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“River Birches... Fantastic!”

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River Birches Lodge
Ranked #1 of 9 Turangi B&B and Inns
Reviewed 23 June 2013

Elegant rooms, nice and cozy ambience (especially I enjoy the bathtub!), beautiful environment, warmly welcomed by the host, great food too- healthy and delicious breakfast... Cannot ask for anything for more! Would recommend to just about anyone.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 May 2013

The house is really beautiful. The room (the duchesse one) is not big but clean and modern with confortable bed and beautiful bathroom. The common part are really nice.
Both the breakfast and the diner were really good.
Anthea was really helpful to organize our activites and booked diner outside.
This was overall a great stay and there is really nothing to complain but we felt it was not worse the price at the end. It was one of the most expensive we did during our trip. We had others homestay which had also great rooms, helpfull and warm owners and often incredible location/view for half this price. Especially here, the location is really standard, nothing special. Finally, this place is more about seclusion and intimacy. Not a complain but you should know what you are looking for. On our side we would have preferred it a bit more social.
To conclude, I would say it is a great place to go if you have an unlimited budget but if you have to alternate great homestay and more budget hotels like us, I would keep the extra money for other lodges.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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jason_bleibtreu, Owner at River Birches Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2013

Jonathan, thanks for your feedback. I understand that you felt River Birches was expensive. You did select the The Admiral's room. This is our premium room. It offers a soothing cedar hot tub to soak in after a long day's trout fishing or sightseeing. It is our largest and most expensive room. We do have rooms that are less expensive. You also mention River Birches is more expensive then other home-stays. I must point out that we are a luxury, Qualmark 5 star lodge and not a home-stay or a B&B. One main difference is the owners or manager do not live at the lodge. Only guests are at the lodge. You also mention River Birches is about seclusion and intimacy. This is very true. We offer seclusion and privacy.
I was glad to see that there were many aspects that you liked. We do hope to have you back one day soon and I will see that we exceed your expectations.

Regards,
Jason Bleibtreu
Owner

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Reviewed 9 April 2013

During our Indian Summer Trip through the north island of New Zealand we were fortunate enough to spend two nights in this beautiful lodge. Everything about the place is wonderful, but Anthea, the hostess was most appreciated the most. She is a great guide and helped us doing the right things around the area. She gave fantastic tips, so we could enjoy the beauty of the volcanic area. Mount Tongariro was active and amazing to see in the beautiful weather we had during our visit. We went up Mount Ruapehu and visited the waterfalls close to Whakapapa. In addition we visited Lake Taupo enjoyed a 20 min flight with a seaplane over the lake and the Huka Falls and closed the day with a boat trip over the lake to see the beautiful Maori rock carvings.

We also went white water rafting down the Tongariro River based on Anthea's recommendation and this was also a spectacular experience.

Next to her great tips as a guide, she provides an amazing breakfast in the morning, which is absolutely delicious.

Fantastic hospitality!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 March 2013

In a small, quiet, serene residential area close to a river, the house has a beautiful interior design with large windows out to a tranquil garden. Our host, Anthea, was wonderfully welcoming and helped us a lot in planning our evening and day in the area. It's a 20min drive to Tongariro National Park and hence a perfect place to rest and recoup your strength after, say, a long day tramping in the park (though we didn't, went canoeing on Whanganui river instead, also recommended :)). We would definitely go back to River Birches!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 March 2013

River Birches Lodge is the best of both worlds- elegant hotel quality rooms in an absolutely beautiful natural setting-you step out of your room into a magnifient garden to hear the sound of the Tongariro River. Huge windows make you feel that you you are sleeping under the stars while enjoying a luxurious bedroom! This beautiful house in a quiet neighbourhood of Turangi is just steps from the Tongariro River walking trail. The hosts, Anthea and Bill are very helpful, gave us excellent suggestions for things to do, booked us a restaurant in Turangi and very kindly drove us there and back. Breakfast was very good, served in the light and airy dining area.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 March 2013

This property is in a quiet neighbourhood close to a river. Anthea,the host, makes you very welcome and offers great advice on what you can do while staying in the Turangi area. The accommodation is of the highest quality with top class fittings and furnishings. The breakfast provided by Anthea is more than adequate and she will do her best to provide what ever you would like. All in all this is a first class lodge.

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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 March 2013

We stayed in the Admirals' room with a full view of the beautiful and creative garden.
A wonderful room to relax in with a large bathroom, heated floor, deep bath and the sound of the nearby river.
Anthea helped us plan our activities and cooked wonderful meals while we explored the beauty of the Central Plateau. We walked around Lake Rotopounamu with its kauri forests and rich birdlife and took in the amazing vistas from the top of the chair lift on Mount Ruapehu.
We can highly recommend River Birches Lodge for a wonderful holiday.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about River Birches Lodge

Address: 19 Koura Street | Taupo, Turangi 3334, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Turangi
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Turangi
Price Range: £294 - £443 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — River Birches Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Superbly located for the Tongariro crossing, fishing, and skiing getaways. River Birches is an exclusive retreat alongside the Tongariro River. Listed in Travel & Leisure Magazine’s Best of 2007. It features luxury accommodation equipped with Wi-Fi, fitness room and onsite chef. Qualmark: Five Star rated. ... more   less 
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