52 on Rifle Motel
52 on Rifle Motel

15 Best Family Accommodations in Taupo 👶 [2022]

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Family-Friendly Accommodation in Taupo

Treat the kids to a holiday at the “Great Lake” with these fantastic family-friendly accommodations in Taupo. There are hotels, motels and holiday parks suitable for families travelling on all budgets. Stay on the lakefront or retreat to a fabulous resort with a golf course or geothermally-heated waterpark. Find a cheap base in the town centre or stay closer to the out-of-town attractions you’re likely to be visiting. We have accommodations for every scenario in this list of the best family accommodations in Taupo.

While you’re here, don’t miss The Guide to Taupo for Families, as well as the 10 Things to Do in Taupo with Kids.

1. Taupo Debretts Spa Resort

Whether you’re travelling around in an RV or looking for a family hotel unit, there’s plenty of choice for families at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort. But it’s not the accommodation that gets us the most excited about this family accommodation in Taupo… DeBretts boasts a thermal pool park complete with a kids’ warm water playground and hydro slides.

The holiday park meets motel is a year-round destination offering self-contained units with separate bedrooms available. While you’ll have your own kitchen to prepare meals, the on-site cafe also makes a great option for food.

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10 Best Family Accommodation in Taupo© Taupo Debretts Spa Resort

2. River Retreat – Taupo Holiday Home

If a holiday home is more your style, then check out this gorgeous space for entertaining your whole family on the shores of the Waikato River in Taupo. River Retreat is a four-bedroom retreat accommodating up to ten guests. Make use of the kayaks and children’s bikes provided, get competitive in the games room, and embrace the true vacation spirit by simply relaxing on the patio.

The modernly decorated family holiday home is even ideal for a winter getaway thanks to its cosy outdoor fireplace and plenty of shows provided on the Smart TV for those rainy days. Note that this holiday home is a 5-minute drive from Taupo town centre.

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15 Best Family Accommodations in Taupo 👶 [2022]© River Retreat - Taupo Holiday Home

3. 52 on Rifle Motel

The fresh and clean decor makes the 52 On Rifle Motel a family accommodation in Taupo that you’ll be pleased to spend some time in. The units have been set up with families in mind, from the family units to the three-bedroom units. The motel is built around a park-like setting giving the little ones plenty of space to burn energy whether it’s in the swimming pool, on the playground or in the games room. What’s more, the motel is a short walk from town, as well as the lakefront.

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52 on Rifle Motel© 52 on Rifle Motel

4. Accent on Taupo Motor Lodge

Located at Two Mile Bay, which is a little out of town but a tranquil retreat nonetheless, Accent on Taupo offers a selection of family-friendly apartments, cottages and villas. The one-bedroom apartment, in particular, is a fantastic option, providing a separate sleeping space for the kids, as well as rollaway beds if needed. Each apartment has a kitchenette, as well as a deck and Sky TV.

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Accent on Taupo Motor Lodge© Accent on Taupo Motor Lodge

5. eMotel

As the name suggests, eMotel is a contemporary motel with techy touches, such as receiving your apartment number and code by text/email on the day of arrival, as well as free WiFi and 55″ TVs with Sky to keep the little ones entertained. Kitchen facilities are included in each room, as well as welcome extras like a lake view and a private sunny courtyard.

The two-bedroom apartment with a super-king bed in one room and two king singles in the other are the best room choice for families. Discover more self-catering accommodation like this in our 10 Best Accommodations in Taupo for Foodies.

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10 Best Family Accommodations in Taupo© eMotel

6. Boulevard Waters Motor Lodge

A modern boutique lodge on the shores of Lake Taupo and scenic walk or cycle ride from town, Boulevard Waters Motor Lodge is well worth considering for your family accommodation in Taupo. Families have either a lake view room or courtyard rooms to choose from – both with a spa! There’s a geothermally heated plunge pool on the premises, while the lake is moments away for a refreshing dip. Discover more stays like this in the 10 Best Hotels in Taupo.

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Family Accommodations in Taupo © Boulevard Waters Motor Lodge

7. Baycrest Lodge

For a motel accommodation that goes the extra mile when it comes to quality and design, check out Baycrest Lodge. Kitchenettes are all part of the parcel here, as well as family suites and an outdoor thermal pool that kids love.

The Baycrest is designed for a glorious night in after a day doing all of the 10 Things to Do in Taupo with Kids throughout the day, with features to make your stay comfortable, such as underfloor heating, a spa bath and some rooms with a balcony. You can also treat yourself to breakfast in bed with breakfast delivery.

