We've been trying to find a good stopover on our Auckland-Wellington drives, as we have a four-year-old, so can't drive straight through. Although I've previously though the Wairakei was a bit expensive, we'll definitely be there again - we had a bed&breakfast deal, with Eli (the child) included for free, as he's under 5. We just felt instantly relaxed and happy on arrival - a large room with two doubles, close to the spas as I'd requested, french doors opening onto an outdoor area, perfectly good buffet dinner and breakfast, and heaps of kids for Eli to run around with. Had we not fallen asleep at 8pm, we could have easily sat in the spa with a baby monitor while Eli slept, and had my husband not hurt his back, he would have definitely been in what looked like one of the best hotel gyms I've ever seen. Excellent heated swimming pools, spas that are actually open to the sky, lovely grounds - none of us wanted to leave.
There are things you could quibble about ... the bathroom was a little dated, and yes, it's a bit out of town ... but for the price I found it excellent value, and it's definitely our new favourite stopover.
- 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