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.
- 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