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Wharewaka Lodge
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Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I stayed here over a year ago and through all of travels, this has to be one of the top places we have ever stayed mainly due to the wonderful owners who spare nothing to make you feel at home. From the welcome wine and nibbles, the amazing breakfast including fantastic home made muesli, and the great tips on what to do, this was a great experience. Staying at this place is like staying at the home you always dreamed of owning.

  • Stayed: February 2013
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1  Thank Eclemons
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

They offered wine, conversation and the warmth of their fire on a chilly end of fall day to myself, my husband and our college aged son. The rooms were immaculate and provided views along with every comfort - and even beyond first class comforts like good coffee and chocolates. They too have traveled many, many places and it was great fun to share.

The location is not in town and that worried us to begin with; not a problem in the end at all. Make sure you stay a more than one night. I don't recommend it for small children.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank bcolljames
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

My husband and I found this fabulous jewel on the internet for us another couple to stay for our first few nights in NZ's N. Island. Although we checked in a little too early, we were treated to a lovely welcome by our hosts, the Dalbeys. Their home was built to accommodate a B and B and it is most comfortable, spacious and beautifully decorated. Since they are both from the nearby Napier area, they had recommendations for places to eat and things to do. They worked much like a concierge in making arrangements for a rafting trip and making excellent restaurant suggestions. They were so entertaining that we treated them to a dinner out. Beautiful house overlooking the Lake and with amazing gardens on their property. Would definitely return.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Jack M
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

My wife and I stayed at Wharewaka for a night during our tour of New Zealand. It was a highlight!. Susan and Tony are incredible host and share their beautiful home like you are long lost relatives. The setting and accomodations are first class. We enjoyed a glass of wine and a fantastic trout appetizer before we went out for dinner and the breakfast the next morning was excellent. This is a beautiful place and well worth the money. Our only regret is not staying longer both to enjoy the Taupo area but also Tony and Susan's hospitality. We have friends visiting New Zealand in May and have insisted they make a stop at Wharewaka Lodge.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Brett R
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

We stayed at Wharewaka Lodge for three nights in February 2013. This is a gorgeous private home overlooking Lake Taupo. The rooms are lovely, quiet and well-appointed. The Lodge is located in a very private residential area, but also just a short drive from downtown Taupo and very convenient to the fly-fishing and rafting excursions we arranged with the help of owners Susan and Tony. We were delighted with Wharewaka Lodge and our gracious hosts.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Linda F
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