i­cally most ac­tive vol­cano. The last erup­tion was 40 years ago. High tea at The Chateau costs $23.50, 11am-5pm daily. State High­way 48, Mt Ruapehu,

(07) 892 3809, chateau.co.nz

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