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Tiki Lodge was a nice if quiet place to stay in Taupo (though considering its winter, was understandable). Great location near the lake and town, though the staff wouldn't let stay in the common room after we checked out, which was annoying as we had a bit of a wait till our bus and it was quite cold outside. The toilet floor was also always wet, which seemed a bit weird.
It's homey, large kitchen, and cozy dining room, very near to the lake and city center, large parking space. The most important thing is, this hostel is not too crowded (dunno in summer). Not the best, but at least very decent.
Tiki Lodge was a fine hostel. Everything was there, but the atmosphere. With some more attention to details to make it feel more homy, it would have been more recommendable. The hostel has a good location, nice view over lake Taupo, everything is clean. But it really has lacks a good vibe, that usually makes your stay memorable. To me it was all bit gray and dull, which is a shame because with that it would have been great. (Tips: put some color on the walls, some nice music in the lounge etc.)