For this place to be rated number 1 on trip advisor in Taumarunui says alot about how bad the other places must be!
We needed a place to stay after a long drive, and asked at the ISITE for a recommendation for accommodation with a pool for the children. This is the only accommodation in Taumarunui that has a pool - word of advise dont bother!! The pool obviously hadn't been cleaned in ages and had leaves and other dubious objects floating it in. The hotel has a tennis court but when we went to try and get rackets to play we were told that they provide balls but not rackets!
The restaurant was closed for dinner and breakfast as the owners had decided to give all the staff 2 days off. The front desk staff member was a little sketchy on how to get internet access and had to wait for the owner to return to confirm how to get on to the internet, although to give them their due once he returned he explained that there was no charge as long as we were just reading emails and not downloading movies or music etc.
The area around the rooms were in a terrible state, with paint tins, buckets, old furniture, broken toys & bikes etc just stacked up.
The rooms themselves were clean and tidy, with a double bed, sofa, table and chairs and a kitchen area in the main room and 2 twin beds in the bedroom.
We were a little nervous staying here as when we came to shut the back window we found a man wondering along outside the window, he ran off when he saw us.
The laundry was open until late which was good and was approx $2 for a wash and $3 for drying.
There was no where open in town to eat except a converted train carriage, which when we entered we could hear the staff talking but after waiting a couple of minutes nobody appeared so we left again, or Macdonalds - which to be quite honest is probably your safest bet, its only been open for about a month and is obviously the eating place of choice for the town. Staff there are super friendly.
All in all not really impressed with the accommodation and wouldn't really recommend it