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92 Taupahi Road, Turangi 3334 New Zealand
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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
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast in the room
Canoeing
Hiking
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Express check-in / check-out
Wifi
Horseback riding
Mini golf
Skiing
Fishing
Newspaper
Sun terrace
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Kitchenette
Microwave
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
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English, Chinese
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Kayan_wanderer wrote a review Feb 2022
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DO NOT STAY HERE!! Disgusting old rooms, cutlery looks really old, beds are so soft that I got a very bad backpain in the morning. It seemsthat the rooms are filled with stuff collected from kerbside spring cleanout. Most importantly, the owner is one unetchical and unprofessional business person I have come across. We left behind a toy of our daughter and a phone charger, when contacted initially he asked me to send a pre-paid courier envelope, but when followed up he put me to ranson to first delete a negative review that I didn't even write at the first place. He was so rude that he didn't even listen to me and hanged up. So, a man who has the audacity to throw a child's toy, over charge customers for disgusting rooms, and hang up on his guests doesn't deserve any business whatsoever. This pandemic should be an eye opener for such shady businesses. #donotstayhere
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Duncan W wrote a review Jan 2022
Wellington, New Zealand329 contributions187 helpful votes
It has been 5+ years since we stayed here, and we still find it a comfortable spot. It isn't the flashest motel, but is well laid out and in summer with front and back doors open it can be pleasantly cool without needing the air conditioning (and it does get VERY hot in Turangi mid-summer). Clean and comfortable with all the items we needed in the kitchen. The WiFi is okay, but we did experience some glitches in the evenings. It is a short walk to the river or in to Turangi for food and takeaways. We find it a good spot and will stay there again if stopping in Turangi.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Billie C wrote a review Apr 2021
Auckland, New Zealand8 contributions6 helpful votes
We arrived late evening and were given a friendly welcome. We found the room and beds warm and comfortable. Heat pump , electric blanket and lots of extra blankets if needed. Very toasty warm on a cool evening. The shower had good pressure. While the decor was a little dated we found the room clean and comfortable .
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Leanne J wrote a review Oct 2020
Waikato116 contributions59 helpful votes
While this motel is well located it is in desperate need of an overhaul. The furniture is in very poor condition and is so old that it is holding all the odors of a rotten kitchen, cooking smells, and body odor which is overwhelming as you enter the unit. The kitchen is well beyond its use by date and badly needs removing. The smell of rotting chip board permeates as soon as you open a cupboard. The bathroom has had an update to an open wet area which is great but needs a good clean to remove mould. Fittings and fixtures are old and tired but there is good heating with a fairly new heat pump. The bedroom is roomy a bed the bed quite comfortable enough for a short stay.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Paul B wrote a review Mar 2020
St. Albans, United Kingdom60 contributions56 helpful votes
A good room with a reasonable sized lounge/kitchen and a good size bedroom. Our room was showing some wear and tear but do not let that put you off. The town is within walking distance but there was not many restaurants.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Sheri M wrote a review Feb 2020
Hong Kong, China38 contributions8 helpful votes
We've passed thru Turangi on our way between Auckland & Wellie...this is a great place, plenty of space for 4 to sleep, kitchen, etc. Owners are accommodating and helpful...called us to check on our arrival time so they could turn on aircon to cool room before we arrived! An awesome option mid-way as you travel down highway one.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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MCRwindsor wrote a review Dec 2019
Ammanford, United Kingdom196 contributions80 helpful votes
We stayed here for a week over Christmas. The owners really go out of their way to make sure you’re enjoying your stay. Our room, although a bit tired, had everything we needed to make a simple meal, a fridge, a hob and a microwave with plenty of utensils, frying pan, saucepans etc. There were also free bbq facilities under a covered seating area. Everything was kept clean, towels and bedding were changed frequently. There was a washing machine, which was $2 and you had the choice of tumble dryer (extra cost) or line drying. We had a four person accommodation, there were studios too but they did not have many facilities. We found this stay was very reasonably priced, was close to the town for food shopping etc but was quiet. The WiFi was a bit slow and sometimes dropped out completely. We wanted to phone our family on Christmas Day but it didn’t work too well but this was a minor inconvenience. Compared to subsequent motels we have stayed at, Judges Pool had the best facilities.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Paul H wrote a review Nov 2019
Melbourne111 contributions26 helpful votes
We made the mistakes of getting a small unit and it really was very small with no table no chairs and super compact. There was no frig but the manager let us use his. The room was clean and staff was helpfulI and it’s very quiet.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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gavinr902 wrote a review Nov 2019
Taupo, New Zealand2 contributions
Stayed at Judges Pool Motel 3 Times in last two months.Excellant stay each time.Rooms are clean and good size and at a good price.Quiet back street near river and short walk to Shops.Rhett and Stella are very friendly and obliging Hosts. Many thanks 😊
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Date of stay: November 2019
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iizogii wrote a review Apr 2019
Wellington, New Zealand19 contributions5 helpful votes
Previously we didn't know Turangi except as a place to drive through, but staying at this motel, which is very accessible to the Tongariro River, a children's playground across the street, and nearby walkways. We stayed in a family unit set up for two adults and two young children (3 and 5). Nothing flash, but everything in the room appeared generally tidy and hygenic. Staff were polite and helpful. If I could have a gripe it might be that the children's beds were in the front room instead of their own bedroom, which effectively meant that after we'd gotten them to sleep we couldn't use that room nor anything in it. For a short stay that's a minor compromise, though.
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Date of stay: April 2019
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US$78 - US$89 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
New ZealandNorth IslandWaikato RegionTaupo DistrictTurangi
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Judges Pool Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Judges Pool Motel?
Nearby attractions include Southern Lake Taupo Adventure Mini Golf (0.5 km), Volcanic Activity Centre (0.3 km), and Turangi Climbing Gym (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Judges Pool Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and laundry service.
Which room amenities are available at Judges Pool Motel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Judges Pool Motel?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Judges Pool Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Judges Pool Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Creel Tackle House & Cafe, Turangi Tavern, and Hydro Eatery.
Is Judges Pool Motel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.5 km away from the centre of Turangi.
Are any cleaning services offered at Judges Pool Motel?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Judges Pool Motel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Chinese.