Waitahanui Lodge

Top choice motel in Taupo

Ten kilometres south of Taupo, these five beachfront, beach-hut-style units are ideally positioned for swimming, fishing and superb sunsets. Pick of the bunch are the two absolute-lakefront units, numbers three and four, but all have lake access, sociable communal areas plus free use of row boats and kayaks. The units are all self-contained with kitchenettes, or you can fire up the shared barbecue.

Fishing-rod hire half/full day $20/30.