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Acacia Cliffs Lodge

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133 Mapara Road | Acacia Bay, Taupo 3377, New Zealand
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Acacia Cliffs Lodge
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Ranked #4 of 34 Specialty Lodging in Taupo
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days ago
2DBA Mobile, Alabama
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Mobile, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My wife and I stayed for two nights and found the house to be perfect. Designed as a B&B, they hit it dead center. Rick and Linda were excellent host and hostess although both exchanged roles quite well. Sorry Rick. We loved the view and company. The food and wine was just a bonus.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Linda and Rick are great and are quite complimentary (Linda is more hands-on and anxious about you having a nice time; Rick plays the laidback role). They're both kind and very interested in making sure you have a nice time. Wine is to be had in the afternoons, and a great breakfast is available in the mornings. It rained when... More 

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AcaciaCliffsLodge, Owner at Acacia Cliffs Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay Brendan......and also for the terrific article you wrote in your local newspaper regarding your time feeding Tom one of our resident sheep... I think he is more famous than Rick or I! With so much to see and do in Taupo we are always keen to make sure our guests... More 

Birmingham, Alabama
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I stayed here in February, 2015. The whole experience was very special...Rick and Linda were not only gracious, but a great deal of fun as well. And, don't miss Rick's gourmet meals; he is an excellent professional chef. When we returned from a day fishing with nice trout, Rick smoked one to serve with cocktails for all... More 

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AcaciaCliffsLodge, Owner at Acacia Cliffs Lodge, responded to this review

Good to hear from you JSPBTSJ and thank you for your review. Taupo is world renowned for its trout fishing in its pristine lake and rivers so it was a pleasure to celebrate and prepare your catch! With guests arriving from around the world it's not difficult to have fun and share their many experiences around the table.............glad you decided... More 

Epping, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After staying last April decided we must return & we loved it-again! Great views, accommodation & attention to detail. Indulgent breakfasts & again a super dinner by Rick. Rick & Linda are great hosts, fun to chat to & they go out of their way to make you feel at home. Many thanks. We'd love to return!!!!

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AcaciaCliffsLodge, Owner at Acacia Cliffs Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Valerie We consider ourselves very fortunate to have been able to welcome you both back to Acacia Cliffs Lodge. With NZ being such a distance to travel we take it as a real compliment! I hear you still have a list of places to see and things to do in NZ so we are crossing our fingers that may... More 

Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Linda and Rick provided the warmest welcome to their wonderful lodge. The great views are matched with great food, wine, and travelled conversation. The décor and layout of the lodge makes you feel right at home with room to have your own space and just enjoy the location. We will certainly be back again. Thanks so much for the industry... More 

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AcaciaCliffsLodge, Owner at Acacia Cliffs Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Robbie W Pleased to hear you felt at home and that you enjoyed a well deserved break from your new venture. Our architect managed to achieve exactly what we wanted when we built the lodge......comfort, views and privacy..........with plenty of shared spaces to enjoy company if desired. Hope to be able to welcome you both back again Kind Regards... More 

Zurich, Switzerland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful place with stunning views on the lake of Taupo in full nature. Rick and Linda are perfect hosts and Rick is a great chef. We loved "coming home", sitting, chatting and enjoying a good glas of wine in the living room before enjoying a great dinner. The Golf Courses (Kinloch & Wairakeri) are close.

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AcaciaCliffsLodge, Owner at Acacia Cliffs Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Coonie25 "A small paradise" is exactly what we aim to achieve! And the fact that it felt like coming home is a compliment indeed. We want our guests to really experience NZ hospitality and enjoy all this region has to offer and along with two international golf courses there is world class fishing, stunning volcanic... More 

Virginia
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11 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 via mobile

Linda and Rick are the perfect hosts at their beautifully designed lodge with a spectacular view over Lake Taupo. Attention was paid to every detail and they anticipated our needs before we even knew they existed. They were helpful with local restaurant reservations, directions and suggestions for our next stop. Rick is a superb chef, so you must eat dinner... More 

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AcaciaCliffsLodge, Owner at Acacia Cliffs Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you TinyinVirginia! As we close over the winter months our Trip Advisor rating is penalised for lack of current reviews so it's great to receive yours! Rick and I consider ourselves very lucky to be able to share our lodge with so many overseas guests........Rick always says "this is not work" and I agree. We live in a fabulous... More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

What pure delight is acacia lodge and it's hosts Linda and Rick, the lakeside views from this beautiful home were stunning and Rick and Linda were lovely hosts, nothing was too much trouble. Highlight of our stay was supper cooked by Rick and hosted by Linda. A must if you are lucky enough to stay there.

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AcaciaCliffsLodge, Owner at Acacia Cliffs Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you Chris H We are delighted you considered yourself "lucky to stay" but Rick and I feel just as lucky being able to welcome you to Acacia Cliffs Lodge. No matter the season the views never fail to remind us of how stunning Lake Taupo is...........the largest freshwater lake in the Southern hemisphere no less! As we close over... More 

Harrogate, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
28 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We had a fantastic room with a great balcony, complete with loungers, giving a great view over Lake Taupo. Service was magnificent - every time we left our room a 'fairy' went in and serviced it. Linda and Rick were good hosts, introducing guests to one another over drinks and canapés each evening and Rick will serve you with an... More 

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AcaciaCliffsLodge, Owner at Acacia Cliffs Lodge, responded to this review

Hi HandT19 Thank you so much for taking the time to review your stay with us..we certainly enjoyed your company. Glad you enjoyed the treats our "fairy" left for you.........wonder who it was?! Hope to be able to welcome you back if you return to this side of the world again. . Kind Regards Linda Whitlock Owner/Host Acacia Cliffs Lodge More 

Mellieha, Malta
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19 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Rick and Linda are great hosts and make you feel very welcome and immediately relaxed in their beautiful lodge. The views from the lodge are just stunning, the bedroom we had was quite small but the view right over the lake the small private terrace the great bathroom all made for a great stay. Rick is an excellent chef and... More 

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AcaciaCliffsLodge, Owner at Acacia Cliffs Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Paul S..we appreciate your taking the time to do so while still travelling! Most of our guests opt for shared dining as did you to enjoy conversation with fellow travellers...all part of the lodge experience. But for those who are tired or want some private time together the option to dine separately is always there....and... More 

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