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Catellis Of Taupo Motel & Conference Centre
The exterior is all hobbitish ’80s curves, sloping roofs and nipple-pink trim, but these orderly motel units have a fresh feel inside. In summer it’s worth paying the extra $5 for a garden studio.
It's starting to look a little tired, but this Tudor-style motel has simple studios and larger family rooms, most with their own mineral pool. There’s a heated outdoor pool, a sauna, and a sandpit for the littlies.
Beechtree Suites Heritage Boutique Collection
The Beechtree, and its sister motel Miro next door, offer classy rooms at reasonable rates. The design is fresh and modern, with neutral-toned decor, large windows, ground-floor patios and upstairs balconies.
Suncourt Hotel & Conference Centre
This rambling, lake-gazing complex encloses comfortable, well-furnished units with facilities including a spa pool and kids playground...
Silver Fern Lodge
Rooms range from 10-bed dorms to studio en suite units in this large, custom-built complex, trimmed in shiny corrugated aluminium yet still strangely lifeless, decor-wise. There’s a large communal kitchen and lounge.
Cottage Mews Motel
Few motels muster much charm, but this cute gable-roofed block, festooned with hanging flowers, manages to seem almost rustic. Some units have lake views, most have spa baths and all have a small private garden.
Hilton Lake Taupo
Occupying the historic Terraces Hotel (1889) and a recent extension, this large complex offers the expected Hilton standard of luxury in non-threatening shades of grey. It's a little out of town but is handy for the DeBretts thermal complex.
Sacred Waters Taupo
Apart from some awful mass-produced 'art', these large apartments are stylish and well-designed. Each has a contemporary kitchen and its own private thermal plunge pool, and most have wonderful lake views.
The Reef Resort Motel
Like the ducks that congregate here in winter, warming their butts in the hot springs, so too do Taupo's apartment complexes jostle for the free thermal waters on this stretch of the lake...
Taupo Debretts Spa
More of a holiday park than a flashy resort, DeBretts offers everything from tent sites to motel-style units. It’s a five-minute drive from downtown, but it's well worth the hop for the indulgent thermal pools that share its home.
Bella Vista Motel Taupo
The canine-adverse may find the owners' big docile dog a little offputting, but the units here are clean and comfortable, if a little bland. There's a communal barbecue at the rear of the complex.
Welcome to paradise. One of the best hotels in NZ, Huka Lodge basks in accolades and a procession of famous guests, including at least three queens...
Rainbow Lodge Backpackers
A solid, sociable hostel offering clean rooms, including some with en suite. Bonuses include bike ($20 per day) and fishing-tackle hire, free coffee and a sauna.
Fashioned from an ageing motel, our favourite Taupo hostel has private rooms with en suites and supercomfy beds. The staff rival the cartoon blackcurrants in the Ribena ads for chirpiness.
Taupo Urban Retreat
A younger crowd gravitates to this purpose-built hostel, attracted by its publike hub and carefree style. It’s refreshingly modern in design with a beach-house feel, despite being on a busy road.
This hostel has lake and mountain views from the balcony, a spacious kitchen, comfy lounges, lots of Maori artwork and a spa pool out back.
A good hostel with cosy communal areas and a sun-trap deck with barbecues, a barrel spa pool and an extensive DVD library. The kitchen space is a little limited, but they make up for it with guitar hire.
Colonial Lodge Motel
The charming and peaceful Colonial Lodge Motel offers spacious studios and apartments in the heart of the North Island. Guests can enjoy relaxing strolls alongside the scenic shores of Lake Taupo. All accommodation features a spa bath...
Lakeland Resort Taupo
Lakeland Resort is situated on the shores of Lake Taupo overlooking Two Mile Bay. All rooms have a 42-inch plasma-screen TV. Facilities include a tennis court and a seasonal outdoor pool. Each room has been refurbished in June 2011...
Hilton Lake Taupo
Hilton Lake Taupo includes free pool and gym access and features views over Lake Taupo and is just minutes away from the town centre. It is a 15-minute drive from Taupo Airport...
Millennium Hotel & Resort Manuels Taupo
This Millennium Hotel and Resort is located right on the edge of Lake Taupo. It offers luxury accommodation and facilities that include a heated pool, sauna, gym and tennis court...
Best Western Sails Motor Lodge
Sails Motor Lodge offers self-contained accommodation directly opposite Lake Taupo. Most rooms offer lake and mountain views. Free Wi-Fi and free car parking are included...