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Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Perfect place to stay!”
Reviewed 1 April 2014

What a wonderful place to stay! The owners, Colin and Janet were incredibly friendly and helpful. They knew who I was and called me by name the moment we arrived. That showed attention to detail and that we weren't just another number. The room was very clean and perfect for the three of us (our 12 year old son loved it) and we had a great view of the countryside. The location was perfect with everything in town within walking distance. The view from their deck while having breakfast was truly amazing! We were driving in from Auckland and they gave us perfect directions and recommendations for scenic places to go near town. Highly recommend staying here!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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colinWaitomo, Owner at Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge, responded to this review, 3 April 2014
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us in Waitomo Caves, hopefully we will see you again in the not too distant future.
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Glen Ellen, California
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

We stayed one night and loved the property as well as the hosts. The room was clean and had everything we needed. The grounds are lovely with beautiful flowers and grape vines. The hosts were very friendly and helpful with information. It was a great location to be able to walk to everything in town.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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colinWaitomo, Owner at Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge, responded to this review, 25 March 2014
We're glad you enjoyed your stay in Waitomo.
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Brisbane, Australia
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31 reviews
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

I chose this B&B based on the reviews here, and honestly wonder why my experience was so much different. Maybe it was the location of our room. People walking by could be heard very easily (even with windows closed) which meant they heard everything we said/did too. The curtains let light in so I really felt like I was camping more than I was paying for a hotel room. The bed was quite soft which didn't help after an adventure caving trip. The owners were very nice and helpful, offering advice and recommendations. The only thing I'd caution is you can book your caving trip through them, but they don't volunteer that there is a 25% off voucher in one of the myriad of tourist guide books they offer at the airport (the "Arrival" - Your Free Guide to New Zealand). My fault for not noticing beforehand, but you would think this would be known & suggested especially since the main booking location that accepts the coupon is 50m away.
Convenient location, not the easiest to get to reception if you have lots of bags or children.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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colinWaitomo, Owner at Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge, responded to this review, 24 March 2014
Thank you for your review. You'll be pleased to know we have replaced the curtains in the room you stayed in for thicker darker ones. So far, no complaints. It would have been nice if you'd told us about the problem when you were staying with us, so it could have been fixed earlier. As for the Arrival magazines. They are available at Auckland and Christchurch airports and Queenstown CBD, according to their website.
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Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
Reviewed 17 March 2014

We stayed one night so we could do a Blackwater Rafting tour. This place is well run with friendly owners. We had a room that overlooked the beautiful valley. Room was clean and had everything we needed. Only small thing was the internet didn't reach to our room so we just sat near the main house when we needed internet access. The grapes on the arbor were ripe while we were visiting and made a good snack! Close to everything in town. Good breakfast. Would stay again.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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colinWaitomo, Owner at Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge, responded to this review, 20 March 2014
Thanks for the review. Only one room does not get good free wifi reception. We are currently working on getting this problem fixed.
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

We've got the best view in the room upstairs where the breathtaking scenery of Waitomo village hangs like a oil painting outside our window.The room is very cosy and homey. The garden is the loveliest I've ever seen. I cannot imagine how friendly and nice our hosts are, they are so helpful that they even drive us around since we don't have vehicle. Breakfast is also well-prepared. Definitely recommendable!

Room Tip: The room on the 2nd floor has a terrific view.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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colinWaitomo, Owner at Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge, responded to this review, 14 March 2014
Thanks for the review. Hopefully we'll see you again in the not too distant future.
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

I just loved this place; we were a couple with a female friend and had been travelling around the North Island for 7 days when we arrived here and it was just perfect. We had a cabin in the garden which had everything we could possibly want. It was clean, the shower was fantastic, the bed was comfortable, the linen immaculate and then there were Colin and Janet - what lovely hosts, so welcoming and knowledgeable. I wanted to move in forever!! Breakfast was excellent. I just can't fault it and really will go back even though I've seen the caves. Thank you both so much.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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colinWaitomo, Owner at Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge, responded to this review, 6 March 2014
You're welcome back any time! Thanks Pat.
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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
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Reviewed 2 March 2014 via mobile

This has got to be one of most cleanest and immaculate places I stayed at. Friendly hosts as mentioned many times and a good choice of breakfast, lots of room extras you would not expect at this price and good beds and linen. Good couple of places to eat and drink just across the road... Perfect! You can't go wrong with this place for a night or two stay.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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colinWaitomo, Owner at Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge, responded to this review, 3 March 2014
Thank you for the review and we are glad you enjoyed your stay in Waitomo.
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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):
Family owned guest lodge Right in the heart of Waitomo Caves village, opposite the award winning Huhu Cafe 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.Walk some of the local tracks to see the wonderful hills and countryside ... more   less 
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