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Settlers Motel

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09/04/2017 10/04/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

We stayed 4 nights. Very convenient for the Tongariro national park area. One bedroom cabin had plenty of space and privacy. Child loved the 'attic' bedroom. The host was very helpful - directed us to some good walks and her advice on the weather was spot on.

Thank Lynn B
DonnaV_24, Owner at Settlers Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your time to review Settlers Motel, Turangi, much appreciated. It was a pleasure having you and your family stay and I hope the rest of your journey was enjoyable.

Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

We stayed two nights . The host was very pleasant & helpful. She showed us some good walks & lots of local information. She gave me extra wifi when mine ran out :) The place is a little dated but clean. Good Sky choice. Had a lovely stay.

Thank Ros W
DonnaV_24, Owner at Settlers Motel, responded to this review

I am pleased you had a lovely stay and thank you for the review.

Surrey, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 February 2017

The motel room was adequate and well equipped and this was not the reason for our poor rating.but the behaviour of our host. She had been pleasant and helpful the night before but in the morning we had a verydifferent experience. We decided to give the car a quick clean before leaving, using the hose provided. We did not notice...

Thank westonick
DonnaV_24, Owner at Settlers Motel, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. I have thought very much on how to respond to your review, here goes; Your host at Settlers Motel is Donna not Debbie. I will try to walk slower so I do not give guests the impression of storming anywhere. I will reframe from raising my voice to gain a guests attention when...

Wellington, New Zealand
Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Very pleasant overnight stop. Clean, tidy. Comfortable bed. Friendly service. Good access to the shops and to the river track. Decor is now a little dated but everything was well appointed. We would stay again.

Thank xerxes_on_tour
DonnaV_24, Owner at Settlers Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your time to review Settlers Motel, Turangi. I am pleased that you enjoyed your brief stay and you are welcome anytime.

Wellington, New Zealand
Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

As a whole the accommodation was adequate, we had everything we needed including heated blankets. The shower wasnt the best. But the reason for our low rating was the service we recieved. From start to finish the host was not very welcoming and it felt like we were a burden to her, as aposed to a paying custoner. The thing...

Thank 953LexNZ
DonnaV_24, Owner at Settlers Motel, responded to this review

I take your comment of service without a smile, when you stayed, on the chin and fully deserved. I was very up and down emotionally due to very sad news I had just received and give my apologies for this. Water pressure for the shower is always a little low after 11 am due to the motel laundry being started,...

Florence, Oregon
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

This is a clean and tidy motel that is conveniently located in central Turangi where you can stage for the famous Tongoriro Alpine Crossing or for the famous Fly Fishing in the areas lakes and streams. We spent two nights here. Turangi itself is in an economic downturn with many shops shuttered in the Town Center. This motel property shows...

Thank Larry F
DonnaV_24, Owner at Settlers Motel, responded to this review

Hi Larry, Thank you for your review. Your comment on the pillows, I have now added an assortment of soft and firm pillows to all rooms. There is not much I can do with the water pressure at this time of the year as the population grows significantly in Turangi over the Christmas period and the water supply does not...

Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

Good budget motel to put your head down on the AKL -WGN trip. Roughly half way this motel makes for a cheap and cheerful stopping point . Old style but clean with basic services. Situated just off the main highway with a pleasant lawn environment out from of the units.

Thank daisynz
DonnaV_24, Owner at Settlers Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your time to review Settlers Motel, Turangi.

Malvern, United Kingdom
Reviewed 26 November 2016

We stayed a couple of nights. The room was clean and comfortable, but the decor and facilities are showing signs of age. Parking was easy, right outside the room. The wifi is free, but the data allowance is capped, if I remember correctly at 500MB per night, but this wasn't unusual in our experience in NZ. The owner was friendly...

Thank Jackydu7
DonnaV_24, Owner at Settlers Motel, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to review your stay at Settlers Motel. The updating of décor and facilities is being carried out each winter season with two units completed, the worst of the furniture being upgraded and all external areas getting a fresh old look. Safe travels.

Townsville, Australia
Reviewed 25 November 2016

Villa was immaculately presented with good sized rooms and very good facilities for self catering. A very pretty setting, off highway yet convenient for shopping and also close to walks along the river. A helpful manager with pleasant manner..

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DonnaV_24, Owner at Settlers Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at Settlers Motel, Turangi, much appreciated.

Park City, Utah, United States
Reviewed 10 November 2016

We checked in to see the nearby sites, and hotel staff, Donna Vercoe was very helpful to plan our day thru the national park even though it was a bit rainy. Having an electric blanket in a cool damp evening and morning was the answer. Furniture was a bit dated, but only there for a short stay, so no big...

Thank Dave H
DonnaV_24, Owner at Settlers Motel, responded to this review

Thanks Dave for your time to review Settlers Motel, Turangi. I am glad you enjoyed your stay, the shower hot water supply and the electric blanket. Safe travels for the future.

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Kitchenette
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  • Refrigerator in room
  • Microwave
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Self-Serve Laundry
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Make Settlers Motel your home to "stay and play" while you enjoy your Turangi Tongariro experience. Within 1-2 hours drive are the major tourist attractions of the Rotorua & Taupo regions. Turangi is on the North-Eastern boundary of the Tongariro National Park world renowned the 'best one day walk in New Zealand', The Tongariro Alpine Crossing. During the winter season we also have the Whakapapa Ski Fields (the biggest in New Zealand). A few minutes walk from our Motel is the famous Tongariro River, home to Trout Fishing, Kayaking, White-Water Rafting and beautiful walks. We can arrange and ticket any of the activities available in this area, including shuttle buses to the Mountain for Skiing or hiking. Our amenities include our Hot Spa, guest laundry & drying room, in room DVD players and Sky TV with 50+ channels. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Settlers Motel

Address: 24 Te Arahori Street, Turangi 3334, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Turangi
Price Range: $104 - $131 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Settlers Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
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“Unit had a loft bed if you have kids would be a plus”
 of 5 bubbles 278DaveH, 10 Nov 2016 | Read review
“neat and clean, had heaters and electric blanket which was great to have due to the cold weather, I would recommend it to others but please if people come late, at least think about a discount!.....”
 of 5 bubbles ladybella724, 7 Jul 2016 | Read review
“All quite basic, but it was a clean comfortable motel space with a very comfortable bed”
 of 5 bubbles janthiah2016, 28 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Steep stairs in the chalet style units. Don't count on the wifi.”
 of 5 bubbles scipwraec, 26 Jun 2016 | Read review
“End unit would be best”
 of 5 bubbles B417GMjimm, 21 May 2016 | Read review
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