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Rotorua must be the “ Maori Cultural Capital” of New Zealand. Be sure to try a sumptuous Maori “Hangi” (feast) where your food will be prepared in the traditional way, on hot rocks.
The region is also the prime area for seeing the amazing geothermal attractions, being well endowed with beautiful lakes, steaming terraces and spouting geysers. Look carefully and you will find secluded natural hot pools hidden in forests.
Taupo’s splendid outlook over the lake to the majestic mountains beyond is truly a sight to behold. Catch your breath at the magnificent Huka Falls or catch a trout for dinner! Be sure to take one of the many trips on offer to explore some of the largest lake in New Zealand and visit the Maori Rock carvings that can only bee seen from the water.
There is plenty to keep adrenalin junkies going too – jet boating, tandem sky diving, ungy jumping and much more. There are also a surprising number of top quality golf courses here too.
Tackle the awe inspiring Tongariro Crossing or ski the slopes of Mount Ruapehu; you won’t run out of sights to see or things to do.
Prices from $229 to $269 per couple
15min from Rotorua, away from Sulphur smells, tranquil & secluded.
Nestled on the northern shores of Lake Rotorua, away from sulphur smells, A Panoramic Country Homestay offers friendly luxury accommodation, continental breakfast, wireless internet, spa pool, tennis court and pet friendly sheep and dog. Orlando Bloom has also been a guest of ours.
Taupo luxury accommodation
Prices from $595 to $695 per couple
Five minutes from Taupo
Lake Taupo Lodge offers 5 star luxury accommodation. The focus is on gracious living and the six guest suites are luxurious examples of world class accommodation. This award winning, luxury bed & breakfast lodge is a designer’s delight.
Phone: 07 378 7386
Mobile (and SMS): 021 833 500
Address: 41 Mapara Road, Taupo
Prices from $220 to $250 per couple
15 Minutes from Rotorua
A unique country retreat awaits you at Clover Downs Homestead. Our comfortable private bed and breakfast accommodation is ideal for the discerning traveller looking for a place to unwind and rediscover the simple pleasures in life. Be still. The quieter you become, the more you can hear.
Phone: 07 332 2366
Mobile (and SMS): 0226011099
Address: 175 Jackson Road, Ngnogotaha, Rotorua
Prices from $225 to $325 per couple
2 km from Taupo when heading north towards Wairakei. Access off Clearwater Lane.
Rive Gauche B&B Lodge is a boutique homestay lodge offering bed and breakfast and self-contained accommodation. The extensive grounds overlook the Waikato River near Huka Falls, just 2 km from Taupo CBD, and include landscaped gardens and the property's own private vineyard.
Taupo lodge accommodation
Prices from $495 to $700 per couple
7kms out of Taupo.40mins from Rotorua. 90 mins from Napier
Stunning lake and mountain views and a spectacular Lake Taupo location! Acacia Cliffs offers stylish, boutique accommodation, relaxed luxury and a unique NZ experience. Spectacular views, superb cuisine and hosts who offer genuine NZ hospitality make this unique lodge the perfect luxury escape.
Prices from $520 to $580 per couple
30 Ranginui St, Ngongotaha, Rotorua 3010
Boutique guest lodge on shores of Lake Rotorua. Breakfast is a specialty, often served al fresco in summer. All guest rooms have lake views and ensuites. Spacious lakeside grounds enable floatplane & boat pickups. Close to many tourist attractions.
Taupo is 3 and a half hours from Auckland,
The Pillars is a modern Mediteranean style country manor on the eastern side of Lake Taupo. The Pillars offers Boutique accommodation in 4 upstairs ensuited guest rooms with king, super king and californian king beds. 3 rooms have balconies and 1 a bath with stand alone shower.
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Central North Island Luxury Accommodation includes: