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Tiki Lodge

104 Tuwharetoa Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
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Ranked #26 of 36 Specialty lodging in Taupo
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Singapore, Singapore
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30 reviews 30 reviews
27 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tiki Lodge was recommended to me by a girl who was travelling in the bus with me who had a friend already staying there. It was walking distance from the i-site/main areas so it was a pretty good location. Far enough from the bars for a quiet night's sleep (depending on who your dormmates are). Reception was ok. They had... More

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Osnabruck, Germany
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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

It's a normal Hostel. It's more or less central but quiter than the others. Got a spa. Beds were alright. I didn't like that they closed the balcony as early as the kitchen. Has a lot of couches (but even this room is closed pretty early)

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Me and my group of friends booked a 2 days accommodation at Tiki Lodge. The first impression that we had it wasn't very nice. The receptionist was rude you could easy see that she wasn't happy to be there. This kind of behavior are not acceptable in a hospitality environment. The place has good location and facilities but I will... More

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tikiboss, Owner at Tiki Lodge, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking time to post feedback. Tiki Lodge is run by a husband and wife team so the receptionist you refer to would have been myself. I am sorry that you perceived the service was bad - I apologise if you genuinely felt like you were treated poorly. Trust me, if I wasn't happy to be here I... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 via mobile

Stayed here for one night during a three week tour of New Zealand. This has to be one of the best hostel/backpackers accommodation that we've stayed in so far. The place looks pretty new and is very clean and modern. We stayed in a twin room with kitchenette and shared bathroom. The shared facilities were all clean and tidy. Laundry... More

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tikiboss, Owner at Tiki Lodge, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to post feedback. The wifi is usually really good - it is not our system - but they recently upgraded software and servers etc so there were some teething problems with the changeovers/updates. These are sorted I believe. More

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49 reviews 49 reviews
40 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

after the serenity of oputere, we were shocked by the hipster, hostel crowd here. this is situated right off the main road and is just 100 metres from the lake and all the amenities. we got a nice room with attached bath. facilities are all that one expects in a hostel in NZ but no free wifi. A good but... More

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tikiboss, Owner at Tiki Lodge, responded to this review

Hi there - many thanks for the comments. Sorry I must be getting old as I have no idea what "hipster, hostel crowd" refers to and why this would shock you.... must be some new younger generation phrase that I am not yet aware of. Our guests are generally the "non partying crowd" so we are quieter that most hostels... More

Milan, Italy
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66 reviews 66 reviews
14 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

I stayed in this hostel for a couple of nights during a trip with friends. It's in a good position in the centre of Taupo, the rooms are comfortable and there is a big kitchen and a tv room. There is also a big hot tub in the back of the hostel and the price was good. But I didn't... More

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tikiboss, Owner at Tiki Lodge, responded to this review

Hi there - many thanks for posting feedback. As we only have 2 full time office staff (husband and wife team) I can assure you that we do not ever inform guests at check in that we can "charge your credit card at every moment". We do however mention that you do not need to pay a cash key deposit... More

Melbourne, Australia
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94 reviews 94 reviews
44 hotel reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

I stayed three nights at Tiki Lodge whilst exploring Taupo and taking on the awesome Tongariro Alpine Crossing (don't miss it). The hostel is perfectly functional, clean all the way through (bar the stale smelling hallways, which you become accustomed to after a day), decent sized dorm rooms with plug sockets, a big kitchen and decent sized communal area. The... More

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tikiboss, Owner at Tiki Lodge, responded to this review

Hi there. Many thanks for taking the time to post feedback. Regarding the hallway smells - this is the main reason why we don't allow alcohol in our hallways/carpeted areas/rooms - the smell is a result of guests abusing the "no alcohol" rule and alcohol being splashed into the carpet. It is difficult to clean and we cannot afford to... More

Retford, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014 via mobile

Signing a disclaimer when you check in and a big double page list of rules when you get to the room did cause a few concerns but actually this means that the hostel is clean, quiet after 10pm and has some great large communal spaces and is very close to town. Highly recommended

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tikiboss, Owner at Tiki Lodge, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to leave comments. Just to clarify - the disclaimer is a standard form at sign in - 3 lines explains that guests are responsible for their own belongings, as well as any damage they cause to our property or rooms. The "double page list of rules" referred to is actually a two page information... More

Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

We stayed there in December in two rooms, one with myself and my parents 24 & 60 age range and we had a room with 6 beds which was clean and had an en-suite which was an ok size and fairly clean! And my brother stayed in a kitchenette room with his girlfriend and their 3 yr old son- this... More

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tikiboss, Manager at Tiki Lodge, responded to this review

Many thanks for your feedback. We appreciate the comments as hostels often get a bad rap... they're not all that bad.... We aim to change people's perceptions of hostels by ensuring that Tiki Lodge caters for as many different people as possible with clean and tidy facilities, great service and value for money. (Although we still get the odd few... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

I will start with the bad- We had a very frosty reception from the guy when we turned up, we felt really bad that we had made him come and check us in- as if we had done something wrong. We were due to stay two nights but because of his reception and the fact that the bunk beds were... More

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tikiboss, Manager at Tiki Lodge, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to post feedback. Our mattresses have only recently been replaced however we do notice that sometimes the slats underneath sometimes get moved apart by guests which can cause the mattress to "dip" into the gap created between slats. We will look into this issue further to see if modifications can be made. I apologise... More

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Address: 104 Tuwharetoa Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo
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Tiki Lodge is a modern, friendly, family-run, backpacker lodge located in Taupo, New Zealand.Closest hostel to the beach access for swimming. Enjoy spectacular views over Lake Taupo to the Central Plateau Mountains and witness amazing sunsets from our front deck and communal areas. ... more   less 
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