"Love the big bed and size of the room!  Very comfortable and within easy access to Waitomo caves - thank you!"  December 2015 

"A beautiful room with a beautiful view.  We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, very peaceful.  Will be back again."  Angela and Brendan - November 2015 

"Nice comfy, quiet "home away from home", thank you".  November 2015

"Beautiful unit, bath products are much appreciated thank you"  November 2015 

"Lovely large rooms - best yet.  Thanks."  October 2015 

"Many thanks for allowing us to check out a bit later - great personal service!"  October 2015 

"Really great and appreciate your services and kindness thanks"  September 2015

Thank you so much for taking care of us on our stay's and making our beds and making our stay easy xo!!  September 2015 

Thank you for such a delightful space to rest our heads! - January 2015 

Thank you! Loved everything including recommendation of a meal at the Riverside Lodge which was excellent - January 2015 

Beautiful room, very clean and tidy!  Thank you! - January 2015 

Thank you staff of WLM.  Our stay was wonderful.  Thank you for the recommendation for the Riverside Lodge Restaurant.  The small soaps were really nice.  I hope you have a great holiday and a happy new year.  From a child of a guest - December 2014

Beds, balconies,  linen, ceilings - top notch.  Look for our review on  Thanks for the milk.  You guys have a great place - keep it up!  Excellent beds, nice high ceilings, solid black out curtains.  Love the coffee and french press!  - December 2014


Just a note to let you know how impressed we were with your establishment! My wife and I spent 20 days touring both the Australian Gold Coast and New Zealand's North Island. Your accommodation was, far and away, the best that we found. Exceptionally clean and well laid out were just 2 of the features. The most important feature to us was the soft-top bed! It was incredibly comfortable and no other motel/hotel came close to it. It seems that your competition has forgotten that people go to hotel/motels primarily to sleep and that a comfortable bed in a clean establishment is guaranteed to bring them back! We will recommend your establishment with absolutely no hesitation!  - Ken and Charlene, Canada - January 2012

Best stay so far in NZ.  Lorelle was wonderful and very welcoming.  Great info for places to dine and see.  Absolutely wonderful time.  Ron & Jen, Australia - August 2011.

Great clean place - credit to you all!! - July 2011

A lovely place to stay!  Very clean, bed extra comfortable :-) June 2011

This is my favourite place to stay.  Clean, fresh, comfortable, spacious, and friendly.  Love it. - June 2011

We were very pleased with our room, it was lovely.  Loved the showers and the kichenette.  We are from Canada - great hospitality.  Thank you!  May 2011

The bed was super comfy! - May 2011

Rooms are extremely clean with a high standard of cleanliness.  I travel North Island and would rate your motel 5 stars. - April 2011

If service makes a place y ou guys go above and beyond!  Wonderful warm hospitable hosts, we had a fantastic stay, thank you. - April 2011

Lovely clean, simple rooms with enough kitchen equipmnt to cook meals.  Thanks for a great nights sleep. - March 2011

Well stocked, well furnished, amazingly lovely bedding and towels - February 2011

Enjoyed our stay, friendly receptionist and lovely clean room, thank you and we will return and tell friends about Waitomo Lodge - January 2011 

5 out of 5!  Ideas for trips in the area were really great.  Very good, spacious rooms - November 2010 

A real surprise, delighted.  I travel often overseas and familiar with good accommodation.  This site location and setup is very good, many thanks - November 2010 

Fabulous! A pleasure to stay here! - October 2010

A very pleasurable experience.  The best motel we have been in.  Well done. - September 2010

This has been the best accomodation we have stayed in while in NZ. Geraldi Moti, July 2010 

Really friendly managers and cosy, stylsh rooms - June 2010

Very impressed with facilities, lovely hosts, exceeded expectations. Sharee, Wellington - June 2010 

Excellent experience, Lorelle and Fraser are fantastic hosts who make you feel at home. Michael, Wellington - June 2010 

That unique quality NZ style of kind support, service, help and needs.  The definite eye to detail. Above all that friendly smile!  Outstanding and would definitely recommend this brilliant facility to visitors, Piripi - June 2010

Great facilities - lovely people.  Will stay again when next through. - May 2010

Excellent welcome from Lorelle, would recommend lodge toa nyone.  Fantastic bed, just excellent, all over thank you, R & C Kowolko - May 2010

One of the necest accommodations I have stayed in.  Felt so welcome on arrival. - April 2010

Very pleased to have experienced your very well equiped and comfortable accomodation.  All the staff have been excellent. - April 2010

Awesome accommodation.  Clean fresh and very comfortable! Thank you. From Invercargill and would recommend to others to say here.  - April 2010 

Fantastic service!  Lorelle was so hospitable and catered to even our smallest need.  Thanks Lorelle!! - April 2010

Great service! Lovely facility!! Looking forward to our next visit. Will recommend to friends.  See you next time. - April 2010

Lorelle was very helpful and friendly.  We will recommend it to our friends visiting to stay here while travelling, thanks. - April 2010 

