Under normal circumstances, I would not choose home-stay or B&B or similar accommodation which would involve a lot of interacting with the hosts (because I am shy), unless with a good reason.
Kauri Point, being no.1 on tripadvisor at Taupo region, is a real good reason, together with the winter special made it something I would regret if missed, therefore even we had a campervan, we chose to stay here for a night.
Gail and Robert were very friendly in welcoming us to their home and introduced us our room. It was spotlessly clean, the lighting gives a warm feeling, and the decor like paintings and artwork are just right, one or two small pieces on a shelf or small table, a gentle touch in improving the overall atmosphere, differentiating it from a typical hotel, but not overwhelming.
Although there are just 3 suites for this home-stay style accommodation, each of their glasses was specially ground with the name "Kauri Point" on it, which showed that they had their attention to the finest detail.
Credit must also be given to the friendly and lovely dog who was not afraid of strangers, and would just sit beside the leg of us, what a lovely moment. It is a pity that we did not see the cat during our stay.
If there is something to regret, I would say that we did not have much time and chance to interact with the hosts like other guests did, We had a few chats with Gail and other fellow guests, but very often because of our shyness, language barrier and lack of background knowledge, we could not catch up with the ongoing topic and therefore unable to give appropriate responses. Nevertheless we have to thank Gail and fellow guests of the day advising us where to visit in Taupo.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Robert & Gail would love to welcome you to your "Luxury home when you are away from Home." You will arrive as guests and leave as friends having enjoyed being thoroughly spoiled from the moment you arrive. Stay as long as you can - Taupo has so much to offer you, and we are so close to other cities such as Rotorua and the Hawke's Bay - so unpack your bags for a few days and relax and really enjoy New Zealand at its best. Our suites are luxuriously appointed and all are en-suite and have deck access. Join us in the evening for a glass or two of wine, beer or a soft drink before you head into town for dinner (we will even drive you in). Alternatively, and by prior arrangement, we can prepare your supper, a light meal or home cooked wood fired pizza, cooked in our outdoor pizza oven. Welcome to New Zealand,have a great holiday in paradise. ... more less
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