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Creel Lodge Motel
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Turangi
Certificate of Excellence
Boston, Massachusetts
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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Reviewed 22 January 2014

What a beautiful place. Are not fishermen, but we loved the setting and the walk by the river was just beautiful. The apartment was fully equipped and had everything you would need. The people were very nice and helpful and we really enjoyed our nights there.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Washington, DC
Level 6 Contributor
214 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2014

At check in, the hostess made no attempt at conversation, which led to awkward silence. She showed us to our room, told me that we could walk to the river ,said "Check out is at 10", turned on her heels and walked out. My husband had just parked the car and was walking in as she walked out. Just not very friendly. The grounds are beautiful and there are many birds. The room was sufficient. Only a small love seat for lounging on. I agree with another poster who commented about the excessive posting of the rules. A fee for cooking food in your room, if deemed too odorous. A threat of a fee if you don't leave the kitchen exactly as you found it. Reminders to scrub your pans. Plus, a warning about internet use, with the mention that your browsing history could be reviewed. Really? We stayed one night only. We stayed in room 7 which has a very small space for parking. I had to get out, so my husband could pull in close enough to the bushes that other cars could pass. Also, this is one of the few units that is the middle of 3, so you have shared walls on both sides. Most other units are duplex style, with only one shared wall.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2013

I stayed here about 15 years ago and decided to come back to do a spot of fishing again this trip.
The place this time looks better than I remembered.
The cottages are well cared for, with all the amenities you could want for a few days. The gardens and grounds are well manicured, creating an oasis to sit, chat and sip a drink or two.
At the bottom of the garden is the Tongariro River. A stroll along the river and local streets is a pleasure.
Hosts are extremely keen about their property and happy and helpful.

Room Tip: Don't think it matters which room you get. All are amidst the greenery and well cared for
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Paris, France
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 16 December 2013

2 night stay in this relaxing and fantastic lodge with beautiful gardens and a private access to the tongariro river. The hosts are very nice people and willing to help at anytime! They recycle, you can do your laundry :), BBQ, free wi-fi and they give you the newspaper daily. If you plan to do the tongariro alpine crossing is the best place to stay with pick up and drop off directly booked from the hotel. Their expertise is in trout fishing! Next time we will go for it for sure!

  • Stayed December 2013
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Holladay, Utah
Level 6 Contributor
411 reviews
69 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2013

What a delight! We were there for five nights whilst fishing in the area. The rooms were comfortable and quaint, the setting is superb, the hosts are amazingly knowledgeable and birds (wake up calls) were splendid. The river is a short walk away and it is just a relaxing experience.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Canberra, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2013

This is not a bad place to stay in Turangi at a reasonable price (we paid $145 a night for the executive suite). It’s set within walking distance of the river, and the gardens are very pretty (you get a fair amount of bird songs). Sitting out the front of the unit to enjoy the gardens was one option, although we were right next to the BBQ area, and you may be sharing the area with other guests. In fact, the BBQ area and walkway for the neighbouring unit look right into out lounge area and bedroom entrance).

Our host was pretty friendly…although there was a lot of double checking about us two guys sharing a room with a King bed…. but it wasn’t a drama. She gave lots of recommendations of where to eat and things to do while in town. We also got free dvd hire from Civic video which was very handy.

The bed was incredibly comfortably, the best we had on our trip. The kitchenette met our needs, bowls/plates, wine/drinking glasses. The shower was ok, but the shower-head was too low for me to use comfortably.

I guess one thing that turned me off a bit was all of the rules and extra costs that could be incurred during our stay. For example, smelly rooms (from cooking/smoking) may incur a 1 night accommodation fee, failing to wash up dishes may incur a $15 washing fee, additional room service (eg: changing sheets) incurs a fee, no parties allowed, first 200MB of data free then it’s $5 per additional 200Mb, laundry facilities are $9 ($4 a wash, $4 to dry, $1 for washing powder). Also, I’m all for the helping the environment, but these guys are a little too serious. We went out for the day and came back with milk and other groceries which we put in the fridge. After an hour or two I went to get something out of the fridge and noticed it wasn’t very cold. That’s because house-keeping had turned the fridge off when they serviced the room – but we didn’t know. Luckily we noticed before anything went off.

So again, a reasonable place to stay, but if I was in town again, I might try a different option.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Auckland, New Zealand
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31 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2013

This was my 2nd stay at Creel Lodge and it was as good as the first. Comfortable place to stay and very clean. Close to the Turangi river if you are fly fishing. Hosts are very friendly. You are only a short distance from the Tongariro National Park and 40 minutes drive from Taupo.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Creel Lodge Motel

Property: Creel Lodge Motel
Address: 183 Taupahi Road | Waikato, Turangi 3444, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Turangi
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Turangi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Creel Lodge Motel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Creel Lodge - Peaceful and quiet away from the main highway, private river access. Tired of travelling? Then visit this oasis on the central plateau, 15 minutes from the Tongariro Crossing. Inspection welcomed. Have a safe journey. ... more   less 
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