IMG_0205Why is Tongariro River Motel the best place to stay?

TRM’s latest Guests response:

TRM poppiesFrom Trip Advisor:“Clean, friendly and close to the river”
We enjoyed our stay despite the weather. The motel was a bit dated but neat and clean and just as described on the website.
Ross was very welcoming and helpful throughout our stay.
Close to the Tongariro for fishing and walking.
Would definitely recommend. 

Reviewed 21 April

Stayed April 2015, travelled with family

IMG_7056“Our stay was a last minute decision and we were glad to find TRM.”
Friendly, helpful and enjoyable. My husband and I enjoyed our stay in the unit. It was clean and comfortable and more room than we needed but it was really lovely.

TRM was close to the Turangi township and even though the main road was close our unit was nice and quiet. We would definitely stay here again.

Reviewed 19 April  Stayed April 2015, travelled as a couple

IMG_2611“Delightful stay in a fishing lodge”
5 of 5 stars
We spent 2 nights here and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The gardens at the motel are very pretty. The laundry was available at no charge. The staff are very helpful and friendly. There are delightful walks along the Tongariro River and we saw an angler with a 4 lb trout – neat!

Reviewed 17 April  Stayed March 2015, travelled as a couple
“Perfect Fishing Base”
5 of 5 stars
IMG_0276We have just returned from three fantastic weeks fishing around Taupo where we used TRM as our base. Ross and Pip and Pumpkin are fantastic hosts and made every effort in ensuring our stay was as comfortable as possible. Ross has a vast amount of knowledge when it comes to advice on fishing the local river, Tongariro. anybody looking to base themselves in this area should look no further.

Dave and Darren

Stayed March 2015,

“Friendly service, great location – would stay again”
4 of 5 stars
This friendly motel is located just a short drive or easy walk to the beautiful Tongariro River. Also near the town centre.

AdobeBridgeBatchRenameTemp8TRM 22The studio room was more than that, with separate kitchen area and bathroom/toilet. The room was comfortable, very clean, and well kept. limited wifi, but sufficient for what we needed it for. Our hosts were friendly and enjoyed a chat. Little Pumpkin the boxer is just gorgeous.

We recommend dinner at the tavern – delicious food, friendly service, and good live band playing.

“Perfect for fishing or skiing”
5 of 5 stars
TRM Aerial imageThis ‘cheap and cheerful’ motel offers clean and comfortable accommodation within easy walking distance of excellent fishing pools in the Tongaririo River and lovely walks and cycle ways. It is also within easy walking of the town centre. The units have well equipped kitchenettes and heat pumps for good heating and cooling and is very quiet despite being not far from the main road. The decor is a bit dated but still very comfortable. The motel managers (Ross and Pip) are friendly and helpful and they have a wonderful dog (Pumpkin) who will happily go for a walk with anyone that wants canine company. We have stayed numerous times and never been disappointed.
It’s not 5 star in terms of the type and style of accommodation but is every bit of 5 star if you are looking at convenience, comfort and affordability.

After travelling for 34 hours I am now back in Calgary, Alberta. It is quite warm here today – 0 oC with blue sky.  Earlier today I took my TRM hat outside to the deck to start an acclimation period. It is now back inside my the fireplace after it referred to something that ended with “……. brass monkey”.

Ross, thank you so much for being such a fantastic host during my stay. I very much appreciated the opportunity to chat with you, the use of the inflatable and the waders and bikes, and of course the ability to sit down and bullshit with you, arr I mean, converse on very important socio-economic-political topics of the day….
Please extend my best to Jim, Brent, and Terry, pumpkin also.

TRMHope to see you in few years time.

Cheers for now,


6 April
Raewyn, Michele, Barney (the Cocker Spaniel) and myself all enjoyed our stay at the TRM and will certainly book with you again if we get the opportunity to spend some more time in and around the Turangi area.
Kind regards to you both.

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)

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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.