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Karaka Tree Motel

4.0 of 5 Motel   |   216 Lake Terrace, Taupo TAUPO, New Zealand
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Ranked #55 of 72 Hotels in Taupo
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 4 weeks ago
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Wrexham, Wales, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove down from the Bay of Islands to Taupo. Because of our excellent experience up there we decided to use the Golden Chain motels again. The Katana Tree appealed to us for the lake front location (which is a hefty walk away from the town) and the 'Spa baby's - I must admit that the warning signs were there... More

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KTmgt, Manager at Karaka Tree Motel, responded to this review

Im sorry that your stay here with us was not up to your standards. If you would have told us about light bulbs etc blown we could have rectified the problem straight away. The fridge was not dead as you say, all are still in working condition. We are just managing the place here and we actually do care about... More

Tauranga, New Zealand
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I weren't expecting the ritz and got a little more than what we paid for so overall we were very happy. Also we really liked the soap and shampoo dispensers as we thought this was very economy friendly. The mineral pool was fabulous and a real nice way to relax.

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Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

my husband and i ditched the kids and dog for the weekend, booking in on a friday night. we got in about 8.30pm and having been welcomed in, invited to hit the mineral spa and relax...thats exactly what we needed! This hotel is not upper class 5 star, it is down to earth value. A mineral spring hot tub..bliss. Extremely... More

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Stayed with kids during school holidays. Rooms ok and tidy. Was looking forward to the private mineral spa but ours sprung a leak on the first night. In fairness it was repaired as soon as we notified the owners. The second night was very noisy and there didn't seem to be any attempt by the owners to keep the other... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This Motel was one of the worst I have ever stayed in and I was extremely disappointed as it is also a Golden Chain Motel, which I thought had a particular standard. Obviously not. The 4 star Qualmark ranking was 2 too many in my view. Bulbs missing from lights, dirty carpets, dirty sheets, and very dated. Always room check... More

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Auckland New Zealand
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I used to stay here frequently 10+ years ago and last night needed a place in Taupo so booked in again. This is still such a good place, comfortable large rooms, even the Studio rooms are huge, with excellent location and of course the spa pool in every room. The bed in my studio unit was super comfortable, the linen... More

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Hamilton, New Zealand
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Our room was lovely and warm, mostly modern.. the cabinets could use a makeover but.....when you have a courtyard with a hot tub with water coming direct from the Lake, who cares right?! Our beds, linen and blankets were not worn, all fresh and clean as were the towels, facecloths and hand towels, with plenty of spares. Good lighting and... More

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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40 hotel reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014 via mobile

A motel typical of its age - looking and feeling tired. The relatively new owners are progressively working their way through the units, and their efforts show. My room was clean and tidy and beautifully warm, and the bed was comfortable. Refurbishment efforts need to include kitchen utensils and floor coverings. The shower head was like something I have never... More

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Napier, New Zealand
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014 via mobile

Was pleasantly surprised after reading the previous reviews, our room was clean and tidy, very spacious and had a lovely modern and homely feel. Loved the large spa room, this was just what we needed after a long and eventful drive up! Staff were very understanding when we explained we were going to be late checking in due to car... More

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10 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

I hate to say this but the Karaka Tree Motel was the most probally the worst of all Motels we stayed in while in New Zealand. It wasn't dirty, just very shabby and worn including the linen. I think the 4 star qualmark is perhaps a little generous. Our room was a reasonable size and it did have a Spa... More

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Address: 216 Lake Terrace, Taupo TAUPO, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Karaka Tree Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 24
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