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Aspen Court Taihape
Average rating:  
 559 reviews
Town / Country: Kaukapakapa

Great halfway point to stay between north of Auckland and Wellington. Lovely warm ,very clean, quiet and spacious units and good, safe parking. Thank you and will return again next trip.

Thanks, Helen, for your review. Great to hear from you, see you again next time.

 by Cheryl Brownrigh
Town / Country: Wellington

Lovely clean unit . Heated floor in bathroom real bliss.

Thanks, Cheryl, for your review. Take care.

 by Joanna
Town / Country: New Plymouth

This was the third time I have stayed at Aspen Court and as ever, friendly staff (especially the cleaners), clean and spacious rooms, great beds. Good location close to town (walkable). Warm in winter.

Nice to hear from you Joanna, yes, the units are lovely and warm as they are built well. See you again one day, take care.

 by Campbell
Town / Country: Hamilton, New Zealand

Another wonderful stay here thanks. We stayed twice within a few days of each other on our way to and from Wellington. As always, the service was brilliant, the units fastidiously clean and tidy, and good value for money. You’ll see us again.

Superb review, many thanks Campbell. Take care and yes, look forward to seeing you back soon.

 by Legends Unleashed Dinosaurs Aotearoa
Town / Country: Hamilton

Stayed just the one night very friendly staff, Clean rooms & well presented. Will stay again no worries at all.

Thanks for your review, please call back next time you are passing. All the best.

 by Tararua Heliwork
Town / Country: Pahiatua

Our stay was for work purposes, great communication, friendly, polite easy to make booking, spacious rooms, comfortable beds, clean and tidy, good location, highly recommend.

Thank you Tararua Heliworks for this review. Great to hear back from you. See you again next time you have some work this way.

 by S Hayles
Town / Country: Bop

Great motel setup. 6th stay here always spotless and has everything you need and more.

Thanks Shayles for your review and repeat business. Safe travels.

 by Peter & Annette Tate
Town / Country: Raglan, New Zealand

We enjoyed our overnight stay. The unit was clean & well appointed. We’ve never had such a large unit … it was huge. Staff were friendly and we had everything we needed. Very inexpensive as well. We would definitely use this motel again.

Thanks Peter/Annette for your review. Yes, our units are large, but that is what people need…. space. All the best and hopefully one day we will see you again.

 by Rodger Glenfield
Town / Country: GALASHIELS

My wife and I ,as well as our three grown up children, stayed for one night in this motel and I would certainly recommend it. Excellent place, room’s spacious , and it had a kitchen and very nice bathroom. Very clean. We were splitting our journey from Rotorua to Wellington. There was no problem getting breakfast and lunch in the town . The 24hr BP service station was handy.
I would certainly stay here again.

Great to hear from you Rodger, yes there is quite a lot going for Taihape, pleased to hear you explored the options. Safe driving.

 by Sarah
Town / Country: Auckland

My family & I stayed here last weekend & were really impressed by the size of the room, decor, cleanliness & the beds were really comfy. We’re booked already to stay again in June. Thanks for a great stay!

Thanks, Sarah, for this! Good to hear you enjoyed your time in Tai Happy!

 by Judy and Bronwen
Town / Country: Waikato, New Zealand

Super clean, great facilities, lots of space. Good location and very comfortable. Easy and hassle-free check in/out.

Thanks Judy/Bronwen for this review. All the best.

 by Jacqueline
Town / Country: Amberley

Attractive place, good unit, clean and comfortable. Very good lighting which was greatly appreciated. Thank you for a pleasant overnight stay.

Hi Jacqueline, thanks for your review. Nice to hear comments like yours. Take care.

 by Lois & Ed Badham
Town / Country: Auckland

Our overnight stop at Aspen Court Taihape was again excellent. The room’s facilities are maintained, clean and still beautifully presented. We have stayed with you a number of times and the standard has always been kept very high. As a result of our stays, we have also stayed with Aoraki Court Motel at Mt Cook and Grand Suites Murchison. We have enjoyed all. We still appreciate your assistance back in 2010 when you held a room for us when we were on our way back to Auckland after being notified of a parent bereavement. Your support has not been forgotten and was truly appreciated by two tired travelers.

