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Lake Taupo Lodge

Taupo, New Zealand

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Lake Taupo Lodge

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Excellent accommodation. Awesome rooms and service in a great location.

This award winning lodge is a designer's delight, inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, it is set within magnificent landscaped gardens overlooking beautiful Lake Taupo and the mountains.

Lake Taupo Lodge reflects owners Gary and Shirley Akers love of beauty and quality. The focus is on gracious living and the seven guest suites are luxurious examples of world class accommodation. All are en-suite, are superbly appointed, each with their own balcony or terrace and stunning lake and garden views.

Lake Taupo is one of the New Zealand's finest recreational playgrounds and is reputed as being one of the best trout fishing areas in the world. The sweeping landscapes and exotic geothermal areas provide a wealth of unique activities that capture the imagination of all who come here.

Lake Taupo Lodge's creation was started 30 years ago by Gary and Shirley when they purchased 10 acres of wild bush in Acacia bay overlooking Lake Taupo. Both of them are keen gardeners and Gary has a particular love of wildlife so the native bush formed the perfect haven for his love of birds. From there they split it up into 3 lots retaining the 3 and 1/2 acre lodge site for themselves.
Hotel Address:
  • Lake Taupo Lodge
  • 41 Mapara Road
  • Taupo, Acacia Bay
  • New Zealand

Directions to Hotel
Directions from Wellington / Hawkes Bay are as follows: Once you are in Taupo follow SH1 North towards Rotorua / Auckland through the Taupo township and carry on until you are almost on the northern side of Taupo. You will then cross the Waikato river at which point you will need to take a left hand turn into Norman Smith St (watch out for the Acacia Bay signs) follow this road until you reach the T section and turn left onto Acacia Bay Road (once again keep an eye out for the signs) follow this road for about 4-5 minutes. Once you arrive into Acacia Bay you will see a sign Welcome to Acacia Bay and a set of shops on the left hand side. From this point take the second road on the right, which is Mapara Road. We are the third driveway on the left up Mapara Road. We have a wood and stone fence with four large trees right on the road side.

Directions from Auckland / Rotorua are as follows: When Lake Taupo comes into view watch for the Acacia Bay signs, once found you will be turning right and then you will turn left into Acacia Bay Road 300mtrs later. Follow this road for about 5-6 minutes. Once you arrive into Acacia Bay you will see a sign Welcome to Acacia Bay and a set of shops on the left. From this point take the second road on the right, which is Mapara Road. We are the third driveway on the left up Mapara Road. We have a wood and stone fence with four large trees right on the road side.
Note Bene
Petanque balls available with Petanque court out in main courtyard. Full size Billiard table with Pool balls, Billiards and Kelly Pool balls all available.
Meeting Space
Small weddings, private functions and conferences are available but need to be a minimum of two night's exclusive use of the lodge.
Fine Dining On Site
Two five star chefs focus on the use of fish and game and the finest local and seasonal produce including fresh herbs picked from the Lodge's organic garden.
Executive Retreat
We are fully set up for small VIP Executive conferences with all up to date technology and have had some very successful meetings here. Taupo is ideal for pampering important people that need a retreat from the hectic business world. Wairakei Golf course is only 10 minutes from the lodge.
High Speed Internet
All office functions are available with high speed internet access on the guest computer.
Spa Facility
Taupo Hot Springs and Spa offers a truly unique experience. Enjoy a massage or facial, or bathe in the natural hot mineral pools. There are also natural pools at Spa Park on the Waikato River.
Tennis Courts On Site
An outdoor tennis court is but a short stroll through the garden.
Lake Taupo is a large deep lake with an average depth of around 110 metres. With an area of approximately 616 square kilometers the quantity of water it holds is measured in the tens of billions of cubic metres. Such an enormous volume of water takes a long time to warm up and cool down, which means that temperatures in the lake rarely fall below 10 degrees C in the winter or rise above 22 degrees C in the summer.
There are several boats that cruise the lake on a daily basis (weather and sometimes numbers permitting) for sight-seeing trips. Some offer lunch or a romantic dinner on board.
Fishing Fly
The first trout were liberated into the waters of Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake in 1887. They were the Tasmanian Brown Trout and the Californian Rainbow Trout. Shore based fishing around Lake Taupo can be very successful at a large number of locations around the lake edge all year round. Lake edge summer stalking with wet, dry and natural flies can yield exceptional results.
Choose from the world-renowned Wairakei International Golf Club, Taupo Golf Club, Centennial or Tauhara Golf courses - all within a 15-minute drive from the township of Taupo.
There are literally dozens of hikes available including around the lake, along the rivers, native bush and mountain trails. Maps for these hikes are available form the Taupo Information Centre on Tongariro Street.
Horseback Riding
There are several horse-trek companies operating in Taupo. Whether you are an experienced rider, or keen for a gentle walk, they will have just the horse for you. Trek through native bush and pine forest with lake, mountain and township views.
The town of Taupo is relaxed and friendly, offering a wide range of restaurants, both outdoor and indoor cafes, art galleries and shops.
Winery Tours
One of the finest wine cellars in New Zealand is Taupo's own 'Scenic Cellars'. The Wishart Winery is less than a 5 minute drive from town. The Hawkes bay is only a 1.5 hour scenic drive away with stunning wineries and Art Deco architecture.
Recommended Rooms
All our suites have private outdoor patio areas with table and chairs where one can listen to the birds and soak up nature's beauty and the magnificent lake and topiary garden views. The three new executive suites "Frank" "Lloyd" and "Wright" have been inspired by the same Frank Lloyd Wright architectural design (hence the original names!). All the executive suites have a King sized bed or two single beds, telephone, writing table and chairs, fridge, mini bar, tea and coffee facilities, alarm clock, iron and ironing board. The ensuite bathrooms have under floor heating, luxurious bathrobes, toiletries and hairdryer. Four of the executive suites have large baths as well as walk in showers. The others have large walk in showers. Fresh flowers, seasonal fruit, milk and homemade cookies are in the room every day along with a selection of teas and coffee.

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Hotel Amenities
  • - Meeting Space
    - Executive Retreat
    - Fine Dining On Site
    - High Speed Internet
    - Tennis Courts On Site
Available Activities
  • - Boating
    - Ecological Tourism
    - Fishing Fly
    - Hiking
    - Jogging Running
    - Shopping
    - Winery Tours