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River Birches Lodge

5.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   19 Koura Street | Taupo District, Turangi 2751, New Zealand
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Ranked #2 of 8 Turangi B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014
Wolfgang R Frankfurt, Germany
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Frankfurt, Germany
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We stayed at River Birches Lodge for Christmas 2013 and enjoyed it very much. It was the best lodge we have stayed at during our 4 weeks New Zealand trip. It is a nice, luxury hideaway with breathtaking architecture and a very private atmosphere. We had the admiral's room which is featured by a large bathroom (tub and shower) and... More

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10 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

The cottage is a great huge and luxurious house. All you can ever think you need is provided in a very beautiful setting with classy decoration. Besides Anthea is a very welcoming host who helped us get the best of our stay around with great walks and restaurants tips. Thx. Just need to realize you are 50km from Taupo so... More

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Waikanae, New Zealand
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Together with a Swiss couple visiting NZ I stayed two nights at the River Birches Lodge. We not only enjoyed the beauty and charm of the place, but also the fine hospitality provided by Anthea. She not only booked restaurants and a scenic flight but surprised us with a Tongariro trout breakfast with the 'big one' that our guest brought... More

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New Orleans
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

The Cottage at River Birches is truly magnificent. This superlative, beautifully adorned, architectural gem sits a mere 'fly cast' away from the very fishing hole that Zane Grey, Captain Mitchell and Maori guide Hoka Downs visited in 1926 that inspired Zane Grey to pen New Zealand as the "Angler's Eldorado". Providing full 'home stay style' amenities that are catered to... More

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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Hands-down the best B&B we have ever visited! Perfectly appointed rooms that were modern yet cozy, a bathroom that rivals some of my favorite spas, and an incredibly helpful staff - Anthea was like our own private chef and tour guide! She also booked us a day-trip with a guide to fly-fish the Tongariro River, found us a local rental... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

We stayed 2 nights in the cottage and loved the clean, bright and well equipped home. Breakfast of muesli, cereals, fruit, eggs and bacon were available to make at our leisure. The kitchen also had everything you could possibly need to cook a meal if you didn't want to eat out. We would definitely stay again if we had the... More

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Pietrasanta, Italy
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

On our visit to New Zealand, my fiancée and I ended up staying at River Birches during the days we devoted to the exploration of Tongariro National Park area. We decided to mitigate the efforts of challenging the wild, turbulent and untouched Tongariro Alpine Crossing, staying in charming and luxurious accommodation. We couldn’t have been happier with our choice. We... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

A beautiful B&B with quality amenities and attention to detail (towel heater in bathroom, great toiletries provided, little chocolates with the coffee etc). But unfortunately the B&B manager was not friendly. Yes, she answered our questions and she was very polite, but she did not give a feeling that we were truly welcome. She was just doing her job -... More

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Perth, Australia
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

We were a bit apprehensive about booking the Cottage at River Birches, not knowing what to expect. However, our conversations with Anthea over the phone before our trip put us at ease and we already felt before we arrived that regardless of the accommodation, Anthea would be a most helpful hostess. And indeed she was and made our stay most... More

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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6 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

River Birches was the second of four stops on our wedding/honeymoon trip to NZ in the fall (October 2013). The lodge is beautifully decorated, impeccably kept and very relaxing. The gardens are serene and the property is walking distance from the River. Anthea was the perfect hostess, knowing just the right amount of interaction/guidance and privacy needed. We stayed in... More

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Address: 19 Koura Street | Taupo District, Turangi 2751, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Turangi
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #2 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Turangi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — River Birches Lodge 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Superbly located for the Tongariro crossing, fishing, and skiing getaways. River Birches is an Exclusive retreat alongside the Tongariro River. Listed in Travel & Leisure magazine’s Best of 2007. It features luxury accommodation equipped with Wi-Fi, fitness room and onsite chef. Qualmark: Five Star rated. ... more   less 
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