10 Best Motels in Taupo

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Motel Accommodation in Taupo

We get it, looking at motels in Taupo can be an overwhelming experience. The lakefront town is brimming with them, offering convenient and budget-friendly lodgings across town. Whether you’re looking for a quiet motel for a romantic night in or somewhere to stay with the family, we’ve got you covered with this complete list of the best motels in Taupo!

Alternatively, check out more accommodation in 10 Best Hotels in Taupo and 8 Best Backpacker Hostels in Taupo.

1. The Lake Motel

Arguably one of the most characterful motels in Taupo, The Lake Motel is kitted out with stylish retro furniture. Choose your style: the 60s Suite, 70s Suite A or 70s Suite B, or just make do with the popping colours and interesting trinkets of the Courtyard Suite, Queen Studio or Twin Studio. Each room offers free WiFi and Sky TV, while most rooms have a small kitchenette and open-plan dining area. As for location, you’re set a little out of the town centre with the lake accessible within a five-minute walk.

Check Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel out:

The Lake Motel© The Lake Motel

2. eMotel

As the name suggests, eMotel is a contemporary style 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. Kitchen facilities are included in each room, as well as welcome extras like 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. See more self-catering accommodation like this in our 10 Best Accommodation in Taupo for Foodies.

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eMotel© eMotel

3. 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 some family suites and suites for couples have their own in-ground hot pool. The Baycrest is designed for a glorious night in, 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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Baycrest Lodge© Baycrest Lodge

4. Lake Taupo Motor Inn

More spacious self-catering accommodation in Taupo awaits at the Lake Taupo Motor Inn. Each suite, studio or unit features its own kitchenette to make use of ingredients purchased 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 staying in the Two-Bedroom Luxury Suites. The motor inn also has on-site parking, an outdoor heated pool and barbecue facilities to enjoy.

Check Lake Taupo Motor Inn out:

Lake Taupo Motor Inn© Lake Taupo Motor Inn

5. Beechtree Motel

An ultra-modern motel with architecture that can’t help but turn heads, Beechtree Motel is a fantastic choice for couples, business travellers, groups and families looking for a high-end motel in Taupo. The 39 rooms of this accommodation include 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 within a short walking distance of town. For more accommodation like this, see 10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Taupo.

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Beechtree Motel© Beechtree Motel

6. Gables Lakefront Motel

Not only are you positioned just across the road from Lake Taupo, but you’ll be at one of the idyllic beachfront locations when you stay at Gables Lakefront Motel – all of this still within walking distance from town. For couples, pick the Superior One-Bedroom Unit complete with stunning lake views and a private hot pool. Families will also find ample space in the Family Two or Three-Bedroom Apartment. All accommodation is self-contained, has free WiFi, Sky TV and access to on-site parking. See more recommendations like this in 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Taupo.

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Gables Lakefront Motel© Gables Lakefront Motel

7. Phoenix Resort – Taupo

Set among gorgeous rose gardens and just across the road from the sparkling Lake Taupo, Phoenix Resort offers a romantic motel in Taupo. What’s more, the mineral thermal pools in each studio and apartment offers a tranquil place to relax after a day of exploring. Wake up to a plunger coffee, prepare a special breakfast with your own kitchenette facilities and enjoy summer evening around the barbecue. While the Phoenix Resort is a little out of town, there’s free on-site parking and the walking trail along the lake is not a bad way to get into town. This motel also features in our 10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Taupo.

Check Phoenix Resort out:

Phoenix Resort - Taupo© Phoenix Resort - Taupo

8. Acapulco Motor Inn

Looking for budget family accommodation with a central location in Taupo? Set your sights on Acapulco Motor Inn offering units that sleep up to eight guests, so even the largest tribes will fit here. The motel offers one and two-bedroom motel units, some including a private spa bath or spa pool. There are also convenient kitchen facilities in each unit, as well as free WiFi. Find this motel on Rifle Range Road, just a short walk from town. See more accommodation like this in 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Taupo.

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Acapulco Motor Inn© Acapulco Motor Inn

9. Karaka Tree Motel

Enjoy privacy and pampering at the Karaka Tree Motel which prides itself on being the only motel in Taupo where every room has a private mineral spa pool. Find a suitable space in one of their one-bedroom suites comfortably sleep up to four people or two-bedroom suites provide space for up to six guests. Each suite features kitchen facilities, free WiFi and Sky TV. The motel is about a 20-minute walk from the town centre yet close to eateries that line the lakefront.

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Karaka Tree Motel© Karaka Tree Motel

10. 52 on Rifle Taupo

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

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52 on Rifle Motel© 52 on Rifle Motel


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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