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“A night in a plane”
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Woodlyn Park
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Waitomo Caves
Reviewed February 5, 2014

If you are planning to visit Waitomo caves and going to spend a night in the area - go for a Woodlyn park unique accommodation. We have chosen a plane - Cockpit unit. There are 2 large beds - one in a cockpit itself and one downstairs so you can stay there with 1-2 kids. Our teenage son stayed upstairs and he had a great fun there. Everything is clean and practical. The site itself is beautiful and quiet. It was good to have a breakfast early in the morning in the fresh air with all those farm sounds around. Some hints: book the place in advance, accommodations are limited; choose a cockpit unit if you want a plane; let them know if you are coming later than 5pm to the (we called Barry and he was very kind to come and give us a key and advise a good place to eat at that late time). This was probably the most memorable accommodation we had during our trip to New Zealand.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

We stayed on the ship on the farm and for us it was a highlight of the trip. Of course it's not 5-star but it was clean and convenient and well laid-out. It was also lovely to sleep with open windows and hear the sounds of the farm during the night and in the morning. The owner is quite a character and gave us great recommendations for a bushwalk (Ruakari) and dinner (Huhu Café) which were also both highlights of our trip. We also liked that the rooms had a kitchen and all facilities. We wanted for nothing and our kids enjoyed this place immensely. It was a refreshing change from your standard hotel fare.

Room Tip: We stayed in the bow of the ship - and for us it was great. Had a small balcony off the kitchen whic...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 25, 2014

If you are looking for somewhere a little different, then this is the place for you! We had read about Woodlyn Park on Trip Advisor, and were keen to stay in the Hobbit Holes, however, as they were booked, we were offered the Captain’s Unit of the Waitanic, a converted WW2 patrol boat. We were not disappointed as the unit was a great choice.

The unit was across three levels; The upper floor had a small but well equipped kitchen and large dining room, a small bathroom, and a balcony offering great view of the surroundings. The middle floor housed the master bedroom, with a large deck. The lower level housed two more bedrooms and large bathroom. It was a perfect arrangement for our family of five, with each of the teenagers having plenty of space. All the rooms were spotlessly clean.

The park is not within walking distance to any shops or restaurants; you will need to drive back into the village for these. We corresponded with Nicky when making arrangements to stay here, and she was extremely helpful with our questions about things to do in and around Waitomo. She was also very helpful upon our arrival at Woodlyn Park. She did seem to be the only staff member around, though.

Wi-Fi is not available at the unit, but is able to be accessed at the main reception area. There was also a problem with mosquitos, as there were no screens on the windows, we had to shut them to keep the mozzies and flies out. Although the park could do with a bit of a spruce up – cleaning outdoor furniture, boat deck, painting, gardens needing some maintenance etc, we did have an enjoyable night here. If you are looking for a five star hotel, forget this place, but if quirky and unique is more your style, check it out.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 24, 2014 via mobile

We were excited to stay here in the hobbit motel but after being there for a while realised it wasn't quite as good as we thought. This was the first place I booked when arranging my holiday (7 months in advance) knowing they have only 2 hobbit hole motel rooms. My family are Lord of The Rings fans so it is fun to stay in a hobbit hole but there were Mosquitos galore in the evening! No screens on the round hobbit windows and even though they were only open a fraction insects got in. Perhaps we should have closed the windows much earlier.
On the plus side it is located in a beautiful place with lovely views of the area, chickens with their chicks were on the property. I had a load of washing to do and the lady said the machine wouldn't be free for a few hours and offered to do it for me, for free, which was really kind. I picked it up later that afternoon from her before we went out to dinner in town (short 3 mins drive).
They have a plane and a ship and the hobbit holes rooms so a fun place for the kids.
Not really worth the $280au I paid for one night though.

  • Stayed: December 2013
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Reviewed January 19, 2014

This is the second time I have stayed here.... It is an awesome place... my brother used to bring my boys here when there was jet boats also... so far we have stayed in Number 3 and 5 of the Waitanic...I found the place to be very clean and everything we need was there...tho both times we only stayed for one night. Haven't had the chance to see the shows yet, but they look like they would be awesome.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 17, 2013

You forward an exorbitant amount of money through the travel agency for reservations at Woodlyn Park. At some point, you enthusiastically insist: "I want to stay three nights in the hobbit-hole. I came to New Zealand to re-enact the Lord of the Rings, and by hell, that means I'll eat, sleep, and breathe Tolkien. No exceptions!"

Lo and behold, the little motel room is yours, and only yours, for a number of nights. You revel at the circular windows and turf roofs that form the hobbit-hole. Of course, not a dirty, run-down sort of place at all, for the price, as you may proclaim, your copy of 'The Hobbit' held high: "It is a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort!" Pictures are taken. You marvel at the windows again for a little while one evening of your stay, almost lost in its perfect curvature. You do this, partly to justify the incredible price you have spent to be allowed in the room, to claim it.

You leave after a number of days. It does not occur to you that you paid a lot of money for a room of average quality, shaped in the form of a house depicted in a film, and some books. Photographs from your experience in cheap timber frames line the walls, but none of them portray the hobbit-hole from Woodlyn Park; after all, there were mountains to be conquered, caves to be explored, distances to travel. These things were far more memorable, and perhaps enshrined your unreasonable obsession with Tolkien far more greatly.

Maybe, the next time you want to spend a lot of money on a Tolkien-related venture in New Zealand, you should ask yourself: "Who is the one justifying the purchase: me, or Bilbo?"

Room Tip: The hobbit-hole is nice. Everything is made out of wood, ostensibly because a real Hobbit would have...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 15, 2013 via mobile

A nice stay, the unit in the ship very clean. Would have been nice if the lightbulbs had been checked as more than half didnt work. The receptionist seemed to be new to the job, a grassed area for the kids to run on or for a picnic area would be nice, ramp to the boat in need of repair. That said unique accommodation amazing idea, very pricey however and very little to do in the waitomo caves area.

  • Stayed: December 2013
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Address: 1177 Waitomo Valley Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Waitomo Caves
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Waitomo Caves
Price Range: $115 - $155 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Woodlyn Park 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are located in the Waikato, a 2 and a half hour drive south of Auckland and 2 hours across from Rotorua. We are a couple of minutes drive from the world famous Glowworm Caves in Waitomo. Our Motels are world unique, built in part from recycled and natural materials. They have in the past worked hard as a war plane, a navy patrol boat and a carriage from the steam train era. As such they have a slightly lingering aroma from their industrial past, much like any modern vehicle - their scent reflects the materials they are made of. Our Hobbits built underground contain natural fibre curtains and some timbers - these too reflect the natural scent of their origins. ... more   less 
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