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“Friendly place. Decent stay.” 4 of 5 stars
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Tiki Lodge
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   104 Tuwharetoa Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #8 of 34 Specialty Lodging in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence
Syracuse, New York
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75 reviews
74 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 298 helpful votes
“Friendly place. Decent stay.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2009

I stayed at this hotel & backpackers-type hostel July 6-8 2009.
I was in a private single room (room B) that had 2 beds and its own kitchenette area. Rooms A & B are both on the ground floor and share a handicap-accessible bathroom. Behind those rooms there was an outside area with tables & chairs.
The owners were friendly & helpful and juggled both the lobby desk and their toddlers who were occasionally loud and not well-behaved. (And any noise on the ground floor unfortunately echoed quite a bit.) They also stored my bags while I waited for my afternoon bus departure.
Upstairs is where the shared kitchen, dorm-like bedrooms, showers/toilets are. There’s a nice lounge and tables where you can eat. There’s also a balcony where you can sit outside (mostly used my the smokers). There are pay-per-use computers and wi-fi (pay) access. There’s also a pay laundry room with washer & dryer.
The Tiki Lodge isn’t very close to the Intercity/Newmans bus station though I still did the 20 minute walk. Taupo is a town that specializes in recreational/high-adrenaline activities. Walking by the beautiful lake was among the activities to do in the small town.
Yes, I’d recommend this place. I appreciated the reliable/helpful email communication before my arrival and the friendly staff.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank funnychap24
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tikiboss, Owner at Tiki Lodge, responded to this review, July 28, 2009
Tiki Lodge offers free pick up and drop off to any buses - however some people do prefer to walk.
We ARE a family run business, we have ONE small toddler and she lives here also. She's generally quiet and well behaved (although sometimes gets up to mischief). It's a bit unfair to comment on a childs' behaviour considering that she could have simply fallen over, hurt herself or could have been suffering the effects of a nasty 'cold'. Either of these would cause an uproar with a toddler. It would have been better to just mention the noise rather than judge whether the "behaviour" was naughty or not.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2009

I stayed here for 2 nights while in Taupo recently. I think it's the best hostel in Taupo, very clean, greta location, and well-run by the couple that own it. stayed in 6 bunk room, female dorm. beds were comfy, toilets/showers were generally clean and they have hairdryers! kitchen/common area is great. they have a great view of the mts and lake in background, and an outdoor patio. everything is on the 2nd floor. The couple that run it are really great. My friend dropped an earring into the sink and the owner was kind enough to get it out of the pipe for her. hostel is close to town center. would definitely recommend tiki lodge if you are going to taupo!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank e26
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, Manager at Tiki Lodge, responded to this review, July 4, 2012
Many thanks for the comments - we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2009

Stayed for a night in Jan 2009. Supposed to be in a double room but they allocated a room with 6 beds all to ourselves which was nice!! Hostel is new (i think) or definitely newly refurbished. Helpful receptionist and great location. About 3 mins walk from town and all the bars!! Would definitely recommend!

Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank amybristolBristol
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, Manager at Tiki Lodge, responded to this review, July 4, 2012
Many thanks for your comments. The room you described was one of our family ensuite rooms.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2008

Fantastic place to stay with stunning views of the Lake and mountains. Our room was very clean and spacious (unlike some other places where you can't even swing a cat!!). The bathroom and kitchen facilities are clean and modern - with plenty of room to move about and there was a nice relaxing lounge with a cosy fireplace. The reception staff/manager were awesome helping us book our activities and went out of their way to make sure our stay was a pleasant one. There was undercover parking available too (which was a bonus) and we could walk to town (only 2 minutes walk). The owners are new and are very friendly and helpful - I will definitely recommend this hostel to my friends....

  • Liked — All of it - awesome service, great views and realxing place to stay
  • Disliked — having to leave!!
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Helpful?
Thank jojoellie
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tikiboss, Manager at Tiki Lodge, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Many thanks for the feedback - glad you enjoyed your time here.
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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2007

This hostel was modern and clean, with good kitchen/bathroom facilities, good location etc.
Most of the staff seemed nice but one was very rude and un-accommodating. She burst into our locked room several times, sometimes without knocking. Other guests we spoke to had also been intimidated by this same woman who threatened to steal their car keys (?).

  • Liked — Cleanlines, Tidiness, location, facilities
  • Disliked — Staff
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Helpful?
Thank HollyTheGreat
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tikiboss, Owner at Tiki Lodge, responded to this review, August 8, 2009
Rest assured - this was the typical behaviour of the Manager that the previous owner had in place... we still receive comments about how different the hostel is now!!! Under New Management.....
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2007

We stayed at the tiki lodge for two nights. The hostel is okay - it's clean, and the location is alright (a block from downtown Taupo). It doesn't really have any character or social scene - so if you're looking for a good time, look elsewhere. The only complaint I have is that the woman at the front desk (owner maybe?) was very rude to me whenever I had a question. I heard the same complaint from other travelers.

Stayed December 2006
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, General Manager at Tiki Lodge, responded to this review, July 4, 2012
Tiki Lodge has since come under new management.
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Property: Tiki Lodge
Address: 104 Tuwharetoa Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 34 Specialty Lodging in Taupo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Tiki Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Winter special: FREE Wi-Fi and FREE breakfast until 30th September 2016. If you are looking for an affordable, relaxed and friendly place to stay in Taupo with spectacular lake views, then Tiki Lodge is the backpacker lodge for you! Enjoy our free breakfast including toast, cereal, spreads, tea and coffee. With one of the best locations in the city, in a clean and safe place, you will definitely enjoy your stay at Tiki Lodge. Its prime location near the heart of town ensures excellent views and easy access to the town centre for great shops, cafes, and restaurants. Plus, we're only a 2-minute walk to the shores of our famous Lake Taupo. Cook up a treat in our large well-equipped kitchen boasting 3 ovens and including free oil, spices, tea and coffee. Make new friends in our spacious chilled lounge and relax in our cosy T.V room with our large array of DVD's. We also offer free onsite undercover parking, high-pressure showers, storage lockers, comfortable beds, BBQ on the balcony and a spa pool on the back deck. There is so much to do in this beautiful region and our friendly staff are here to help with all your booking needs. From the Tongariro Alpine Crossing to skydiving, bungy jumping, rafting trips, trout fishing and kayaking, there is something for everyone! We also have bikes for hire onsite for all the great trails in Taupo and surrounding areas. With our relaxed and friendly vibe, cosy feel and awesome staff, your stay with us will be a memorable one! We look forward to having you stay! Please note: Late check-ins (after 8.30pm) are by PRE arrangement only. No check-ins after 11pm. Please phone or email for details. ... more   less 
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