Awesome – Best breakfast I’ve had at a motel!  Craig Thomason – February 2010

So clean & fantastic! Thank you (I’m really picky!) Ian & Eugan – January 2010

Very nice room, very new and clean J Ande & Andreas, Germany – January 2010

TUMEKE!! – Mike & Yvonne, Tahere, Otaki – December 09

Great find – terrific rooms – Liz & Rich, Boston, MA – December 09

Best accommodation in North Island – Larry & Kathy Heldon, Canada – November 09

A brief note to again say thank you for the truly professional way you handled my cancellation and refund.  I arrived back yesterday from work trip to Australia to find documents in the mail from you – well done.  I look forward to being a guest – if you treat cancellations like you do then guests must be really pampered.  Many thanks – D Sykes, NZ – September 09

The best most comfortable nights stay in a long time & great feeling – Tom & Sarah, Taumarunui – October 09

We made great use of the Experience Waitomo Package – a big thanks – L Pidgeon & E Court – October 09

Fantastic! The cleanest, nicest most modern motel so far! Well done! – Anna & Neil, Australia – September 09

Lovely, clean and very friendly.  Simply the best! – Jeni & Roger, Baringhup, Australia – September 09

Amazing!  S Hom & S Quihuiz, California, USA – August 09

Very nice motel, lots of greets from Holland – Van der Kraats, Holland – July 09

Very great room, great rates.  Best so far.  Beautiful! Maz & Dylan, Australia – July 09

One of the best motels in New Zealand! GREAT! – Ben & Mark Buer, Ulm, Germany – June 09

Very clean and tidy units.  Enjoyable stay.  - N & B Willis, Wanganui, NZ – June 09

Our Fav. Stay! Thanks for the Honeymoon upgrade J – John & Kimberly, Northcarolina, USA – May 09

Best place we’ve stayed at in NZ.  Well done!  Thank you! – A McNeur & P McDonald – May 09

The nicest Motel I have ever stayed in - Allen Marks - April 09

Excellent - 10 out of 10! Kevin & Eileen Herlihy, Ireland - April 09

Had the most beautiful room and fully enjoyed the spa bath - a million times better than our stay at the Hyatt Hotel!!  Will definetely recommend! Heather Moreman & Mike Jefferies, Waiheki Island - March 09  

One of the best motel units and place in New Zealand - Mark Wickham, Wanganui - March 09

Fantastic rooms. Very, very tidy and quiet!!  Karen Georgeson, New Plymouth - February 09

Super nice. Best shower in NZ :o) Tim & Lisa Cocoran, Portland, OR - February 09

The best place we have stayed in, thank you - Gill Barr, Perth, Australia - February 09

Thank you for taking such good care of us and making our move to NZ such an excellent one.  The Waitomo Lodge is such a lovely place to stay - Fantastic! Leone Cowan & Ryan Saunders, Scotland & Ireland - January 09

What a beautiful place - it's so refreshing to stay in a thoughtfully appointed motel.  Excellent - Heine, Canterbury - January 09

Best motel we have stayed in, thanks - Russ & Karen, Waiheke Island - January 09  

Fantastic! The room is gorgeous - very impressed.  Great service, friendly staff.  Will definitely recommend!  BBQ is an added bonus, thanks!  January 09

Excellent service and room! - Xavier & Baudez, Singapore & France - December 08

Fantastic - Best ever motel I have stayed in - Christina Williams, Yorkshire, UK - December 08

We are from Germany, we stay three weeks in New Zealand and this motel was the best - Wilkie, Germany - December 08

A wonderful stay! Excellent Facilities, fantastic beds and Spectacular Service!  Keep it up! December 08

Accommodation was great, but service from Lyell was outstanding, thank you! Would not hesitate to come back again, and recommend to all our friends! - November 08  

Best stay in NZ.  Lovely place - Goran Hogstredt, Bergen, Norway - November 08

The best service ever.  I stay in a lot of motels - Jinean Hepi (Masterfood NZ) November 08

Fantastic accommodation, loved the Lodge and would highly recommend - Rebecca & Rodrigo Santamarina, San Francisco, USA - November 08

Would not hesitate to come back again and recommend to all our friends! Accommodation was great but service from Lyell was outstanding - thank you!  October 08 

Room was very spacious, good facilities and clean!  Thank you for a very comfortable and enjoyable stay.  October 08 

One word 'Professional'.  I will drive away feeling very spoilt - E Smythe, October 08   

Really enjoyed the practicality of the units.  Awesome facilities.  You have something here to be proud of.  All the best for your future.  October 2008 

Thank you, you made our visit to Te Kuiti very special and we will certainly recommend your motel to our associates.  September 08 We wish all the places we stay were this good!  Will tell everyone, cheers! August 08 

Wonderfully comfortable – just what we needed! – Rebecca & Bernard, United Kingdom, August 08

Best sleep, great place, thanks – Lee-ann & David August 08

All was perfect! – Vincent & Pola, Italy, August 08

Very good, lovely and clean! – South Taranaki Club Over 60’s, August 08

Most pleasant, clean, and beautiful motel – Sunil & Kusum, July 08

Design of units are superb. Outstanding. – K Hammett, July 08

Very clean, very comfortable! – F & M Pascual, July 08

Very good, especially the big bed – G & J Van Dalen, June 08

Great accommodation and great managers, loved the stay – R & G Kirk, June 08  

Excellent facility and perfect service – S & S Rose, June 08

Nicest little place I’ve been to in a long time! We’ll be back! – M Bush, May 08

Best stay in 20 years! Fantastic Managers – S & K Quigley, May 08

Lovely rooms, 5 star breakfasts – K & J Muddimer, England, May 08

Fabulous settings. Totally awesome night – May 08

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