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“Great modern unit - would recommend”

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Turangi Leisure Lodge
Ranked #37 of 68 Hotels in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 March 2013

We stayed for a week in a renovated one bedroom unit, near the pool area. It was clean and modern. We were pleasantly surprised. The kitchen was very well equipped - two burner hob, mini oven, microwave, fridge freezer and plenty of crockery, cutlery and other kitchen equipment.Try the free sachet of plunger coffee - very good!

Only downside was the noise from the trucks going past at night as our unit was on the main road side, but earplugs worked a treat.

The courtyard and pool areas are well maintained, and even though we didn't use the communal area in the lodge it looked inviting and comfortable. There's also a good games/play room for kids.

It's true that Turangi is much quieter that Taupo, but we liked this aspect. It's also closer than Taupo to some good sight-seeing areas south of Turangi (eg Mt Tongariro and Mt Ruapehu). And, we're not fishing people, but it is the Trout Fishing Capital of the World!

Lois and Helen were great hosts - friendly and a credit to the Lodge. Would highly recommend to people visiting the area.

Room Tip: Units away from the main road would be quieter.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 January 2013

Before heading on our holidays, I Googled this lodge and had some reservations on what to expect. I was wrong, the lodge was absolutely wonderful, the unit was excellent the facilities were great. The only downer is that there is nothing happening in Turangi. We had to travel 50km everyday to Taupo, which was OK. If you just want to relax,I recommend this to anyone.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 May 2012

Stayed for a week in a 2BR unit in mid-May 2012...

CONS: the heated pool was still pretty cold, internet was available, but you had to pay extra for it.

PROS: The staff was outstanding, the unit was modern, comfortable and clean.

Other reviewers noted issues with noise, which was not something I noticed. Maybe it is a time of the year thing, but noise was never an issue during our week.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 January 2012

We stayed at Turangi Leisure lodge over the Christmas period. It was our fourth stay at the resort and we are now seriously considering buying a unit here. The unit we stayed in was a two bedroom unit adjacent to the resort swimming pool. This is our favourite unit in the complex. Since we stayed there last year the unit has been remodelled with the addition of a washing machine and dryer in the downstairs bathroom. The resort is undergoing a remodel programme with the one bedroom units undergoing a full refubishment and the two bedroom units getting washing machines and dryers installed. The one bedroom units will continue to use the common laundry facilities.
The resort has a small swimming pool which is heated or not depending upon the time of year, two private spa pools, a putt putt golf course, a recreation room with ping pong and foosball tables. There is also a barbeque area.
Within an easy walk is a covered heated Council operated swimming pool comprising 25metre lane pool, plunge pool and toddlers play pool, a large New World supermarket, I sitre for tourist information and the msall village of Turangi. Taupo is 40 minutes north by car and the ski field about an hour south by car. Tokaanu Hot Pools are about 10 mins away by car.
Turangi is not a place for those looking for elaborate nightlife and the faster pace of life but those looking for a quiet village to chill out it meets ones needs perfectly.
The resort is built alongside State Highway 1 so depending upon the time of year there can be a lot of road noise which precludes opening windows facing the road especially at night when most heavy trucks use the highway.
The manager of the resort Lois has been there for around 20 years plus and is one of the assets the resorts offered. She goes out of her way to try and ensure all guests have as good a time as possible
A great place to chill out.

Room Tip: Ask for units away from the State highway side of the resort
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 December 2011

We stayed about 6-7 years ago, so it was good to see a serious refurbishment. All new appliances and change of bedroom upstairs layout.
Good facilities.
Noisy at night with proximity to main road.

Room Tip: Timeshare resort. The rooms further away from the main road are those which have not been refurbishe...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 December 2011

Stayed there in December 2011 in a one bedroom remodelled unit. The back of the unit and the bedroom window faced the highway and we could hear every truck (and there were plenty of those day and night), cars and motorbikes passing very loudly even with the window closed. The noise was so loud that we could not open the window for fresh ais during the night. Did not get much sleep during our first night, but the other apartment they could offer that was on the other side of the resort, was not remodelled at all, with old and shabby furnishings so we decided to stay in the noisy one instead. The managers were OK, but I did not not find them particularly helpful. Turangi itself is a refreshing, relatively small place where the tourist industry isn't so overwhelming as in Taupo or Rotorua. There are lots of local walks and many more spectacular ones 10-15 minutes drive away. I would go back to Turangi but don't recommend this accomodation.

Room Tip: Ask for ones that are away form the highway.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 August 2011

We enjoyed staying here. Lois is so nice and made us all feel welcome

The use of the amenities were fantastic - drying room for our ski gear, laundry for all our washing.

I recommend not overpacking as you end up wearing the same clothes you wash daily. We went with our kids and friends and they loved the games room. There is also another room for small children with a playground to keep them entertained when you are not out doing other things.

The outdoor pool is heated, and the spas are hot

This place is close to shops, and there are great cafes nearby that make great coffee.

Only 40mins to the the ski field, 15 minutes to the Thermal pools plus more.

Love this place, we will be Back!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Turangi Leisure Lodge

Address: Ngawaka Place | Turangi, Taupo 3334, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 Spa Hotel in Taupo
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Turangi Leisure Lodge is located near the Turangi town centre, on the southern shores of Lake Taupo in the Waikato region of New Zealand's North Island. The Classic Managed Resort features 38 self-contained 1 and 3 bedroom apartments with facilities including a bar, spa pool, BBQ area, games room, table tennis, golf clubs, mini golf, and heated swimming pool. This Turangi accommodation is the ideal base for trout fishing on the Tongariro River, lake activities on Lake Taupo, hiking trails at Tongariro National Park, Kaimanawa Forest Park, and Pureroa Forest Park, and the ski fields at Mount Ruapehu. Guests can explore the countless activities on offer in Turangi from the comfort of Turangi Leisure Lodge. ... more   less 
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Turangi Leisure Hotel Taupo

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