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Settlers Motel
Ranked #5 of 9 Hotels in Turangi
Gold Coast, Australia
1 review
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“Loved Settlers - our favourite place.”
Reviewed July 13, 2013

Simply our best accommodation experience anywhere. The cottage was luxurious, spacious and suitably warm. The kids loved their own private area upstairs. The beds were firm and extremely comfortable. Much thought had been given to the outfitting of the kitchen with attention to detail such as an oven glove and sharp knives. But the point of difference was the wonderful hosts who went above and beyond in many ways - loaning the children sliders for the snow and towels for the local hot pools, volunteering to dry our damp clothes and shoes - nothing was too much trouble. A most positive stay and a motel we would highly recommend.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Helen S, Owner at Settlers Motel, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
Thank you Kylie. We are pleased that your family enjoyed their holiday with us and that we were able to help with the snow experience for them. It was a joy to hear the fun and laughter from happy children. Maybe we will see you back here sometime. Summer in Turangi is also and exciting experience.
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Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

A very warm and friendly welcome awaits you from Helen and Wayne. Stayed for two nights. The unit was adequate and great value for the price.Very clean and comfortable. The heater was turned on prior to arriving!! Great location for those contemplating biking the Tongariro River Track.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Helen S, Owner at Settlers Motel, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
Thank you Brendan. We are pleased you found our unit nice and warm. The Tongariro River Trail is a little gem which is now becoming quite well known for both walking and biking. Fishermen and locals have used it for many years but now the word is spreading and many more people are able to enjoy it.
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

A friend and myself stayed at the Settlers Motel in May 2013. It was only for a couple of nights but we sure wish it could have been for more. Our unit was so spacious and was great value compared to many smaller places we stayed in.

Helen and Wayne were so helpful and definitely went the extra mile to insure our stay was a pleasant one. We opted for a larger unit but the ones we were shown were all spacious, well appointed and very clean.

If you are looking for accommodation in Turangi I recommend you check out The Settlers Motel first. You won't need to check out anywhere else.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Helen S, Owner at Settlers Motel, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
We appreciate you kind review, Carol. We hope that the photographic expedition was a success and you both have lots of photos to remember your time in the Tongariro National Park area. It was lovely to meet you both and remember a summer trip on the river would be another memorable journey I am sure.!!
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

Got to stay here for a night. Unit was nice, cosy and warm. Great view of the garden from the bedroom. Nice Deck. All basic amenities provided. Well equipped kitchen. DVDs available on request.Nice value for money!

Recommended!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lancashire UK
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

Stopped here for three nights in the 7 bed dorm. The owners are very helpful and welcoming. The detached unit was clean with what looked liked new or recently changed carpets. There was 6 of us stopping. The downstairs had an open plan kitchen/dining/living space. All six of us could fit round the dining table. It is great that it is so clean and everything is provided to keep it clean. The sofas were new as well. Downstairs 2 bedrooms, one queen and one a twin, upstairs a mezzanine floor with 3 single beds. I thought the place was great, it had an on site guest laundry, washing line. You could use equipment to wash your car. Plenty of room for the children to play on the grass with various balls which you can borrow. Trampoline. Plenty of room to park your car. Supermarket 5 min walk or 2 min drive. Hosts are happy to advise on activities in the area and have a complimentary DVD's. There is a hot tub that you can use by prior arrangement and also a fish gutting room. There are lots of little touches that make a difference to a stay and this place has them. It great when places aren't stingy with tea/ coffee/milk and you get plenty here. Lots of towels and if you need anything the hosts will help. Shower great and beds comfortable. There was heating and fans if needed in the unit and our unit had a decking area with patio table and chairs. I think this was the cleanest place we stopped at while holidaying for a month and though we had our four boys with us, I felt very welcome and at ease here. I would definitely recommend staying at Settlers Motel. Even though near main road it was quiet and peaceful and we all slept well. Host will supply breakfast if you want but we made our own. There is no restaurant on site but room guide provides all details of local food outlets. Again I can't emphasise enough how clean, hosts take pride in their motel.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Helen S, Owner at Settlers Motel, responded to this review, May 2, 2013
Thank you so much for your glowing review! We were delighted to host your family and it was a joy to see and hear the boys having so much fun kicking balls and playing on the lawn. Our expansive lawn is certaininly a great way for children to run off their excess energy. We hope other families read your review and realise what a great option our family "cottage" is for a relaxing holiday with children.
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Luton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

We spent one night at the Settlers on our way across NewZ. The cabin was lovely, super clean & comfortable. It had all the usual refinements including heating! Limited but free wifi. We loved our twin cabin (one double and one single) and as I slept in the single bed I can confirm that it was very comfortable and very snugly. Lovely bedding and lovely owner who gave us a warm welcome and a free pen at the end of our stay - still using it to write my journal! Didn't see a pool or a fitness centre but couldn't get rid of the ratings so marked up rather than down.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Waiouru, New Zealand
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

Even though I left my booking to the very last moment my host could not have been more obliging. I arrived to a friendly welcome and was shown to a very clean and relatively spacious unit with a park view. On site I had ample space for my boat and was lucky enough to use the fish cleaning room following a days fishing. For kids there is room to play and a spa to relax in. All things considered this is great value accommodation.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Property: Settlers Motel
Address: 24 Te Arahori Street, Turangi 3334, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Turangi
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 9 Hotels in Turangi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Settlers Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Make Settlers Motel your home to "stay and play" while you enjoy your Turangi Tongariro experience. Within 1-2 hours drive are the major tourist attractions of the Rotorua & Taupo regions. Turangi is on the North-Eastern boundary of the Tongariro National Park world renowned the 'best one day walk in New Zealand', The Tongariro Alpine Crossing. During the winter season we also have the Whakapapa Ski Fields (the biggest in New Zealand). A few minutes walk from our Motel is the famous Tongariro River, home to Trout Fishing, Kayaking, White-Water Rafting and beautiful walks. We can arrange and ticket any of the activities available in this area, including shuttle buses to the Mountain for Skiing or hiking. Our amenities include our Hot Spa, guest laundry & drying room, in room DVD players and Sky TV with 50+ channels. ... more   less 
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