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“Fond memories” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rainbow Motel

Rainbow Motel
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Rainbow Motel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Tokaanu
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207 reviews
92 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Fond memories”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2013

This was one of our favorite stays in New Zealand. Guess it just depends on what your priorities are. It is quite quaint. If modern furniture is what you look for do not come. The owners cater to fisherman who really like it's rustic character. Speaking of the owners they could not be more helpful. Very nice couple. It is in a quiet location so noise is not an issue. It is good for self caterers and there is a well stocked grocery store just a few kms away. There are private free hot water springs for guests only, enjoyment. Ann and Bob suggested a hike in Tongariro National Park near by which we really enjoyed. Certainly would stay again. Thanks Ann and Bob.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank mrsboll
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Grenoble, France
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37 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2013

Uncomfortable beds, basic shower, horrid furniture... this was not what we expected after our Tongariro crossing!

No aircon, mineral spa could do with a clean up.

Big dissapointment for a big price per night.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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39 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2013

We found this motel very apt for tongariro crossing. After the big walk, what else you can ask for, if you got a free and private natural mineral spa..!!!. The motel is in a very peaceful, countryside location. Around 20 min. drive to the crossing. Has got a handy cafe/shop next door. Hassle free car parking. Generous room size. Kitchen is well equipped. Rooms are clean. Old fashioned-but all very clean and nice. Nice and friendly hosts. Enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ramesh S
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Wellington, New Zealand
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44 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2012

On recommendation from family, we stayed at the Rainbow Motel en route from Auckland to Wellington. We stayed in the one bedroom unit. The decor is cute and retro and the rooms are spacious and immaculately clean. The bed was super comfortable - had a great sleep! Hosts Ann and Bob are incredibly friendly and very helpful. Our highlight was the private thermal pools (water from natural hot springs) where you can have a soak after a long drive and look out at the stars. One thing though, the walls are very thin and can get a bit of noise from the next rooms so bring ear plugs. Otherwise we loved the stay and would definitely come again!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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111 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2012

Stayed here overnight, arrived on a cold wet night and were shown to our unit by lovely friendly host. Our unit was retro in style, and with everything you needed. Spacious and warm, with nice comfortable bed. Even though the bathroom was old fashioned in style, it was very clean and the shower was good. Heated thermal pools are great, especially after a long drive. Not flash, but homely and comfortable. Very reasonable room rate. Lovely hosts.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank FlemingsJ
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Brisbane, Australia
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284 reviews
67 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2012

Due to a last minute change of travel plans we stayed at this lovely little country motel. One of our group had stayed previously and recommended it. The owners are very friendly and helpful.
The self contained rooms are large and comfy with a large fridge and everything you need to cook. There were two bedrooms and there was an extra bed in the lounge room, so can sleep 5 comfortably. There was heating in the bedrooms and lounge room. It was clean, and though quite old, its 1950s/60s decor gave it an interesting back country NZ atmosphere.
The highlight of the place though is the four private covered thermal pools which are included free. They can be used any time, so some of our group had a late evening bathe.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank NettyA
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Mangere Bridge
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14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2012

We needed a convenient overnight stay and the thermal pools were a delightful bonus.
The accommodation was plain but spotless and spacious with big comfortable bed
We breakfasted at Tokaanu as meals are not included, hence v reasonable tariff.
Pleasant owners husband and wife.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ChasO
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Property: Rainbow Motel
Address: State Highway 41 | RD1, Tokaanu, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Tokaanu
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Tokaanu
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Hotel Class:3 star — Rainbow Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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