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Welcome to Safari Motel, Taihape Accommodation

COVID-19 Information

Dear Guests,

We will remain open during all levels of alert including during complete lockdown.

Those of you who need accommodation for self-isolation or just to get away, we welcome you to support us during this crisis. If you are seeking to self-isolate, please note that the following conditions will apply:

  1. Payment must be processed online.
  2. No room service during your stay. Top-ups of amenities will be left outside the unit for guest collection.
  3. Guest to empty rubbish themselves in the bin outside.
  4. Guest to strip room on check-out and put linen in appropriate baskets allocated for it.
  5. Guest to not loiter around the property and strictly to keep to themselves.
  6. Your rooms will be allocated to only one block of the property.

Please call 021 250 6189 for any questions or concerns.


Cancellation Requests

We are currently looking into free cancellation requests for non-refundable bookings if your travel date is before 31st March 2020. For any travel dates for April and beyond, please contact us after new travel advisory has been issued by the government by the end of March 2020. In any case, please be assured that if your travel is affected by a current travel ban, we will refund you in full even if it is a nonrefundable booking. Just send your cancellation request by email and we will attend to it.

Come and stay with us in Taihape!

For a relaxing trip away from home, come and get a kiwi's rest and stay with us at Safari Motel. Your friendly hosts welcome you to enjoy all that our area has to offer. Taihape is an excellent halfway point between Auckland and Wellington and just 1 hour and 40 mins over the 'Gentle Annie' to Napier. Our Studio Units start at just $80 per night (please see our Accommodation page for details). If you would like to enquire, please give us a call or email us.

Surrounded by native bushland and gardens, Safari Motel offers rooms and studios with digital TV, electric blankets and central heating.

All accommodation at Safari Motel Taihape includes private bathrooms, tea/coffee-making facilities and a work desk with free internet access. Studio apartments with a kitchenette are available and guests have access to self-service laundry facilities, an outdoor BBQ and seating. The guest lounge area features satellite TV with Sky Guest Select HD 50+ channels and our children's playground includes a trampoline.

We are just a 12-minute walk from the Taihape town centre and an hour's drive from Mt Ruapehu and the ski resort of Turoa. There are three golf courses in less than a 30-minute drive.

The spa is temporarily out of order.  Apologies for the inconvenience.  We are working on getting it repaired.

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Special Offers


Loyalty Reward: Stay 10 nights in any 12 months period and get 1 night stay for free. Redeemable for family, friends and staff. The free night must be of the average value or less of 10 paid nights. Subject to availability and advance booking is required. Free night cannot be redeemed during long weekends, festive seasons or on public holidays. Must be redeemed within 12 months of last paid 10th night stay. Multiple room bookings count as a night stay - if you book and stay 10 rooms, you will be entitled to a free night stay withing next 12 months period. If you book 10 rooms, you get a free room of equal or lesser value. Not valid during festive seasons, long weekends or public holidays - strictly subject to availability. Please enquire.

Free Brekkie: Book direct on our website for stay between May and October and receive a free continental brekkie for up to 2 guests. Extra guests can get the same for a special rate of $5 per person. Free Brekkie and special rate brekkie is for first night ONLY and must be requested at the time of booking using the guest comment area on Safari Motel website. Not valid for phone booking or any other online booking. Sorry, we are not doing cooked breakfast but you can enjoy a professionally cooked breakfast in a restaurant just less than 50 meters away. View details and breakfast menu.

Winter Special: Stay 3 and pay for 2 only in our family units. Valid during winter between May and September only and strictly subject to availability. Not valid during public holidays or long weekends. Minimum guests of 5 is required. Other times please enquire.




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Customer Reviews

From: chruskl, 28 March 2016
Highly recommended. I stayed in a studio unit for a couple of nights and thoroughly enjoyed it. Apart from doing all the basics well, there were some nice touches, like finding glasses chilling in the fridge. Good value.

From: Karla20132013, 30 January 2016
We were just driving through and needed a place to lye our heads. We were late and the owners had to stay up to check us in. They were very accomodating and friendly. Very clean tidy and comfortable. Will be back and definitely recommend it to friends and family.

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self check-in

24 Hour Self Check-In

A 24 hour self check-in, with or without prior booking, is available. This kiosk accepts Visa and MasterCard credit cards only (no cash or Visa debit cards).

pet friendly

Pet Friendly

We are a pet friendly motel and have a few selected rooms for your pets. Please mention at the time of booking that you will have your pets on you and we will help you book in a pet friendly room. Conditions apply.


If you have time to spare in Taihape, the towns domain has a network of bush walks. Keen gardeners can enquire about visiting the areas four showpiece gardens – Titoki, Rongoiti, Waitoka and Kiri Kiri. In winter the ski fields of Mount Ruapehu are only a short drive away.

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Local adventure activities include:

  • White-water rafting
  • Abseiling
  • Bungy jumping
  • Kayaking
  • Jet boating
  • Horse trekking
  • Hunting and fishing
  • Heritage tours

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Come to Taihape and check out this happening little town, full of activity and country spirit.

Don't forget while you are here to get your photo taken next to our famous giant corrugated iron gumboot sculptured by Jeff Thompson.

Safari Motel

18 Mataroa Road, Taihape, New Zealand

Phone: +64 6 388 1116
Freephone: 0508SAFARI (0508723274)

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