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“sociable place to stay, good location, reasonably priced but underwhelming welcome”
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Tiki Lodge
Ranked #11 of 34 Specialty Lodging in Taupo
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Reviewed January 30, 2010

Really liked this hostel. Located in a quiet residential street, few minutes walk to beautiful Lake Taupo and to local shops/banks/etc. Sociable atmosphere, with area to watch TV and chat with fellow travellers, and nice balcony. Rooms basic but clean and comfy. Showers not good if you're tall! Couldn't adjust height, so had to bend down to get a proper wash. Internet access very expensive. Staff not very welcoming on arrival. Overall, pleasant place to stay in a good location; would stay there again.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled solo
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tikiboss, Owner at Tiki Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2013

Thanks for the feedback - we will give our staff some pointers for being more welcoming - (they were probably just overwhelmed at the time)..

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Reviewed November 28, 2009

Close to the city center. Friendly staff. Own bathroom. Lovely spot. Very nice kitchen and living room with a splendid view on the lake.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled with friends
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tikiboss, Owner at Tiki Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2013

The views are fantastic - thanks for choosing to stay with us.

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Reviewed November 14, 2009

I'm a regular visitor to Taupo and Tiki Lodge is my favourite place to stay. All the facilities are modern and clean, the staff are helpful and friendly, the kitchen and dining area has a great view of the mountains and the town centre is just down the street. For those interested it even has a small outdoor spa. While you can get a decent hostel for a cheaper price in Taupo, Tiki lodge is well worth the little bit extra.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank kostkost
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tikiboss, Owner at Tiki Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2013

Thanks for the positive feedback - any feedback is most appreciated.

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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
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tikiboss, Owner at Tiki Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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
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Management response:Responded July 4, 2012

Many thanks for the comments - we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us.

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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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Management response:Responded July 4, 2012

Many thanks for your comments. The room you described was one of our family ensuite rooms.

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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....

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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tikiboss, Manager at Tiki Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2013

Many thanks for the feedback - glad you enjoyed your time here.

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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 #11 of 34 Specialty Lodging in Taupo
Price Range: $34 - $69 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Tiki Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
FREE breakfast all year round from 8:00am to 10:30am. FREE unlimited WIFI all year round. If you're looking for an affordable, relaxed and friendly place to stay in Taupo with spectacular lake and mountain views, then Tiki Lodge is for you! Its prime location ensures excellent views of Lake Taupo with only a 2 minute walk to the town centre and lakefront. Cook up a treat in our large well-equipped kitchen. Make friends in our large lounge, relax in our cosy T.V room and enjoy the views from our balcony. We have onsite undercover parking, high-pressure showers, storage lockers, BBQ and bike hire available. 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. With our relaxed and friendly vibe, cosy feel and awesome staff, we hope your stay with us will be a memorable one! We look forward to having you stay :-) ... more   less 
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