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 in 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. 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 to stay 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.
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3. 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 to 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 3pm.
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4. 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.
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5. Millennium Hotel & Resort Manuels Taupo
Set on the lakeshore with uninterrupted views across to the Tongariro volcanoes, the Millennium Hotel 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 Jacuzzi and a balcony offering the hotel’s best views.
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6. 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 Studios, One, Two or Three-Bedroom Suites or House, each with a classic vintage feel with wooden interiors and exteriors. See more recommendations like this in 10 Best Family Accommodation in Taupo.
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7. 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, free WiFi and is furnished to the standard of a four-star hotel. In 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.
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8. Taupo Debretts Spa Resort
Taupo DeBretts 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 of the park with fully-equipped kitchens, spacious rooms and private decks.
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9. 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 recommendations like this in 10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Taupo.
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10. 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.
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11. Sacred Waters Taupo
Last but certainly not least, indulge in your own private piece of Taupo at Sacred Waters Taupo. The ultra-contemporary and sleek design are sure to wow. There are suites and apartments to fit most group sizes, while most apartments have luxurious fixings such as a private balcony thermal mineral pool, underfloor heating, espresso machines and free WiFi. The apartment complex also features 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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