Where to Find the Best Luxury Hotels, Lodges and Resorts in Taupo
A stunning location like Lake Taupo deserves luxurious accommodation to enjoy it from. Taupo boasts some outstanding motels, luxurious apartments and some of the most prestigious names in hotels to enjoy your stay along the “Great Lake”. Whether you’re a couple on a romantic getaway, a family looking to treat the little ones, celebrating a special occasion, or simply “just because”, find lakeside paradise with our best luxury accommodations in Taupo.
1. Huka Lodge
On the banks of the mighty Waikato River sits a lodge where the interiors and gardens have been manicured by some of New Zealand’s top designers, where fly fishermen have retreated here since the 1920s, where now it boasts one of the most luxurious getaways in the country. Huka Lodge consists of three luxurious lodges for couples and families. Amenities you may encounter include French doors leading onto your private terrace moments away from the river, heated floors in the bathroom and dressing rooms. Downtime at the lodge can be spent relaxing on the beautiful grounds, getting a refresh in the swimming pool or spa pools, playing tennis, croquet or petanque, discovering something new in the library and so much more.
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2. Flying Trout Boutique Lodge
Enjoy the feeling of exclusivity along with elevated views from the Flying Trout Boutique Lodge. The lodge has only three suites accommodating up to six guests at one time, so you know you’ll have no trouble finding serenity here. The relaxing ambience is reinforced by the spa bath for two overlooking the lake in the “Deluxe Tui Lakeview Suite” and the luxurious Koha Spa Range products in each room. The lodge is tastefully decorated with traditional-style decor, making the lounge and your room an attractive place to unwind after enjoying the lodge’s tennis court or pool table. Plus, you’ll find this lodge in one of the most prestigious areas of Lake Taupo, Acacia Bay. See more couple-centric recommendations like this in the 10 Most Romantic Accommodations in Taupo.
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- Flying Trout Boutique Lodge on Booking.com
- Flying Trout Boutique Lodge on Trip.com
- Flying Trout Boutique Lodge on Expedia
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 your trip to Taupo. The hotel has 113 contemporary-style rooms, suites and apartments, with rooms in the “Heritage Wing” boasting fabulous vistas of Lake Taupo and the Onekeneke Thermal Valley. Choose from 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. Facilities at the luxury accommodation in Taupo also include tennis courts, a sauna, steam room, heated spa pool and the Bistro Lago restaurant. Learn more about the restaurant in The Food Guide to Taupo: Places to Eat & Food Tours.
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4. Sacred Waters Taupo
Indulge in your own private piece of Taupo at Sacred Waters Taupo. The ultra-contemporary and sleek design of these suites and apartments are sure to wow. Apartments fit most group sizes, while most also have luxurious fixings such as a private balcony, thermal mineral pool, underfloor heating, espresso machines and free WiFi. More facilities on the apartment complex also feature an outdoor lap pool, gym, undercover parking, complimentary bike hire (you’re five minutes drive from town) and individual beach access from ground floor apartments.
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5. Lake Taupo Lodge
One of the most prestigious properties in Taupo, Lake Taupo Lodge is the optimum choice for those looking to go all out. The distinct geometric architecture of this design-driven lodge isn’t just the only feature that’s set to wow, but the gardens are a labour of love and breathtaking to explore in their position perched on the hills of Acacia Bay. The luxury lodge has four suites, each unique and boasting its charms between a private spa bath and magnificent lake views.
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6. The Cove
If you’ll settle for no less than a lakefront luxury accommodation then set your sights on The Cove. The Cove features three types of accommodation, including “Budget”, “Corporate” and, of course, “Luxury”. “The Cove Penthouse” is your finest option at the hotel boasting a deluxe spa pool in a glass enclosure and a wrap-around balcony overlooking Lake Taupo. The apartment features all the home comforts of the highest quality, from the double-head shower to the large kitchen. While you’ll be able to do your own entertaining, you can still pick up some exquisite food from the Espresso Cove Cafe open until 3 pm.
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7. The Reef Resort – Heritage Collection
While motels are abundant in Taupo, you’ll struggle to find one more luxurious than The Reef Resort. Part of the Heritage Collection, The Reef Resort boasts the home comfort amenities that Heritage is famous for: fully-equipped kitchens, spacious suites with separate bedrooms and luxurious furnishings. There are some added extras to make your stay truly special, from the spa baths to an attractive outdoor pool area and thermally heated spa pools. Some rooms even open up right onto the lake edge. For more rooms with kitchen facilities, be sure to check out the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Taupo.
