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Tamara Backpackers Lodge

24 Somme Parade, Wanganui 4500, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Zurich, Switzerland
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

I had a "river view" room next to the entrance and reception. It was rather a street view room. I was bothered by traffic noise from the street, noisy guests at reception area and other close public access rooms and by guests in the adjacent room (- my room had only a thin "carton" wall and was not soundproof at... More

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TamaraLodge, Owner at Tamara Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the trouble to post a review. All I can do is apologise for a experience that clearly didn't meet your expectations. Easter is such a busy time for us it is sometimes difficult in a Backpacker setting to keep all things quiet but it is always very much a priority for us. A point... More

Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We stayed in Tamara for two nights as part of our honeymoon. The place is ok but the owner was conservative and does not want to believe that anything related to his place may be problematic and need to be improved! One example: the place lends bicycles to the guests (the bikes are free but it does not mean that... More

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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
45 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

This is a truly exceptional hostel. A friendly welcome matched by superb facilities. I had a room at the back of the main house overlooking the quiet garden. I booked a single, but got a family room with a comfy double bed and the ultimate in backpacker luxury, my own bathroom. This is only the second time in 6 months... More

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TamaraLodge, Owner at Tamara Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Lee Thanks very much for your kind words about our Lodge. It is a shame that you were not as enamored with the City itself and I will be passing on your comments to the local marketing organization. Thanks again for taking the time to post a review More

Munich, Germany
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

We had such a relaxing/ good time at the Tamara that we extended our stay from two days to a whole week and would have stayed longer had we had more time. Next time! The service was really good and we got a lot of advice from good places to eat, to organising day trips; can highly recommend a trip... More

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1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014 via mobile

I stay at the Tamara each time I go to Wanganui and each time it just gets better! I love the building and the old rooms. The staff are so welcoming and helpful. It feels like home every time we go there. Great location and it's easy to get around from there. Amazing back yard to relax in. Highly recommend

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Pasadena, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

If you are in Wanganui for the majestic river tour or just biking round the country you could find no better place than to stay here. I've made it my base in the South Island for 3 trips now (most receent in October of 2013) and the convenience of being able to choose between shared rooms (saves $$) or having... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
18 reviews 18 reviews
14 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We decided to stay at Tamara at last minute, and we really glad that we did. They were very accommodating, offering a room upgrade (for no extra charge) given that they didn't have any of the rooms we wanted available. The location by the river is beautiful too! The hosts were friendly and helpful, the house was great and the... More

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TamaraLodge, Owner at Tamara Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

I am really pleased that you enjoyed your stay. Thanks a lot for the tip on the shower and we will get that remedied as soon as possible. Cheers More

Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
17 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

When we left Wellington to go to Wanganui, the hotel manager in Wellington was surprised to hear that we were going here because appereantlt, Wanganui doesn't have the best reputation amongst Kiwi's. We were a bit taken aback by this but when we got to Wanganui and Tamara Lodge, the little worry that was present faded away. We had a... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
28 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

A simple affordable place to stay in Wanganui : - good price - not too far from City Centre, but also not too close for walking - clean bathroom and toilet - friendly Manager - good view to Wanganui River from the balcon - private room for group of 2 to 4 people

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Whakatane, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

Of all the places I have stayed with over the years this is easily one of the best! I was part of a group including close to 40 people with a mix of individuals an families with children. Tamara Lodge had the perfect combination of rooms, facilities and amenities to cater for us all. The rooms were all well matched... More

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Address: 24 Somme Parade, Wanganui 4500, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui Region > Wanganui
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A warm welcome for the weary world traveller is only the start as you enjoy our spacious Edwardian Lodge overlooking the majestic Whanganui River. Views of Mt Ruapehu and just 5 mins walk to the city. Relaxation is easy here; the large garden is enticing and the hammocks welcoming. Piano and guitar available. Lots of information on activities. HEATED rooms! (some en-suites) WIRELESS INTERNET, BBQ, TV, FREE BIKES. Hosts: Rory and Barbara ... more   less 
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