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Settlers Motel
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

We stayed one night in Settler's motel en route to our destination and were very impressed. Given that it's just off state highway one, this motel is quiet and relaxing and we could easily have stayed longer.

The owners are welcoming, genuine people. The unit was spacious - the decor a little tired, but not terrible. I get bad hayfever, and had no indication of dust here - a great success. There's good outdoor space - from a lovely BBQ area, to a field and some sports equipment provided in the laundry for the kids to play with.

The supermarket is a few minutes walk away.

Great people. Great location. Thanks!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Helen S, Owner at Settlers Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2014

Thank you for your lovely review of Settlers Motel. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday and that we see you back here sometime to enjoy the attractions in and around Turangi.

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Reviewed 5 December 2013

Just back from a 3 week vacation in NZ and this was by far the best motel we stayed at. Both Helen and Wayne were very friendly and went out of their way to make us feel welcome. They even put up the Scottish flags for us which was a nice touch. The rooms were clean and the spa was just what we needed after the 19.5k Alpine crossing. Thanks for your hospitality, appreciate all what you did for us.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Helen S, Owner at Settlers Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2013

We are pleased that Settlers Motel made it to the top of you list of accommodation providers during your NZ holiday. We are glad that you went home with such fond memories of the Turangi area and all it has to offer and that your have shared your thoughts is such a positive way. Thank you!

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Reviewed 1 December 2013

Good location close to town and river walk, nice clean unit with plenty of space. Owners were friendly and helpful. We did the Tongariro Alpine Crossing while there and were very thankful for the spa when we got back!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Helen S, Owner at Settlers Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2013

Thank you for your lovely review. It was our pleasure to host you both and we are pleased you left Turangi with such fond memories of Settlers Motel and the walks nearby.

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Reviewed 6 November 2013

Settlers Motel is a lovely site, easily found and reception is welcoming. We had time spent on recommendations for outings, restaurants, walks etc in the area. The motel room is very clean with ample facilities to cook for ourselves (supermarket within walking distance). The bed is the most comfortable we have experienced in 2 weeks and we are sleeping very well with no problem with traffic noise as the motel is set back quite a way from the road. The shower is great, lots of hot water.The towels are lovely, spotless and fluffy. We have used the laundry facility which was great, free wash and good drier, the owner even dried some clothes for us in an industrial drier for no charge...how kind. We have a lovely verandah with table and chairs for watching the birds and the resident cats. We have had a really bad weather day for tourism but the motel has provided us with facilities to have a warm environment in which to relax as you need it sometimes on long trips. We could have had a spa but preferred to watch the extremes of weather. We did a river walk today which was interesting before the weather broke but scaredy cats like me should be accompanied if they do not like heights, there is an uncomfortable section at the top of the highest mountain ever, I lie, it is a high hill.

Room Tip: We loved motel room 3 as we could look out on the front age and watch the birds etc
  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Helen S, Owner at Settlers Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2013

Thanks so much - what a lovely review! We are pleased you both enjoyed your visit to Turangi despite the weather not allowing much outdoor activity without getting very wet. Being stuck indoors during the thunderstorm obviously did not stop you from having an enjoyable indoor day. We agree with you that veranda in Unit 3 is ideal spot to relax and watch the Tui, Bellbird, Waxeye and other local birdlife. We look forward to your return visit, when hopefully the weather will be better and you will be able to enjoy the outdoors up close.

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Reviewed 4 November 2013

We stayed one night at the Settlers Motel. The host was helpful, offering different things to do in the area, although she was very reluctant to give a restaurant recommendation. The room was two-story. It was very dated, but clean. The upstairs bedroom was an A-frame room with very little ceiling space. If I'd sat up quickly at night I would have cracked my head on the ceiling. My traveling companions were very dismayed that there was no coffee pot, and the only outlet in the bathroom did not work. Positives included a large hot tub that is a short walk from the room and a nice river walk nearby. Overall, the hotel was ordinary, but fine for one night and a good price.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Helen S, Owner at Settlers Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2013

We appreciate you sharing your thoughts when reviewing Settlers Motel. We aim to please all our guests are pleased that you found the information we provided about things to do in the area helpful. There was certainly no reluctance in recommending a restaurant for evening dining as all the nearby restaurants can be recommended without hesitation and we prefer our guests to peruse the menus provided in the room so they can make their own informed decision depending on their taste. Had we known a coffee pot was required we would have provided one, together with coffee to use in it. Similarly, now that we know that the power outlet in the bathroom of the unit was not working, we have been able to have this problem resolved. Thank you for your comments.

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