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“Not cheap but cheerful”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Waitomo Lodge

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Waitomo Lodge
Ranked #1 of 3 Te Kuiti B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Orpington, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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“Not cheap but cheerful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2010

My wife and I shared a unit with my sister and her partner - a big double in the main room and two single beds in the separate bathroom. Owner cheerfully offered an airconditioned room without a kitchenette in place of one with the hob and no air conditioning and personally made sure we had everything we needed. All extremely clean and comfortable with fridge, toaster, kettle and adequate crockery and cutlery.
For two it would have been pricey (similar to a modest city hotel); shared for 4 it was more reasonable, albeit more cosy!
We weren't bothered by or indeed aware of trains.
Great for Waitomo if you have your own transport but public options are limited from Te Kuiti.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2010

We stayed in a 1 bedroom appartment. I did hear one or two trains during the day but that's about it. It didn't bother us at all
Very friendly owner and clean appartment. The bathroom was huge. The bed was comfortable
I gave it 4 only because the kitchen and living area were slighlty small but for the price it was good. Great location for the caves and kiwi house

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Potters Bar, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2010

A very welcoming smallish MOTEL along the highway, a very nice room, good facilities, with car right outside, lovely friendly owner, nothing too much trouble - perfect for our stop off from Auckland to New Plymouth to see the Otorohanga Kiwi House and the Waitomo Caves. Supermarket etc just a minute or two's walk along the road.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2010

Waitomo Lodge is a charming little lodge, in the quiet surrounds of Waitomo. With a wood structure and plants growing all over the roof and walls, it fits in very well with its environment.

The rooms are plain, but neat and reasonably spacious. The bathroom/showers are clean, and the open area warm and inviting.

The lodge is about 1km from the town and museum, which is not too far. The owners were fairly helpful when we had to arrange for a late arrival and checkout, and provided useful advice on food and activities in the region. There are very few restaurants and supermarkets in the area - so be sure to carry your own food. Alternatively, you could buy some easy-to-cook meals at the lodge, although the owners (who live onsite) are usually not at the reception after 6pm.

All in all, a great experience. I'd definitely choose to stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2010

Waitomo Lodge is actually located in Te Kuiti, near the Wailtomo Glowworm caves. It is a comfortable, newly constructed Qualmark Four Star. It has much to offer, BUT note that the river view rooms are less than 100 meters from a train track. As we checked in, the owner cheerfully confirmed that the trains did indeed run daily, in fact about 3 a night! He was right. If you are a light sleeper, the 10 second roar as the train passed, mulitplied 3 times a night, could be a real problem. That said, we did stay 2 nights, and really liked Te Kuiti--good restaurants and a genuine New Zealand farming town.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2010

Very clean and comfortable accommodation. Staff are warm and welcoming. We had a very enjoyable night at this lodge.

A bit expensive for a country motel.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
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Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2009

I second the review that said this is a good location for trainspotting. It's a shame, because it's a nice, new motel, very clean, with good amenities. The staff were friendly and it was well priced. But it had two major drawbacks. I knew when I booked it that it was near the railroad tracks, but honestly, our room backed onto the tracks, which were about 30 feet away. There was good soundproofing on the windows and patio door, but it was, unfortunately, just no match for the trains. Just a bad location. Also, I don't know if it was just a lack of airflow or insulation, but the room was stiflingly hot. (Combined with the frequent trains, you can imagine that it wasn't my best sleep ever.) The weather was about 22C that day, so it wasn't really hot weather. And there were no screens on the windows (this is common in NZ, though I haven't figured out why!), and, after finding an "interesting" bug in the room earlier in the evening, I wasn't keen to sleep with the windows open. Probably in cooler weather, and in a room as far from the tracks as possible, it would be a pleasant stay, but you might not want to chance it.

Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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WaitomoLodge, Owner at Waitomo Lodge, responded to this review, July 21, 2009
The Waitomo Lodge Motel has 20 units, of which 7 are parallel to the railway line.
All rooms have sound-proofed windows and black-out blinds.
If guests are sensitive to occasional muted train noise please advise the manager during the booking process.
The number of complaints received regarding the railway line has been infintisable.
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Property: Waitomo Lodge
Address: State Hwy 3 | North end of Te Kuiti, Te Kuiti 3910, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Te Kuiti
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Te Kuiti
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Waitomo Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Waitomo Lodge was opened in March 2008 and boasts the choice of 14 studio, and 6 one bedroom units. All units have Super King beds, flat screen TV, Sky TV, tea and coffee making facilities, blackout blinds and spacious en-suite bathrooms. Additionally, some units have spa baths, air conditioning, cooking facilities, and broadband connections. Local Tourist Attractions include the Waitomo Caves, Ruakuri Cave, Spellbound Tours, Black Water Rafting and Otorohanga Kiwi House. ... more   less 
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