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10 Best Hotels in Taupo

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Where to Stay in Taupo

Lakeside or a short stroll from town? Luxury or budget-friendly? Something for the family or a romantic getaway? You have many options when it comes to hotels in Taupo. We go through all our top picks in this complete list of best Taupo hotels. However, if you’re looking for alternative accommodation, be sure to check out our 10 Best Motels in Taupo, as well as 8 Best Backpacker Hostels in Taupo

For more inspiration for your stay by the “Great Lake”, take a look at 10 Taupo Must-Dos and The Complete Guide to Taupo.

1. Wairakei Resort

Set among the forested slopes of the Wairakei Thermal Valley, the Wairakei Resort offers an out-of-town 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, famous for its seasonal buffets and Sunday roasts. What’s more, there are rooms to suit any type of traveller or group. Treat your loved one to a romantic night in the Spa Suite, find space for all the family in the Family Villa, or enjoy intimate gathering in the split-level Rangatira Suite. See more recommendations like this in the 10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Taupo.

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Wairakei Resort Taupo© Wairakei Resort Taupo

2. Millennium Hotel and Resort Manuel Taupo

Another fantastic hotel option with two choices of restaurants, one bar and a wealth of spa facilities is the Millennium Hotel. Set on the shores of Lake Taupo, your meals in the restaurant, as well as evenings in your room come accompanied by some of the best views in town. The design-driven hotel boasts a glamorous elegance across its 12 suites and 39 guest rooms suitable for solo travellers, business travellers and couples. The hotel also features a heated swimming pool, private grotto plunge pool, sauna and a gym.

Check Millennium Hotel Lake Taupo out:

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

3. The Cove

Enjoy an idyllic lakefront location combined with convenience by being just a short walk from town at The Cove. The Cove features three types of accommodation: Budget, Corporate and Luxury. The Cove Penthouse is your finest option at the hotel boasting a deluxe spa pool in a glass enclosure while the budget Compact Studios are well-appointed yet affordable. Although some rooms have kitchen facilities, you can still pick up some glorious food from the Espresso Cove Cafe open until 3pm.

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The Cove© The Cove

4. Hilton Lake Taupo

Elevated far enough away from town for a relaxing ambience yet close enough for convenience, Hilton Lake Taupo is a stunning hotel in Taupo. The hotel has 113 contemporary-style rooms, suites and apartments, with options in the Heritage Wing boasting fabulous views of Lake Taupo and the Onekeneke Thermal Valley. Facilities at the luxury hotel in Taupo also include tennis courts, a sauna, steam room, heated spa pool and the Bistro Lago restaurant. See more accommodation like this in 10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Taupo.

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Hilton Lake Taupo© Hilton Lake Taupo

5. Wellesley Hotel on the Lake (Lakefront Lodge)

The chalet-style Wellesley Hotel just across the road from the glistening waters of Lake Taupo is an excellent hotel option in Taupo. Budget travellers to families are catered to here with the hotel’s wide variety of rooms surrounding a central courtyard containing a thermally-heated pool and spa pool. The pride of the hotel is The Lazy Trout Fish Shack and Cafe unmissable in its cuisine and the fact that it has a giant sculpture as its facade. See more hotels in Taupo like this in 10 Best Family Accommodation in Taupo.

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Lakefront Lodge Taupo Wellesley Hotel© Lakefront Lodge Taupo Wellesley Hotel

6. Quality Suites Huka Falls

Perched on a hilltop among manicured gardens and a vineyard, Quality Suites Huka Falls offers an alternative retreat for couples, groups and families. In between swimming in the pool, playing at the tennis courts and visiting the nearby Huka Falls, stay in a choice of Studios for two or one-to-three-Bedroom Suites or the Cottage.

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Quality Suites Huka Falls© Quality Suites Huka Falls

7. Quest Taupo

This well-respected apartment hotel brand has an excellent branch in Taupo offering sleek and stylish self-contained serviced apartments. The 38 apartments are made up of Studios, as well as One, Two and Three-Bedroom Apartments. Additional features of the hotel include in-house movies, on-site parking, an outdoor swimming pool, WiFi and breakfast packs available. What’s more, Quest Taupo is located a short walk from town. See more recommendations like this in 10 Best Accommodation in Taupo for Foodies.

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Quest Taupo© Quest Taupo

8. Suncourt Hotel & Conference Centre

Boasting modern rooms, lavish en-suites and either a garden or a lake view, Suncourt Hotel is well worth considering for your stay by the Great Lake. There’s something for all traveller types across their 52 rooms made up of studios and one, two and three-bedroom units. All rooms provide the essentials, such as tea/coffee-making facilities, Sky TV and bar fridge. Food can be enjoyed at the on-site Lake Bistro open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Suncourt Hotel & Conference-Centre© Suncourt Hotel & Conference-Centre

9. Beechtree Motel

Motels are kind of a big deal in Taupo, so we couldn’t resist adding at least one motel to this list. An ultra-modern motel with architecture that turns heads and a hotel-like quality about it, Beechtree Motel is a fantastic choice for couples, business travellers and families. The 39 rooms of this boutique accommodation include luxury studios, two and three-bedroom apartments with all of the fixings. Each room has Sky TV, free WiFi and is furnished to the standard of a four-star hotel. What’s more, the motel is a quick stroll from town. See more options like this in our 10 Best Motels in Taupo.

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Beechtree Motel© Beechtree-Motel

10. The Reef Resort – Heritage Collection

Part of the Heritage Collection, the Reef Resort boasts the home comforts that Heritage is famous for: superbly-equipped kitchens, spacious suites with separate bedrooms and luxurious furnishings. There are some added extras to make your stay special, from the spa baths to an attractive outdoor pool area and thermally-heated spa pools. Room types include studios and one-bedroom apartments.

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The Reef Resort - Heritage Collection© The Reef Resort - Heritage Collection


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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