Kind regards
Lois & Ed Badham

Thanks Lois and Ed for your review and your continued custom. Great to see you both again. Take care.

Town / Country: Te Awamutu

Nice tidy motel, friendly staff and nice and close to places to eat. Will definitely be booking here again.

Thanks Bowers and Co for the business and nice review. Hope your guys slept well.

 by Ross
Town / Country: Masterton

I thoroughly enjoyed My Unit. Great shower set up. Heat pump was great nice and warm and the bed was nice and comfortable. Fabulous I have stayed before and I will stay again.

Thanks, Ross, for your review and repeat custom. Take care.

 by Simone
Town / Country: Wellington

Another wonderful stay. I have begun to break up road trips by staying here. In fact it’s part of the pleasure of a road trip now. Taihape is picturesque, the motel is spacious and well-appointed and I find it to be an absolute haven. George is lovely, friendly and a good communicator. I trust him and Annette. I noticed a slight smell whenver I would first enter the suite. When I read Aspen’s commitment to clean, healthy rooms I felt reassured and put the curious smell down to that. I stayed at the Nautilus in Napier a few days later which also does a fastidious job of maintaining clean, high quality suites, where I smelt that same smell. That was confirmation that my stays were clean and I put the curious smell aside.

Hi there Simone, thank you for your repeat stays with us and your detailed review. Yes, we are committed to a cleanliness and Hygiene program second to none and that smell upon entering the unit will be testament to that. All the best.

 by Rachel
Town / Country: Wellington

Such an amazing place to stay. Neat, clean and well equipped. Great space in the one bedroom unit. Friendly and kind owners who are always welcoming to our kids.

Thanks Rachel for this review.

 by Leonard Waldron
Town / Country: Palmerston North

A1 stay and fantastic staff and very accommodating.

Leonard PNth

Thank you Leonard for your review. All the best.

 by Rose
Town / Country: Mount Maunganui

This is our favourite stop-over from north to Wellington (and vice-versa). Quiet, roomy always clean. Would like enough comfortable chairs to sit in to match number of guests in the studio units – usually only one and the dining chairs are hard work!

Thanks Rose, we have space issues between the bed and the sliding door, that is why we only have a single chair. Maybe try a 1 bedroom or 2-bedroom unit as they have bigger sofas. Many thanks

 by Ngahina
Town / Country: New Zealand

Good tidy motel which suited my needs, late check in management waited for me to show up Thanks, room clean and warm bed comfortable

Thank you Ngahina for your review. Safe travels.

 by Roger
Town / Country: Levin, New Zealand

Very comfortable, well appointed room. Quite despite being next to SH!. Friendly reception and service. Love the falcons.

Thank you Roger for your review. Many thanks for taking the time to write this. Cheers.

 by Alotutusa
Town / Country: Wellington

Handy location when on a long drive and not that noisy considering it’s next to SH1. Accommodation was roomy, clean and tidy. The spa is dated but still good. 3 star due to customer service. I presume it was George? I almost felt like he rolled his eyes at me when I walked in. George was in can’t be bothered mode with me. He had no interest in instigating a conversation knowing I had driven a few hours to reach this accommodation. He was a let down for me and didn’t make me feel welcome!

Thanks for the honest review Alotutusa, So sorry to hear about your frosty welcome at Reception. We will discuss this with George. Take care and all the best.

 by Hayden George
Town / Country: Wellington

Great stay. This is the 2nd time we’ve stayed and our little ones love it. They get a room to themselves with their own TV and we get a big king bed. Nice and roomy for us all and they love the spa bath. Very warm room considering the times we have stayed temps have dropped below 0. Love it and will stay again next time we are up those ways.

Cheers Hayden for the review. Great to hear your kids love staying with us. Safe travels.

 by Tania Bowler
Town / Country: Karratha, Australia

Excellent service, large room, everything I needed was provided. Cooktop, microwave, jug, teas, coffees, hot chocolate, milk. Loved the under floor heating, kept the room warm without the provided air con (2⁰ morning).

