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#12 of 41 motels in Taupo
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52 on Rifle Motel offers a mix of One, Two and Three Bedroom Units ideally suited to cater for couples, families, business travellers and small groups while visiting Taupo. Our ongoing refurbishment of units, provides fresh modern self-contained units coupled with the conveniences of being close to the town centre and lakefront. We offer a range of complimentary on-site facilities to ensure you have everything you need to enjoy a comfortable stay. Soak in the spa pool, swim a few laps in the swimming pool or watch the kids play at the playground and enjoy the park-like setting of this family run accommodation in Taupo.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Game room
Billiards
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Hot bath
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Fence around pool
Complimentary tea
Outdoor dining area
Table tennis
Highchairs available
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Clothes dryer
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Dining area
Housekeeping
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Electric blanket
Walk-in shower
Seating area
Sofa
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Iron
Private bathrooms
Kitchenette
Microwave
Oven
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
3.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Modern
Mid-range
Languages Spoken
English
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FlowerNapier wrote a review Feb 2024
Napier, New Zealand20 contributions6 helpful votes
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What a great place to stay! There's a lot of choice in Taupo, but we were very happy with ours to stay at 52 Rifle. Upon checking in, we were given an upgrade, which made our trip. Our accommodation was clean and roomy and had everything we needed. The location was great too - a 10 minute walk int town, but across the road is a great little supermarket, cafe, butchers and takeaway.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for taking the time to post your review on Trip Advisor. We always love it when guests appreciate an upgrade! So pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and our great location. Thank you again for your comments. Kind regards Lisa & Colin
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AussieKurtz wrote a review Dec 2023
Blackwater, Australia3 contributions
Colin and Lisa were great hosts and full of local tips and knowledge. The rooms were perfect, neat, tidy and ever so comfy! Great size rooms and beautiful new bathroom. Close to the lake and to the town centre. Great little cafe across the road. Absolute perfection, I highly recommend this beautiful motel.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Room Tip: Ideal for families, great playground for the young ones and also games room for the older ones....
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Response from Colin MacPhee, Owner at 52 on Rifle Motel
Responded 25 Dec 2023
Thanks AussieKurtz! It was great to meet you both and thank you for leaving your review on Trip Advisor to share with others. We love recommending the great activity options available with our guests whilst in Taupo. We are so pleased you enjoyed your Two Bedroom and found it so comfy! For the benefit of future readers we are in the process of upgrading all our Bathrooms, four are complete out of 10. We hope you made it home safely and the weather has improved for you. Wishing you all the best for 2024! Kind regards Lisa & Colin
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Kevin S wrote a review Nov 2023
Christchurch, New Zealand285 contributions108 helpful votes
After having to alter our booking, reducing the number of people staying, and the length of stay, we were super impressed with the service and flexibility shown by the management of 52 on Rifle. This motel is ideally located and is also ideal for families. We didn't use the pool table, the table tennis table, the spa, or the kids play area, but only because we retirees and were there to play golf ;-) All the usual positives you'd hope for - cleanliness, space, etc. We actually felt it was a very "homely" motel.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Response from Colin MacPhee, Owner at 52 on Rifle Motel
Responded 12 Dec 2023
Thank you Kevin for your review. We appreciate your kind comments and despite the changes to your NZ itinerary we are pleased we could make it work for you both. Hopefully you have an opportunity in the future to return with your friends and hit the Golf courses together. We love your ''homely'' comment - as that is the experience we are looking to create. Thank you again and all the best. Merry Xmas! Kind regards Lisa & Colin
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nichpa2812 wrote a review Oct 2023
Newcastle, Australia163 contributions60 helpful votes
We really enjoyed our stay, we got a reasonable rate at this older style hotel. Don’t let that put you off as it has had lots of renovations, we stayed in a 2 bedroom unit and it was clean and comfortable and as the hotel is off the main road it was lovely and quiet and we had a great sleep. The reception staff were friendly and helpful, overall great job.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 12 Dec 2023
Thanks Nich for your review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. Yes it's been a busy time since we took over - lots of improvements and more to come. Thanks again we really appreciate your comments and your support. Kind regards Lisa & Colin
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Sunshine22456135981 wrote a review Oct 2023
