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Turangi Leisure Lodge
Ranked #38 of 68 Hotels in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 August 2014

Loved our time at the lodge, we stayed in a 2 bedroom unit that just had the bathrooms and kitchens renovated it was lovely we definitely enjoyed the games rooms for the adults and our 2 young children loved the playroom. The spa was great after a day skiing and reception was always helpful, units were lovely and clean and we could have stayed for longer if demanding schedules had allowed. We loved it so much we have decided to purchase a timeshare!

Room Tip: Try to get a room along the fence line. We were in unit 34 and it was great. Being at the end facing...
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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

We enjoyed our short time with the Leisure Lodge. They were very accommodating, and welcoming. I left a jacket, and was able to contact them about it, and it was sent to us with little complications.

The town as nice to walk around in, with good advice received from the information office.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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4  Thank JanthemanMN
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Reviewed 15 February 2014

Newly refurbished 1 bedroom apartments were well equipped and everything spotless. If there was any other equipment you wanted ie picnic sets, you only had to ask and one was provided. The apartment is on two levels and although air con is installed downstairs it did get warm upstairs but I requested a fan and one was supplied straight awayThe heated pool was crystal clear, on occasions the spa's were too warm. If you do not want a night life holiday Turangi has lots of daytime activities and many of these offer a discount if you are staying at the lodge. All guests are invited to a sausage sizzle on Saturday morning where Lois,the very bubbly and knowledgable, resort manager supplies lots of information about what's on and where is good to go. We have used 5 different time shares in NZ and so far this has been the best. The only downside was the mattress was not very comfortable. We will be back to NZ and this is one place we will return to.

Room Tip: The new refurbished rooms are nearer to the road so some road noise can be heard. When they refurbis...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Andrew G
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Reviewed 15 February 2014

Great facilities, lovely 1BR unit. Very comfortable, great shower and fantastic kitchen. Lois and the staff are great, nothing is too much trouble. Very good location. Would highly recommend. Thank you for a great holiday.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Claire W
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Reviewed 14 February 2014

Heated pool, two spa rooms, surrounded by mountains and farmland, apartments had everything we needed (except non-stick frypans; failed pancakes only downside). Really felt like a home away from home. Hard to be in this location without a car if you want to get around to see more than what is immediately surrounding you but plenty of activities in Turangi: Rock climbing, white water rafting, lots of walks. Hard to get here from Aukland airport: 5 hour bus ride. Worth it in my opinion, though.

Room Tip: two bedroom apartments have a fully functional kitchen with oven, stovetop and all cooking utensils...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

My wife and I stayed one week at the Lodge. Although Interval assigned us a limited kitchen room the property manager was kind enough to move us to a full kitchen room. Compared to some North American properties we have stayed in over the years the room we stayed in was much smaller than what we are used to. It is basically a regular hotel room with a bedroom upstairs.
The property manager Lois and her front desk staff were very helpful. Lois, especially, was full of good information and was very accommodating to our needs.
The room came with good sized bathroom complete with a wonderful shower that had plenty of water pressure and hot water.
We tried the spa pool on three occasions. It can accommodate two people comfortably, perhaps a third person. Any more people would be too crowded.
The outdoor pool has children's and adult section. The size of the pool is average and was busy all week with kids. There is an Olympic size pool across the street from the Lodge.
Games Room has table tennis and a pool table. Lounge has a TV set mounted on the wall, a fireplace and an outdoor BBQ.
The most disappointing part of the Lodge is TV channel selection which is very poor and extremely expensive and slow internet. You get complimentary 30 minutes when you check in. I recommend using the Public Library which offers free wi-fi. It is only 10 minute walk from the lodge.
There is a small shopping plaza and New World grocery store less than 10 minute walk from the lodge. Cafes and couple of restaurants in the neighborhood but nothing special and bit pricey.

The Lodge and town of Turangi is halfway between Taupo and Tongariro National Park. About 40 minute drive in either direction.

Overall we had a good stay as we did a lot of hiking, therefore, spent little time in our room. Outdoor activities around Turangi are plentiful with great scenery.

Room Tip: If you are sensitive to noise you might want to avoid rooms 1-9 as they face the main highway. Rooms...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 November 2013

Turangi Leisure Lodge - well below expected standard for Interval International

We stayed here as [part of an Interval International exchange. Good location to explore Tongariro National Park but quality of accommodation is only equivalent to a 3 star motel.

The things we found extremely disappointing include:

• Three bedroom units unable to be configured to accommodate 2 adult couples –this is actually a regular complaint of ours for Interval accommodation – not every travel party consists of parents and children and even when travelling with adult children a double bed option is often welcome;

• Very poor quality of bathrooms – only a flimsy shower curtain, no shower screen, old baths, no tiled floor, poor quality towels;

• Kitchen seemed to have been updated but tiny – only 1 person could work at a time, hardly conducive to preparing a family meal.

• No free Wi-Fi after introductory 30 mins

• No movie channels

• Inconvenient access to communal facilities for family units and no private outdoor sitting areas such as balconies, decks, courtyards

• Shared laundry facilities

• Excessive traffic noise from state highway – units need double glazing

• Irregular staffing of reception and little interest in service – by contrast the visitor information centre is excellent

I am concerned that this accommodation might be the first impression of New Zealand for overseas visitors – Interval please lift your game and find more time share arrangements in North Island – we stayed at Club Paihia on a Getaway – a somewhat superior experience but we have never seen this one on “points” ….

Some general advice if you do plan on staying here includes that you should be self-sufficient; there is limited choice of restaurants nearby and no other entertainment so go to bed early!

Room Tip: not on main road side
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  • Stayed: November 2013, 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:
#8 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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