La Casa Te Puru Lodge
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La Casa Te Puru Lodge

468 Thames Coast Road, Te Puru 3575 New Zealand
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4.0
#1 of 1 lodge in Te Puru
4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4.7 of 5 bubbles
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3.5 of 5 bubbles
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La Casa is a boutique lodge situated in a unique location overlooking the Firth of Thames. Surrounded by the abundant native bird life we offer a peaceful location where you can relax and enjoy the spectacular views and beautiful sunsets. Drew and Christine owners of La Casa can offer you their knowledge on local attractions and the nearby hiking tracks. Excellent home cooked meals and their speciality of seafood platters are available for you to enjoy. Our lodge is the ideal accommodation to relax and unwind from the stresses of everyday life.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
BBQ facilities
Parking
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
Laundry service
Room features
Room service
Coffee / tea maker
Refrigerator
Bath / shower
Hair dryer
Room types
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Romantic
Languages Spoken
English
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bakerparkhouse wrote a review Jan 2020
Tauranga, New Zealand75 contributions63 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The location is fantastic, as are the hosts, Christine and Drew. The rooms are close to each other so it was nice to interact with the other guests in the evening. Christine is a great cook and the BBQ we had was first class. Breakfast was good too and her cakes went down so well with one of our group........she said it was top draw. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend it to others. It is in a beautiful part of New Zealand and we spent hours on the balcony admiring the view.
Disliked · Similar to other comments re bathroom down the corridor but we never met anyone else. It is not a shared bathroom...... it is just not in the room. Also the drive up from the road is narrow and exciting but again we didn't meet anything either way.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Chrisjleach wrote a review Mar 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand3 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I’d like to thank Christine & Drew for allowing us to use their beautiful Lodge for our wedding on the weekend. We booked the whole place out for our guests. The rooms were very clean and well presented. We couldn’t have wish for a better venue. The view & sunset is stunning and nothing was a problem for the hosts Christine & Drew. They have made our wedding a very happy & enjoyable day! One we will look back with fond memories. Thank you so much...
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Laraine B wrote a review Mar 2021
Hastings, New Zealand2 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Were guests at a wedding on 20th March 2021. Stayed two nights. Wonderful hosts. Would recommend the location and accommodation to anyone who wants a lovely place to stay. Drew and Christy were also guests at the wedding and they socially mixed so very well.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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MiserableTraveler wrote a review Jan 2014
Dunedin, New Zealand7 contributions5 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Honestly, customer reviews are dependent on what room you happen to stay in. For us, this was our worst experience as local seasoned travelers. I booked it through a booking website, believing it to be of similar standard to all other motels in NZ for the price we paid.
No doubt the view was wonderful (only at the entrance, but not from our room). The room was clean and the bed was comfortable. And the hosts were relatively friendly.
But, there were all other issues I thought others should know about. The so-called family room was nothing but two small rooms (about 3.5x5m each) separated by a door with obscure glass. There was little privacy for us (with an adult son) on either side. There was no chair, no desk, no TV and no fridge in either room. A kettle and three cups were supplied on request, but no cutlery provided. So we sat, ate, drank, wrote and used our computer-all activities done on the beds! In order to keep a personal medication in the fridge (something that must be done) and to 'borrow' a fork, I had to wander through to the host' kitchen several times. The bathroom that was assigned to us was down the hallway, past the common corridor. At midnight when I went to the toilet, I noticed the door at the main entrance was left opened. So for a moment I felt unsafe, as the whole building was 'open to public'! Also, I could not shut my room door without banging it hard, something I could not do in the middle of the night (to wake everyone up). There was no hand phone reception except at a certain corner in the car park outside; and for that we missed two important phone calls/text that night, which we found out only the next day when we left the lodge.
Then, there was the steep, narrow, one way road for going up or down. Pretty scary.
And not to mention the mosquitoes/insect bites in the room. My son had received at least 6-7 bites by the morning. It would be kind of the hosts to provide a bottle of insect spray (it is available in some motels).
