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River Birches Lodge

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19 Koura Street Taupo, Turangi 3334 New Zealand
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Updated 28/11/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#1 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Turangi
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River Birches is the closest boutique five-star Luxury Lodge to the Tongariro Crossing. The Lodge is set within a peaceful garden-scape beside the renown Tongariro River. Guests can select from a range of exciting activities, from fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking the riverside trails, white water rafting, golfing to winter skiing on Mount Ruapehu. River Birches offers single party, privately guided Tongariro Crossing. Positioned alongside the Lodge, sits The Cottage at River Birches. This beautiful self-contained property provides a superb option for families and larger groups of travellers who appreciate the privacy, spaciousness, and independence of a high quality architecturally designed, luxury residence. River Birches Lodge and The Cottage at River Birches proudly support Destination Charging for Electronic Vehicles and has two TESLA EV chargers.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Complimentary instant cofffee
Hiking
Skiing
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
Baggage storage
Electric vehicle charging station
Car park
Wifi
Complimentary tea
Fishing
Outdoor furniture
Shared kitchen
Clothes dryer
Laundry service
Washing machine
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
Fireplace
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Housekeeping
Seating area
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Private bathrooms
Dishwasher
Microwave
Oven
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
iPod docking station
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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57martin61 wrote a review 19 Jan
Nelson, New Zealand38 contributions6 helpful votes
Stayed here for 4 nights from the 10th of January as part of our staycasion in NZ, the accommodation is extremely comfortable and clean and the hosts Jason & Rebecca were great from start to finish; nothing was too much trouble for them. We would highly recommend this as THE only place to stay when in the Tongariro area. Thank you both for a wonderful stay, we hope to see you again one day!
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Date of stay: January 2021
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Terence G wrote a review Oct 2020
Whanganui, New Zealand189 contributions68 helpful votes
River Birches is a luxury lodge set in Turangi a stone’s throw from the Tongariro River which is famous for trout fishing. The lodge is set up for rich overseas visitors and in my opinion is overpriced. Yes, we had TV which was at times unwatchable due to poor signal. The chef Anthony served a delicious cooked breakfast, but there was little choice compared with similar lodges. Whilst we enjoyed our stay we would not repeat the experience.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Response from Jason Bleibtreu, Owner at River Birches Lodge
Responded 23 Oct 2020
Terence, thank you for your note. It was nice having the two of you with us. We are pleased to read that you found us "very welcoming" and that chef Anthony's breakfast was delicious. We often receive high praise from most other guests about our breakfast selection. I am sorry that you felt different. I do apologize for the SKY-TV reception during your visit. We have looked into this and it seems to have been atmospheric conditions, rain fade. However, we will keep a close eye on this. In relation to the price. We pride ourselves in that we are a Qualmark Luxury Lodge. Maintaining luxury services does come with a cost as I am sure you can appreciate. We do hope that you may one day return.
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Cheryl wrote a review Aug 2020
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Our family of 4 stayed at the cottage for a few days in winter. It was lovely - very high standard rooms and facilities, perfectly clean, well heated, and all details attended to (daily ‘lite’ cleaning, and fresh bread, milk, juice and fruit for breakfast). Very highly recommended.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Jason Bleibtreu, Owner at River Birches Lodge
Responded 16 Aug 2020
It was our pleasure having you and your family here. We are looking forward to having you back for skiing, fly fishing, or perhaps the Tongariro Crossing this summer.
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Michele T wrote a review Apr 2020
Houston, Texas2 contributions
My husband and I stayed at River Birches for the last three nights of our New Zealand trekking vacation. Jason and Rebecca were fantastic! Jason provided first-rate advice on hiking the Tongariro Crossing, including weather, gear, and transportation. After conquering that day of other-worldy views, he provided tips and transportation assistance for other local hikes - the Tongariro River walk is right outside their door! Breakfasts and dinners at the lodge offered delicious food (kudos to Chef Anthony) and an opportunity to meet other guests from around the world. However, our favorite conversations were with Jason and Rebecca themselves - they are such wonderful and interesting people!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from jason_bleibtreu, Owner at River Birches Lodge
Responded 2 May 2020
It was our pleasure having the two of you here. The Tongariro Crossing is truly one of the world's best day hike and we are so glad you did it. Guided or self-guided it is a must-do activity. We do look forward to your return so that you may try your hand at fly fishing. Both Rebeca and I truly enjoyed your company and will share your kind words with Anthony and our staff.
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LindaT wrote a review Feb 2020
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We stayed here for 2 nights, our room was beautiful and stylish with a private garden . The owners Jason and Rebecca were attentive and charming hosts. The breakfasts were wonderful and everything, from the locally sourced blueberries to the freshly roasted coffee beans were of the highest quality. We had dinner in one evening and the meal, cooked by the chef Anthony was delicious. I will never forget the hospitality we received here nor could I rate it more highly!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from jason_bleibtreu, Owner at River Birches Lodge
Responded 23 Feb 2020
The blueberries are our pride and joy as they are organic and are local. A real treat while they last. Another treat is the Volcanic Coffee roasted by Jimmy who is a neighbor. The coffee is a blend from three regions along the same ring of fire that we are on. Chef Anthony will be pleased with your kind words. Once again thanks for choosing us.
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PRICE RANGE
US$273 - US$602 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
New ZealandNorth IslandWaikato RegionTaupo DistrictTurangi
NUMBER OF ROOMS
4
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Frequently Asked Questions about River Birches Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to River Birches Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Mount Ngauruhoe (0.6 km), Southern Lake Taupo Adventure Mini Golf (0.9 km), and Volcanic Activity Centre (1.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at River Birches Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and airport transportation.
Which room amenities are available at River Birches Lodge?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and blackout curtains.
What food & drink options are available at River Birches Lodge?
Guests can enjoy complimentary tea and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at River Birches Lodge?
Yes, free parking and a parking garage are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to River Birches Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Creel Tackle House & Cafe, Hydro Eatery, and Turangi Tavern.
Does River Birches Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, River Birches Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is River Birches Lodge located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 1.0 km away from the centre of Turangi.
Are any cleaning services offered at River Birches Lodge?
Yes, laundry service and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at River Birches Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.