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“Home away from home” 5 of 5 stars
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87 Wharewaka Road | Four Mile Bay, Taupo 3330, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #7 of 36 Specialty Lodging in Taupo
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“Home away from home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I stayed here over a year ago and through all of travels, this has to be one of the top places we have ever stayed mainly due to the wonderful owners who spare nothing to make you feel at home. From the welcome wine and nibbles, the amazing breakfast including fantastic home made muesli, and the great tips on what to do, this was a great experience. Staying at this place is like staying at the home you always dreamed of owning.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 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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Menlo Park, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

They offered wine, conversation and the warmth of their fire on a chilly end of fall day to myself, my husband and our college aged son. The rooms were immaculate and provided views along with every comfort - and even beyond first class comforts like good coffee and chocolates. They too have traveled many, many places and it was great fun to share.

The location is not in town and that worried us to begin with; not a problem in the end at all. Make sure you stay a more than one night. I don't recommend it for small children.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

My husband and I found this fabulous jewel on the internet for us another couple to stay for our first few nights in NZ's N. Island. Although we checked in a little too early, we were treated to a lovely welcome by our hosts, the Dalbeys. Their home was built to accommodate a B and B and it is most comfortable, spacious and beautifully decorated. Since they are both from the nearby Napier area, they had recommendations for places to eat and things to do. They worked much like a concierge in making arrangements for a rafting trip and making excellent restaurant suggestions. They were so entertaining that we treated them to a dinner out. Beautiful house overlooking the Lake and with amazing gardens on their property. Would definitely return.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

My wife and I stayed at Wharewaka for a night during our tour of New Zealand. It was a highlight!. Susan and Tony are incredible host and share their beautiful home like you are long lost relatives. The setting and accomodations are first class. We enjoyed a glass of wine and a fantastic trout appetizer before we went out for dinner and the breakfast the next morning was excellent. This is a beautiful place and well worth the money. Our only regret is not staying longer both to enjoy the Taupo area but also Tony and Susan's hospitality. We have friends visiting New Zealand in May and have insisted they make a stop at Wharewaka Lodge.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

We stayed at Wharewaka Lodge for three nights in February 2013. This is a gorgeous private home overlooking Lake Taupo. The rooms are lovely, quiet and well-appointed. The Lodge is located in a very private residential area, but also just a short drive from downtown Taupo and very convenient to the fly-fishing and rafting excursions we arranged with the help of owners Susan and Tony. We were delighted with Wharewaka Lodge and our gracious hosts.

  • Stayed February 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Charming hosts, delightful location and wonderful accommodations. Breakfast each morning was delicious. and hosts made accommodations for all types of diet. Wine and cheese each evening was and added plus. Truly superior!

Room Tip: All rooms are charming and located on the lake front so pool and fitness center was not available
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2012

My wife and I spent three nights at Wharewaka Lodge and wished we could have stayed longer. Our hosts Susan and Tony made us feel at home and catered to our every need, including preparing a box lunch and a very early breakfast so we could go off on a hike. Our room was very comfortable and had a fabulous view of Lake Taupo -- and a large sunny deck overlooking the lake. A walking path around the lake was just steps from the beautifully furnished house. Everything was perfect -- very quiet and private. We'd return for sure.
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Room Tip: We had the room with the lake view -- a bit smaller than the other two rooms, but worth it.
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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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Address: 87 Wharewaka Road | Four Mile Bay, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 36 Specialty Lodging in Taupo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Visit Taupo and enjoy our warm hospitality and boutique lake edge accommodation.All rooms have tea & coffee, ensuite tiled bathrooms with heated floors and towel rails, high quality linen,TV.Experience golf, trout fishing, Tongariro World Heritage Park, thermal parks & spas, wine tour & Maori culture.Dine at a wide choice of nearby restaurants.Relax with pre dinner wine and hors d’oeuvres by the open fire or on the terrace. We serve generous healthy breakfasts. ... more   less 

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