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Turangi Bridge Motel
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Turangi
Certificate of Excellence
Tauranga, New Zealand
1 review
“A very pleasant surprise!”
Reviewed February 19, 2011

We came across this place and only intended staying one night but ended up staying two. The food was absolutely fantastic and the rooms while a little dated were very comfortable and clean and very reasonably priced. The new owners are great, very friendly and hospitable and are refurbishing at present. The service was great. We were very pleasantly surprised with all that Turangi has to offer with amazing walks that suit all levels of fitness. In the past we have just driven through Turangi but never again - it is well worth the stop. The river runs alongside this Lodge and the lake is very handy as well. This is a sportsman's paradise with something for all the family. The owner, Kent, entertained us on his guitar with some great music which added to a very memorable stay. Highly recommend!!!!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled on business
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Dorset
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Reviewed December 10, 2010

We came across on this motel when our pre-booked Lake Taupo stay turned out to be more a "Backpackers" variety and we moved on.
Location is superb with river walk and surrounded by pleasant parkland.
The present Chef produces wonderful meals. My partner was especially impressed with the creme brulee topped with a large portion of Manuka honeycomb.
The accomodation is in cabins pleasantly fitted out.
Within a few miles the road leads to the Tongariro National Park and a stunning viewpoint over Lake Taupo and the Crater Lake walk of Lake Rotopounamu.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Putaruru
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Reviewed April 22, 2010

The Bridge lodge has eveything a traveller needs, the famous Tongariro River at your door step, Tidy well presents clean rooms at very reasonable prices, plus a very welcoming bar and reataurant , real great pub food and New Zealand Cuisene. We found the staff very friendly and helpfull, will definately stay here during the Ski Season.

Turangi is now famous for its Autumn colours, make it a place to stop if you are travelling through NZ, it is exactly half way between Wellington and Auckland - if you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of Rotorua and Taupo, the book at the Bridge, great parking if you have a camper.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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milwaukee
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Reviewed March 10, 2010

Our group pretty much took over the motel--NOT hotel--and thus "curry night" was canceled. Basic small rooms with thin walls, rough and worn sheets. A fan was provided to cool the air and keep out mosquitoes if one felt the need to open doors or windows for fresh air. They did provide a can of raid and some sort of plug in the wall device as well. The device worked, though others in our group were not as fortunate. Food was ok, though as one of the vegetarians in the group I received excellent ratatouille one night and spanikopita the next--much to the envy of the others. The motel provided a picnic lunch for the group and as one member said, "whatever we paid for this, it was too much." Unripe fruit, boloney sandwiches, veggie sandwich was shredded carrots with tomato, and muffins were too dry or undercooked and a couple were in the "just right" category. Since I had a "just right", I wondered if the others were being picky so I tried two and had to agree with them. Turangi was more of a stopover for the group, but I would have preferred we stayed in Taupo or some other spot. And given the wonderful diversity in NZ, I felt disappointed in a blah village with just trout and a river.

  • Stayed February 2010
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed February 4, 2010

This is definitely more motel than lodge, the bedrooms being standard basic motel fare. Pretty noisy being just off the main highway, and also noise from next door, as we found out with the screaming kids (despite being nearly empty they chose to put us next to a family…). Overpriced at $130. Turangi is fairly nondescript and underwhelming, so unless you have a passion for trout fishing it's probably not worth the trip. Much better choice of lodgings and restaurants in Taupo.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 5, 2010

We (3 ppl) stayed the night during one of their apparently famous “thursday curry nights”. The curry was great however the service was rude. The lady owner hurriedly led us to our seats, only to snap several times “not there” as she pointed out reserved tables. At our table, we were told “sit there” and had 2 different menus thrown onto our table. None of the menus indicated their normal meals, and upon asking for a copy, she scoughed and threw a third menu in our general direction and walked away. Her husband seemed more polite upon bringing out our entree 45 minutes late and told us that they had larger tables to tend to. We (3 ppl) apparently were not as important as a table of 7. Several other groups of two or three dined and left during our wait.

Unfortunately not many places to stay and dine while in Turangi. Perhaps Burger King around the corner is a safer bet

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled on business
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Tasmania
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Reviewed December 6, 2009

We stayed overnight and found the management to be friendly and helpful. The pub has trout fishing momentos and books which add to the atmosphere and it is worthwhile having a meal there as it is good value. The rooms are reasonably basic, but comfortable, warm and clean. Pets are allowed outside on the verandah.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Turangi Bridge Motel
Address: 4600 State Highway 1 | P.O. Box 42, Turangi, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Turangi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa
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Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Turangi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Turangi Bridge Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With comfortable accommodation, New Zealand cuisine, stunning landscapes and adventure activities right on our doorstep, Turangi Bridge Motel offers everything you need for a real New Zealand holiday escape. Our Turangi accommodation provides access to the Tongariro National Park with a large selection of New Zealand adventure activities including river rafting, mountain biking, skiing, trout fishing and fly fishing, and for the keen hiker, the world famous Tongariro Crossing. We offer a New Zealand restaurant and are available as a function or wedding venue. ... more   less 
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