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Sportsmans Lodge
Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Turangi
Certificate of Excellence
Villa Park
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
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“a great place to stay”
Reviewed April 13, 2013

The location is perfect, not far from the bus stop at the town center. Betty was nice to pick us up.We stayed one night and loved its beautiful garden.The room, kitchen, and lounge are spotlessly clean. The place is so peaceful, a great place to relax and rest. The back door leads to a hiking trail (Tongariro River trail). Free wifi is definitely a plus. If we have chance to go back to Turangi, this is the place to stay. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Betty C, Owner at Sportsmans Lodge, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
Thanks for your wonderful comments and we're looking forward to catching up again when you next visit Turangi.
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Auckland
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

This was a return trip and we will always make this lodge a destination when travelling and needing accommodation in the Central North Island. There are so many activities in the area to do which makes this accommodation the perfect base.Doug and Betty are the perfect hosts nothing is too much trouble and they are great fun. Their lodge and grounds are immaculately kept, a real credit to them, and a pleasure to visit. We will look forward to our next visit here.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

Have stayed here twice and will gladly do so again. Betty and Doug are wonderful hosts, the position is perfect and the gardens are just beautiful. Everything is neat and tidy and there's a drying room for fishing gear or ski gear. The self contained cottage is my favourite. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Stourbridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

Betty was great her advice and knowledge was very helpful. The lodge itself was a good base, especially for single travellers, passing through the area or ramblers, fishermen, sport loving persons. Great walk (Tongariro River Loop Track) in the morning along the beautiful nearby river. Blue the dog is gorgeous, accommodation overall is recommended. Some persons may find it a bit basic, but it is what it is and I liked it very much.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Auckland
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

We always stay here when passing through or busy with activities in Turangi. Have stayed as a couple, have stayed with small children, have stayed with big children! It's excellent value for money with small ensuite and shared communal lounge and kitchen/dining area. What we love is the oppportunity to meet other adventurous travellers, the peaceful surroundings and welcome hosts. Highly recommended!

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the sportsmans lodge on our way from Wellington to Auckland. The owners were so lovely! They showed us around when we got there and even dropped me back into town to catch my bus as I'm 7 months pregnant. The kitchen facilities were great and the gardens were beautiful. Thank you so much :)

  • Stayed February 2013
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Betty C, Owner at Sportsmans Lodge, responded to this review, March 1, 2013
So glad you enjoyed your stay, Sarah. I hope you enjoyed the wedding and that your partner wasn't too exhausted from all his biking! Best wishes for your wonderful years of motherhood
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

We stayed only the one night, arrived late and left early.
What wonderful owners, Betty stayed open for us, showed us around and made sure we were happy.
The facilities are wonderful. The roosm are basic and small as would expect in a sporting lodge with a communal kitchen and lounge.
Woudl recommend and stay again

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Betty C, Owner at Sportsmans Lodge, responded to this review, February 26, 2013
Thanks for the lovely comments. It's always good to know guests felt at home in the Lodge. We look forward to seeing you again when you're passing through Turangi
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Property: Sportsmans Lodge
Address: 15 Taupahi Road, Turangi 3334, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Turangi
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Turangi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Sportsmans Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sportsmans Lodge is the hidden accommodation gem of the Central Plateau and Lake Taupo District. It has a unique, tranquil character of its own. Its relaxed, homely surrounds has special appeal for fly fishermen, walkers in the Central Plateau, weary travellers looking for a quiet night's sleep, and in the winter, skiers and snowboarders.The Lodge has nine quality, comfortable double/twin single rooms with own ensuites. Guests share a large self catering kitchen/dining room. The large shared lounge with open fire, TV and pool table is great for relaxing and sharing the day's stories with other guests. The lounge opens out to a sundeck that overlooks an amazing garden. For those looking for a private hideaway, our self contained cottage, separate to the Lodge, is perfect. The deck opens out on to a delightful, quiet part of the garden. Pure Bliss! FREE Wireless internet is available throughout the Lodge and its surroundings ... more   less 
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