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“Great location on the lakefront” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Tui Oaks Motor Inn
Ranked #40 of 71 Hotels in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence
Wellington, New Zealand
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32 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great location on the lakefront”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2012

Tui Oaks looks quietly elegant amongst the more modern motels but it is a tired old lady now. We paid top rate for a very average room which was small and on the ground floor, level with the carpark. The views are beautiful and the location superb but it is very close to the road so noise is a problem in these front lower rooms. Cannot fault the cleanliness and the desk staff were pleasant.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Cruzey
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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London
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11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2011

Rather like the previous reviewer, we paid extra for a lakeview room but were initially shown to a tiny, horribly decorated ground floor room which, while it technically overlooked the lake, was too low down and only overlooked the car park. Passers by in the street could look directly into the windows and the blinds didn't close properly.

Seeing that we were a bit unimpressed, our host very kindly upgraded us for free to a beautiful room on the top floor with absolutely stunning views. This room was in far better condition as well, and with better facilities (hob, extra heaters etc.). We ended up having a great stay and felt very well treated by our hosts.

However, a word of warning - do make sure you request a good room. If we'd ended up in the room we were originally meant to have, it would have been dreadful.

Room Tip: Request non ground floor.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank EmilyInLondon
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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223 reviews
88 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2011

We booked into the Lake View Studio and were upgraded to a 2 bedroom Lake View, which was clean and spacious with heat pump/air conditioner. There was only 2 of us so the extra room was irrelevant but for a family/group of 4 people would be perfect. Beautiful views over the lake, central position and very helpful, friendly proprietors & staff. Would stay there again.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank markilee
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Sydney
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44 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2011

I had a lovely stay at this motel. I upgraded to a 1 bedroom apartment which had magic views across the lake with the snow on the mountains in the background.
Christine and Dave are the managers of this motel and are friendly and helpful. Dave was happy to drive me to the bus depot when I was leaving.
There is a laundry for the guests which you can use for no charge - 2 washing machines and a dryer and if you have heavier clothes like footie jerseys then Christine puts the clothes in the heavy duty dryer which is much faster.
They do not have a restaurant there but a couple of doors up the road is the Jolly Good Fellow which has great pub food.
There are no parking inlets in front of the mote so you don't have any noise from campervans and it is only a short walk to town. There is parking available too.
Really enjoyed my stay and would love to come back again. Thank you Dave and Christine

Room Tip: I would upgrade to a one bedroom apartment as they are bigger and have kitchen facilities.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank natasha1cat
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Whakatane
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2011

August in Taupo - would appreciate an electric blanket that actually goes.Outside security light shining in to room all night despite blinds being shut

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Karen S
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Cromwell, New Zealand
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77 reviews
64 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2011

Town was busy, so we were lucky to find a room after a last minute decision to stay in Taupo. Room was clean and tidy and had a great view across the lake. However, there was no air conditioning and so we had to keep the window open and suffer constant traffic noise from the road outside. We also suffered from very noisy neighbours with kids running around yelling on the landings outside the room at 6.00am.

The promised morning newspaper didn't arrive and when I asked at reception, they couldn't find any!

Overall, a pretty average place. Won't be rushing back again.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Bob S
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Phoenix
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2010

My husband and I had a week reserved in a Taupo timeshare. My Mom decided to join our NZ trip several months after we had booked. Tui Oaks was across the street from the timeshare. We were so fortunate!. Her view was better than ours. Linda, the hostess-with-the-mostest, was so considerate and gracious on several occasions. Room was stocked with all necessities, clean as a whistle. My 79-year-old Mom felt completely safe and was perfectly comfortable for the week. Linda's restaurant recommendations were also excellent. Lakeside location wonderful. Easy walk to town. Immediate access to beach walk. Everything terrific.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank KMRL
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Additional Information about Tui Oaks Motor Inn

Property: Tui Oaks Motor Inn
Address: 84-86 Lake Terrace, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #40 of 71 Hotels in Taupo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tui Oaks Motor Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tui Oaks motel is an eighteen unit motel, set 700 metres away from downtown Taupo along the lake front. From the four storey front block there are superb views across the lake to the mountains at the other end of the lake. There is free off street parking and restaurants and shops within easy walking distances. ... more   less 
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