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Waimahana Luxury Lakeside Apartments
2 Lowell Place off Lake Terrace | Lake Terrace, Taupo, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #14 of 72 Hotels in Taupo
Adelaide, Australia
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“Great hosts - top accommodation!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

I am a bit reluctant to write about this place because when you find a good thing, you want to keep it quiet, however Malcolm and Roxi have offered a fantastic accommodation here. Waimahana is a short distance from Taupo city and a stones throw from the lake. We have stayed here twice and will not be looking anywhere else for our return visit to Taupo. The accommodation is fully self contained and well appointed. Hot pools are spectacular and view is stunning.

Thanks Malcolm and Roxi

  • Stayed August 2012, 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Central Coast NSW
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012 via mobile

We stayed in apartment 4, amazing view, modern apartment with all the comforts of home and just a medium walk into town.

Awesome heated pool and hot spa. I walked down and fed the ducks and put my feet in the thermo heated lake edge everyday and it was so relaxing. A 10/10 stay, thanks so much!

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012 via mobile

Clean, well appointed apartment, ours had stunning views night and day (although not all will have views like this). Secure garage, clean pool and spa. The complex is lakeside with the walkway passing between the complex and the late. Malcolm the manager is most helpful. We will stay again.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

With the help of the internet (whilst sat in a car park in Taupo) we found that the Lake Waimahana Apartments had availability, and the very helpful manager met us at the apartments, we booked for the next 3 nights, and were glad we did. The accommodation was outstanding, a large and modern sitting room with undefloor heating and a gas fire, with wall to wall views of the lake. A large well equipped kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, washing machine in its own ‘laundry cupboard’. A BBQ on the veranda. The complex has a heated pool and jaccuzi pool. It was a top notch luxury apartment in which to chill out.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2011

The apartment we rented was a two bedroomed apartment and was very spacious and comfortable with a fabulous location right on the lake. The apartment we stayed in was number 3. No complaints at all there, however we arrived to a dirty verandah and outside area including the barbecue. My only other complaint is that there were not enough bowls in the kitchen. We had six friends over for dinner on Xmas eve and could not find a single dish or bowl to put a salad or potato bake in. Would be great if the owners could sort that one out. Otherwise a lovely spot with a huge open plan lounge, kitchen and dining area. People have complained of the noise from these apartments but we were on the lake side not the street side so perhaps that makes a difference as we found it very quiet. We did overlook the pool and children were making lots of wonderful noises down there during the day, but it did not bother us and at night you are not allowed to be in the pool area after ten, so that solves any noise issue there! We would definitely recommend this and stay there again ourselves.

Room Tip: Rooms near street side to be avoided, too noisy.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2011

We visited Waimahana in order to go to watch a friend drive a Formula 1 racing car at the Formula Challenge at the Taupo Race Track.

Waimahana apartments are on the main road that skirts the edge of Lake Taupo. This used to be the only road through the town but most of the traffic now goes along the by-pass at the very back of the town making the lakeside a peaceful place to stay....or so we imagined.

We stayed in apartment 10 which has lovely views across the lake. The apartments have been built on a hot water beach and the building is heated by extracting this volcanic heat. The pool, spa, water and space heating all use this free heat. This combined with solar gain makes the apartments very warm. We stayed in early spring so I can imagine that it would be quite hot in summer time. I'm guessing that all other similar apartments will suffer the same way. While the pool area looked inviting, on closer inspection it was found to have quite a thick layer of black debris on the bottom and some missing tiles.

The apartments are very large indeed, around 150m2, with two bedrooms plus a third bedroom created by pulling across a series of folding doors in the lounge kitchen dining. Creating this third bedroom does not make the place feel small. Everything is exceptionally spacious. The master bedroom has a balcony shared with the lounge and has an en-suite shower and walk-in wardrobe. The main bathroom is large with bath and separate shower. The entire apartment is well built with a very light and airy colour scheme. The two brown leather couches were very badly cracked due we assume to the strong New Zealand sunshine and their position in the window. They tried to protect them with an acrylic rug but we felt that this green grey rug (plus matching cushions) did nothing for the look and greatly detracted from the overall high quality finish. The carpets are the palest straw and very clean and would pick up the slightest mark so we were very careful not to spill anything, particularly important bearing in mind the rather threatening message in the welcome folder regarding stains! Seeing the two prominent stains on the floor of the rather dimly lit wardrobe we could see that this would be a constant battle with this carpet. We know because we have a similarly pale carpet in our bedrooms. The window treaments were a series of slightly worn beige blinds in the lounge and a black blind in the master bedroom which did not keep out the lights of passing traffic passing or daylight. The other two bedrooms had internal windows which suffered from the fact that whenever anyone moved around the block the lights came on and lit up the room.

