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.
- 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