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Rive Gauche B&B Lodge
Ranked #10 of 42 Taupo B&B and Inns
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

Can't say enough about this gem! Gorgeous accommodation. Had wine on the private patio overlooking the river. Lynn and James were so accommodating and informative. Fabulous breakfast. Highly recommend!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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TaupoRiveGauche, Owner at Rive Gauche B&B Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2013

We were sorry you couldn't stay longer but full marks for making the most of your short stay. We are really pleased you had such an enjoyable time. We look forward to meeting you again if you should ever return to New Zealand.

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Reviewed March 20, 2013

If you are looking for a well-priced, very comfortable and perfectly positioned B&B at Lake Taupo, go no further! Lynne and Jim are excellent hosts who own and run the purpose-built Rive Gauche B&B just three kilometres from the gorgeous Lake Taupo. The B&B is stylish, functional and the luscious garden surrounding, amidst a beautiful country location, is exceptional. Our breakfasts were delicious and based around our needs; thank you Lynne and Jim. We highly recommend Rive Gauche. This is a terrific accommodation experience to base your exploration of a surrounding countryside that oozes natural beauty and charm. We can't wait to return and spend more time at Rive Gauche with Lynne and Jim and the Lake Taupo region.

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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TaupoRiveGauche, Owner at Rive Gauche B&B Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2013

We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us at Rive Gauche. For our part, we really enjoyed your company and would love to see you back here again some day. One of our great pleasures is in meeting global travellers such as yourselves and sharing the beauty of our property. We live in an ever-changing environment where guests delight in the evening quiet, the bird call and the varying light conditions of our semi-rural location, while appreciating the close proximity to the town centre and the range of facilities available there.

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Reviewed March 12, 2013

Everything was perfect : the rooms, the breakfast and especially LYNN who is a great hostess
I hope to come back soon
En plus Lynn parle un français parfait, ce qui est bien pratique quand on n'est pas très doué en anglais
MERCI

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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TaupoRiveGauche, Owner at Rive Gauche B&B Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 18, 2013
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We love to host French visitors as we have a keen interest in France and French culture. As well as this, it is a pleasure for us to host family groups as we have had such delightful families stay with us. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Rive Gauche and we hope to see you again one day soon.
Un très grand merci d'avoir choisi de séjourner chez nous. Cela nous a fait très plaisir de vous rencontrer et nous esperons vous revoir la prochaine fois que vous repassez par Taupo.
Nous sommes très contents d'accueillir nos visiteurs français et francophones, et les familles sont toujours la bienvenue. A bientôt .....

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Reviewed March 8, 2013

We enjoyed a very warm welcome from our hosts Lynne and Jim and very comfortable accommodation in a gorgeous setting. Lynne and Jim were exceptionally kind and even made us late night coffee and biscuits when we returned from our evening out which we enjoyed in their very comfortable living room.
I would highly recommed this B&B to anyone visiting the area and wold not hesitate to make a return visit.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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TaupoRiveGauche, Owner at Rive Gauche B&B Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2013

We are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. We like to spend time with our guests over a welcome drink on arrival or at the end of the day, our main lounge being the perfect place for this. The lounge is also available for guest use at other times and is particularly suitable as a place to relax for two couples or a family group travelling together. We wish you all the best and hope you will choose to return one day.

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Reviewed January 31, 2013

My partner and I stayed at Rive Gauche B&B for 2 nights, in the self-contained studio, end of January. Lynn and James are very welcoming and shared their knowledge about Taupo and its surrounds. The studio is very spacious and well decorated. The patio and barbecue are ideal for the summer season. We were finally able to catch up on some sleep there after a few bad experiences in Auckland and Whakapapa. The lodge is located only a few minutes walk to the Waikato river, opposite Spa Thermal Park, there is plenty of activities in the area and a lot of walking and biking tracks by the lodge. I recommend this place to anyone who wants a quiet accomodation in Taupo, without being in the city.
We had breakfast with Lynn and James, we ordered a continental one, but Lynn is keen on making cooked breakfasts, pancakes and satisfy any of her clients' requests.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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TaupoRiveGauche, Owner at Rive Gauche B&B Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2013

It was lovely to meet you both. We enjoy travelling and meeting guests from other countries is a real pleasure. We often find that we have interests in common with our tourist guests as well as with fellow New Zelanders. One of those interests is of course promoting our country and our region, trying to ensure that an enjoyable and rewarding time is had by all. I might add that the best value to be had is when you stay a few days, allowing you to get to know our region and enjoy our hospitality.
Thanks for choosing to come and stay with us at Rive Gauche. We really valued our encounter with you.

