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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.
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.
Phone: 0064 7 3781551
Mobile (and SMS): 0064 21 821 338
Address: 1/133 Mapara Road, Acacia Bay, Taupo
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 $250 to $395 per couple
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.
Phone: 07 378 1512
Mobile (and SMS): 0277673470
Address: 7 Deborah Rise, Off Caroline Drive ,Bonshaw Park,Taupo
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.
Phone: 07 332 2618
Mobile (and SMS): 021 610 949
Address: 144 Fryer Road, Hamurana
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