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Best Taupo hotels to stay at in 2021

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Set on the shores of Lake Taupo, this town is a great place to base yourself while exploring the area. Staying at a hotel in the central city means you are a 5-minute drive from the bungy bridge, a 10-minute drive from Huka Falls and Craters of the Moon and 1.5 hours from Tongariro National Park.

We understand that people have different tastes and budgets when it comes to booking accommodation, so we’re sharing our top picks for both budget and luxury stays as well as accommodation that is happy for you to bring your pet along for the ride.

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Best cheap accommodation in Taupo

There are many benefits to choosing a hostel over a hotel. Not only do you get to save money to spend on the many activities available in the region, but you can also meet travellers from all over the world. This is definitely a plus for solo travellers who are looking for a buddy or two to go exploring with. Another great thing about hostels is that you can use the kitchen facilities to make your own meals since eating out every day can certainly add up.

If you don’t mind sharing a room and bathroom with friends you haven’t met yet and are looking for a more social atmosphere than a hotel can often provide, a hostel in Taupo can cost as little as $38 a night. And if you’re not too comfortable with being in a dorm, many of the Taupo hostels also have private rooms available.

Our top picks for cheap accommodation in Taupo: Haka Lodge Taupo, Taupo Urban Retreat Backpackers and Yha Taupo Finlay Jack's Backpackers

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Best pet-friendly accommodation in Taupo

There are many pet-friendly accommodation options and activities in Taupo. Bring your dog along for swims in Lake Taupo or on a stroll along the pet-friendly Huka Falls walk. You can even take them to one of the dog-friendly cafes while you eat your lunch.

Before booking at one of the pet-friendly accommodation options in Taupo, make sure to contact the property first to let them know you will be bringing your furry friend. Some accommodation options only allocate certain rooms or units for pets and it’s also common courtesy to check that they are comfortable with the type of animal you will be bringing.

Our top picks for pet-friendly accommodation in Taupo: Cascades Lakefront Motel, The Lake Motel and Accent on Taupo Motor Lodge

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Best luxury accommodation in Taupo

Whatever you are looking for in luxury accommodation, Taupo certainly delivers. Just don’t expect any of the big-name chain hotels that you can find in cities like Auckland and Wellington.

Taupo offers more boutique-style luxury accommodation with lodges and private apartments for you to enjoy your stay. But you can still expect to find personalised service, private locations, spectacular views and useful amenities.

Booking at Sacred Waters will give you private beach access to Lake Taupo and an outdoor lap pool, while Huka Lodge provides outdoor experiences and bespoke tours for you to fill your time.

Prices can vary greatly according to the type of luxury accommodation you choose. Lakeview apartments and rooms cost upwards of $500 per night and a junior suite at Huka Lodge will set you back over $2,500 per night.

Our top picks for luxury accommodation in Taupo: Huka Lodge, Sacred Waters and Lake Taupo Lodge

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Alternative Taupo accommodation options

If you’re looking for something a little more home-like when spending time in Taupo, you can book private accommodation through Airbnb. You can also rent a bach (holiday home) around the shores of Lake Taupo while the owners are not in town and small B&Bs are found all over the town.

If you’re happy with getting back to basics, camping is popular especially in the summer months. There are numerous holiday parks in the region providing a place to pitch a tent. If you need a little more comfort, you can park your campervan or rent a cabin for a few nights.


Frequently asked questions about Taupo hotels

Which accommodations in Taupo are lakefront?

There are many lakefront accommodation options in Taupo offering gorgeous views and easy access to the lake. Some options you may like to consider include Oasis Beach Resort, Cascades Lakefront Motel, Lakefront Lodge Taupo and Executive Motel Taupo.

Which Accor hotels are in Taupo?

There are no Accor hotels in Taupo but you can find Novotel Rotorua Lakeside and ibis Rotorua 82 kilometres away in Rotorua.

Which Taupo accommodations have thermal pools?

If you’re looking for accommodation that allows you to soak in thermal pools without leaving the property, try Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort, Baycrest Lodge, Lake Taupo Holiday Resort, VU Thermal Lodge and Wairakei Resort Taupo.

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