© Flying Trout Boutique Lodge
© Flying Trout Boutique Lodge

10 Most Romantic Accommodations in Taupo šŸ’‘ [2024]

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Where to Find the Best Romantic or Honeymoon Accommodations in Taupo

The grandeur of New Zealand’s largest lake, the crystal clear waters of the Waikato River and surrounding rolling hills… It’s hard to think of a more romantic setting for a honeymoon or a romantic getaway. Taupo is a town that needs to be on your honeymoon itinerary, otherwise, it’s worth considering for a romantic weekend away. Not only does Taupo boast a wealth of amazing experiences for couples, but the accommodation itself is an event, most of the time featuring utterly relaxing private hot pools, breathtaking views or gorgeous gardens. Take a look at our top picks in this list of the most romantic accommodations in Taupo.

While you’re here, you might also be interested in the 10 Romantic Things to Do in Taupo and The Romantic Getaway & Honeymoon Guide to Taupo.

1. Phoenix Resort – Taupo

Set among gorgeous rose gardens and just across the road from the sparkling Lake Taupo, Phoenix Resort is an ideal setting for romance. What’s more, the mineral thermal pools in each studio and apartment offer a tranquil place to relax after a day of adventuring/honeymooning/exploring. Wake up to a plunger coffee, prepare a special breakfast with your own kitchenette facilities and enjoy summer evenings 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 makes a great way to walk into town hand-in-hand.

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Phoenix Resort - Taupo© Phoenix Resort - Taupo

2. The Cove

Indulge in lakefront luxury at The Cove. The Cove features an array of rooms, from budget options to the luxurious “Penthouse” with a glass-encased spa pool overlooking the lake. The well-appointed “Compact Studio” and “Balcony Studio” are more than enough for couples wanting an affordable stay yet the quality of a four-star hotel with well-appointed rooms and convenience. While you’ll have access to the most basic kitchenette facilities, you can still enjoy a romantic breakfast or lunch at the on-site Espresso Cove Cafe.

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Romantic Accommodations Taupo© The Cove

3. 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 property for a romantic getaway to Taupo. The hotel has 113 contemporary-style rooms, suites and apartments, with rooms in the “Heritage Wing” boasting gorgeous vistas of Lake Taupo and the Onekeneke Thermal Valley. Choose from romantic guest rooms with a private terrace or deck overlooking the thermally-heated pool or indulge in one of the suites featuring kitchen facilities and an extra spacious bathroom – ideal for quiet nights in. Facilities at the Hilton Lake Taupo also include tennis courts, a sauna, steam room, heated spa pool and the Bistro Lago restaurant.

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Romantic Accommodations Taupo© Hilton Lake Taupo

4. Flying Trout Boutique Lodge

Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of being two of only six guests able to stay at this boutique accommodation at a time. The relaxing ambience of the Flying Trout Boutique Lodge is reinforced by the spa bath for two overlooking the lake in the “Deluxe Tui Lakeview Suite” accompanied by the luxurious “Koha Spa Range” products in each room. The lodge is tastefully decorated with traditional-style decor, making the lounge or your room an attractive place to unwind after getting competitive at the lodge’s tennis court or pool table. Plus, the lodge is set at an elevated level in Acacia Bay boasting some of the best views around Lake Taupo. If you’re really looking to go the extra mile on romantic accommodation in Taupo, then also take a look at the 15 Best Luxury Accommodations in Taupo.

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Romantic Accommodations Taupo© Flying Trout Boutique Lodge

5. The Reef Resort – Heritage Collection

Motels are your most abundant type of accommodation in Taupo, one of the most romantic being The Reef Resort. Part of the Heritage Collection, The Reef Resort boasts home comfort amenities, such as a fully-equipped kitchen, spacious suites with separate bedrooms to the lounge and a dining area with luxurious furnishings. The qualities to make your stay a little more special include the spa baths, an attractive outdoor pool area, thermally-heated spa pools and the lake edge location. For more stays with your own kitchen, check out the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Taupo.

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Honeymoon Accommodations Taupo© The Reef Resort - Heritage Collection

6. Baycrest Lodge

Find motel accommodation that goes the extra mile when it comes to quality and design at the Baycrest Lodge. While you’ll have your own in-ground hot pool in your “Super King Thermal Tub” room, the thermally-heated outdoor pool designed with naturally-inspired surroundings is the most attractive of any motel in Taupo. While each motel suite has all the fixings you would expect in a motel, added extras include underfloor heating, a spa bath and some rooms have a balcony. During your stay, treat yourself to breakfast in bed with breakfast delivery.

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© Baycrest Lodge

7. Beechtree Motel

An ultra-modern motel with architecture that’s sure to impress your loved one, Beechtree Motel is a fantastic choice for couples looking for a high-end motel in Taupo. The 39 rooms of this boutique accommodation include a range of luxury studios with various layouts for couples. Enjoy gorgeous views and your own spa bath in the “Lakeview Spa Studio” or opt for the inexpensive “Ground Floor Spa Studio”. Either way, each room has Sky TV, free WiFi and is furnished to the standard of a four-star hotel. What’s more, the motel is conveniently located just a quick stroll from town. For more motels to check out, head to the 10 Best Motels in Taupo.

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Romantic Accommodations Taupo© Beach Tree Motel

8. Gables Lakefront Motel

We told you that there are a lot of motels in Taupo! If the motels we’ve recommended on this list so far haven’t taken your fancy, then maybe Gables Lakefront Motel will. As the name suggests, you’re just across the road from Lake Taupo in a beachfront location yet is still within walking distance from town. For couples, pick the “Superior One-Bedroom Unit” complete with stunning lake views and a private hot pool. All accommodation is self-contained and has free WiFi, Sky TV and access to on-site parking. See more like this in 10 Best Budget Accommodations in Taupo.

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Gables Lakefront Motel© Gables Lakefront Motel

9. Wairakei Resort Taupo

Set among the forested slopes of the Wairakei Thermal Valley, the Wairakei Resort offers an alternative romantic retreat in Taupo. It’s the place to unwind with the resort’s very own nine-hole golf course, on-site day spa and Pavilion Restaurant. We could be here all day listing the facilities of this hotel, but the rooms are worth talking about too. Treat your loved one to a night in the “Spa Suite” complete with a spa bath or opt for something more affordable such as the “Economy Twin” with two double beds but half the price! See how this accommodations compares to other hotel-style stays in the 10 Best Hotels in Taupo.

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Wairakei Resort Taupo© Wairakei Resort Taupo

10. Quality Suites Huka Falls

Perched on a hilltop among manicured gardens and a vineyard, Quality Suites Huka Falls offers an alternative couples’ or honeymoon accommodation in Taupo. In between swimming in the pool, playing at the tennis courts and visiting the nearby Huka Falls, stay in the “Studio” or “One-Bedroom Suite”, each with a romantic vintage feel with timber interiors and exteriors.

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Quality Suites Huka Falls© Quality Suites Huka Falls

More Romantic Accommodations in Taupo

Now that you know the most romantic 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 Romantic Getaway & Honeymoon Guide to 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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