Thank you, Tania, for this review. Need to keep the units warm as Taihape can get quite cool. Hope your Kiwi trip is going well.

 by Douglas & Ruth Martin
Town / Country: Dunedin

Motel is well located only three hours drive north from Wellington Airport or three hours south from Rotorua. Room was spacious and very clean. My wife and I even had our own TV’s !

Thank you Douglas/Ruth. Great to have you staying with us….good to see you could watch what you wanted to watch as well! Cheers.

 by Robert Williams
Town / Country: Auckland

Another excellent stay. Thankyou very much for giving us a very large room. As `usual` we found the Motel to be excellent in all respects… spotlessly clean with all `bits and bobs` (soaps, shampoos, teas and coffees etc.) fully provided. We always enjoy staying at this EXCELLENT Motel, in our view it is one of the very best in all of N.Z. ! 🙂 🙂

Thank you Robert for your glowing review. Safe travels.

 by Gail Salter
Town / Country: Auckland

Our stay was excellent, room was fabulous and spacious and always so clean and tidy. It is a credit to the cleaners and George & Annette. Highly recommend staying here, nice walk into town or the steak house almost next door.

Thanks for this review, Gail and your repeated stays with us. Yes, our housekeepers do a wonderful job so a big shout out to all of them! Well supported and led by Annette and George. Thanks again.

 by Wayne
Town / Country: New Zealand

Always nice to stay here. Enjoyed the aircon. Modern and clean with lots of space.

Thanks, Wayne, for your review and for being a repeat customer. Safe travels.

 by Donna Davis
Town / Country: Tauranga

Very clean and tidy, easy check in, the executive suite was huge and very clean, well organised kitchen, large shower and everything was well maintained, nice shower products. There is some road noise expected next to the highway but nothing major, would definitely stay again

Great to hear back from you Donna, thank you for your review. Yes, we cannot cancel out completely all of the road noise but have done as best as we can for most of it.

 by Nico Esterhuizen
Town / Country: Lower Hutt

Great place to stay. Rooms always immaculate. Staff friendly and helpful.

Cheers Nico for your review and repeat custom. Take care.

 by Lesley Freestone
Town / Country: Henderson Auckland

Great Motel…spacious and luggage racks. Love luggage racks. Great bed…

Hi Lesley, thanks for your review. Yes our bag racks are large aren’t they? Take care and safe driving.

 by Michael Reid

Clean, quiet, and well-appointed apart from the curious absence of a hair dryer. Luckily, we’d packed one.

Thanks for the review Michael. There should have been one in the unit, we will look into that. Thanks for the heads up.

 by Judy Shadbolt
Town / Country: Auckland

Accommodation was spacious, clean and well equipped. It was also quiet and well appointed. Highly recommend to anyone.

Thank you, Judy, for your nice review. Take care on your driving around the motu.

 by Ian Gilmour
Town / Country: Tauranga

Hi Guys,
We are very sorry but we have to tell it how it was. The bedside manner of the desk man was appalling. We rang to say that due to circumstances beyond our control. (The Interisland Ferry we were booked on did not leave Picton until 5 hours after due to sail.) The arrogant, ignorant inflexible attitude to our plight was stressful. To QUOTE: ” We shut at nine. “We shut at nine. We shut at nine”!
This is NOT what we expect from a fellow KIWI. Ian and Eileen Gilmour

Thanks, Ian, for your review. I understand you arrived soon after 9pm and that the unit was open for you, with the key left inside. It is unfortunate that the stress of the whole ferry situation led to this outcome, but our manager George was just advising you both how we could work around it. Similar late arrivals, due to delayed ferry crossings, are happening frequently at the moment so not really an issue from our end. Apart from this, we hope you enjoyed your stay with us and had a great sleep and onward journey.

 by Briar Mirabito
Town / Country: Waitoki

We stay here regularly and are never disappointed – nothing at all to fault as it is just perfect. I would like more options for TV viewing in the evening – maybe Sky movies or Netflix…..

