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Tamara Riverside Lodge
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“Haven in and from Wanganui ”
Reviewed 23 March 2014 via mobile

This is a truly exceptional hostel. A friendly welcome matched by superb facilities.

I had a room at the back of the main house overlooking the quiet garden. I booked a single, but got a family room with a comfy double bed and the ultimate in backpacker luxury, my own bathroom. This is only the second time in 6 months of travelling that I've enjoyed that perk.

Everything in the hostel from the room to the kitchen and lounge areas are clean as a whistle and everything works as it should. Granted the wi-fi didn't reach as far as my room but as I've pretty much given up on expecting hostel wi-fi to be anything other than rubbish, it didn't affect me at all.

The only downside to the hostel is that it's in Wanganui, which I found to be completely disappointing. Full of annoying teenagers and the town is so dead, the one pub I really liked closed its doors at 10pm on a Saturday night. No, really!

If you really must stay in this town though, this is the hostel for you.

Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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TamaraLodge, Owner at Tamara Riverside Lodge, responded to this review, 24 March 2014
Hi Lee

Thanks very much for your kind words about our Lodge.
It is a shame that you were not as enamored with the City itself and I will be passing on your comments to the local marketing organization. Thanks again for taking the time to post a review
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed 7 February 2014

We had such a relaxing/ good time at the Tamara that we extended our stay from two days to a whole week and would have stayed longer had we had more time. Next time!
The service was really good and we got a lot of advice from good places to eat, to organising day trips; can highly recommend a trip up the river, STUNNING!
The room we had out the back in the garden area was both really comfortable and clean with the added luxury of an ensuite ( always nice :-) ) not to mention peaceful ( always good when traveling with a 9mnth old )
Also a plus is that the Tamara is has a really good fully equiped kitchen, large dining area and a fantastic garden out the back to relax in.
It was quite hard to move on but hopefully one day we will get to go back.

Room Tip: The rooms out back in the garden are quiet and have their own shower.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 February 2014

I stay at the Tamara each time I go to Wanganui and each time it just gets better!
I love the building and the old rooms. The staff are so welcoming and helpful.
It feels like home every time we go there.
Great location and it's easy to get around from there.
Amazing back yard to relax in.
Highly recommend

  • Stayed October 2013
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Pasadena, California
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Reviewed 4 February 2014

If you are in Wanganui for the majestic river tour or just biking round the country you could find no better place than to stay here. I've made it my base in the South Island for 3 trips now (most receent in October of 2013) and the convenience of being able to choose between shared rooms (saves $$) or having one of the en suite rooms is a blessing. There is a fully stocked large kitchen to make your own food if you wish, washer/dryer facilities and wifi! What more could you want. AND- to me the biggest plus here- you are ON the river offering that amazing comfort of being near flowing water. Spud is getting a little grey in the muzzle now but he's still there offering a head to be petted or just comfort whilst reading in an hammock. Try it! You'll not be disappointed

Room Tip: I prefer the en suites- good hot water and my own loo- but that's a personal decision.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

We decided to stay at Tamara at last minute, and we really glad that we did. They were very accommodating, offering a room upgrade (for no extra charge) given that they didn't have any of the rooms we wanted available. The location by the river is beautiful too!

The hosts were friendly and helpful, the house was great and the room was in mint condition. The shower in our room was a bit all over the place though and the pressure was quite low, but I'm not sure that's the case for other rooms.

The garden and the amenities were also very nice, and we really wish we had the chance to stay more time there and enjoy a bit of the trampoline. :)

Room Tip: We stayed in room no 6, where the shower wasn't that great.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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TamaraLodge, Owner at Tamara Riverside Lodge, responded to this review, 13 January 2014
I am really pleased that you enjoyed your stay. Thanks a lot for the tip on the shower and we will get that remedied as soon as possible. Cheers
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Rotterdam
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

When we left Wellington to go to Wanganui, the hotel manager in Wellington was surprised to hear that we were going here because appereantlt, Wanganui doesn't have the best reputation amongst Kiwi's. We were a bit taken aback by this but when we got to Wanganui and Tamara Lodge, the little worry that was present faded away.

We had a nice welcome by the owner who also showed us what there is to do around town. If you can, be in Wanganui on a Saturday. They have a very nice market Go there to have lots of goodies and great food (you can easliy eat your breakfast or lunch here)
We had an ensuite room which was clean with a nice firm bed. It wasn't large, but for the amount of money, it's worth it, especially seeing as it looks like it's hard to find something in Wanganui for a fair price. The hostel had a large kitchen with everything you will need, 3 cooking area's, fridge, freezer, oven....whatever you need. Tea and coffee are available and there are some spices for you to use.
There's a very nice garden where you can hang your laundry (washing machine available at a small price), get on a trampoline or relax in one of the chairs.
The motel is a short nice walk along the river to the city centre.

Now the centre is lovely and if you can, go have a look inside the glass studio and see the people at work. It's reallt fun and nice to see them working the glass. There are bars, cafe's and restaurants to provide what you need.

Tamara's backpackers Lodge will give you good value for money here. Don't expect too much because with high expectations, you will be a bit let down. If you fancy something that's more motel/ hotel like, then know you will probably have to spend much more and I doubt it will be much better. If you still need convincing, then I can tell you that the owners have a dog named Spud who loves attention ^__^.

Parking at the Lodge is just in front of the Lodge, free of charge

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 26 December 2013

A simple affordable place to stay in Wanganui :
- good price
- not too far from City Centre, but also not too close for walking
- clean bathroom and toilet
- friendly Manager
- good view to Wanganui River from the balcon
- private room for group of 2 to 4 people

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Tamara Riverside Lodge
Address: 24 Somme Parade, Whanganui 4500, New Zealand (Formerly Tamara Backpackers Lodge)
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Region: New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui Region > Whanganui
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Whanganui
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Tamara Riverside Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A warm welcome for the weary world traveller is only the start as you enjoy our spacious Edwardian Lodge overlooking the majestic Whanganui River. Views of Mt Ruapehu and just 5 mins walk to the city. Relaxation is easy here; the large garden is enticing and the hammocks welcoming. Piano and guitar available. Lots of information on activities. HEATED rooms! (Some en-suites) INTERNET, BBQ, TV, FREE WIFI, FREE BIKES. Hosts: Rory and Barbara ... more   less 
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