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Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Taupo

10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Taupo šŸ½ļø [2024]

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Where to Find the Best Accommodations with Kitchens and Cooking Facilities in Taupo

Let’s be honest, food is a big drive on our travels, whether it’s to fuel us or educate our palettes. You may want to have peace of mind knowing that you can cook for yourself to keep the costs down or simply enjoy a relaxing night in. In this list of the best self-catering accommodations in Taupo, we handpick some of the best options for cooking your own meals along New Zealand’s “Great Lake”.

While you’re here, you might also be interested in the 20 Best Things to Do in Taupo andĀ The Complete Travel Guide to Taupo.

1. Quest Taupo

Quest is known across New Zealand for its convenient yet modern serviced apartments and it’s no different at the apartment hotel in Taupo. Quest Taupo offers 38 sleek apartments made up of studios, as well as one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Additional features of the complex include in-house movies, on-site parking, an outdoor swimming pool, WiFi and breakfast packs. What’s more, it is located only a short walk from town. Check out more hotel-style stays in theĀ 10 Best Hotels in Taupo.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Taupo šŸ½ļø [2023]© Quest Taupo

2. Baycrest Lodge

Check out a motel accommodation that goes the extra mile when it comes to quality and design at the Baycrest Lodge. Kitchenettes are all part and parcel here, while some family suites and suites for couples have their own in-ground hot pool. The Baycrest is designed for a glorious night in with added extras to make your stay comfortable, such as underfloor heating, a spa bath and some rooms have a balcony. During your stay, we recommend also treating yourself to breakfast in bed through breakfast delivery. This motel also features in our 10 Most Romantic Accommodations in Taupo.

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Baycrest Lodge© Baycrest Lodge

3. Lake Taupo Motor Inn

More excellent self-catering accommodation in Taupo awaits at the Lake Taupo Motor Inn. Each suite, studio or unit features its own kitchenette, ideal for sprucing up your own meals with ingredients from the nearby supermarket. There’s a motel room for every type of traveller, from friends in the “Ground Studio Rooms” with a twin bed set up to families in the “Two-Bedroom Luxury Suites”. The motor inn also has on-site parking, an outdoor heated pool and barbecue facilities.

Check Lake Taupo Motor Inn out:

Lake Taupo Motor Inn© Lake Taupo Motor Inn

4. eMotel

As the name suggests, eMotel is a contemporary motel with tech-tastic touches, such as receiving your apartment number and code by text/email on the day of arrival, as well as free highspeed WiFi and 55″ TVs with Sky. Of course, kitchen facilities are included in each room, while a lake view and a private sunny courtyard is also a guarantee! There are two room types at eMotel, including a one-bedroom apartment and a two-bedroom apartment with a super-king bed in one room and two king singles in the other.

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eMotel© eMotel

5. The Lake Motel

From high-tech motels to retro motels, we move onto The Lake Motel, which offers stylish retro furniture to create one of the most characterful motels in Taupo. Choose your style: a “60s Suite” or “70s Suite” or just make do with the popping colours of any one of the alternative suites and studios. Each room boasts free WiFi and Sky TV, while most rooms have a small kitchenette and an open-plan dining area. As for location, you’re set on the edge of the town centre with the lake within a five-minute walk. Want to browse more motels? Look no further than theĀ 10 Best Motels in Taupo.

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The Lake Motel© The Lake Motel

6. Taupo Debretts Spa Resort

Taupo DeBretts is not your average holiday park accommodation. It’s a place to soothe, soak and indulge in delectable food at its thermal pool complex, day spa and cafe. While motorhomes and camping are welcome with useful facilities like communal kitchens, you’ll also find well-appointed motel units to suit a range of budgets and traveller types. Foodies staying here will love entertaining at the covered pavilion and barbecue areas, as well as the access to private kitchen facilities in your studio or motel unit. Thanks to its hot pools waterpark and other child-friendly facilities, we also list Taupo DeBretts in the 15 BEST Family Accommodations in Taupo.

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Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort© Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort

7. Chevron Motel

For cheap and fully self-contained accommodation in Taupo, try Chevron Motel. Well within the budget category and providing private kitchens for all guests, Chevron Motel is worth considering. Apartments offer good value for money for couples with a private patio, kitchen, bathroom, seating and dining areas. Not only is it centrally located in Taupo, but the motel has free WiFi and free on-site parking. See more cheap and cheerful stays in theĀ 10 BEST Budget Accommodations in Taupo.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Taupo šŸ½ļø [2023]© Chevron Motel

8. Haka Lodge Taupo

If you want to go cheaper still but have access to kitchen facilities, then why not choose one of the hostels in town, like Haka Lodge Taupo? This hostel is more than just a bed for the night with a free spa pool and WiFi. Book a bed in a bunk dorm where each bunk is equipped with a privacy curtain, personal power socket and reading light, while private rooms with and without an ensuite bathroom are also available. The communal spaces are also pretty sweet with a very functional kitchen, cosy lounge and deck area. There are many more awesome hostels in Taupo so be sure to check out the 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Taupo.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Taupo šŸ½ļø [2023]© Haka Lodge Taupo

9. Sacred Waters Taupo

On the other end of the scale, you could indulge in a luxury apartment in Taupo at Sacred Waters Taupo. The ultra-contemporary and sleek design of these suites and apartments fit most group sizes, while most also have luxurious kitchens and fixings such as a private balcony, thermal mineral pool, underfloor heating, espresso machines and free WiFi. More facilities on the apartment complex also feature an outdoor lap pool, gym, undercover parking, complimentary bike hire (you’re five minutes drive from town) and individual beach access from ground floor apartments. Discover more upscale stays like this in theĀ 15 Best Luxury Accommodations in Taupo.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Taupo šŸ½ļø [2023]© Sacred Waters Taupo

10. Huka Heights

Finally, when looking for self-catering accommodations in Taupo, it’s always worth checking out the holiday homes. A contemporary and sleek option just on the outskirts of town, yet on the way to highlights like Huka Falls and the Wairakei Tourist Park, Huka Heights is a three-bedroom two-bathroom holiday home. Enjoy entertaining from the large open-plan kitchen complete with an island, dishwasher and large dining area spilling onto expansive decks and gardens outside. What’s more, the property is managed by Bachcare, which offers additional quality and services compared to many other holiday homes in the area.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Taupo šŸ½ļø [2023]© Bachcare

More Self-Catering Accommodations in Taupo

Now that you know the best self-catering accommodations in Taupo, check out what awesome things there are to do, as well as alternative accommodations:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Complete Travel Guide to Taupo.


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About The Author

Robin C.

This article has been reviewed and approved by Robin, who is the co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. With more than 15 years of experience in the New Zealand tourism industry, Robin has co-founded three influential tourism businesses and five additional travel guides for South Pacific nations. He is an expert in New Zealand travel and has tested over 600 activities and 300+ accommodations across the country.

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