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8. Chalet Eiger
Another upscale lodge on the outskirts of Taupo, Chalet Eiger offers four hotel-style suites at its luxury accommodation. The main event, however, is the homely living room and dining area, complete with a cosy fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows to revel in the lake vistas. While breakfast is included, you are invited to indulge in an option two or three-course dinner with pre-dinner drinks and nibbles, New Zealand wine and a unique Lake Taupo trout dinner that is rare to experience anywhere else in New Zealand.
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9. Cascades Lakefront Motel
You can hardly get more on the lakefront than Cascades Lakefront Motel. Plus, calling this accommodation a “motel” is a bit of an understatement; it’s more like a lakefront resort with leisure being at the forefront of the experience, with an outdoor pool, spa pool, kayaks and paddleboards to hire, children’s playground and more. Needless to say, this is a top choice for families, but couples will find a romantic stay here too in the studios with a spa bath and mountain views.
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- Cascades Lakefront Motel on Booking.com
- Cascades Lakefront Motel on Trip.com
- Cascades Lakefront Motel on Expedia
10. The Kinloch Manor
Perched on the hills overlooking one of New Zealand’s most prestigious golf courses, The Kinloch Manor is a luxury accommodation in Taupo to impress. Unlike Taupo’s other luxury lodges, The Kinloch Manor boasts ultra-modern designs from the architecture of its main manor and villas to the elegantly contemporary furnishings. There are lodgings here to bring your group or family, while food experiences can be enjoyed at the prestigious “K” fine dining venue.
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11. Millennium Hotel & Resort Manuels Taupo
Set on the lakeshore with uninterrupted views across to the Tongariro volcanoes, the Millennium Hotel & Resort Manuels Taupo is the envy of the town. The design-driven hotel boasts a glamorous elegance in its interior, spread across its 12 suites, 39 guest rooms and two restaurants. The hotel also features a heated swimming pool, private grotto plunge pool, sauna and gym. Those looking for ultimate indulgence will certainly find it in the “Deluxe Junior Suite” with a large corner spa bath and a balcony offering the hotel’s best views.
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- Millennium Hotel Lake Taupo on Booking.com
- Millennium Hotel Lake Taupo on Trip.com
- Millennium Hotel Lake Taupo on Expedia
12. Quality Suites Huka Falls
Perched on a hilltop among manicured gardens and a vineyard, Quality Suites Huka Falls offers luxury accommodation especially suitable for groups and families. In between swimming in the pool, playing at the tennis courts and visiting the nearby Huka Falls, stay in one of the one, two or three-bedroom suites, a studio or the “House”, each with a classic vintage feel thanks to their wooden interiors and exteriors. See more recommendations like this in the 15 Best Family Accommodations in Taupo.
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- Quality Suites Huka Falls on Booking.com
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13. Beechtree Motel
An ultra-modern motel with architecture that turns heads, Beechtree Motel is a fantastic choice for couples and families looking for luxury accommodation in Taupo. The 39 rooms of this boutique accommodation include luxury studios, two and three-bedroom apartments with all of the fixings and then some. Each room has Sky TV and free WiFi and is furnished to the standard of a four-star hotel. Of the vast array of room offerings, the most luxurious options at the “Two Bedroom Spa Suite” for families and “Deluxe Spa Studio” for couples. What’s more, the motel is a quick stroll from town. Discover more motel accommodations in the 10 Best Motels in Taupo.
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14. Taupo Debretts Spa Resort
Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort is not your average holiday park. It’s a place to soothe, soak and relax with an impressive 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”. Motels and Superior Studios are well-appointed and provide your most luxurious accommodation option in the park with fully-equipped kitchens, spacious rooms and private decks. There are also budget options here, which you can check out in the 10 BEST Budget Accommodations in Taupo.
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- Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort on Booking.com
- Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort on Trip.com
- Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort on Expedia
15. Wairakei Resort Taupo
Set among the forested slopes of the Wairakei Thermal Valley, the Wairakei Resort offers an alternative luxury retreat in Taupo. It’s the place to unwind with the resort’s 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. We could be here all day listing the facilities of this hotel, but the rooms are a treat too, made to suit any type of traveller or group seeking luxury. 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 in the split-level “Rangatira Suite”. See how the Wairakei Resort compares to the 10 Best Hotels in Taupo.
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- Wairakei Resort Taupo on Booking.com
- Wairakei Resort Taupo on Trip.com
- Wairakei Resort Taupo on Expedia
More Luxury Accommodations in Taupo
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Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Luxury Travel Guide to Taupo.