A visit to Parklands is always a gratifying experience. If you want to forge new friendships and feel welcomed and comfortable in a ‘home away from home’ type way, Craig and Angela always make you feel like you belong.

Bob South, Editor Fish & Game New Zealand magazine.

I’d like to express our company’s continued appreciation for the dedication and exceptional service you and your staff provide our tours. The hospitality is truly excellent and this is reflected in the positive feedback we consistently receive from our valued clients.

Richard Sumner, Pan Pacific Travel, Auckland.

When in the Turangi area I always make a point of staying at Parklands Motor Lodge. Craig, Angela and the team are very friendly and nothing is a hassle. You are guaranteed a laugh whilst having a beer in the bar and always served a very good meal. I recommend Parklands to everyone I know.

Craig Linton, Sales Rep, Maxxium NZ Ltd

This is just a short note to let you know what a wonderful stay I had at your motel. There is nothing better for a tourist than to be made to feel welcome at a motel. Your local knowledge for hikes added to the experience. And of course the ambience at your bar, the nice food at the restaurant, all added to a top class stay for me.

“Charlie” Tjeng-Nien Quah, Singapore

Very quiet well appointed and very friendly operators. On highway 1 but noise was not an issue even with the trucks that used the premises. The restaurant provided a very enjoyable meal with a great selection and very reasonable prices. The wine list was adequate and again not overly expensive. Thoroughly recommend as a gateway to the mountains and Lake Taupo. Stayed September 2014, travelled as a couple

Lauris M (TripAdvisor Review)

Arrived late, stayed for one night and left early on our way to Aukland to catch a flight. Excellent cabin with separate lounge, kitchen bedroom and shower. Tea, coffee and fresh milk provided. Bar on premises and just managed to get a couple of beers in before closing. Very helpful staff who made our short stay very easy, I would have been happy to stay for longer but unfortunately our time had run out. An excellent base for the Tongariro National Park and a great place to stop as its half way between Wellington and Aukland. Room Tip: All motel rooms are in the same 'strip' and all good. Stayed December 2014, travelled as a couple


We called at the last minute and got a 1bedroom unit. Craig was so helpful after we had had a long day and disaster with our previously booked place. He just gave us key showed us where to go and said relax. We went and had a drink and dinner at the restaurant and it was great. What an awesome end to a long day. Such a lovely open motel and great owner. Stayed January 2015, travelled with family

Jenni C

Stayed one night on our way to the ski slopes.Thank you Craig for finding a room for us. We left travel arrangement to last minute and Craig managed to give us a room for the 4 of us. Wonderful heated room on our arrival. Very central if you needing to pop over to New World across the road. Dinner was lovely - steaks done to perfection- as was the fish. Comfy beds - and a to die for breakfast - best we have had in NZ. Thanks filled us up too well for our day on the slopes. Highly recommended. I am sure we will all be back soon. Thanks again


A fantastic location to Mt Ruapehu. Rooms were great - all mod cons, immaculately clean & tidy - and warm! All staff from reception through to bar & restaurant were friendly & helpful. I would have no hesitation returning.

Michelle Field

Excellent stay with Angela and Craig. Room presented immaculately, very good inventory and a really comfortable King bed. Friendly and efficient checkin, we highly recommend this property if you are passing through Turangi

Dariel and Michael

Great location, very friendly and helpful staff, affordable accommodation, happy to revisit.

angela Boxall

After returning from six weeks in Europe and uk, what a delight to find and stay in this place. Great room,clean tidy, modern. Great friendly hosts. Spacious outside area,quiet spot handy to town. Good size Rm with all sky channels. Great they are not part of the free to air junk channels as are many others penny pinching motels/hotels 10 out of 10. First time I've ever given this score.

Westbait, Blenheim

Very helpful host & friendly staff in the onsite restaurant. Loved the fact that there was a restaurant,spa pools,sauna,swimming pool & covered BBQ area. The unit that we were in was a good size & had a fully working kitchenette & a very comfortable bed. Would stay here again.

Lisa Hearn - Paraparaumu

If you're fishing on the Tongariro and staying for a few nights I recommend getting a room at the Parklands. Modern, clean and and well-appointed units, warm in autumn and winter (my last two visits) comfy beds and it's very quiet. There's a drying room for waders and rainwear, plenty of parking right outside your unit and town is a 3 minute walk away. Craig and Angela are great hosts, there's always chat to be had at the bar in the evenings and the food is pretty good too. Free WiFi and SKY telly if that's your bag. I'll be back.

Philttipp - Auckland

Rooms are very comfortable and good even for a family of four. Nice food and bar as well, reasonably priced so no need to go out to eat as restaurant is next door to your room.Town is also just across and not far to go.

R Ferdis - Auckland

The lady who runs this place was super nice!!!! My room was great, extra blankets and pillows.... everything was cool. You park in front of your room...I loved this place and how convenient it was to Lake Taupo and the National Parks and the geo-thermal fields!!! Nice restaurants very near and a nice city center!!!! Small town!!!

Gary C - Puerto Rico

Lovely modern units, really enjoyed our stay here, the rooms are spacious and well kitted out, the heater and lights were on in our room when we arrived on a very cold dark night so we were well impressed. The small personal touches can make such a big difference and this place surely knows how to make their guests feel welcome, superb customer relations so well done.

King - Auckland

Excellent half way stop between Auckland and Wellington. Craig and Angela were very welcoming. The unit was very clean and the facilities were all I needed. I would be happy to stay again. The lodge is close to all the shops and tourist attractions.

Otaki Belle

A wonderful place to stay, peaceful, comfortable, top presentation and lovely friendly staff. An excellent price, close to town and spa pools for that bit of extra relaxing. Hope to return again soon.

Bee J - Manawatu

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