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Palmerston North, New Zealand
Reviewed 1 week ago

Quiet and safe, well away from the main highway. Full kitchen facilities available. Comfortable bed with nice linen and pillows. The bathroom had a bit of mould around the bottom of the shower. Some of the towels were frayed around the edges. The sofa had a rip in the fabric on the arm. The kitchen was very dated. WiFi didn't...

Thank RitaDixon_8
Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

This motel had everything you need for a stay to fish the Tongariro ( a beautiful river). It is basic but clean, quiet and well appointed. The room had a small living and kitchen area with TV , a separate bedroom and a small outside private deck area. The hosts were pleasant and helpful. If I were coming to fish...

Thank Barrie E
Geelong, Australia
Reviewed 30 January 2017

We spent two fantastic nights at Turangi made comfortable and welcoming by our hosts at Judges Pool Motel. The rooms were comfortable, neat, clean and tidy and teh surrounds were terrific. We utilised the laundry, great and the BBQ area, fantastic. Our hosts provided us maps for hiking and recommendations for rafting and other adventure activities which were all fantastic....

Thank David M
Reviewed 21 January 2017

A pleasant stay in a clean and tidy motel room which is a little dated. The bed was comfortable, and it was a quiet location. No ice for drinks, and none available from operators, although they said they would get some for the future. Would stay there again if in Turangi.

Thank ptbabe
JudgesPoolMotel, Owner at Judges Pool Motel, responded to this review

Thank you, ptbabe! Ice is available in the public freezer now!

Reviewed 9 January 2017

We stayed here for a couple of nights in order to visit the general area and it's in a great location to explore by road or even closer to home on foot. The reception we got was fantastic! i can't emphasise enough how friendly the owners were, even to the extent that they put up our national flag as little...

1Thank Shaun M
JudgesPoolMotel, Owner at Judges Pool Motel, responded to this review

Shaun, thank you for sharing your happyness with us! Your kind comment is our bonus! Best regards, Rhett

Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

This was just a one night stop off motel on our way North. The chalet style room did the job well. Could do with updating, but to be fair, it was good value. There is a place that sells breakfast just a bit further down the street and there is a beautiful walk along the river right across the street....

Thank LKMankie74
JudgesPoolMotel, Owner at Judges Pool Motel, responded to this review

LKMankie74, thank you for your comments, enjoy the rest of your trip! Rhett

Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

We stayed in this motel on way to Tongariro crossing. The room was spacious and had a kitchen with drive and micro and our side shared bbq. The room was also very clean and the owners friendly and helpful. The reason I did not give it 5 stars is that there was little place to relax our side and the...

Thank HaifaTraveler33
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Lovely little place with lovely sized rooms set just off state hi-way one so nice and quiet. Rooms have everything needed and.was clean and tidy bed was super comfortable which isnt the norm for hotel/motels. If there was 1 complaint and it would be a personal choice one the water pressure in.shower is no where near as good as at...

Thank Colin N
JudgesPoolMotel, Owner at Judges Pool Motel, responded to this review

Colin, honestly, without customers like you, it's impossible I can make it as lovely as you said, thank you so much! Rhett

Poznan, Poland
Reviewed 20 November 2016

We stayed at the Judges Pool motel for two days. The motel has everything you need , location is perfect, rooms clean and comfortable. What is most important, hosts are more than friendly, kind and so helpful. Stella and his husband not only showed us maps and recommended us activities, but also helped us very much after Tongariro Alpine Crossing....

Thank p_wieczorek1
JudgesPoolMotel, Owner at Judges Pool Motel, responded to this review

Piotr, it's our great pleasure knowing you had an enjoyable stay! Thank you for your kind comments, Stella

Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Great location and very nice place to stay in Turangi. Its a few meters away from a bush walk and the Turangi river. Its also close to New World which makes it easy for people who forgot or prefer to get their supplies at reasonable prices. I think theres a pub close by as well. The room wasnt really modern...

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JudgesPoolMotel, Owner at Judges Pool Motel, responded to this review

Thank you, Uyshi. "Very nice and affordable" -- without customers like you, this is impossible! Have a safe and happy trip, Stella

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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Refrigerator in room
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Winner 2014. Just a stone's throw from the world-renowned Tongariro River at the southern end of Lake Taupo, Judges Pool Motel offers comfortable, quiet place to stay. Stroll to the river pools to fish for big Rainbow and Brown Trout or venture to the nearby Tongariro National Park with its alpine walks and ski fields. Judges Pool Motel provides the perfect base for your activities or the ideal stopover with no traffic noise on your travels, with affordable family accommodation in our fully self-contained units. We're one of the area's most popular motels and the owners-operators Stella and Rhett have a wealth of local knowledge to share with you. . All Units Serviced Daily . Free Unlimited WIFI . Heat Pumps / Air Conditioning . Laundry and a Drying Room . Undercover BBQ Area ... more   less 

Additional Information about Judges Pool Motel

Address: 92 Taupahi Road, Turangi 3334, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Turangi
Price Range: $102 - $155 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Judges Pool Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
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