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“One of the best backpackers in NZ” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Rainbow Lodge
Ranked #7 of 34 Specialty Lodging in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence
Christchurch, New Zealand
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26 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“One of the best backpackers in NZ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2012

Rainbow Lodge stood out by a long long way as one of the best backpackers I had stayed at in New Zealand. Clean, comfortable and incredible value. I stayed in a double with ensuite bathroom and sky tv and couldn't believe how cheap it was. The communal areas were nice and warm and the staff were super helpful providing answers to all my questions. It's fab.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 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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1 Thank kiwitutor
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2012

This hostel is truly a home away from home with chill out couch areas, a TV room, spacious rooms and a clean fully furnished kitchen (all open 24hours) Whether it's a few days to switch off you need or an exploration of Taupo you are looking for; Rainbow has it all with open minded, friendly staff and an activity to do each evening.
Making friends is easy and booking activities such as skydives, hikes and free hot pools is no hassle to the hard working staff. I can't reccomend it enough!!

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Niamhyosa
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42 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 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 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Mantles
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liverpool
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank freddytraveller789
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Australia
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 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
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Melissa210
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Perth, Australia
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16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank murbikiss_12
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uk
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22 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank dreadheadUk
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Property: Rainbow Lodge
Address: 99 Titiraupenga Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 34 Specialty Lodging in Taupo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hi and welcome to Taupo's original and favourite backpackers. Rainbow lodge was purpose built and designed for the needs of travellers by Mark Dumble (fishing expert??) and Sue Mrozinski themselves seasoned travellers. They had spent several years on the world's highways and by-ways and having accommodation experiences that are sometimes described as "Character Building" they settled in Taupo famous for its Rainbow Trout and beautiful scenery. Having had my own character building experiences I came to rest at Rainbow lodge and worked closely with them for a year before they handed me the reigns. Ross ... more   less 
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