With the windows fully closed and the blinds drawn the noise of passing traffic, truck engine braking and young people shouting made for sleepless nights. After 3 nights of this we were pretty tired. We don't think that hush glass has been installed in this building and really it should have this. Notes in the guest book mentioned the same issue.

Great store was made in the welcome folder about leaving the apartment in a clean state. We are particularly fastidious ourselves and so this is something we expect and respond to. We did notice a certain lack of attention to detail here because when we opened the crockery store it was very obvious in the sunlight that whoever cleaned the apartment was small of stature and could only reach so high up the door! The top of the refrigerator had not been cleaned for many months, presumably for the same reason. The island unit was spotless but the gas hob needed some deep cleaning to remove grease build-up we felt. Some of the items of crockery, including the kettle (which was odd) smelled a little musty so we washed them before using them. There were FIVE blown halogen bulbs in the apartment. The master bath had only one out of the three working. One of the pillows inside the immaculately ironed pillowcases was badly sweat stained, which was unexpected. The towels were some of the hardest and thinnest I have ever had to use. I expect they were dried outside without a final tumble in the dryer.

Our overal impression was of a well built, cleverly designed, spacious apartment that suffered from soft furnishing. maintenance and external noise issues. Many of the drawers and cupboards had personal items in them which made you feel that you were sleeping in someone's recently vacated home rather than a 5 star apartment complex. While we loved the building design the road noise means we could not stay here again.

Room Tip: We think that apartment 8 might be less noisy because it is further away from the road.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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MalcolmandRoxi, Manager at Waimahana Luxury Lakeside Apartments, responded to this review, October 6, 2011
Thank you for your comments. Your feed back is very much appreciated. I am disappointed that aspects of your stay were not as enjoyable as you would have wished! Some of the shortfalls you experienced are inexcusable and I am sorry for this. I have talked to my staff regarding extra attention to detail but ultimately I am responsible as I cross check all apartments before new guest arrivals. The pool is due to be resurfaced as per the recent Waimahana AGM and there is additional building maintenance to be undertaken. We are constantly working toward improving the overall experience on offer and your comments certainly help us in that regard. Thank You.
Traffic noise at Waimahana has diminished ten fold since the Taupo By - Pass has been operative. This is the first time noise pollution has come to my attention in the year since it has been opened.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2011

We could not have wished for a better stay in a better place. The apartments have everything one needs. And they have sweeping views: from the three snow-capped volcanoes of Tongariro National Park, and Lake Taupo itself, right around to the township of Taupo.

On the shore of the lake, just in front of the apartments, steam rises through the sand of the beach, making it difficult to chose between the pool and the lake for a swin, even in winter, when we visited.

Room Tip: Make contact with Malcolm, the manager, and he will do his bets to ensure you ahve a good stay.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Waimahana Luxury Lakeside Apartments

Address: 2 Lowell Place off Lake Terrace | Lake Terrace, Taupo, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 72 Hotels in Taupo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
You could travel the world and it would be hard to match a holiday location such as that offered at Waimahana, enjoying spectacular lake views, thermally heated swimming pool and spa that take you right to the lake edge and sandy beach. Lake Taupo accommodation at it’s finest. Options include studio, two and three bedroom apartments. These exclusive apartments offer fantastic indoor/outdoor living with their own balconies, overlooking the pool and located on the absolute lakefront of Taupo. Spacious open plan living with modern kitchen complete with quality appliances, stereo, Sky TV, full laundry facilities, quality furnishings throughout, coupled with a private sauna and gymnasium within the complex make for a wonderful holiday environment. ... more   less 
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