Thanks Briar and thank you for your repeat custom. Yes smart TV’s are on the future to do list so that one day soon we will have Netflix as an option. All the best.

 by Cathy B
Town / Country: New Zealand

Thank you. We had a great night. Comfy bed, hot showers, quiet night, well worth the stop.

Thank you, Cathy, for your review, so pleased to hear that you decided to stop. All the best.

 by Lyn Scott
Town / Country: Christchurch

Great place to stay. Love the small town atmosphere. Only problem no plug for vanity basin.

Hi there Lyn, many thanks for your review. Sorry to hear that, we will get this sorted ASAP. Take care.

 by Kelly
Town / Country: Taihape, Aotearoa

What a beautiful, comfortable place to stay. How friendly and hospitable the staff are….The Manager/Owner George and Annette (I’m hoping that, I have your names correct) and the ladies who service the rooms. Thank you 💯👌
Thank you Annette for allowing us to pick some of your beautiful flowers, much appreciated 💐🌷💐🌷💐🙂

Thanks, Kelly, for your lovely and kind review of our staff, managers and our complex. Safe travels and all the best.

 by Mike and Anne
Town / Country: Manchester UK

Rooms are clean and have everything needed for a comfortable stay. Check in was managed by friendly staff with advice on options for local eateries. Parking is directly outside your room so minimal distance to move cases and bags etc. I would definitely recommend and stay here again.

Thankyou Mike and Anne, we hope you are having a wonderful time here in NZ. Take care.

 by Anthony van der Lem
Town / Country: Invercargill NZ

Excellent stay, this motel maintains a consistently high standard of cleanliness and maintenance. Comfortable bed and great facilities no hesitation in recommending this motel.

Thank you, Anthony, for your review. Hope the long drive south went well.

 by Craig
Town / Country: Wairarapa

This was our first time staying at Aspen and we weren’t disappointed. The place was clean and nicely presented. The temporary manager was very helpful. Great location. Only downside was some SH1 road noise of passing traffic (mainly trucks) through the night.

Thanks, Craig, for your review. We are waiting on Transit (Waka Kotahi) to change the speed limit on the piece of road outside so that the trucks slow down at night. Hopefully it will happen soon. It is annoying but we have done all we can to mitigate this with sound insulation, double glazed windows etc. All the best.

 by Malcolm Bangs
Town / Country: Tauranga

Great hosts who were very helpful, the unit was extremely clean and well appointed. Surprisingly very quiet given the proximity to the main road. I will most definitely be back to stay.

Thanks, Malcolm, for taking the time to write this review. We look forward to your return but do book in advance as we do full up most days. Cheers.

 by Tia
Town / Country: Wellington, NZ

Loved our stay. Wish we could’ve stayed longer. Cleanliness was the star!! Very comfortable bed and made sure we had a spa bath which was devine. The room had everything you could need.
Would definitely stay again.10/10

Thank you, Tia, for your wonderful review. Great to have you staying with us and we look forward to seeing you again one day, safe driving!

 by Katrina Hart
Town / Country: Upper Hutt

Great stay. Always clean and well-presented.

Thank you, Katrina, for your review.

 by Rosalyn
Town / Country: Perth Western Australia

Clean, tidy unit with all amenities working. Well located and quiet. The property was well presented and all the Staff were friendly and helpful. We were very happy with our stay here and would have no hesitation in recommending it to others.

Thank you, Rosalyn, for your nice kind words. Great to see some Aussies staying with us.

 by Sheryll Kempster
Town / Country: Australia

Great place to stay. Comfortable bed. Very clean facilities. Lovely, helpful hosts

Thanks, Sheryll, for your review. All the best.

 by Sue Underwood
Town / Country: Opua

This is our second time here. The unit was again immaculate and highly spec’d with lots of additional accessories. Sadly this time we were only two removed from the road and the road noise kept me awake for much of the night, which was not a problem at all on our previous visit. Would definitely stay here again but check where the unit was next time. Very handy location.

