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“LOVED THE RUSTIC HOT POOLS!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rainbow Motel

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Rainbow Motel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Tokaanu
St Arnaud, Australia
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42 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“LOVED THE RUSTIC HOT POOLS!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

I stayed for only one night, and wish I had had more time here. My room was very clean and a generous size (unlike some accommodations which although modern, are fairly tight, especially bathrooms). The lady in charge gave me a free-standing lamp for the double bedroom so I could read in bed. I really enjoyed the hot water here. There are four pools in a rustic old wooden bathhouse, with the bore gurgling and spurting nearby. Three of the cubicles were enclosed, but I liked the pool on the far left which was open to the fields and views of Mt. Tauhara in the distance. A friend living in Turangi called in next morning to bathe when there was a big frost, and it was lovely to immerse ourselves in the really hot water and watch the steam rising from the pool and the melting frost as the sun came up. We even picked grapes from the grapevine growing outside the pool. One of the pools did not seem to be in use as it was very murky with floaties in it and did not appear to have water flowing through it. I would definitely stay here again, with better planning, and would make use of the kitchen facilities, as I love the Tokaanu/Turangi area with its lake, volcanoes, fabulous scenery and hot water abounding.

Room Tip: Worth the money to stay here, for 24 hour pools and kitchen facilities.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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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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Busselton
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43 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2014

By no means the Ritz ! It was more like a batch/ donga than a motel. Could do with a paint job and new mattress. If you are on a Trout fishing trip and are happy to rough it then this is it but could be a bit cheaper. Had the full kitchen amenities which is good but not much comfort in the lounge seating side of things.
Best part is the free thermal hot water pool though the surrounds inside are in need of a clean up. plus the entrance could be a bit more spacious and not so steep. Hard if you have a disability with walking.
Owner very friendly and loves to chat!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Canberra, Australia
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81 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

We had a lovely stay at this motel. The owners are very friendly and will do anything to help with your needs. The pools are great, especially if you have tackled the Tongariro Crossing! We had a one bedroom double which although old was beautifully presented and everything worked! The room was very large and comfortable. The TV was a little small and needs updating to a flat screen but this is being picky. The motel is in a great spot to explore the National Park and the Tongariro River etc. The free wifi was good.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Chris R
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2014 via mobile

After a long day of hiking the personal hot pools at Rainbow Motel were a pleasant surprise. Combined with the warm hospitality this was the perfect place to stay. Stayed in a 2 bedroom suite that was clean and spacious. Staff helped with local restaurant information too.

Stayed March 2014
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Thank DMAtractorlady
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67 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2014 via mobile

Everything you would expect from a motel, that has a few years on it's back - all being on the positive though:-)

The couple that run the motel, where excellent in offering tips, guidance and even arranging bus service to and from Tongariro National Park.

Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2013

Bob welcomed us like old friends and we felt at ease straight away. The room was really big, very tidy and perfectly clean. There was everything we needed to cook and Bob even installed the barbecue just in front our unit for our outside dinner! The free wifi worked ver well.
We were amazed how new the retro furniture looked. We felt like in the 1960s! (If only we had a Corvette...)
Oh and I almost forgot: the pools are for guests only and accessible 24h!
We will definitely come back and stay longer next time we have the opportunity. Thank you Bob!

  • Stayed November 2013, 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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Thank audelsol
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2013 via mobile

Our room was very clean and well equipped. My partner and I really liked the retro furniture.

The hot pools were great to relax in and the whole place made us wish we could stay more with a good book to read.

The owner was very kind and helpful. A great example of Kiwi hospitality: clean, genuine and not too sophisticated. Thanks Bob!

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank sirdharma
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Property: Rainbow Motel
Address: State Highway 41 | RD1, Tokaanu, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Tokaanu
Amenities:
Kitchenette
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Tokaanu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Rainbow Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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