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Ika Lodge
Ranked #6 of 8 Turangi B&B and Inns
Adelaide, Australia
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30 reviews
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“Perfect!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2013

Our family of 4 stayed in the apartment and from the moment we arrived we knew we had made a perfect choice!! We were greeted by Margaret and Ken, who are the perfect hosts .. Always there for advice and assistance, but never in the way of privacy. The apartment is stunning, with a warm, welcoming lounge, great kitchen and a master bedroom with the most stunning views out to the decking and beautiful, lush private garden. The apartment is right on the banks of the river, so you hear the tranquil sound of water flowing all the time. The beds are lovely and comfortable and even the 2nd bedroom has king singles. We loved sitting outside on the decking at every opportunity. This is a fabulous location, so quiet and peaceful and surrounded by the beautiful nature that makes NZ so wonderful. It is a great base for the Tongoriro crossing, rafting and walking. The walk along the river is also lovely. This was quite simply perfect and a wonderful place to stay on the final leg of our journey!! We will never forget this place which is in a beautiful part of NZ!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Ikalodge, Owner at Ika Lodge, responded to this review, 30 January 2013
We are please that you and your family enjoyed your stay and that you were able to enjoy the peaceful environment and some of the outdoor activities we offer in the area. It is very pleasing to hear that the effort we put in is appreciated and makes it all wothwhile.
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2013

Me and my wife stayed only for one night in December at Ika Lodge but it was a very pleasant stay. Margaret and Kenneth were lovely hosts and they helped us with preparations for Tongariro Crossing. Unfortunately, the weather turned out to be so bad we couldn't go but luckily there were other activities available. Margaret suggested we should try river rafting with a local company and she helped us to arrange it with a very short notice.

The lodge is very charming and has a great location, rooms are nice and the breakfast very delicious. What else you could wish for?

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Ikalodge, Owner at Ika Lodge, responded to this review, 22 January 2013
Thank you and I am afraid mountain weather is unpredictable but we are glad we could suggest alternatives that highlighted the variety available in the Tongariro/Turangi area to our first Finnish guests.
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Deming, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2012

We only stayed one night but I wish it had been longer. We were two couples who were referred here by another Turangi establishment that was full, and we are happy we were. Kenneth and Margaret's home, literally on the banks of the Tongariro River and near a great hiking trail, is spotlessly clean and beautiful. Their breakfast was the best one of our three week trip through New Zealand and the place where Margaret made our dinner reservation was excellent. Kenneth was very helpful in planning our driving route. Our stay at Ika Lodge was a highlight of our trip.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Lexington, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2012

The owners, Kenneth and Margaret, went way above and beyond for us! The week before we arrived to hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, the volcano erupted and the crossing was closed down. After a few emails back and forth, we decided to come anyway. We could not be more pleased with our decision! By the time we arrived, they had figured out alternative walks that would basically equate with the crossing, in time, difficulty, and landscape. We enjoyed talking to them about the area and local restaurants (as well as Auckland ones!). They made all of our dinner reservations for us, and they never steered us wrong. The walks they selected were also perfect. Breakfasts, as noted by other guests, are astonishingly delicious and enormous. The house is comfortable and truly felt welcoming. Despite the volcano, this was a perfect spot!

Room Tip: Both rooms are excellent!
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Whylla, Owner at Ika Lodge, responded to this review, 4 December 2012
Thank you for choosing Ika Lodge, it was lovely to have met fellow foodies and although disappointing not to be able to do the crossing we were glad that you enjoyed some of the other fantastic walks and scenery available in the Turangi/Tongariro area.
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Bellingen, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2012

This house is certainly beautiful and well appointed. It's location, adjacent to the walking track along the Tongariro river is handy for walks and still close to town. The breakfasts are probably the best we've encountered in New Zealand and we've had a few good ones. The rooms are spotlessly clean the guest lounge is very comfortable and attractive. The hosts, Ken and Margaret, were very helpful with local information and warmly welcoming. They made it very easy for us on the evening we chose to eat our own food quietly in the dining room instead of going out but when we did eat out they had advice about local restaurants.

Room Tip: I think the downstairs rooms are spacious and comfortable. Unfortunately the upstairs room is rather...
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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110 reviews
37 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2012

Previous reviews said how great this place was... ...and they were right! Wonderful house, sumptuous food, and most excellent hosts. Thanks to Kenneth and Margaret for a lovely stay.

One of the highlights of our visit was the fishing lesson Margaret arranged. Nearby walking paths provide plenty to do without having to drive anywhere. Proximity to town allows you to walk to nearby restaurants.

If it's offered, accept the opportunity for dinner at the lodge; you won't be disappointed.

We'll be back.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2012

This was an unplanned but totally delightful stop on our holiday. There are many special features - the superbly comfortable bed, the scrumptious breakfast, kind and generous hosts and beautiful setting. Margaret gave great recommendations for dinner, Lakeland House, and lunch heading south, Sugar Plum Cafe. Ika Lodge is a real treat and we'd love to return. Thank you Margaret and Kenneth!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Whylla, Owner at Ika Lodge, responded to this review, 14 October 2012
Thank you for your kind comments and trust the weather heading south was not too bad
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Property: Ika Lodge
Address: 155 Taupahi Rd, Turangi 3334, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Turangi
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Turangi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ika Lodge provides boutique accommodation, in either two B&B Suites or a 2 bedroom self contained apartment on the banks of the Tongariro River - a perfect base for fishing the best rainbow trout rivers in the world, bush and mountain walks, skiing and the world famous Tongariro Crossing walk. ... more   less 

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