IMG_0205Why is Tongariro River Motel the best place to stay?

TRM’s latest Guests response:

10846078_10153158221085101_1466610465133269110_n“A home away from home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What to say about this place!

I have stayed here now three years in a row and will try to make this an annual pilgrimage.

The location in Turangi is perfect… close enough you can almost hear the mighty Tongariro sing you to sleep (ok not quite but you can easily walk or bike to the river).

10686860_10153160535550101_4815638271510680615_nRoss and Pip are incredible hosts. They are warm, good-humoured, helpful (get Ross to give you some secret fishing spots!) and will look after you like you’re family. They have a smoking house on site as well as a decent fish cleaning setup. Ross even loaned me his landing net for the week (which you will need if you hook onto one of the mother fish!) They also have well-maintained mountain bikes for free that they loan to guests to get around town.

I believe they cater for people doing things other than fishing (but seriously if you’re here, you have to have a fish!) as I hear them talking about the Tongariro Crossing hike to other guests.

10848062_10153160538375101_8047902777048552322_nIf you are after 5000 count cotton sheets and 5 star luxury, you’re not going to find it here. What you will get is good, clean, rustic units with everything you need to get by. You will also get a friendly couple who are hospitable beyond measure.

One last thing… they have a dog called Pumpkin. I considered dog-napping him… he is very friendly and they will let you take him out for a walk too.


11 December 2014

Thanks Ross  

Great accommodation in a fantastic location.


18 November 2014

To Ross and Pip,  Where to start….. what an absolute wonderful 10 days we had staying with you both.  The units had everything we needed and your hospitality was the best I’ve experienced, it’s refreshing to find people of your calibre and Ross your tips and sharing our stories of our days fishing it was great, you would always give us some direction on where to fish and things to try, oh and the time you came to our rescue with our rental car bogged on the foreshore of lake taupo in the rain, haha, the day trip you sent us on with the 5 different spots to try was a highlight of the trip, I could go on and on but for those who may be reading this if you are looking to stay somewhere in Turangi look no further, book in and have an amazing time like my mate and I had, looking forward to seeing you next year,

Matt Crnojiovic

Following is the description from THE ROUGH GUIDE to New Zealand:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“Homely comfortable motel that is hugely popular with anglers partly for its rod racks and smoker, but mainly because of its “manager”, a lovable boxer named Boof.  The friendly owner runs a lively website on everything to do with Turangi and trout fishing in particular.”

(Note: TRM is their ‘chosen preferred selected’ Turangi accommodation confirmed by the “star” rating)

OK?  What else do you need to know?

TRM Brochure 09Latest review May 2014:  I’ve been coming here for more than 15 years. Friendly helpful owners who go out of their way to ensure guests comfort. Older style motel with great facilities. Trout anglers especially looked after but they also cater for the whole family.

“Friendly and comfortable” Trip Advisor – Reviewed July 17, 2013  Comfortable beds, good shower, everything we needed. It’s not new, but it is very friendly and easy. Love the free Wi-Fi “use, please don’t abuse”. Our daughter enjoyed the choice of DVD’s at reception. We will be back when next this way.

TRM Brochure 10Last Google Review:

Quality – Excellent
Facilities – Excellent
Service – Excellent

“This is not a flash motel but is outstanding for service and facilities. Ross and Pip go out of their way to make guests welcome. Turangi is famous for trout fishing and this motel is more like a friendly fishing lodge.
The units are old but scrupulously clean with full cooking facilities, refrigerators, ovens etc; heaters for the cold and fans for the hot weather.
TRM Brochure 03Beds are comfortable with heaps of blankets, quilts etc for colder nights.There is a free laundry, free wifi, a free smokehouse for trout, free bike hire, etc.
TRM has some old second hand fishing gear available although local tackle shops operate full hire services.The motel is handy to local shops (including a supermarket) and the owner’s friendly dogs love being taken for walks along the Tongariro river which is 200m away.
The motel is also a handy base for skiing activities in the area as well as the famous Tongariro Crossing and the soon to be famous Tongariro River Trail.”

“Highly recommended!”

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Eleven relaxed comfy fully-self-contained units with every facility – full size ovens, microwaves, fridges, covered parking, 50 sky TV channels, full range of fishing guide maps & books & info & facilities include free smoker, bikes, updated Tongariro Alpine Crossing forecasts, even rod racks…

Special room rates for anglers, trampers, bikers, tourists wanting longer term occupancy.

TRM is the original anglers’ motel in Turangi catering primarily for fly fishermen offering the BEST VALUE AFFORDABLE ACCOMMODATION on the Tongariro River.