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“Like home, quiet and comfortable, central in Waitomo Village..”

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Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge
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Toronto, Canada
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“Like home, quiet and comfortable, central in Waitomo Village..”
Reviewed 19 March 2011

I stayed one night at the Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge, and thoroughly enjoyed my stay. I discovered the property on an attraction website and decided to look into it because it was one of the cheapest. It really did provide excellent value for the money I paid.

I arrived around dinnertime and was pleasantly greeted by Colin, one of the owners. He quickly showed me my room and recommended a few places to get some dinner. He also mentioned that I could check out some of the glow worms after nightfall on a local path, and provided a flashlight to use as well.

The room was simple and comfortable, including a large bed and small television - not too many Colin's homemade biscuits as well! There was also a small rectangular ensuite bathroom with a toilet, sink and shower. I found the bed to be typical of New Zealand comfort, not overly plush but soft enough for a nice sleep. I also tend to like foam pillows, which delightfully are popular around the country including this guest lodge.

A few things to note about the room - there is no air conditioning so in the summer, you may find it stuffy although there is a fan to keep a breeze going. There is also no toiletries except a bottle of shower gel so you'll have to bring your own, which I was prepared for. The bed also had an electric blanket on it which leads me to believe the rooms could get a bit cold in the winter.

Other points to mention about the property - parking is provided by way of the gravel lot next door. You can also help yourself to the grapes that are growing all around the common areas - they are delicious. Wireless internet is provided for a fee - $2 an hour based on the honor system. Breakfast was also provided in the rate and including cereals, toast, drinks and fruit.

Overall, I really enjoyed my stay for one night here. If you are looking for a place to rest your head after all the Waitomo adventures, this is a great choice. It's pretty central in the village with places to eat nearby. The room is comfortable and there are some really nice amenities included in the rate.

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Reviewed 18 March 2011

I enjoyed my one-night stay here very much. The hosts were friendly and helpful, both during my stay and in e-mails beforehand. The rooms are basic but clean and comfortable. I highly recommend room 3, which has great views and lots of light. The location is perfect.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 15 March 2011

Although the hosts are sociable and the location extremely convenient tea/coffee stuff is in the room and guests can use the laundry it is not good enough. We stayed two nights so we could visit the caves (with hindsight one night is enough). The breakfast consists of undrinkable orange juice and a limited range of cereals and toast. No cooked breakfast is offered. The rooms are small, do not have a fridge and are too hot if the sun shines. There is no guest lounge and the eating room struggles to cope with all the many guests at breakfast-time. Our bed was not made up on the second day and the very irritating and frequently barking dog did not help. Evening food is not available although there is a choice of walkable eateries nearby. We came to the conclusion that the business is being milked to the detriment of guests’ experiences. Despite a seeming lack of decent competitive accommodation in the immediate vicinity, some options do exist albeit a bit further away from the caves themselves and if there were a next time we would look at these more closely.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Heswall, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 March 2011

This B&B is conveniently situated to visit the Visitor's Centre and Waitomo Cave. Colin and Janet were very helpful and suggested walks etc. we could do in the locality. Our room was spacious with a large bathroom. The Lodge is directly opposite the HuHu Restaurant, which we found to be of good quality.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sydney
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Reviewed 5 March 2011

Indeed a great place to stay and all the reviews are true. Set in lovely surroundings you really will find it hard to find a nicer place to stay. The owners were very friendly and provided all that we needed. Rooms were very nice and exactly what you'd want and expect. Only gripe which has been mentioned before, no cooked breakfast. Still they had a large array of other breakfast items.

I'd stay again.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Leek, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 March 2011

We only stayed here for one night but wished we could have stayed longer. The hosts,Janet and Colin were very welcoming..nothing was too much trouble.Our spotless room was at the "top" and had amazing views all around.The beds were comfortable and we enjoyed Colins' home made bikkys..lovely touch.It was a hot night but the fan worked well and we enjoyed sitting out on our little patio before we went to bed.
Colin was friendly and told us about places to visit, without being pushy or overbearing.
After a good,leisurely continental breakfast, Janet took us on a tour of the gardens..beautifully maintained and full of flowers..we were encouraged to pick the sweet grapes growing over their patio.
Overall we found the Lodge to be a comfortable, relaxing place to stay and would recommend it very highly.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 21 February 2011

My boyfriend is a 5 star guy, while I'm more of a backpacker. This was a great "meet in the middle" place for us. Nice rooms, really comfortable bed, private deck to enjoy sunset and very friendly, helpful hosts. Would highly recommend and will definitely be back.

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Property: Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge
Address: 7 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3943, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Waitomo Caves
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Waitomo Caves
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Right in the heart of Waitomo Caves village, opposite the award winning Huhu Café and just a short walk to the Waitomo i-Site/Discovery Centre, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, cave adventure tourist operators, the tavern and pizzeria. 8 quality ensuite studio units in a beautiful, peaceful, garden setting, with lovely views over the surrounding countryside. ... more   less 
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