There was also no reading material or any written information on services provided in the room. The nearest decent restaurant is some 10-12 Km away in the town of Thames.
Tips for others: Make sure you ask for a room that is ensuite, and don't just expect it to be.
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Date of stay: January 2014
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: The two rooms with sea views (for 2 persons) are apparently self contained and ensuite. The...
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Corina T wrote a review Oct 2014
26 contributions6 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed for a weekend for a friends wedding. Owners were lovely, rooms while small are still comfortable. Views are amazing...the breakfast that was cooked for us just made it all the better, best breaky we've had! Warning about the steep driveway, bit scary...but worth when your at the top.
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Date of stay: February 2014Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Holly L wrote a review Dec 2017
Cambria, California77 contributions58 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We thoroughly enjoyed our 3-night stay. The owners are delightful and generous with their time and attention.
What a gorgeous spot with a million-dollar view. The gardens of this property are amazing, even in the dry season. Monarch butterflies and birds and busy honey bees were plentiful. Such a peaceful spot. We were impressed by the history of this particular site which includes terraces and the restored Maori site full of information and beauty.
Our room (#3) was delightful with a completely clear view of the water from the expansive front windows. Everything was new and clean and comfy. Such attention to detail. 😀. When I mentioned my love of gardening, Christine supplied several gardening magazines AND a beautiful vase of Shasta daisies and big dahlias from her garden got us to enjoy.
Christine and Drew gave us a lovely tour of the property that the have extensively brought back to life. Marvelous.
We were given lots of helpful info about local attractions and eateries. We saw the water gardens (AMAZING!), and enjoyed a breakfast and a dinner at Waiomo Cafe.
If you are looking for peace, quiet, comfort, and beautiful surroundings, this is your spot!!
We HIGHLY recommend this lodge.
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Date of stay: December 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Peka_1 wrote a review Mar 2013
Kapiti, New Zealand45 contributions21 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed at La Casa when visiting the Coromandel Peninsula and this was one of the few places available. The price for a queen room was very steep but was prepared to pay it assuming that it would be a reasonable place. BUT ... it wasn't. The entrance to the property is a very steep one lane drive with no view of traffic coming down. No warning notices are in place. The place is obviously under renovation but this does not excuse the sub-standard nature of the room. A much lower price per night might reflect that.
Having admired the view on first getting to the room it slowly occurred to us the inadequacy of the room.
No TV (advertised as having it but the owner said that they had taken it out as the reception was no good. We could have it back if we wanted!).
No fridge for milk or personal food items (this was not listed on the booking site, but assumed it had one)
Bathroom/toilet separated by a flimsy curtain which didnt reach the ground. Feet could be seen from outside when on the toilet!
Shower area was a total wet floor so feet always got wet when using the bathroom after a shower.
No ventilation when showering (although a window could open to what looked like a machine room!)
Main window curtain, relatively new, didnt cover the full window. The property's outside light went off at 12:10am - we know because we had it in our room until then.
The bush setting gives rise to insects, especially mosquitos. There was no means of spraying them in the middle of the night. We had to put up with being woken and bitten all through the night.
On review of the booking site it was mentioned that breakfast was avaialble at a price. At no point in time was this mentioned on booking in and there was no material re the services in the room. With the location being miles away from any food place I would have thought this might have been offered.

The target visitor for this property appears to be the overseas traveller given the view - who no doubt can afford the price with a good exchange rate. For a NZ traveller this is a terrible standard and a poor representation of what is offered to the tourist.
Frankly the owners are disillusioned as to what they are looking to provide. The English TV programme "The Hotel Inspector" comes to mind.

In the morning, having woken early from a terrible sleep, we left early to ensure we didnt strike another car coming up the one lane drive as we went down it!
