This is a great place to vacation if you like the outdoors and quiet, relaxing atmosphere.
We stayed here on an RCI exchange, looking to see the geology and the typical New Zealand culture on the North Island. It was fantastic and we enjoyed the stay.
First, it is about 4-5 hours from Auckland airport, and located on the southwest shore of Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand. The nearest town is Turangi, which contains a Shell station, a Burger King, and a Red Crown grocery. It also contains an
I-Site office, which has various brochures and literature about the local area and provides tickets to attractions. The I-Site offices are a must for local information.
I had contacted the resort in advance, because we were arriving in Auckland mid-afternoon. They responded by email and said they would stay open late to check us in.
When we got there, the stores were closed as well as the restaurant, but the receptionist gave us coffee, tea, cream and sugar for the morning. Our unit was a 3 bedroom for six, having a master and two bedrooms with two twin beds each. There were two baths and a full kitchen with appliances. The unit was a split level with each level having a living area with views of the lake. There is a large deck off of the lower level. The unit was clean and spacious and more than met our needs.
Attractions in the area include fishing, hiking, and various geological features, including volcanoes, caves, and geothermal areas. Driving to these locations ranges from 40 min. to 2 hours. We visited the Tongariro National Park to the south, the Waitomo caves, northwest of the resort, and Rotorua about two hours north. The resort provides wireless internet access for an hourly rate.
We visited some of the towns in the area, having breakfast at some of the cafes and shopped in the stores in Taupo, on the north side of the lake. During our stay, it rained quite a bit, so some of our plans were adjusted for the weather.
It is late fall during this time of year, with temperatures in the 40-60 degrees for highs and lows in the 30-40s. It snowed while we were there and closed one road for several hours.
Overall, we enjoyed the visit and would stay here again.
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- Also Known As:
- Oreti Village Hotel Turangi