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“Family Friendly Motel but a little shabby and tired....”
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Karaka Tree Motel
Ranked #60 of 68 Hotels in Taupo
Reviewed 27 June 2013

I didn't book this, and it probably wouldnt have been my choice, but we ended up here because of wider family considerations. They have larger family units with 2, 3 rooms which is great for a family. I and daughter stayed in one of the upstairs standard size suites. However the rooms were..."tired" in terms of furnishings and decor.
I thought for the price it was not worth it.

Good points...bed was comfortable and clean, so had a good nights sleep. The spa is a mineral one, so you get that mineral smell , but its hot and great to soak in after a long drive or day out in the brisk winter weather.

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms give you a peep of the lake.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 June 2013

We stayed for a night for $120NZD.It was nice to see a young couple managing the motel. They had been in there role for 6 wks. We stayed upstairs. Nice to have a spa in your own unit. Few things needed doing tho. The spa is visible to neighbours or passing motorist. The netting which was the only privacy was only 3/4 long so day or night you could be seen hopping in and out of your tub. We actually had to turn the lights off at night thruout the unit to get in for a soak. I would recommend a longer netting (only ten bucks) or a screen.
Cleaning needs looking into. It was a bit shabby in the cleaning. In the kitchen, the sink hole had food residue.And so did the sink in the bath.
The kitchen needs a bit more attention. We had breakfast in the breakfast bowls provided but the dish was quite shallow to eat out of. The milk spilt. I havent actually seen shallow bowls in motels for a long time.
The cupboard with dustpan and shovel,iron,blankets, needed a quick tidy up. It looked like it was all shoved in there in a hurry instead of put away.
Minibar needs different chips,chocolates and lollies. Bluebird chips is popular.

Room Tip: If you choose bottom units, remember you can be seen from above units
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank margaret b
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Reviewed 6 June 2013

Stayed here last winter and it was fine. We highly enjoyed the spa pool inside the room which was perfect in winter at the end of a long day out in the cold. Would definitely stay again and the room was accommodating and comfortable to stay in.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Nicole F
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Reviewed 13 May 2013

My partner and I stayed here in a one bedroom room, with a private courtyard with our own patio furniture and mineral spa. Gorgeous place to unwind. Very sunny bedroom and comfy bed, fantastic kitchenette, family sized table and chairs, two bed/couches in lounge and of course sky tv. Off street parking was rather tight, but appreciated. Not a huge distance from town by car. They are under new management, and are extremely helpful and obliging to most requests. We could have stayed for a lengthy stay if our schedules enabled us to. The only complaint was that the lounge did not have adequate lighting. No centre of room light. Only small downlights around the edges. Had to go to the bedroom to read the paper in the sun! Highly recommended to those who appreciate a no fuss, hassle-free stay.

Room Tip: Stairs are noisy with people using them. You can hear people walking above you if you are on the gro...
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Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 May 2013

This is my fav hotel in Taupo. Hot tub with bubbles in every suite. The kids had three goes and I went in twice to soothe an aching back after many hours behind the wheel over the previous few days. The rooms are clean and well presented with great facilities. Courtyard hot tub is a firm favourite and the kids can't wait to go back.

Room Tip: Downstairs rooms have outdoor courtyard hot tub you can run the spa bubbles in the evening. Upstai...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 May 2013

Fantastic service as we had to change our plans, very understanding. Room was clean and tidy and the kids filled the spa in the morning as we had only got to the motel late in the evening.
The room had a great set up as the kids were in the room and the queen bed was in the lounge so didn't disturb them if we were watching tv or boiling the jug in the morning.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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Thank nanashazza
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Reviewed 26 April 2013

The room was clean and tidy but some of the fittings were a little tired, especially the sofa which was starting to fall apart. I really enjoyed the mineral pool...yes the pool was a little stained where the water comes into the pool but this is a result of the minerals. The hosts were very helpful and friendly with suggestions of things to do to help us enjoy our weekend in Taupo.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Karaka Tree Motel

Address: 216 Lake Terrace, Taupo TAUPO, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #60 of 68 Hotels in Taupo
Price Range: £47 - £96 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Karaka Tree Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
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