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“Scenic location and helpful hosts.” 4 of 5 stars
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155 Taupahi Rd, Turangi 3334, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #2 of 8 Turangi B&B and Inns
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“Scenic location and helpful hosts.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

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.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Ikalodge, Owner at Ika Lodge, responded to this review, February 17, 2013
Thank you for your comments, we have analysed the cost of credit card transactions and realised that with a small operation the costs were disproportionate, a number of similar operations to ours do not accept credit cards and also most hotels, airlines and petrol/gas stations levy a surcharge. We faced the choice of perhaps increasing our rates, which have been fixed for nealy 4 years, not accepting credit cards or levying a small charge, on an average account less than 2%, and we chose the later as it provides guests an option and hopefully does not distract from the experience of Ika Lodge.
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Adelaide, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Our family of 4 stayed in the apartment and from the moment we arrived we knew we had made a perfect choice!! We were greeted by Margaret and Ken, who are the perfect hosts .. Always there for advice and assistance, but never in the way of privacy. The apartment is stunning, with a warm, welcoming lounge, great kitchen and a master bedroom with the most stunning views out to the decking and beautiful, lush private garden. The apartment is right on the banks of the river, so you hear the tranquil sound of water flowing all the time. The beds are lovely and comfortable and even the 2nd bedroom has king singles. We loved sitting outside on the decking at every opportunity. This is a fabulous location, so quiet and peaceful and surrounded by the beautiful nature that makes NZ so wonderful. It is a great base for the Tongoriro crossing, rafting and walking. The walk along the river is also lovely. This was quite simply perfect and a wonderful place to stay on the final leg of our journey!! We will never forget this place which is in a beautiful part of NZ!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Ikalodge, Owner at Ika Lodge, responded to this review, January 30, 2013
We are please that you and your family enjoyed your stay and that you were able to enjoy the peaceful environment and some of the outdoor activities we offer in the area. It is very pleasing to hear that the effort we put in is appreciated and makes it all wothwhile.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Me and my wife stayed only for one night in December at Ika Lodge but it was a very pleasant stay. Margaret and Kenneth were lovely hosts and they helped us with preparations for Tongariro Crossing. Unfortunately, the weather turned out to be so bad we couldn't go but luckily there were other activities available. Margaret suggested we should try river rafting with a local company and she helped us to arrange it with a very short notice.

The lodge is very charming and has a great location, rooms are nice and the breakfast very delicious. What else you could wish for?

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Ikalodge, Owner at Ika Lodge, responded to this review, January 22, 2013
Thank you and I am afraid mountain weather is unpredictable but we are glad we could suggest alternatives that highlighted the variety available in the Tongariro/Turangi area to our first Finnish guests.
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Deming, Washington
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

We only stayed one night but I wish it had been longer. We were two couples who were referred here by another Turangi establishment that was full, and we are happy we were. Kenneth and Margaret's home, literally on the banks of the Tongariro River and near a great hiking trail, is spotlessly clean and beautiful. Their breakfast was the best one of our three week trip through New Zealand and the place where Margaret made our dinner reservation was excellent. Kenneth was very helpful in planning our driving route. Our stay at Ika Lodge was a highlight of our trip.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Lexington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

The owners, Kenneth and Margaret, went way above and beyond for us! The week before we arrived to hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, the volcano erupted and the crossing was closed down. After a few emails back and forth, we decided to come anyway. We could not be more pleased with our decision! By the time we arrived, they had figured out alternative walks that would basically equate with the crossing, in time, difficulty, and landscape. We enjoyed talking to them about the area and local restaurants (as well as Auckland ones!). They made all of our dinner reservations for us, and they never steered us wrong. The walks they selected were also perfect. Breakfasts, as noted by other guests, are astonishingly delicious and enormous. The house is comfortable and truly felt welcoming. Despite the volcano, this was a perfect spot!

Room Tip: Both rooms are excellent!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Whylla, Owner at Ika Lodge, responded to this review, December 4, 2012
Thank you for choosing Ika Lodge, it was lovely to have met fellow foodies and although disappointing not to be able to do the crossing we were glad that you enjoyed some of the other fantastic walks and scenery available in the Turangi/Tongariro area.
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Bellingen, Australia
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

This house is certainly beautiful and well appointed. It's location, adjacent to the walking track along the Tongariro river is handy for walks and still close to town. The breakfasts are probably the best we've encountered in New Zealand and we've had a few good ones. The rooms are spotlessly clean the guest lounge is very comfortable and attractive. The hosts, Ken and Margaret, were very helpful with local information and warmly welcoming. They made it very easy for us on the evening we chose to eat our own food quietly in the dining room instead of going out but when we did eat out they had advice about local restaurants.

Room Tip: I think the downstairs rooms are spacious and comfortable. Unfortunately the upstairs room is rather...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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73 reviews 73 reviews
32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

Previous reviews said how great this place was... ...and they were right! Wonderful house, sumptuous food, and most excellent hosts. Thanks to Kenneth and Margaret for a lovely stay.

One of the highlights of our visit was the fishing lesson Margaret arranged. Nearby walking paths provide plenty to do without having to drive anywhere. Proximity to town allows you to walk to nearby restaurants.

If it's offered, accept the opportunity for dinner at the lodge; you won't be disappointed.

We'll be back.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Additional Information about Ika Lodge

Address: 155 Taupahi Rd, Turangi 3334, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Turangi
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Turangi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
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 

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