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“Just right” 5 of 5 stars
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The Reef Resort
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   219 Lake Terrace | Town Center, Taupo, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #5 of 73 Hotels in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence
Wellington, New Zealand
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Just right”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

We stayed at the Reef Resort Motel in November 2012, a last minute booking as I was taking part in the Taupo Cycle Challenge. The manager was absolutely fine about my bike being kept in my room, in fact all cyclists - and it appeared most rooms were occupied by someone with a bike - were made to feel very welcome in this regard. We had a top level studio with great views over the lake and mountain. The bed was extremely comfortable and the kitchen well equipped. The big spa bath was perfect, although if you are not quite agile could be hard to get in and out of. The service we received when our TV wouldn't pick up the sports channel was beyond brilliant. I cannot speak highly enough of our brilliant stay at the Reef Resort.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Paris, France
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

We stayed as a family in one of the lakeside apartments, and we truly were right on the lake - the views are magnificent! The accommodation itself was spacious, modern and impeccably clean. We will happily stay here again if ever in the area.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Anouk11
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Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

4 of us (2 couples) stayed here for 2 nights and loved it :-) We both stayed in the spa units, but if we'd known how nice the pool and spa was, we probably wouldn't have splurged on the in-room spa.
It was nice to be so close to the lake, it was very pretty with lots of wildlife - we saw lots of ducks, ducklings, swans and cignets.
The staff were lovely and helpful.
Was disappointing that there was no free wifi :-(

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Lawson_station
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reefresorttaupo, Owner at The Reef Resort, responded to this review, January 6, 2013
Hi there, thank you for the review. We are sorry to hear you did not receive free WiFi as we do indeed offer this service to all of our guests. Please don't hesitate to contact us directly regarding this error. We hope you will stay with us again in the future. Have a great 2013!
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San Francisco, California
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24 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

We stayed there twice (Dec 2011 and Dec 2012), both times in the same room (2nd-floor studio)
That is what we liked:
1) Great lake view. Even though a one-story building (a part of the same motel) stands between our building and the lake, it doesn't obscure the view.
2) The place is spotlessly clean
3) A huge balcony, a great place to have a breakfast while enjoying the view.
4)The owner (Bryan) was very helpful, provided a lot of useful info.

What we did not like:
While there is a nice path along the lake shore leading to the downtown, it is a 40-min walk - not practical! This problem is not specific to Reef Resort, practically all Taupo motels stand on the lake shore, away from the downtown.
Overall, both times (2011 and 2012) it was very pleasant experience, if we go to NZ again we will be happy to stay there.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank jjoed
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Waikikamoocow
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14 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

Fairly good views of some parts of the lake, just be careful when having a shower or using the spa because the smooth tiles are a death-trap when getting out with wet feet. There were a few panels that had been removed from the atrium probably for cleaning which made the place look untidy, overall not bad but there is better value for money in Taupo.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Dogsbreath08
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reefresorttaupo, Manager at The Reef Resort, responded to this review, December 23, 2012
Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear you didn't have the best stay with us here at The Reef Resort. Regarding the tiles in the bathroom, the floor can get slippery when wet. We do provide four towels, and a bathmat in every unit for this purpose, which are replaced in the daily service. And you are correct, a panel in the atrium was temporarily removed for maintenance. We hope that one day you will stay with us again as we do endeavor to provide our guests with the best accommodation experience we can. Have a happy Christmas and New Year.
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UK
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80 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

Stand-in Managers were extremely welcoming - provided good local information. Room upgrade was unexpected but proved to be superb - very comfortable bed and room well appointed. Excellent view across the lake (despite the mist in the morning).

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Dick F
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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123 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Spent 2 nights here and were very happy with rooms, they are good sized and have all that you need. Enjoyed having latest mags there for you to read as well. Pool lovely at 28 deg so got in morning and night and the hot pool is also good. Will be back to stay next year.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Jeanette R
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reefresorttaupo, Owner at The Reef Resort, responded to this review, December 18, 2012
Thank you for your lovely review. Happy to hear you will be back to stay with us! Have a happy Christmas and New Year. See you in 2013.
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Additional Information about The Reef Resort

Address: 219 Lake Terrace | Town Center, Taupo, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Taupo
#2 Family Hotel in Taupo
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Taupo
#4 Luxury Hotel in Taupo
#4 Business Hotel in Taupo
#5 Romantic Hotel in Taupo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates):
Hotel Class:4 star — The Reef Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We offer modern, clean, quiet and comfortable motel accommodation right on the edge of Lake Taupo, New Zealand. We have a range of room options from studio suites to one Bedroom Units all with spa baths and heat pumps.to luxury three bedroom apartments with thermal spa pools. We have free on-site parking, a heated swimming pool, a thermal pool, free WiFi, and most rooms come with breath-taking views of the lake and surround mountains. ... more   less 
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