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.
- 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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