Lake Taupo Lodge is a "lodge" by New Zealand standards which means that 1) it is hosted by the resident owner 2) guests dine together at a meal prepared by the chef (no menu) 3) there is a "lodge experience" which include a more imitimate atmosphere and setting than a strictly commercial operation.So it really is a question of expectations.
The Lodge is in a residential area on a hill with beautiful lake views. The grounds are filled with gardens and paths that are a wonder. Designed and built as a lodge with many comfortable public areas, the bedroom where we stayed for 3 nights was one of the nicest of our 5 1/2 week trip. However, it was the food artfully prepared by Stephan that took the prize. While the breakfasts were a delight with banana cinnamon pancakes, the dinners ranged from great to spectacular. The owner, Gary, was the perfect host. There to help arrange a fishing trip , advise on a days tour, or discuss the history of the area.....or just leave us alone. While not the least expensive, the stay did meet our expectations and we throughly enjoyed our stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lake Taupo Lodge offers 5 star luxury accommodation with dinner by arrangement. The focus is on gracious living and the six guest suites are luxurious examples of world class accommodation.This award winning, luxury bed & breakfast lodge is a designer’s delight. Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, it is set within magnificent landscaped gardens overlooking beautiful Lake Taupo and the mountains.Lake Taupo Lodge prides itself in the care and attention that we put into our guests. From the moment you arrive you can relax and let us look after you in style and comfort.This is a large (10,000 sqm) multi faceted property with each room having its own lounge area as well as the large main lounge and dining areas. ... more less
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