We had a large modern, clean room, with cookies and tea on arrival, and port with glasses in a small anteroom for use later. The bed is large and comfortable, and the bath and shower are excellent. There is excellent wi-fi, and plenty of room for your laptop at the dining table--if you brought one. Margaret makes an excellent made-to order breakfast, if you are able to eat more after the yogurt, fresh fruit, cereal, toast, croissants, coffee, tea, homemade banana bread, and other delights at the breakfast table.
The recommendation for dinner of a place on Lake Taupo was excellent. We only stayed overnight, but would certainly return if we were ever visiting the area. There is a small fixed charge for use of a credit card, so if you are staying only one night, you might want to bring along some cash to avoid it. This was unexpected, though, and the first time we had encountered it in New Zealand.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ika Lodge provides boutique accommodation, in either two B&B Suites or a 2 bedroom self contained apartment on the banks of the Tongariro River - a perfect base for fishing the best rainbow trout rivers in the world, bush and mountain walks, skiing and the world famous Tongariro Crossing walk. ... more less