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Wairakei Resort Taupo
Ranked #16 of 69 Hotels in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 reviews
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“Good hotel”
Reviewed August 10, 2012

Stayed several times on business and found hotel room clean and tidy and service fine. Great buffet breakfast and well equipped for conferences. One thing to note is lack of lifts means inconvenience carrying luggage upstairs also worth noting is location not ideal if you have meetings in taupo and wish to be in town.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

I had 2 nights at Wairakei and enjoyed it . Wasn't the best of weather but we were made very welcome and Hotel was nice and warm and meals were great. Staff were excellent. Nice big grounds to walk around. It isn't walking distance to town, but that ok. Just in the car and a few minutes down the road into Taupo. Had a room overlooking the pool, watching people take the plunge in the winter in the pool.
If a family stays, my advise would be to ask for a room that is by the pool and just have a wander over to the pool. Rooms had a door to go out facing the pool. Will diffently be going back again.

Room Tip: If a family to ask for a room looking at the pool, with a door opening out, and wander over.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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North Island New Zealand
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

We stay at the Bayview Wairakei at least once a year sometimes twice and it has always been great - thats why we keep coming back. This time however we were disappointed.
I had booked early and wasnt on a deal and had requested and was assured I would get the same villa we had previously stayed in .This wasnt the case the villa was next to a busy function room which looked into our kitchen window and next to a path that was frequented by preschoolers going to and fro from the playground early in the morning - great if you have young children but not with teenagers. The villa looked a bit worn and tired but was well heated and warm especially as it was minus 5 one night . The staff were courteous as always and the restaurant and bar were convenient .We hadnt been able to get into our room at the check in time of 2pm and had to hang around until after 3pm. I think if you paying full price there are lots of other great places to stay in Taupo

Room Tip: Villas by the stream have a great outdoor area and are a bit more private but if with young children...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed June 29, 2012

We booked last minute by phone and were looked after with a great room. I was impressed with the cleanliness and size. Very comfortable bed. Nice and quitet room at the back of the hotel. Great help on checkout from all the team.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

We stayed 2 nights in early June on a Grabone voucher.
The room we were in (604) was comfortable and compact.
The bathroom was adequate with a large walkin shower.
The flat screen TV with sky sports was great.
The bed was comfy, even the large bulky pillows were actually comfy. Unfortunately there was a large black mark on one of the pillowcases.
The room kept warm, even with -3.4 degrees outside. Although we kept the air con unit off on the second night as we both woke up with sore throats.
The 2 outdoor pools weren't warm enough for me ( and other guests made similar comments).
The individual spa's were great and worth walking a distance inside and out.
The cafe closes before the Pavillion restuarant opened for dinner - which I thought was strange.
What meals we had in the restuarant were okay and the service was great.
The breakfast had EVERYTHING to suit anyone's tastes!
We just found the facility was so spread out, that it didn't feel right walking so far in our togs to get to the spa. Even going internally through the building, you still had a decent walk outside in the cold to get to the spa. So we went fully dressed, complete with scarves! There wasn't anyone else around, so we didn't have to wait for our own spa which is open aired and lockable - nice and private.
It is also a little too far away from the hub of taupo and you definitely needed a car to get anywhere.
The staff were very friendly, and kept us updated with the temperature outside and which roads were closed due to snow. We also had one lovely chap who told us about the history of the place and gave us a sheet of info.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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Reviewed June 19, 2012

Stayed 2 nights. Very nice room. Pillows were not the most comfortable but the rest was great. The property was lovely. Was cold and frosty so could have done with doubleglazing. Had dinner and breakfast at property. Husband sent back steak because it was cold (the butter on top wasn't even melting in the slightest). Unfortunately breakfast both mornings was cold as well. The only thing that did have any decent heat in it was the spaghetti. Lovely place to stay but would probably give the restaurant a miss!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Martinborough, New Zealand
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Reviewed June 14, 2012

We recently spent 4 nights at the Wairakei Resort on a Grabone voucher. While the decor is a little tired, the rooms were more than adequate, the beds were comfortable and the service was fantastic. We asked to change rooms because there were some heavy footed people staying above us, and the Hotel was happy to oblige. The voucher included 4 breakfasts with lots of choice and good quality food and two dinners. We ended up having all four dinners at the Hotel and were pleased with the food. My only small complaint would be that the 9 hole golf course was an extra charge although it was owned and managed by the resort. They have good facilities with a spa, tennis court and sauna as well as a heated swimming pool.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Wairakei Resort Taupo

Property: Wairakei Resort Taupo
Address: 640 Wairakei Drive, Taupo 3384, New Zealand (Formerly Bayview Wairakei Resort)
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Business Hotel in Taupo
#11 Luxury Hotel in Taupo
#14 Family Hotel in Taupo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Wairakei Resort Taupo 4*
Number of rooms: 187
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wairakei Resort Taupo is located only 5 minutes north of Taupo town centre, offering superb hotel and villa accommodation in Taupo with excellent indoor & outdoor leisure facilities and dining options, as well as a being a purpose built Taupo conference venue. All situated in a stunning historic setting, close to Taupo’s many activities and attractions. ... more   less 
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Bayview Wairakei Hotel Taupo
Hotel Bayview Wairakei

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