We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 1 Tokaanu hotels

Rainbow Motel

State Highway 41 | RD1, Tokaanu, New Zealand
Hotel amenities
Save Saved
You added Rainbow Motel to your Saves list
Rainbow Motel
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Tokaanu
A recent review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014
Jane W St Arnaud, Australia
  • Overview
  • Reviews (16)
  • Photos (6)
  • Amenities
  • Q&A
  • Room tips (2)
  • Location
  • More
Write a Review

16 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
See reviews for
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (2)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
St Arnaud, Australia
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
12 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

I stayed for only one night, and wish I had had more time here. My room was very clean and a generous size (unlike some accommodations which although modern, are fairly tight, especially bathrooms). The lady in charge gave me a free-standing lamp for the double bedroom so I could read in bed. I really enjoyed the hot water here.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
11 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

By no means the Ritz ! It was more like a batch/ donga than a motel. Could do with a paint job and new mattress. If you are on a Trout fishing trip and are happy to rough it then this is it but could be a bit cheaper. Had the full kitchen amenities which is good but not much... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Canberra, Australia
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
5 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

We had a lovely stay at this motel. The owners are very friendly and will do anything to help with your needs. The pools are great, especially if you have tackled the Tongariro Crossing! We had a one bedroom double which although old was beautifully presented and everything worked! The room was very large and comfortable. The TV was a... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

After a long day of hiking the personal hot pools at Rainbow Motel were a pleasant surprise. Combined with the warm hospitality this was the perfect place to stay. Stayed in a 2 bedroom suite that was clean and spacious. Staff helped with local restaurant information too.

Was this review helpful? Yes
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Everything you would expect from a motel, that has a few years on it's back - all being on the positive though:-) The couple that run the motel, where excellent in offering tips, guidance and even arranging bus service to and from Tongariro National Park.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Christchurch, New Zealand
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Bob welcomed us like old friends and we felt at ease straight away. The room was really big, very tidy and perfectly clean. There was everything we needed to cook and Bob even installed the barbecue just in front our unit for our outside dinner! The free wifi worked ver well. We were amazed how new the retro furniture looked.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013 via mobile

Our room was very clean and well equipped. My partner and I really liked the retro furniture. The hot pools were great to relax in and the whole place made us wish we could stay more with a good book to read. The owner was very kind and helpful. A great example of Kiwi hospitality: clean, genuine and not too... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Had a great stay here a while back. Host nice and friendly, unit basic, but clean. Hot pools that never close, WOW, huge bonus! We soaked in the pouring rain all night. Lovely :-) I would recomend this motel.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
47 hotel reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

This was one of our favorite stays in New Zealand. Guess it just depends on what your priorities are. It is quite quaint. If modern furniture is what you look for do not come. The owners cater to fisherman who really like it's rustic character. Speaking of the owners they could not be more helpful. Very nice couple. It is... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Grenoble, France
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
6 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Uncomfortable beds, basic shower, horrid furniture... this was not what we expected after our Tongariro crossing! No aircon, mineral spa could do with a clean up. Big dissapointment for a big price per night.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Owners: What's your side of the story?
If you own or manage Rainbow Motel, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.
Manage your listing

Been to Rainbow Motel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Rainbow Motel

Address: State Highway 41 | RD1, Tokaanu, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Tokaanu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Priceline and BookingOdigeoWL so you can book your Rainbow Motel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

6 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

All traveler photos (7)
Pool/beach area (2)
Room/suite (2)
Dining (2)
Hotel & grounds (1)


Free Parking Kitchenette
Number of rooms

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Rainbow Motel staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travelers prefer