Our family stayed two nights at Rive Gauche in Taupo over the new year. Upon arriving we saw this impeccably manicured garden decorated with splendid taste, we nearly couldn't believe this could be the right address - but it was!
We had two rooms, extremely spacious, impeccably furnished and equipped, each with its own splendid little bathroom, with a view over their little vineyard. The beds were the absolute best we've had while traveling bar none!
Clearly Lynne and Jim have gone strides out of their way to build an absolutely top-notch accommodation that most five star hotels would envy. Add to this the superb and warm hospitality of our Kiwi hosts, their kind tailored advice and sumptuous breakfasts, and this begins to feel like a little paradise you'll be very reluctant to leave behind!
The B&B is located within walking distance of Huka Falls through the Redwood forest, a must-see in the area. Following Lynne's advice, we also visited the Craters of the Moon, a nearby volcanic site with craters, mud pools, steaming fumaroles; and DeBrett's pool and spa; both of which were instant top scorers with our 6 and 10 year old children.
We'll have to return someday to taste their Pinot Gris once the vines start to yield! This address is clearly a keeper.
Many thanks Lynne and Jim for your kind hospitality, it was a major highlight of our trip. Even if the Taupo fireworks fizzled this year :-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A stylish modern home offering luxury bed and breakfast and self-catering accommodation options. Located on a tranquil 1 hectare site with private gardens and its own vineyard overlooking the Waikato River Valley near Huka Falls, Rive Gauche is only 2km from Taupo CBD. Ease of access to main routes means convenience for visiting Taupo and the many tourist attractions of the Central North Island. Our 3 rooms all have en-suite bathrooms, tea/coffee making facilities, independent access, off-street parking and Free Wifi. A generous breakfast is included in the B&B tariff, however studio guests may choose an independent option for a lower tariff. Genuine Kiwi hopitality offered by well travelled hosts. English, French and some German spoken. ... more less
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