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Sportsmans Lodge

3.0 of 5 Motel   |   15 Taupahi Road, Turangi, New Zealand
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Ranked #2 of 8 hotels in Turangi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Awesome location next to the Tongariro River, loved the cottage, great privacy and really relaxing. Betty and Doug are very friendly & helpful, happy to offer suggestions of things to do and tell a bit of history about the place. Love the lounge and cranking the fire every night. Love all the photos on the wall too, cant wait to... More

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Betty C, Owner at Sportsmans Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for your awesome comments, Josh, and it's great to hear we'll see you all again sometime soon. More

Breda, The Netherlands
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Slightly off the beaten track, roughly 40 minutes from Taupo, at the side of the highway in Turangi is the great Sportsmans Lodge. The place has well priced rooms available, as well as a single self-supported cottage. The rooms of the lodge are rather small, but include very clean and modern bathrooms. With a very pleasant common room and a... More

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Betty C, Owner at Sportsmans Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for your lovely comments. Turangi is the gateway to all the Tongariro National Park activities... and there are plenty of them. We're glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again sometime soon More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed 2 nights with Betty and Doug. What a great weekend very comfy rooms and the Lounge with its huge lovely fire so whilst playing pool we were as warm as toast. In our group there was 14, 6 couples and 2 single guys. The kitchen was more than adequate and even when we had no hot water a plumber... More

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Betty C, Owner at Sportsmans Lodge, responded to this review

Hey, we miss you guys already. Thanks for the lovely comments. We really enjoyed the conviviality and friendliness of your group and how tidy you left the place. Roll on next year, I say More

Whakatane, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Awesome location, managed to fit in a days skiing. Room was on the small size but good quality bed and bathroom. Great facilities available for use, including shared kitchen, lounge and wifi. Host was friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend to others and stay here again.

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Betty C, Owner at Sportsmans Lodge, responded to this review

Many thanks for your lovely comments. The Lodge is a great location for skiing fans and now that we have a great dump of snow on the mountain, we hope to see you again soon. More

Hastings, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We have just had a wonderful family get-together at Sportsmans and have booked again for next year! There were 21 of us including children of a wide age range. The Lodge was perfect and we were able to have it completely to ourselves! Betty & Doug were so accommodating and had the open fire in the lounge/games room burning when... More

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Betty C, Owner at Sportsmans Lodge, responded to this review

What a fun, likeable group to have stay with us at Sportsmans Lodge. This place is so suitable for a family get together. So glad you all enjoyed yourselves. We're looking forward to catching up with you all next year More

Auckland, New Zealand
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4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Stayed here 2 nights ago for 1 night to break up the drive from Wellington to Auckland and it was absolutely perfect! The owners were away so they had a couple looking after the place (cannot remember their names but were very accommodating and gave us lots of advice and were brilliant hosts). The kitchen is well equipped with single... More

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Betty C, Owner at Sportsmans Lodge, responded to this review

We're so glad you enjoyed your stay at Sportsmans Lodge. We are lucky to have such great motel minders, Eileen and Dave and will pass your kind comments on to them. Excited that you want to come back in the summer to try out some of the amazing activities we have within such a short travelling distance from the Lodge.... More

Barcelona, Spain
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105 reviews 105 reviews
40 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Really beautiful place, we have the self-contained garden cottage, really clean, the shower was great, the owner very kindly. The place was near the main route but not next to, may be good for fishing (we are no fisher, sorry), as is next to the river, is a good place to look for Blue duck (we are birders, yeah!!) we... More

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Betty C, Owner at Sportsmans Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for your lovely comments. We're glad you enjoyed your stay and managed to get a glimpse of the Whio (blue Duck). They are hard to find. Come again soon! More

Auckland
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97 reviews 97 reviews
25 hotel reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Unfortunately the *booking system* here on Tripadvisor was extremely scant on describing this lodge. (As a business owner myself, I would be looking into this, as we had no idea that all their units [except the Cottage] were cabins (NON self-contained units). There is a communal kitchen [spotless!], and a communal TV lounge [cosy]. We had one night in a... More

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Betty C, Owner at Sportsmans Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for your lovely comments and great suggestion regarding the keys. We have put this idea into practice and it's working great. Come again soon More

Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

It was a shame we only had one night here as the cottage, the location and things to do and see nearby were really spot on. The cottage is large, well provisioned and well back from the road behind a lovely garden, so your stay is very peaceful. The shower room looked recently refitted. We were able to walk to... More

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Betty C, Owner at Sportsmans Lodge, responded to this review

We're so glad you chose to stay with us at Sportsmans Lodge and enjoyed the surroundings so much. It was lovely to meet you. Come again soon! More

Auckland, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

I love this lodge. Owners are awesome and kind. Facilities are very tidy, clean and cute. You can feel like home. Especially u are planning to go for a walk to Tongariro, it is best place to take a rest and prepare your hard tracking.

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Many thanks for your awesome comments. It's always nice to know guests have really enjoyed their stay with us. Come again soon! More

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Address: 15 Taupahi Road, Turangi, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Turangi
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Hotel Class:3 star — Sportsmans Lodge 3*
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Sportsmans Lodge is the hidden accommodation gem of the Central Plateau and Lake Taupo District. It has a unique, tranquil character of its own. Its relaxed, homely surrounds has special appeal for fly fishermen, walkers in the Central Plateau, weary travellers looking for a quiet night's sleep, and in the winter, skiers and snowboarders.The Lodge has nine quality, comfortable double/twin single rooms with own ensuites. Guests share a large self catering kitchen/dining room. The large shared lounge with open fire, TV and pool table is great for relaxing and sharing the day's stories with other guests. The lounge opens out to a sundeck that overlooks an amazing garden. For those looking for a private hideaway, our self contained cottage, separate to the Lodge, is perfect. The deck opens out on to a delightful, quiet part of the garden. Pure Bliss! FREE Wireless internet is available throughout the Lodge and its surroundings ... more   less 
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