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River Birches Lodge
Ranked #1 of 8 Turangi B&B and Inns
Wellington
2 reviews
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“Gracious host ensures great holiday”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

We stayed in the Admirals' room with a full view of the beautiful and creative garden.
A wonderful room to relax in with a large bathroom, heated floor, deep bath and the sound of the nearby river.
Anthea helped us plan our activities and cooked wonderful meals while we explored the beauty of the Central Plateau. We walked around Lake Rotopounamu with its kauri forests and rich birdlife and took in the amazing vistas from the top of the chair lift on Mount Ruapehu.
We can highly recommend River Birches Lodge for a wonderful holiday.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

Set in a residential neighborhood, River Birches is a small oasis of tranquility. We stayed at the Major's Room, which is apart from the main house, with view of the beautiful garden. It felt very secluded and luxurious. Very nice host, who happily shares information about the area, things to see and doo, and helps book restaurants etc in the area. Very nice place to stay in the Turangi area.

Room Tip: Major's room is perfect for honeymooners, or just couples that don't want to be disturbed.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

We stayed in the cottage next to the B&B. it's really more of an entire house. The place is amazing. Everything was like new. The style is clean and modern. Full kitchen and living area. Washer /dryer. The back garden with Koi pond was elegant and peaceful. The owner was graceful, helpful and organized. I could describe River Birches the same way. You will never want to leave.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed December 20, 2012 via mobile

This is a beautifully located lodge and very clean, however it may not provide the level of service one might expect for a luxury lodge at this price. The hospitality while very pleasant seemed somewhat disinclined to provide a complete service.

  • Stayed November 2012
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Melbourne
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

This visit was my 4th year in a row and I had another fantastic week. The 'cottage' is great for groups of friends or families (there were 6 of us) and we are always made to feel welcome and we are always looked after in excellent fashion Great location for a range of activities, we spent most of the time wandering up and down the river banks searching for the ideal fishing spot - and caught a few. Each day we would return exhausted to a selection of nibbles in the garden followed by a wonderful dinner before retiring to our very comfortable beds. The weather was great and the volcano added a bit of excitement! Can't wait to go back next year.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 30, 2012 via mobile

Just spent a week here. Great food, great location, great people, great hospitality. Nowhere else could come close. Where else does the hostess produce a bottle of Rockford Basket Press to accompany two types of roast lamb on your last night? Unbelievable!

  • Stayed November 2012
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

The weather was perfect, the river sang all day, the Lodge and the Cottage both provided excellent accomodation for the wedding; and the outdoor setting of a raised deck in a walled garden flanked by the Lodge was truly wonderful. Great to set the tables outside under all the umbellas to keep us in the shade, flowers in the frame, and the bride and groom just so attractive! You don't need to be a fisherman to stay here. Everyone will find friendliness, peace and comfort.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about River Birches Lodge

Property: River Birches Lodge
Address: 19 Koura Street | Taupo, Turangi 3334, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Turangi
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Turangi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — River Birches Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Superbly located for the Tongariro crossing, fishing, and skiing getaways. River Birches is an exclusive retreat alongside the Tongariro River. Listed in Travel & Leisure Magazine’s Best of 2007. It features luxury accommodation equipped with Wi-Fi, fitness room and onsite chef. Qualmark: Five Star rated. ... more   less 
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