I stayed at this hotel & backpackers-type hostel July 6-8 2009.
I was in a private single room (room B) that had 2 beds and its own kitchenette area. Rooms A & B are both on the ground floor and share a handicap-accessible bathroom. Behind those rooms there was an outside area with tables & chairs.
The owners were friendly & helpful and juggled both the lobby desk and their toddlers who were occasionally loud and not well-behaved. (And any noise on the ground floor unfortunately echoed quite a bit.) They also stored my bags while I waited for my afternoon bus departure.
Upstairs is where the shared kitchen, dorm-like bedrooms, showers/toilets are. There’s a nice lounge and tables where you can eat. There’s also a balcony where you can sit outside (mostly used my the smokers). There are pay-per-use computers and wi-fi (pay) access. There’s also a pay laundry room with washer & dryer.
The Tiki Lodge isn’t very close to the Intercity/Newmans bus station though I still did the 20 minute walk. Taupo is a town that specializes in recreational/high-adrenaline activities. Walking by the beautiful lake was among the activities to do in the small town.
Yes, I’d recommend this place. I appreciated the reliable/helpful email communication before my arrival and the friendly staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- FREE BREAKFAST - free tea, coffee, toast, spreads and cereal when you stay in July and August 2015. With the best location in the city, amazing views of Lake Taupo, modern premium facilities, in a clean and safe place, you will definitely enjoy your stay at Tiki Lodge. It is truly a hidden gem! Our new secure and modern facility is purpose built with all our guests in mind. If you are wanting to avoid the 'tourist bus crowds' then this is the place for you - relaxing and quiet but also very close to the centre of town if you would like to 'have a night on the town'. A 2 minute walk to the town centre for great shops, cafes, restaurants, niteclubs and a mere 2 minute walk to the shores of our famous Lake Taupo. After experiencing the local adrenaline pumping activities, a days shopping, or a night on the town, come home to the comforts of our clean warm rooms. Relax in a lovely outdoor spa or sit on our large deck to watch the sunsets over our beautiful Lake Taupo and the Central Plateau mountains or enjoy a good book by our cosy fire. With our large well equipped kitchen, free onsite undercover carparking, clean showers with hairdriers, bbq on the deck, large quiet lounge and comfortable beds your stay with us will be a memorable one. Experience what the Maori good luck charm, The Tiki, means to the kiwis and learn a little of our culture. The Tiki Lodge whanau look forward to welcoming you to our lodge. Please note: Late check-ins (after 8.30pm) are by arrangement only. Please phone or email for details. ... more less
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