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“River Birches at Turangi was a great discovery”

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River Birches Lodge
Ranked #1 of 9 Turangi B&B and Inns
Reviewed 16 November 2006

Stayed at River Birches at Turangi for two days with another couple of adults. Turangi claims, probably rightly, to be the trout fishing centre of the universe so hence we ventured to it.

River Birches is beautifully set up. The three guest rooms are located off very spacious lounge areas and an integrated dining room. The Admiral room is very elegantly presented and the other rooms are way above average.

Gardens are splendid and the 'common areas' are anything but., the owners blending New Zealand wood with tasteful and interesting Thai decorations and design.

The place is pretty reasonably priced (and NZ pricing seems to be extremely eclectic and somewhat random) at around $NZ 300 a couple and it's absolutely worth it if you want to blend trout fishing with distinctive luxury.

As for the surrounds, there's plenty of scenery, Taupo is around 40 minutes down the road and Rotorua is a little over an hour and a half drive away.

  • Stayed: November 2006, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 September 2006

We recently had the opportunity to stay at River Birches, a small lodge right beside the world-famous trout fishing river, the Tongariro which runs through the little town of Turangi on the southern shores of Lake Taupo. I gathered from the owners that the lodge had not been open long, but they had already received a 5 star Qualmark rating (a New Zealand tourism ranking system).

River Birches is really like a big house - three private suites and two comfortable communal lounges. It has live-in managers - Marilyn is a trained chef and cooked us a truly wonderful dinner and breakfast. Her husband Chris is a fishing guide and can take guests fishing on the Tongariro.

We had been travelling by car for a few days and chose to spend our last night at River Birches for a bit of a treat. Before joining the other guests in the lounge for pre-dinner drinks we enjoyed a warm soak in the cedar hot tub tucked under fern trees right outside our room - perfect.

Already we have discussed plans with friends to book the whole lodge for a night - we would be three couples which would work beautifully. We plan to spend our days enjoying the fantastic scenery around the region, out walking or mountain biking, and then we'll have an relaxing peaceful evening in front of the fire with another of Marilyn's fantastic dinners.

For those who like peaceful, tastfully decorated private lodge-style accommodation at relatively reasonable prices (about $NZ300/night/room + meals) then I recommend trying River Birches. There is such a lot of do around this Central Plateau region in New Zealand and even better to come home to be looked after at River Birches after a fun active day.

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled as a couple
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15  Thank NZ_Kate
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Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 April 2016
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Room Tip: le cottage pour 3 couples ou une famille de 6 maximum est idéal
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  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 November 2015
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  • Stayed: November 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 March 2015
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  • Stayed: February 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 September 2014
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Stayed: October 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: £303 - £477 (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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