Among the 11 places we stayed in during our N-Z trip ( from 200 up to over 1000 NZD) Taupo Garden lodge is among the top 3 places which we would recommend. Incredibly beautiful garden, 100% quiet place, very comfortable, our hosts Suzanne and William were so nice to us that we felt like part of their family. They are people of very refined tastes who can tell you a lot about N-Z and its culture (and they were incredibly helpful when we asked for help and advice concerning activities before our trip) The food was exquisite and comparable to some of the best restaurants of our home town: Paris/France. We thus decided to try their daughter's restaurant (Tasca) when visting Auckland: the "Cordero" lamb there was as delicious as what we had in the best churrascarias of south Argentina. This family knows how to treat people ! A wonderful stay. (On South Island we recommend Mount Rosa lodge, a few kilometers away from Queenstown, same price range, same wonderful experience. In the Coromandel peninsula the incredible quality for the money --less than 200 NZD-- and kindness of the hosts at Colonial Homestay deserves to be highlighted/promoted).