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“Superb Lakefront Location” 5 of 5 stars
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Clearwater Motor Lodge
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   229 Lake Terrace, Taupo 3330, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #7 of 73 Hotels in Taupo
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Superb Lakefront Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

We stayed in Unit 4 which is upstairs overlooking Lake Taupo. The views of the lake and the distant mountains are fantastic. There is plenty of room for a couple and the large spa pool in the room is filled with mineral water from a bore near the Lodge. The recuperative powers of these waters is amazing and to have them right there in your room is a real bonus. The bed was comfortable and there is a well stocked kitchen with rangetop and microwave oven. Good parking in front of the Lodge just a short distance from the room. There is a walking/cycling path between the Lodge and the units so we found that the upstairs unit gave better privacy and a better view than downstairs.The manager and his wife were very friendly and helpful. We will certainly be back on future visits to Taupo.

Room Tip: Get an upstairs room facing the lake for maximum views and privacy
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Canberra, Australia
Top Contributor
135 reviews 135 reviews
52 hotel reviews
Reviews in 57 cities Reviews in 57 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2012

There is a huge jacuzzi tub in the room (and a small shower) with bubblebath supplied. The water comes from a geothermal bore. Lake Taupo is the caldera of the biggest and most destructive volcanic eruption in the last 70,000 years and there is still plenty of heat available :) We did have a sideways view of the Lake but only 2-3 units have the really optimal view towards Mt Tongariro across the Lake. The hotel is right on the waterfront. There is steam coming off the water at the beach...

There was quite a large kitchen area as well as a small balcony.

The wifi internet had crashed and so was not available. The person at the front desk said this often happened and volunteered to try to get it up again but I told her not to bother.

Room Tip: Try to get a room that actually faces the Lake rather than a sideways view.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2012

Stayed in Unit 5 (which has been mentioned in Tripadvisor) for two nights over a weeekend - wonderful view of the lake, pleasant interior with comfortable bed, did not use the spa bath as swam in the lake which is easily accessible outside the front of the Lodge - nice warm currents. Our friends stayed in Unit 3 which we thought was slightly better as the kitchen had a window in it and made the entry area and kitchen brighter - same view out the front. Our pick of the units would be downstairs under Unit 3 (or under Unit 5) as you have your own small garden area and can sit outside to have breakfast or a drink in the evening with the wonderful lake vista. The larger spa pool under the Lodge was great to have a soak in - perhaps a few tubs of bright shrubs or flowers would add to the area. Enjoyed our stay and found the couple taking care of the Lodge for the owners very accommodating. Would stay again. Had a great meal at the Steak and Ale House (serves chicken and fish meals also with nice salad) - ambience and service very good.

Room Tip: Downstairs units overlooking lake under Units 3 and 5 as you can sit outside
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, BC
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63 reviews 63 reviews
58 hotel reviews
Reviews in 56 cities Reviews in 56 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2011

Clearwater Lodge is right on the lake, with direct access to a path running along the shore. All rooms have lake views, with most having views to the mountains to the south (the 6 rooms facing the lake have the best views). Clearwater have their own thermal hot water source, and they use it to heat a small outside hot pool, and large spa baths in every unit. Units are roomy, well furnished, clean, and comfortable. The biggest negative is (typically for NZ) expensive WiFi, which you pay for based on how much you download. We have stayed at Clearwater before, and would definitely do so again.

Room Tip: Rooms at the end face directly onto the lake and have the best views.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2011

Great place to get the best view of the lake and the snow capped Tongariro in the backgroung. It is right in front of the hot water beach, and far enough away from the road to be quiet. It has everything you need and the in room spa is very relaxing. Room 5 has the best views

Room Tip: Room 5 has a balcony and views to Acacia Bay and Ruapehu, and you can hear the water lapping , and s...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2011

We stayed here for a night with my husband and three children. The facilities were great and the managers extremely cheerfull and helpful. I would definately stay here again. And the kids loved having a spa in the lounge, a great experience all round, thanks so much.

Room Tip: Any room. thanks
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2011

I recently stayed at the Clearwater Motor Lodge on a business trip with my husband. The lady at the counter was lovely, and our room was really spacious & clean. We loved the big spa pool in the room & the TV with Sky & DVD player. Our room had a fantastic view of Lake Taupo & was right on the lakefront - so was a great location. Will be back for my next business trip, thanks!

Room Tip: Get a room with a lakeview - its worth it
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 229 Lake Terrace, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Taupo
#6 Luxury Hotel in Taupo
#8 Romantic Hotel in Taupo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Clearwater Motor Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
LAKE EDGE TRANQUILITY Clearwater Motor Lodge offers quality accommodation situated right at the waters edge of lake Taupo. All 10 self-contained units provide king beds, in-room spa, kitchen facilities, TV/DVD, balcony or courtyard. 6 Of our Studios with unlimited lake & mountain views.Family units with same facilities, 2 single beds in separate bedroom. On-site Thermal plunge pool & BBQ. Quiet location Free on-site parking. Perfect for romantic couples Owner operated by Tim & Leone Graves ... more   less 
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