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“Perfect for a young family (2 kids, 18months and 5yrs old)” 4 of 5 stars
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Wairakei Resort Taupo
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   640 Wairakei Drive, Taupo 3352, New Zealand (Formerly Bayview Wairakei Resort)   |  
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Ranked #32 of 74 Hotels in Taupo
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Perfect for a young family (2 kids, 18months and 5yrs old)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

We chose Wairakei resort as a half way stop off point from our home in Auckland, en route to Hawkes Bay for Christmas (2012). The reason for our choice - excellent childrens playground, swimming pools, on-site restaurant, great price and spacious room that could include a cot.

We booked a twin room, which meant we were all together sleeping in the same space. We knew if we let the kids run riot in the pools and playground, they would sleep well - so there was no need for a seperate bedroom. And thankfully, this was just how things went.

Had we been without kids, I hate to admit this but we probably would have avoided Wairakei and stayed in town - but I'm so glad we got a chance to experience it - it is fantastic for families - especially young families.

The gardens are immaculate, the rooms very clean and spacious and so so quiet. I am a ridiculous clean freak/germaphobe and nothing freaked me out at all - despite the hotel being fairly tired.

We literally arrived at the hotel at 5.00pm, unpacked, had a good half hour playing in the playground, freshened up and headed for our restaurant reservation at 6pm. The food was fine and the kids menu was perfect. My husband left after he had his meal with our 18month old, while my daughter and I waited for dessert.

While we were enjoying dessert, my husband put our son to bed in the supplied cot and sat outside (there is a little patio area with a table and chairs outside every room) while our toddler went to sleep. When my 5 year old and I arrived after dinner, we did the same again - she went to bed and my husband and I enjoyed a bottle of wine outside the room. The immaculate gardens provide a tranquil space for relaxation.

We all slept incredibly well (totally inexperienced at sharing a single space together!) and
the kids had a blast.

I highly reccommend this hotel if you are travelling with a young family.

Room Tip: If you are in a similar situation to us, Room 712 is great. Corner room, ground level, easy access t...
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  • Stayed December 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013 via mobile

While billed as a resort, it's more like a large hotel with a few extra amenities. There is a golf course on site, but it's only nine Holes And there are a couple tennis courts and two pools. It is near a lot of other attractions such as the huku falls in the Waireiki golf course which is a five star course. See details at tips golf tips. Although it appears to be standard in New Zealand, the 10 AM check out time is inconvenient, especially for a holiday weekend. Furthermore, the hotel restaurant stops serving breakfast at 10 AM as well and the golf course doesn't begin with a lunch service until 11. We found A service manager who was willing to give us pastries and coffee until a full meal could be obtained, but the gap in service times seems odd for a so-called resort. Unless you are a high handicapper, or a beginner, there's no reason to play the resort course when one of the best courses in New Zealand is only two minutes down the road. The rooms are also a bit small and overall, we didn't feel it was worth the money. It's not a bad place, but we probably wouldn't stay there again.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Stayed for Christmas 2012 and there famous Christmas Lunch...

Thank you we had a great time...

The resort has a beautiful location and wonderful grounds. But some parts are getting a little tired and need upgrading..
This is a large resort and designed for large groups so can be quite busy and noisy on some of my visits.

Christmas lunch was all it was made out to be food wise.. The decorations could have done with a bit more effort though.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

The setting and the location of this hotel & conference centre is great. I've stayed here plenty of times on the past and loved it but this time it was a big disappointment. $179 for two was not a bad price but it did not turn out to be value for money. room was pokey & carpets in room & hallways very worn & shabby. we were located in a room quite some distance from the facilities in at first appeared to be an older wind. Entry to rooms was via a service area! Room service menu was extremely limited, couldn't get just a toasted sandwich, had to have a full meal. Breakfast was very hum drum & institutional like. We won't be back, there are so many other options in Taupo.

Room Tip: Not sure they have good rooms. But ask for a new wing.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

We totally enjoyed our time at Bayview Wairakei Resort. The room was nice and clean and the staff very friendly and accommodating. It was excellent to have a laundry in the room.

The only small mishap we had (but it was not too much of a drama) was that the cleaning staff were a little ahead, and actually turned up to clean the room before we had checked out.

The gym was a good size and the equipment well looked after.

Would thoroughly recommend Bayview Wairakei to anyone planning on travelling to Taupo.

  • Stayed September 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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

that is a beautiful place to stay.last week i been there i was very impressed to see the 19 hole golf course really nice and natural pool and 24 hour room service.bar is very huge and had a lot of different option for cocktails and wines.really good walkways near hotel and between huka falls .food are really nice not too much complication .easy and small menu.

Room Tip: villas next to heritage conference room are really spacious and close to natural pool.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Super location for conferences with all the facilities needed plus good food, relaxing surroundings, good gym, heated pools, helpful staff. Lots of rooms for workshops and small groups, also large conference room for formal occasions.

Room Tip: Rooms in the main block have been refurbished and look great.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Additional Information about Wairakei Resort Taupo

Address: 640 Wairakei Drive, Taupo 3352, New Zealand (Formerly Bayview Wairakei Resort)
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Business Hotel in Taupo
#10 Family Hotel in Taupo
#22 Luxury Hotel in Taupo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Wairakei Resort Taupo 4*
Number of rooms: 187
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wairakei Resort Taupo is located only 5 minutes north of Taupo town centre, offering superb hotel and villa accommodation in Taupo with excellent indoor & outdoor leisure facilities and dining options, as well as a being a purpose built Taupo conference venue. All situated in a stunning historic setting, close to Taupo’s many activities and attractions. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Bayview Wairakei Hotel Taupo
Hotel Bayview Wairakei

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