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Takaro Lodge
Ranked #25 of 27 Specialty Lodging in Te Anau
Reviewed March 22, 2006

In early March of this year, the Takaro Peace Resort was raided by New Zealand immigration and all of the staff deported after interviews. Besides removing all the staff in police vans, immigration interrogated the guests after rousting them from bed.

It does seem odd that all the staff had these visa difficulties and that NZ authorities felt it necessary to send a 50 person team for a pre-dawn unannounced raid on an expensive resort, essentially putting it out of business for a while.

While the owner implied to us that he could accommodate our stay it soon became apparent that he was without any staff at all, so we left and did receive an apology along with a promise to return most the pre-payment.

Even presuming that the staff problems will get repaired I still don’t think I could recommend the resort.

First, the hotel is about an hours drive down a partial gravel road, to the closet town, Te Anua. So this is extremely remote and far from any of the local touristic attractions including the lakes and sounds, boating, fishing and hiking. Given that, there is a lovely wide-open view of their pastures and mountains in the distance. It’s reminiscent of a Montana fishing or hiking lodge with the 5 (or so) separate cabins for guest – 2 guest rooms per cabin.

Unfortunately the resort just doesn’t have the facilities or entertainment of a resort with this pricing or remoteness. There is no fitness room (this is incorrectly noted in Frommers), no well maintained hiking trails, no stunning views, no fishing guides with trout filled river. The resort does have an indoor pool, not a lap type, which presumably can be heated. It has a steam room and the ‘spa’ is a Jacuzzi.

Regarding the rooms, I thought the shared deck per cabin a privacy problem – if you have a neighbor.
The rooms each have a huge plasma TV with an impressive sound system. There are only 2 TV stations available – forget CNN – and a collection of DVDs, no CDs – except for their label CD which is sort of massage music. Our bathroom had a Jacuzzi and no separate shower and nowhere to clip the hand held for a shower. The bed, décor, linens and decoration are new age modern but not stunning. Obviously we didn’t get to try out the food or any spa services.

There are good restaurants and serviceable hotels in Te Anau. We had a great dinner at Redcliff Café, and while there aren’t any great hotels here, the hotels are better located for enjoying Fiordland.

  • Stayed: March 2006
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phenomena_12, Public Relations Manager at Takaro Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2012

I understand this situation must have been unfortunate for everyone involved and I am sorry that you had to be inconvenienced in this instance. The staff and management have changed since that time, almost 6 years ago and it is now operated as an exclusive rental lodge and corporate and individual retreat, for which it is far better suited in view of it's peaceful and remote location. We do point this out on our website, as some people prefer to be somewhere more happening like Queenstown. While there is wifi at the main lodge, it is not connected in the chalets and there is no mobile reception either unless you take a short drive down to the airfield, so we really remote! The priority at Takaro is for peace, pure nature, natural health and well being, it's a place to relax and restore ones energy.
The gravel road is a beautiful journey passing both Lord of the Rings and Hobbit filming locations,but I agree with you, it is a little unnerving if one is not accustomed to driving on gravel, it does need to be taken carefully at a steady pace and should be approximately 35 mins drive from Te Anau.. Unless of course you choose to fly in to our private airstrip or land in a helicopter on the doorstep, less than 30 mins spectacular scenic transfer from Queenstown.
We do not have televisions here but we do have an in house cinema which has reclining leather armchairs and can seat up to 18 for presentations and DVD screenings and each chalet has its own surround sound screen and DVD player. Although the balconies are shared between each side of the chalet, as we are exclusive rental it will only be between the group who has booked.
With regard to the trout fishing, as I understand from the locals who ask permission to come through and fish here that during the season it does indeed have both Brown and Rainbow Trout in the Upuk. I have seen them myself and some look to be quite a good size, although I am not a fisherman myself.
Finally, as for Fitness, we have a wide range of guided retreat activities on offer, from mountain biking, sporting hikes, trail running, wild nature walks, horse trekking, energising exercises and relaxation, melt away massages and a Finnish sauna.
I would like to repeat that I am extremely sorry that you did not have a good experience here as most of our guests really love it, however I accept your comments and thank you for taking your time to make a review and help us to improve what we offer.

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Address: 914 Takaro Road | PO Box 225, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9681, New Zealand (Formerly Takaro Peace Resort)
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Fiordland National Park > Te Anau
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 27 Specialty Lodging in Te Anau
Price Range: $673 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Takaro Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Takaro - ultimate rejuvenation retreat. Enjoy your own luxury lodge with complete peace and privacy, this beautiful private organic estate is between Milford and doubtful Sound at the gateway to Fiordland. Use of whole Lodge and 5 double Luxury Chalets includes daily complimentary natural relaxation classes and fresh seasonal organic farm and garden produce, your choice of self catering or professional chefs. The combination of Western luxury and Chinese knowledge about health, the wide range of activities available make Takaro a perfect getaway for rejuvenation, honeymoons, corporate retreats and other venues. Rejuvenation is the natural process of becoming younger, happier, healthier, more peaceful! ... more   less 
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Takaro Peace Hotel
Takaro Lodge Te Anau, Fiordland National Park

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