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Wairakei Resort Taupo
Ranked #17 of 68 Hotels in Taupo
Reviewed January 5, 2014

It was the morning of December 29th, and torrential rain had descended on the Taupo area. This is one drawback to this "resort" hotel spread over many acres - it can take many minutes, and a soaking, to retrieve one's car and drive it back somewhere close to one's room to load or onload the luggage.

Saturation leads to short temper: short temper leads to carelessness; and that is how i backed my car into a pole.... Somewhere in the saga, and the hotel car park, I lost my wallet, making for an expensive but impoverished start to the year.

BUT, on January 1st the hotel called. The wallet had been found in the car park, its contents were intact, and I received it this morning. Very impressive: I hadn't expected to see the money again.

Hotel itself fairly bland, but nothing was missing. The age of its various 'wings' seems quite variable, as might the in-room facilities, but the outside facilities are obviously good.

I think that this is one of New Zealand's former Tourist Hotel Corporation hotels, which had a very high reputation in the 1950's and 1960's.

Room Tip: Stay away from the road! (New Zealand's principal highway).
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

Good value. Clean spacious rooms for travelling families. Twin double beds though not queens. Only downside was no air-con which was a killer on hot summer nights. Also no pay movies just a few tv channels.

Kids loved the facilities, 2 heated pools, tennis court and playground.

On site dining was good and reasonably priced.

Located 5-10min drive from Taupo centre. Wouldn't stay here if u had no car.

Awesome place great value and best bet if u have kids, awesome in winter just as good in summer if u can handle heat and no air con.

Room Tip: Get one on the ground floor
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

A resort to visit for you summer holidays. Staff very helpful, housekeeping staff keep place clean and tidy. We booked on for New Year's Eve after I checked that there would be some music. On arrival was told there was nothing arranged and on fact bars closed at 11.30pm last year. Had an excellent dinner in the resort then went into Taupo where there was great night life for NYE with fireworks over the Lake so a very good evening.
Enjoyed the resort and would definitely return.
Recommend the outdoor pools. .... so warm even in cool weather.

Room Tip: Found it better value to book direct with the report rather than use one of the many sites on the We...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

An ideal place for families with young kids , but not for couples wanting some peace and quite ..place is dated , rooms were clean but bathroom looked like it could do with a good scrub.
The surrounding gardens were beautiful and well kept .Staff were friendly.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

My wife and I stayed here for the night on our way between Whakatane and Napier
The room was nice and bright with a balcony and the reception staff were helpful and friendly
We didn't eat there but it was very handy for Taupo itself or any of the other attractions in that area
Good value

Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 24, 2013 via mobile

This was disappointing in light of the rest of our trip. Not as good as other places supposed to be of similar standard. One pool closed, other full of children so nowhere for us to go. Room fine, but whole resort felt dead and not particularly special. Dinner and food was excellent - a redeeming feature.

Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 23, 2013 via mobile

Beautiful setting and good facilities but main pool being serviced. Rooms small but nice. Very basic TV and limited choice of channels. Connecting with the wifi is obscure so you need to ask for a full explanation when you check in. A real need for an explanation
on the card with the code. Nice buffet in Fairways restaurant. We left some clothes in wardrobe and we did get them back but they didn't contact us and could have phoned and been more proactive.

Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
Thank Gerri S
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Additional Information about 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
#12 Family Hotel in Taupo
#12 Luxury Hotel in Taupo
Price Range: $76 - $144 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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Also Known As:
Bayview Wairakei Hotel Taupo
Hotel Bayview Wairakei

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