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Tiki Lodge Reviews

104 Tuwharetoa St, Taupo, Taupo, New Zealand

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152 Total Reviews
  • 92%Value For Money
  • 84%Security
  • 91%Location
  • 83%Staff
  • 77%Atmosphere
  • 91%Cleanliness
  • 89%Facilities

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Cute hostel, with a good feeling of home! Not like big branded backpackers. Little bit further walk with bags from bus station then 5 mins, but they do provide pick up i shld hve used! Only down side is room of long termers very loud the nights i was there. Good facilities, beautiful views from kitchen and living area! Very friendly staff on reception. Would recommend! :)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Many thanks for taking the time to post comments. I apologise if the long termers (ie. backpacker staff) were noisy. I most certainly would have spoken to them had I had known that they were 'playing up' - we don't tolerate inconsiderate behaviour from our staff (who are mostly short term). They should be setting an example.


Nice place, good location: short walk to the center, short walk to the beach (water was well swimmable!), friendly staff, big kitchen, tv-room, everything.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Many thanks for taking the time to post feedback. The beach is awesome and within quick walking distance - a real treat with the hot water beach.... Enjoy your travels.


The owners are very friendly and helpful. The wifi, even tho not free, works well. Nicely stocked kitchen. Surprised me a littlebit tho that they close it after 10pm for the night so crab some snacks and water if uou stay up late.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Many thanks for taking the time to post feedback. The kitchen closes at 10.30pm nightly for insurance purposes/safety reasons. Too many close calls in the past with regards to late night unattended cooking incidents.....we aim to keep everyone safe overnight....I would rather sleep safe than have a risk of fire overnight..


The location of the hostel means it is right on the main street, easy to get to from the bus stop and right next to one of the decent, slightly fancier bars in town. The rooms were clean and there was the option of a regular bed rather than just squeezing loads of bunk beds into one tiny room, so that was a plus.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Many thanks for taking the time to post feedback. Glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We pride ourselves on not "stuffing" guests into dorm rooms (and ensuring rooms have decent opening windows for guest comfort). Enjoy your travels.


Nice Staff, enough space, lake view on the balcony and a big kitchen. Really good hostel!

  • 14th Jan 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Netherlands
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for your comments. Glad you enjoyed your stay with us. The views are amazing at Tiki Lodge


Tiki lodge is a lovely place in Taupo and however the man behind the desk absolutely brought this place down. When we first walked in and politely said hello he looked at us like we were aliens! He was unapproachable and rude. To top it off when we had checked out on time and then asked if we could cook breakfast in the kitchen he said no as it was too busy with people who hadn't checked out! So those who check out on time aren't allowed breakfast but those who don't are.... The lady was lovely.

  • 10th Jan 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Check out is10am. Check in is 11am. Many guests think it acceptable to sleep in and have a late breakfast. This doesn't help our cleaning schedule, as often reception staff need to assist with cleaning due to late check outs. If guests would like lie ins and/or late breakfasts they should consider staying an extra night. The male staff member handles checkouts and is only doing his job. He only receives personal attacks like this when guests feel they don't get their own way.


Internet is with IAC which is a bit pricey. We booked a twin room Nd got a double bed Nd a bunk bed. Ensuite. Kitchen aNd living area is lovely, and well equipped.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi there - Internet is $5 for 24 hours access which is pretty standard around NZ and not set by us. It represents great value as often cheaper internet is slower and doesn't have support when problems arise.

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