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“Wish we could've stayed longer.” 5 of 5 stars
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Above the Lake at Windsor Charters
46 Rokino Rd, Taupo 3330, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #16 of 31 Taupo B&B and Inns
Brisbane
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33 hotel reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Wish we could've stayed longer.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2012

We arrived into Taupo without accommodation but wanting to stay a few nights. We found Above the Lake on the net and could only get in for one night. We took it, the weather was not good and this place looked very inviting Ivan & Maggie were both there to greet us. We were given the Lake view room, it was perfect. Great sitting area c/w tea,coffee, tv and more importantly a really comprehensive folder, containing all we needed to plan a few days.

We were invited to have a glass of wine, it was lovely sitting in their beautifuly decorated sitting room with sweeping views of the lake, even on a rainy afternoon it was delightful. We didn't want to venture out to far for dinner so on Ivan & Maggies recommendation we ran (still raining) next door to the Mole & Chicken. We both had a great meal, slept like babies in a very comfy bed and woke to a great breakfast.

All in all couldn't recommend enough.

Room Tip: The lake view room was roomy and very comfortable.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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
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  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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Stockholm, Sweden
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44 reviews 44 reviews
36 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2012

We chose the Above the Lake B&B from reading the Trip Advisor reviews and we were not disappointed. The room - more like a suite - was spacious and very clean. The room was on the ground floor so there is no view but for one night it was a great stopover. The house is set back from the road so there was no traffic noise and the off-street car parking was a bonus. Good hearty breakfast. The owners were very friendly and helpful during our stay.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2011

We, two couples, stayed two nights with Ivan and Maggie in their home's 2-bedroom suite. The suite is clean, roomy, light and cheery, and nicely furnished. Located at ground level, the outer wall of the three rooms are windows, with access from the living room to a patio with table and chairs.

Maggie and Ivan are delightful people and hosts. I found it quite special that they both sat down and had breakfast with us. The conversation was as enjoyable as Maggie’s cooking! The dining area has a terrific view of the lake; at our last breakfast it was especially beautiful.

In addition to the B&B, Ivan skippers a charter boat on Lake Taupo for fishing and/or cruising; we did a little of both. We caught a number of trout, two of which were keepers and Ivan’s mate, Gary, cleaned them. Later, we took them to the Mole and Chicken - which happens to be next door to the B&B - and the chef prepared them for our evening meal. Exquisite!

It drizzled on an off during our time on the lake but the weather did not dampen our fun. Ivan’s boat is covered so we stayed nice and dry. The boat has a cooktop so tea and coffee were available; it’s not a problem to bring beer, which is what we did (the boat has a head too).

Thanks to Ivan and Maggie for making our time in Taupo such a memorable one!

  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2011

This B&B has great hosts and a good location. When we first arrived, Ivan and Maggie gave us a warm greeting. They took the time to show the 6 of us our rooms, starting with the Garden Suite and then up to the Lakeview Room. The Lakeview Room is just as it states, a view of the lake from the sitting room. Definitely a must room to stay in to view the lake either in the morning or in the evening.
Ivan & Maggie are full of information on the local attractions and they were more than willing to share with us which attractions would suit our time-table better. So the next time you need information on the local attractions, ask them for their recommendations.
Breakfast was super! Freshly cooked breakfast by Maggie, together with the cereals, fruits, juices and coffee and tea made the day start so fabulously. A great place to stay when you are in Taupo.

Room Tip: The Lakeview Room has the best view.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 July 4, 2011

When we arrived at Above the Lake we were greeted warmly by our host Maggie, she showed us our quarters and invited us to wine and nibblies on the back deck in the afternoon with Ivan, Maggie and the other guests staying at the time. Our room was the Lakeview Room which had views of the lake from the sitting room. Our room was spacious and beautifully decorated, we were provided with toiletries, robes, tourist information and a refrigerator including bottled water, tea and coffee, wine glasses and coffee cups. Breakfast was at 8 am each day and it was a real treat to have fresh fruit, cereals, juices, tea and coffee supplied along with a hot breakfast fresh cooked by Maggie. The sunsets over the lake each night were a fabulous bonus to such wonderful surrounds. Our hosts were full of information for the non local and were lovely enough to share themselves their time and their beautiful home (which featured a lovely art collection) with us on a daily basis. Free to come and go as we please but always made to feel welcome on our return at the end of each day. I wouldnt hesitate to recommend this venue to anyone looking for a lovely relaxing time which may or may not be shared with such lovely hosts. We are hoping to return in the future...Thanks Maggie and Ivan for such a memorable occasion, Megan and Glen.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Sydney, Australia
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2011

I would highly recommend this B&B to others! The hosts are very sweet and will go out of their way to help you have a very enjoying stay and time at Lake Taupo. I would particularly recommend booking a trout fishing trip on the lake with them! We had such a great time and caught some wonderful trout for dinner, which they graciously took to a local restaurant for us to have cooked (and even made the booking for us!). The beds are very comfortable and the house is extremely clean and tidy. And don't forget your bathing suite even though it may be winter...they have a great hot tub out in the garden that you an enjoy a bottle of sav blanc in the evening after a day of exploring the beautiful town!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

Maggie and Ivan are very friendly and attentive hosts who did all that was possible to make our stay delightful. Our room was immaculate and very well set out, with every facility provided. They gave generously of their time and use of the hot tub was included. Good local knowledge and information and I am sure that the fishing experience would be great too (but we did not use it).
If we are ever back in Taupo we would not consider staying anywhere else.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Address: 46 Rokino Rd, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Taupo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury Taupo Bed & Breakfast accommodation. Located in the heart of Taupo overlooking the lake, mountains and Taupo town. 3 tastefully furnished guest rooms with private facilities. Charter boat trout fishing with your hosts an option. ... more   less 
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