Hi there Sue, thank you for your review. Sorry to hear re: the road noise. I know Fulton Hogan will be fixing the many potholes on that stretch of road so hopefully it will all settle down soon. Cheers.

 by Kelly
Town / Country: Auckland

The unit was nice and clean. Didn’t hear any road noise which was great. Probably the quietest place we stayed at while away these holidays. Would definitely stay there again.

Thanks, Kelly, for your kind words. We look forward to seeing you again soon one day. Cheers.

 by Tara
Town / Country: Auckland

Rooms are neat, clean and tidy as well as spacious. Beautiful rose garden outside as well. I loved the friendly grey cat that greeted us as we paid in the office.

Thanks, Tara, for your review. We look forward to seeing you again someday.

 by Kathryn Weavers
Town / Country: New Zealand

Very clean and had everything we needed. Was supposed to check out early but our room had the most comfortable bed we have ever slept in!

Thanks, Kathryn, for this review. Cheers.

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Based on reviews and ratings collected over the last year Aspen Court Taihape has been recognised as a 2024 Travellers’ Choice award winner!

Thanks to all our guests for your opinions and feedback – we appreciate it!

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Richard Barrington
Richard Barrington
Terrific Taihape Experience The rooms are very spacious, even the kitchen facilities are generous compared to many motels we have experienced. There is a great local restaurant within a few metres walk, also a bottle shop and a great New World supermarket in town.
Highly recommend I can’t rate this motel highly enough. Despite our late evening arrival I was still greeted in a very friendly and welcome manor. The unit was exceptionally clean, tidy and spacious. Given the proximity to the road and number of trucks it was surprisingly quiet. My daughter and I only stayed one night, en route to Wellington, so didn’t have time to use all the facilities, however we wouldn’t hesitate to stay here again. High recommend.
Good clean motel Stayed in a studio unit. It was clean, warm and comfortable. Had a jetted tub in the bathroom with a shower over. There was a kitchenette and table & chairs. Plenty of space. We have stayed here before and would stay again.
Tania B
Tania B
Excellent value room. Great location, excellent service, large room, comfortable bed, had everything needed in room.Unde flor heating kept room warm, didn’t need air con in roomGood restaurant next door.Great choice for me.
Friendly and accommodating We’ve stayed here numerous times and always enjoyed it. The managers and house staff are super-friendly and accommodating, the rooms are comfortable and the motel has an attractive “cottage” feel. It’s also got a great location next to the Rustic Steak House (which does great vegetarian food), and Taihape itself is a lovely little town and a great centre for tramping and outdoors activities. For nature-lovers we recommend the Rangiwahia Scenic Reserve – a superb piece of native forest just 35 minutes away and well worth a visit. Thanks for another great stay.
Really warm, comfortable, large and spotless room, which was good value for money. The warm, clean and quiet room was perfect for our overnight in Taihape. The room was also pretty big. The bathroom was large and well appointed. Slept really well too. I thought the bed was great but my partner found it a little hard, but he slept really well so can’t have been too bad. We had everything we needed, and it was great value for money. Great food at Brown Sugar cafe in town too – just a recommendation.
Exceeded Expectations Excellent WiFi, large comfortable and clean room. Great location with a restaurant next door. Our room had a kitchenette that had everything one would require. The on-site laundry was an added affordable bonus that we took advantage of. Easy check in and out.
Modern motel in Taihape Great motel for a stopover after ferry crossing. Lovely and clean with everything you could require . Very comfortable bed so slept well . Near train tracks and main highway but didn’t cause us any concern and hardly heard any noise . Restaurant down the road was a bonus . Location made for easy departure first thing in the morning .Highly recommend this motel .
Well worth staying at Aspen Court Great place to stay, very spacious and very well-presented accommodation. We had the spa bath unit, and it was very nice. We will definitely stay again when we are back down that way. Great value for money.
Nico E
Nico E
Excellent Motel 5star Great place to stay. Rooms always immaculate. Friendly and helpful. Being coming here for the last ten years and is always my first choice. Highly recommend Aspen Court. Check-in and checkout always a breeze.