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“Bit expensive for a student type level of comfort.” 3 of 5 stars
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Rainbow Lodge
99 Titiraupenga St, Taupo, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #13 of 36 Specialty Lodging in Taupo
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“Bit expensive for a student type level of comfort.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012 via mobile

Bit overpriced. Not had much love and attention recently. There's lots on offer and the showers are great, but the bathroom was let down by the light fixture dangling across the mirror, also the light in the room had broken glass in it.

Just taking the money.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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liverpool
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012

Lovely hostel, great atmosphere, more than helpful staff, go out of there way to help you. Lots to do in Taupo, the hostel booked and organised all our trips. Kitchen is very big, but got very busy between 6-8pm. Loved the free sauna and sky tv. Rooms, clean and comfortable, strongly recommend you pay extra $2 and get en-suite bathroom. 24 hour kitchen as well.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

Only stayed one night but could have stayed more. Stayed in a twin room. Beds in room were more like those in a hotel than a backpackers accomodation. Kitchen was well equipped and one of the larger ones we have seen in backpackers accomodations. Laid-back atmosphere. Large communal dining and lounge areas. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Location was pretty good - quite close to local Pak'n'Save (supermarket). Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2012

Good location, was quite at night great for good sleep only problem very dirty and old. If it had a refurb it would make such a difference. The blankets and pillows were unpleasant and there was a smell to the room.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

This place is good, has good size fridges. But it does need to update the kitchen wear. It's all a bit broken. There aren't enough bowls so in the morning everyone is fighting for them.

They have really good wifi. one of the best we had. the guys on reception are really nice and helpful.

The rooms are nice, but it is noisy with all the selfish people banging the bedroom doors down the corridor.

good location, a bit of a walk into town, but it is do-able.

Huka prawn park is a must. Go early, you will be surprised how addicted you get to it and you'll want to stay all day.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2012

Rainbow lodge was the dirtiest place we've ever stayed in. We had a twin room. The walls were sticky, my sheets had a crusty patch on them (which I didn't discover til 5am!) the glass lightshade was broken with the bits of broken glass put back in the remaining bit of shade, both the sinks in the ladies toilets had so much scum on them, you could write your name in it ( not that you'd want to touch it with your bare hands), and to give the place a grotty finish, the rubbish bins were lined with old news paper. Others reviewers seem to have had a better experience, but I can't say we would ever set foot in the place again.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

Had a great experience staying here right from the moment we checked in. The owner, Ross, was extremely friendly and helpful in recommending where to eat and what to do around Taupo.
We hired two mountain bikes from here for a very reasonable price to take the mountain bike track to Huka Falls which was fantastic (but tiring!).
We had a double room with ensuite which was far better than I anticipated. It was clean, modern, very comfortable and one of the few places we stayed at that had a TV in the room.
The kitchen was huge and very clean, couldn't ask for anything more really.
The only downside is that it's not as close to town as some of the other backpacker places but it's well worth the extra 5/10 minute walk to get to this place!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 99 Titiraupenga St, Taupo, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo
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Ranked #13 of 36 Specialty Lodging in Taupo
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Number of rooms: 20
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