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Great value, very comfortable and spacious. Very neat and clean, newly renovated which made it a very pleasant stay. Would go back there again with the family. So close to Restaurants and shopping.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Responded 12 Dec 2023
Thanks Sunshine! Thank you for your kind review. We appreciate your feedback and it is great to know you enjoyed your stay. Look forward to welcoming you back next time you are in Taupo. Kind regards Lisa & Colin
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Madeline wrote a review Sept 2023
London, United Kingdom7 contributions1 helpful vote
We found 52 really good value. It has a clean, fresh retro batch feel - and a friendly manager. Well laid out units maximise privacy and mean no one is looking out at a concrete block wall. Close to the Lake and only a couple of streets to the centre of town.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 12 Dec 2023
Thank you Madsey for your feedback. We appreciate your kind comments and it makes our day when we have satisfied guests. Thank you again. Kind regards Lisa & Colin
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Annett684 wrote a review Sept 2023
Paraparaumu, New Zealand9 contributions6 helpful votes
The hosts, Colin and Lisa go all out to help make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. You only have to ask for advice or recommendations about anything local, food, activities or entertainment, and they have the answer! Nothing is too much trouble. Walking distance to town centre, yet quiet and relaxing
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Responded 12 Dec 2023
Thank you Annett. It was lovely to host you and your family. We enjoy helping guests make the most of their time in our beautiful town exploring everything it has to offer. We look forward to welcoming you back next time you are in Taupo! Kind regards Lisa & Colin
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Taiana Metuamate wrote a review Jul 2023
Feilding, New Zealand1 contribution
We stayed in a 2 bedroom family suite for 3 nights and would highly recommend this place for families. The room was exactly like the photos and it was very spacious for our family of 4. The entire place was extremely clean and warm and the electric blankets made our stay even more comfortable. Location was convenient only 2km from town yet far enough from all the traffic and noise on the lake front. There is also a 4 square directly opposite. The wifi quality was great and never dropped out even though all the rooms were full. Having almost all sky channels available were very handy for a wind down period, and to keep the kids entertained. The playground is close enough to keep an eye on the kids yet far enough to get them out of your hair. The spa is available to book to ensure some privacy and the laundry facilities were free to use. Customer service was great, Colin was very helpful from the moment we arrived and the cleaning ladies would check in to see if we needed anything. All in all it was a home away from home and we can't wait to return.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Responded 12 Dec 2023
Thank you Sightseer! We appreciate your helpful review and we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with your family. We try to create that home away from home setting - perfect for families. Thank you again and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Kind regards Lisa & Colin
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Pioneer59278898341 wrote a review May 2023
Auckland Central, New Zealand2 contributions
We had a fantastic time- Colin and team went overboard to make sure our stay was a great one. Everyone was so friendly and the place was perfect for our needs - fully recommend this place. We went during school holidays.
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Date of stay: April 2023
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Response from Colin MacPhee, Owner at 52 on Rifle Motel
Responded 10 May 2023
Dear Pioneer59278898341 It was a pleasure to host you and your family through your stay. We are thrilled that the 3 Bedroom Unit met all your needs to create a home from home environment! We trust that we will be seeing you back sometime soon. Kind Regards Colin, Lisa and the Team
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Anj wrote a review Mar 2023
Auckland, New Zealand100 contributions26 helpful votes
Nice clean motel just up from lake front. A mix of old and new. Kitchen was lovely and newish. Very tiny and older toilet and shower. 6'3 mate didn't fit so well but overall very well presented. Lovely host too. Would stay again.
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Date of stay: February 2023
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Frequently Asked Questions about 52 on Rifle Motel
Which popular attractions are close to 52 on Rifle Motel?
Nearby attractions include Lake Taupo (0.7 km), Maori Rock Carvings (0.4 km), and Taupo Museum (1.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at 52 on Rifle Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at 52 on Rifle Motel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at 52 on Rifle Motel?
Guests can enjoy complimentary tea, free instant coffee, and an outdoor dining area during their stay.
Is parking available at 52 on Rifle Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to 52 on Rifle Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Master of India, Malabar Nepalese and Indian Kitchen, and Incredible India Restaurant and Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at 52 on Rifle Motel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is 52 on Rifle Motel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Taupo.
Are any cleaning services offered at 52 on Rifle Motel?
Yes, self serve laundry and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Is 52 on Rifle Motel accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.