The Lake Motel
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10 Best Accommodation in Taupo for Foodies

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Self-catering Accommodation and/or Hotels with Excellent Restaurants in Taupo

Let’s be honest, food is a big drive on our travels, whether its 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 to enjoy a relaxing night in. Alternatively, you may be seeking foodie experiences and would like to stay in a Taupo hotel with a superb restaurant. In this list of the best accommodation in Taupo for foodies, we handpick some of the best options for foodies staying along New Zealand’s “Great Lake”.

While you’re here, you might also be interested in The Foodie Guide to Taupo and 10 Things to Do in Taupo at Night.

1. Hilton Lake Taupo

Elevated far enough away from town to feel a relaxing ambience yet close enough for convenience, Hilton Lake Taupo is a stunning place to stay… With an excellent restaurant and self-contained rooms! The hotel has 113 contemporary-style rooms, suites and apartments, with rooms in the Heritage Wing boasting fabulous views of Lake Taupo and the Onekeneke Thermal Valley. While there are guest rooms with a private terrace or deck overlooking the thermally-heated pool, foodies may want to indulge in one of the suites with kitchen facilities. Facilities at the luxury accommodation in Taupo also include tennis courts, a sauna, steam room, heated spa pool and the Bistro Lago restaurant. The restaurant creates a cosy ambience in winter with its open fires and provides relief in summer with al fresco dining on the expansive balcony. The establishment offers impeccably presented plates of locally-sourced New Zealand-inspired meals.

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Hilton Lake Taupo© Hilton Lake Taupo

2. Lakefront Lodge Taupo/Wellesley Hotel

The chalet-style Wellesley Hotel just across the road from the glistening waters of Lake Taupo makes a stunning place to stay. Budget travellers to families are catered to here with the hotel’s wide variety of rooms surrounding a central courtyard with a thermally-heated pool and spa pool. The pride of the hotel, however, is The Lazy Trout Fish Shack and Cafe – unmissable in its cuisine and the fact that it has a giant sculpture as its facade. As you can imagine, seafood is kind of a big deal here, but that’s not to say there are some Kiwi favourites such as lamb rack, burgers and rib-eye to choose from.

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Lakefront Lodge Taupo Wellesley Hotel© Lakefront Lodge Taupo Wellesley Hotel

3. Taupo Debretts Spa Resort

Taupo DeBretts is not your average holiday park accommodation. Its 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 here, you’ll also find well-appointed Family Units, Motel Units and Superior Studios to suit a range of budgets and traveller types. At the Savour Cafe, enjoy irresistible and creative cooked breakfasts, hot sandwiches and burgers, as well as a range of cabinet food. What’s more, 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.

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Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort© Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort

4. 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 Best Romantic Accommodation in Taupo.

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Baycrest Lodge© Baycrest Lodge

5. 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

6. eMotel

As the name suggests, eMotel is a contemporary style 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 for foodies to make their own meals, as well as each room has a lake view and a private sunny courtyard. 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

7. 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: the 60s Suite, 70s Suite A or 70s Suite B, or just make do with the popping colours of the Courtyard Suite, Queen Studio or Twin Studio. Each room boasts free WiFi and Sky TV, while most rooms have a small kitchenette and open-plan dining area. As for location, you’re set on the edge of the town centre with the lake within five-minutes walk.

Check Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel out:

The Lake Motel© The Lake Motel

8. Millennium Hotel and Resort Manuels Taupo

Another fantastic hotel option with two choices of restaurants and one bar is the Millennium Hotel. Set on the shores of Lake Taupo, your meals at the Beach 243 or Edgewater Restaurants come accompanied with some of the best views in town. As for the rooms, the design-driven hotel boasts a glamorous elegance across its 12 suites and 39 guest rooms to suit solo travellers, business travellers and couples. The hotel also features a heated swimming pool, private grotto plunge pool, sauna and a gym. See more recommendations like this in 10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Taupo.

Check Millennium Hotel Lake Taupo out:

Millennium Hotel & Resort Manuels Taupo© Millennium Hotel & Resort Manuels Taupo

9. Bob’s Hostel

If you’re looking for super-affordable accommodation in the heart of town and wealth of eateries on your doorstep, then consider Bob’s Hostel. Bob actually stands for “Beds Over a Bar” so if the well-stocked communal kitchen in the hostel isn’t enough to cook your own meals then you can certainly head downstairs for bar food. The hostel offers some of the most affordable bunk rooms in town, as well as the option for private rooms with shared facilities or a private ensuite. The hostel has a large rooftop deck offering amazing views of the lake. For more accommodation like this, see 8 Best Backpacker Hostels in Taupo.

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Bob's Hostel© Bob's Hostel

10. Wairakei Resort

Set among the forested slopes of the Wairakei Thermal Valley, the Wairakei Resort offers an alternative retreat in Taupo. Its the place to unwind with the resorts very own nine-hole golf course, rejuvenate in the on-site day spa, and indulge in fine Asian and New Zealand cuisine at the Pavilion Restaurant. The Pavilion is where you’ll have your buffet breakfast and enjoy an a la carte lunch and dinner, or perhaps pop by for one of Waikarei’s popular seasonal buffets or Sunday roasts. What’s more, there are rooms to suit any type of traveller or group. Treat your loved one to a night in the Spa Suite, find space for all the family in the Family Villa, or host your own intimate gathering with your own kitchen facilities in the split-level Rangatira Suite.

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Wairakei Resort Taupo© Wairakei Resort Taupo


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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