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Reviewed January 30, 2013

We stayed 2 nights in the Studio apartment at Give Rauche over the Summer holidays. It's beautifully furnished, modern, has a spacious bathroom and has plenty of facilities to make meals. It has a patio overlooking their vineyard and the hills. It was lovely to wake up in the morning to see them tending to the vines. It's a 5 minute drive into town - we liked this as the place has a remote feeling. Lynne and Jim were very kind, offering advice for day trips we had planned. We would definitely recommend it!

  • Stayed: January 2013
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TaupoRiveGauche, Owner at Rive Gauche B&B Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2013

We are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and that we were able to give you helpful advice during your stay. We try to ensure that guests find the kind of experience they are looking for. People choose our location because it is away from the hustle and bustle of the town centre, yet close to everything that Taupo has to offer. Guests who prefer a semi-rural environment but require convenient access to town facilities enjoy staying here. Our quiet cul de sac is 2 km from the town centre and well located for many activites, both within the Wairakei Tourist Park and the wider region.

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Reviewed January 10, 2013

Our family stayed two nights at Rive Gauche in Taupo over the new year. Upon arriving we saw this impeccably manicured garden decorated with splendid taste, we nearly couldn't believe this could be the right address - but it was!

We had two rooms, extremely spacious, impeccably furnished and equipped, each with its own splendid little bathroom, with a view over their little vineyard. The beds were the absolute best we've had while traveling bar none!

Clearly Lynne and Jim have gone strides out of their way to build an absolutely top-notch accommodation that most five star hotels would envy. Add to this the superb and warm hospitality of our Kiwi hosts, their kind tailored advice and sumptuous breakfasts, and this begins to feel like a little paradise you'll be very reluctant to leave behind!

The B&B is located within walking distance of Huka Falls through the Redwood forest, a must-see in the area. Following Lynne's advice, we also visited the Craters of the Moon, a nearby volcanic site with craters, mud pools, steaming fumaroles; and DeBrett's pool and spa; both of which were instant top scorers with our 6 and 10 year old children.

We'll have to return someday to taste their Pinot Gris once the vines start to yield! This address is clearly a keeper.

Many thanks Lynne and Jim for your kind hospitality, it was a major highlight of our trip. Even if the Taupo fireworks fizzled this year :-)

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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TaupoRiveGauche, Owner at Rive Gauche B&B Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded January 16, 2013

Thank you for choosing to stay with us at New Year. We really enjoyed hosting you, and even if Taupo's fireworks display encountered a technical problem which meant a late start, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay too. At Rive Gauche we have created a special outdoor environment on our 1 hectare section, comprised of landscaped gardens and vineyard with 900 vines. Although we don't have a lake view, our property overlooks the Waikato river valley, on the edge of the Wairakei park, with easy access to walking and mountain bike trails. We are only 3-4 minutes (2 km) drive from the town centre, closer than many urban properties. We consider our tariffs to be reasonable considering the standard of the accommodation, the personal attention guests receive when staying with us and the time and energy we put into maintaining our property. Many guests choose to stay with us because of our peaceful location and because of the warm welcome they receive. French and some German also spoken.

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Additional Information about Rive Gauche B&B Lodge

Address: 128 Ferndale Way | Rd 4, Taupo 3384, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
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Ranked #10 of 42 B&Bs / Inns in Taupo
Price Range: $150 - $245 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A stylish homestay lodge offering exclusive bed and breakfast and self-catering accommodation options. Set in a tranquil location with private gardens and its own vineyard, Rive Gauche overlooks the Waikato River Valley near Huka Falls, only 2km from downtown Taupo, with convenient access from main routes leading to the many tourist attractions of the Central North Island. Our 3 rooms all have en-suite bathrooms, tea/coffee making facilities, independent access, off-street parking and free WiFi. A generous breakfast is included in the B&B tariff, however studio guests may choose an independent option for a lower tariff. Genuine Kiwi hospitality offered by well travelled hosts. English, French and some German spoken. ... more   less 
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