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Date of stay: February 2013
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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golfingkiwi2 wrote a review Jan 2015
Waikanae, New Zealand248 contributions78 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Accommodation located at top of hill overlooking firth of Thames. Stunning views. Very very comfortable. I would think previous reviews may have been before units renovated as owners only been there short time. Our unit was at end of block of three with deck in front. Everything was great. Would say underpriced compared to other accommodation we have stayed in . It is a 10 min drive from Thames so either be prepared to drive back for restaurants, prebooked your dinner by 10am , or take something with you. There is a take away at motor camp below. Signage on driveway up may be adventagous . Wasn't sure if it was one way. Our unit had shower over bath and a non slip mat in bath for older people could be helpful. Quiet, restful would definately recommend and stay again. Hosts very friendly.
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Date of stay: September 2014
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Shirley H wrote a review Oct 2013
Te Awamutu1 contribution1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Drew and Christine were very welcoming and helpful hosts making you feel like one of the family. My room was very clean and comfortable and very nicely decorated. The lodge is set high on the hill above Te Puru making it both private and peaceful with the most incredibly stunning views out over Te Puru and the ocean. From the lodge you are only a two minute walk to the sea and the shop. I went to bed watching a lovely sunset and woke to the birds feeling very relaxed. I would definately visit again.
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Date of stay: October 2013
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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grittymike wrote a review Sept 2013
Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts22 contributions11 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I found this place via agoda online, and was a bit skeptical. After driving the thames coastal road just north of thames( don't believe your gps, just keep driving and you'll see the signs in te puru on the right side for the hotel) I was a bit nervous. After getting up the über steep driveway in a 1980 Toyota campervan( no easy feat) I was treated to a very cool Mexican lodge on top of a hill with a view of the coast and the ocean that will make you think you've died and gone to some version of heaven. The innkeepers were incredibly nice and accommodating. My sea view room had a ridiculously perfect view out to the ocean and the place was immaculate. Comfy beds and nice ensuite bathroom really rounded out the place. Well worth it for the courtesy and kindness of the owners and and a view you won't soon forget.
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Date of stay: September 2013
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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OriginalGreen asked a question Nov 2015
Nottingham, United Kingdom14 contributions9 helpful votes
Do you know of anywhere local we could stay in our camper van? Thanks
Answer from lacasa600
Thames, New Zealand
Hello, Thames town offers two areas where camper vans can park for the night. Queen Street and Mary Street. The small suburb of Tararu north of Thames on the Thames Coast also has an area for camping. All vehicles must be self contained to use these areas - toilet on board. A current certificate must be displayed to state that the vehicle is self contained. Check out the Department of Conservation website for their camp sites which offer more remote areas to camp and are located usually by the coasts of New Zealand. Enjoy your travels in our beautiful country. Cheers, Christine and Drew La Casa Te Puru Lodge
Adventure738117 wrote a tip Feb 2019
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Look for the view."
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felicity848 wrote a tip Oct 2016
Auckland Central, New Zealand10 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"outstanding views"
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Jessa M wrote a tip Jan 2016
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Choose the rooms with the views."
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NE898 wrote a tip Feb 2014
Toowoomba, Australia12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book an ensuited room with coastal views."
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MiserableTraveler wrote a tip Jan 2014
Dunedin, New Zealand7 contributions5 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"The two rooms with sea views (for 2 persons) are apparently self contained and ensuite. The family rooms are very disappointing with just beds and bare minimal furniture or utilities."
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PRICE RANGE
$142 - $150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
New ZealandNorth IslandWaikato RegionCoromandel PeninsulaTe Puru
NUMBER OF ROOMS
5
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Frequently Asked Questions about La Casa Te Puru Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to La Casa Te Puru Lodge?
Nearby attractions include RAPAURA Watergardens (6.7 km), Watercolor Studio Gallery (7.4 km), and Mahara, The Unique Sculpture Park and Pottery (7.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at La Casa Te Puru Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at La Casa Te Puru Lodge?
Guests can enjoy a lounge and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at La Casa Te Puru Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does La Casa Te Puru Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, La Casa Te Puru Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is La Casa Te Puru Lodge located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Te Puru.
Does La Casa Te Puru Lodge offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to La Casa Te Puru Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Thames School of Mines and Mineralogical Museum (9.8 km) and Burke Street Wharf (9.2 km).