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15 Best Family Accommodations in Taupo © Baycrest Lodge

8. Lake Taupo Holiday Resort

Famous for its thermally heated lagoon pool with a cave and swim-up bar, Lake Taupo Holiday Resort is the ultimate go-to for a holiday experience. There’s an accommodation style for every budget at this holiday park, from camping sites to self-contained motel units. Either take care of the food yourself or let the on-site cafe and ice cream parlour do the work.

All in all, the kids will thank you for a stay here with a pump track, pedal go-karts, tennis courts, beach volleyball courts, games room and much more to keep them entertained. See more holiday park-style accommodation in our guide on Where to Camp in Taupo.

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15 Best Family Accommodations in Taupo© Lake Taupo Holiday Resort

9. Acapulco Motor Inn

Looking for cheap family accommodation in Taupo with a central location? Set your sights on Acapulco Motor Inn offerings units that sleep up to eight guests – ideal for even the largest tribes.

Families will find ample space in the one and two-bedroom motel units, some including a private spa bath or spa pool. There are kitchen facilities in each unit providing convenience, as well as free WiFi. Check out more of our favourite motels in the 10 Best Motels in Taupo.

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Acapulco Motor Inn© Acapulco Motor Inn

10. Wairakei Resort Taupo

Those seeking a bit of hotel luxury will certainly find it at the Wairakei Resort. Located in the Wairakei Tourist Park nearby attractions, such as Huka Falls and the Wairakei Terraces, the Wairakei Resort is an excellent base for Taupo’s top attractions.

Families will find plenty of space in the Family Villa featuring a master bedroom and an open-plan lounge with a rollout and divan bed for the youngsters. The room has access to free WiFi and Sky TV, should the little ones need entertaining. Otherwise, the 9-hole golf course and two geothermally-heated swimming pools are great places to spend some downtime all together. See more accommodation like this in our 10 Best Luxury Accommodations in Taupo.

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Wairakei Resort Taupo© Wairakei Resort Taupo

11. Quality Suites Huka Falls

A three-minute drive from town, Quality Suites Huka Falls provides a tranquil retreat with a wealth of amenities, such as a tennis court, volleyball court, boules, swimming pool and a restaurant. The two and three-bedroom suites are the most suitable accommodation for families that the hotel provides, each having a kitchen and a spacious living and dining area.

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Quality Suites Huka Falls© Quality Suites Huka Falls

12. Lakefront Lodge Taupo

Lakefront Lodge is not hard to miss with the giant trout sculpture welcoming you into the on-site restaurant, Lazy Trout Fish Shack and Cafe. The hotel boasts a fabulous location on the lakefront, as well as being a mere five minutes walk from town.

Hotel rooms surround a central courtyard with a swimming pool and spa pool facilities. As for the rooms themselves, the Family Room features a queen bed and two single beds, as well as underfloor heating, free WiFi, Sky TV, a lounge and a microwave. See more recommendations like this in 10 Best Accommodations in Taupo for Foodies.

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Lakefront Lodge Taupo Wellesley Hotel© Lakefront Lodge Taupo Wellesley Hotel

13. Cottage Mews Motel

Offering vintage charm and decorated with flowers, Cottage Mews Motel is a fantastic accommodation to enjoy summer in Taupo, especially with the lakefront being moments away.

The Family Cottage sleeps up to five people and features a whirlpool bath, balcony, a private garden courtyard, a kitchen, living and dining area. Portacots and highchairs are available for your convenience, while the kayak and bike hire is available for your enjoyment.

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Cottage Mews Motel© Cottage Mews Motel

14. Camellia Court Family Motel

The proof is in the name, so families are well catered for at Camellia Court Family Motel. Located near Spa Park, Taupo Bungy and AC Baths, Camellia Court isn’t too far from town but away from it enough to feel away from the hustle and bustle.

Choose from either motel style accommodation with cooking facilities and Sky TV or cabin style accommodation sleeping up to six people with communal kitchen and bathroom facilities. Either way, you’re sure to find the best value for your family with this cheap family accommodation in Taupo. See more recommendations like this in 10 Best Budget Accommodations in Taupo.

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Camellia Court Family Motel© Camellia Court Family Motel

15. Karaka Tree Motel

Enjoy privacy and pampering at the Karaka Tree Motel which is the only motel in Taupo where every room has a private mineral spa pool.

The one-bedroom suites comfortably sleep up to four people, while the two-bedroom suites provide ample space for up to six guests. Each suite has kitchen facilities, free WiFi and Sky TV. The motel is about a 20-minute walk from the town centre yet close to other hotels and eateries that line the lakefront.

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Karaka Tree Motel© Karaka Tree Motel

More About Taupo for Families

That’s it for our list of the top family accommodations in Taupo but by no means the end of our family travel tips! Check out these following guides for more experiences and stays in Taupo.

Finally, plan more of your trip around the North Island using the North Island Family Itinerary: Two Weeks or New Zealand Family Itinerary: Three Weeks.


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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