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Turangi Leisure Lodge
Ranked #36 of 69 Hotels in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence
Wellington, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
226 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
“Great place to relax”
Reviewed January 7, 2012

We stayed at Turangi Leisure lodge over the Christmas period. It was our fourth stay at the resort and we are now seriously considering buying a unit here. The unit we stayed in was a two bedroom unit adjacent to the resort swimming pool. This is our favourite unit in the complex. Since we stayed there last year the unit has been remodelled with the addition of a washing machine and dryer in the downstairs bathroom. The resort is undergoing a remodel programme with the one bedroom units undergoing a full refubishment and the two bedroom units getting washing machines and dryers installed. The one bedroom units will continue to use the common laundry facilities.
The resort has a small swimming pool which is heated or not depending upon the time of year, two private spa pools, a putt putt golf course, a recreation room with ping pong and foosball tables. There is also a barbeque area.
Within an easy walk is a covered heated Council operated swimming pool comprising 25metre lane pool, plunge pool and toddlers play pool, a large New World supermarket, I sitre for tourist information and the msall village of Turangi. Taupo is 40 minutes north by car and the ski field about an hour south by car. Tokaanu Hot Pools are about 10 mins away by car.
Turangi is not a place for those looking for elaborate nightlife and the faster pace of life but those looking for a quiet village to chill out it meets ones needs perfectly.
The resort is built alongside State Highway 1 so depending upon the time of year there can be a lot of road noise which precludes opening windows facing the road especially at night when most heavy trucks use the highway.
The manager of the resort Lois has been there for around 20 years plus and is one of the assets the resorts offered. She goes out of her way to try and ensure all guests have as good a time as possible
A great place to chill out.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed December 21, 2011

We stayed about 6-7 years ago, so it was good to see a serious refurbishment. All new appliances and change of bedroom upstairs layout.
Good facilities.
Noisy at night with proximity to main road.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed December 18, 2011

Stayed there in December 2011 in a one bedroom remodelled unit. The back of the unit and the bedroom window faced the highway and we could hear every truck (and there were plenty of those day and night), cars and motorbikes passing very loudly even with the window closed. The noise was so loud that we could not open the window for fresh ais during the night. Did not get much sleep during our first night, but the other apartment they could offer that was on the other side of the resort, was not remodelled at all, with old and shabby furnishings so we decided to stay in the noisy one instead. The managers were OK, but I did not not find them particularly helpful. Turangi itself is a refreshing, relatively small place where the tourist industry isn't so overwhelming as in Taupo or Rotorua. There are lots of local walks and many more spectacular ones 10-15 minutes drive away. I would go back to Turangi but don't recommend this accomodation.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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Reviewed August 16, 2011

We enjoyed staying here. Lois is so nice and made us all feel welcome

The use of the amenities were fantastic - drying room for our ski gear, laundry for all our washing.

I recommend not overpacking as you end up wearing the same clothes you wash daily. We went with our kids and friends and they loved the games room. There is also another room for small children with a playground to keep them entertained when you are not out doing other things.

The outdoor pool is heated, and the spas are hot

This place is close to shops, and there are great cafes nearby that make great coffee.

Only 40mins to the the ski field, 15 minutes to the Thermal pools plus more.

Love this place, we will be Back!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 26, 2011

We stayed at the Turangi Leisure Lodge during the end of Nov 2010 and we were really impressed with how the newly remodeled town home like room. Split level with the the bedroom up top. Half of the units are completely remodeled with new everything. We were lucky to get one of the newest ones.

The host brought local guides in for a breakfast where we were able to easily decide what to do for our stay. There is a large grocery store a 5 minute walk away with everything you need.

We will stay here again! As for the security mentioned by another reviewer, we had locks on all doors and used them. Also keeping the curtains closed keeps local folk from knowing what is inside. Very nice place and location but the community is small with lower income families, so just use common sense.

  • Stayed November 2010
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed November 26, 2010

From the welcome breakfast, to the final checkout we had an enjoyable stay here. There was plenty to do. The manager Lois, had everyone interacting from the first morning. She had tour information available & was very helpful at all times. The pool was heated & proved to be a welcome relaxing experience in the evening, along with the spas. It was a very central location, especially if you were driving. Even if you only had a relaxing stay at the resort there would be plenty to do. We wish we had longer than 1 week.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed November 13, 2010

We had a great vacation, the location, resort and staff were wonderful. This place is in the middle of the north Island and we did some driving around, hiking, got out on Lake Taupo, did some fishing and we heard skiing is great there also in the winter. Our unit was great, we had no problems with parking or security (but we kept our doors locked and curtains drawn when we were gone) and there were plenty of blankets (and heating pads on the bed) plus more sheets and blankets for the fold out sofa in the living room. We used the pool and the spa, had two flat screen televisions with good reception and several no cost washers & dryers were available to keep our laundry and towels clean & fresh. We had no complains, the room, service and location were just what we wanted and needed. The country and it's people were warm and friendly! We would recommend this place, and plan to return (relax and recuperate) some other time!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Turangi Leisure Lodge
Address: Ngawaka Place | Turangi, Taupo 3334, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 Spa Hotel in Taupo
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Turangi Leisure Lodge is located near the Turangi town centre, on the southern shores of Lake Taupo in the Waikato region of New Zealand's North Island. The Classic Managed Resort features 38 self-contained 1 and 3 bedroom apartments with facilities including a bar, spa pool, BBQ area, games room, table tennis, golf clubs, mini golf, and heated swimming pool. This Turangi accommodation is the ideal base for trout fishing on the Tongariro River, lake activities on Lake Taupo, hiking trails at Tongariro National Park, Kaimanawa Forest Park, and Pureroa Forest Park, and the ski fields at Mount Ruapehu. Guests can explore the countless activities on offer in Turangi from the comfort of Turangi Leisure Lodge. ... more   less 
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Turangi Leisure Hotel Taupo

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