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Marlow, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 19 March 2016

We've just returned from 3 weeks in New Zealand, and the Minarapa Lodge was definitely the highlight of our stay. It's in a beautiful spot, just out of Lake Taupo town and Shaun and Pep have it just right. Lovely sunny rooms in a separate annexe, great breakfasts and amazing dinners cooked by Shaun! Shaun and Pep are so friendly,... More 

Thank Emma H
Pep B, Owner at Minarapa Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Emma and family - we loved having you to stay with us, we had a lot of fun too! Maybe we can see you again one day....there will be different animals to play with then! More 

Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Level Contributor
25 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 22 September 2015

Pep and Shaun are lovely lovely people, we stayed 2 nights there, as soon as we arrived, Pep asked us to give her the heaviest luggage and she would take it to our room, it wasn't busy when the time we went so she even ask us to put our stuff in the other room and even said we can... More 

Thank iimjamy
Diss, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2015

We absolutely loved this place! We were greeted so warmly by Pep and Shaun and their three lovely daughters and immediately felt at home in their magnificent house. Our room was delightfully decorated with great attention to detail and the shower in the bathroom was just brilliant. We took the opportunity to have an evening meal at the property and... More 

Thank Godfrey B
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2015

We were welcomed by hosts Shaun and Pep (and their sweet daughters) to the Minarapa Lodge. Since we were on our honeymoon Pep upgrades us to the biggest room and give us a little bottle of champagne to celebrate, so sweet! The room was great, nice comfortable bed, good shower and facilities. Their house and surrounding land (with sheep, dogs,... More 

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1 review
Reviewed 24 October 2014

I stayed here during a work trip, for work near Whakamaru. The hosts Shaun and Pep made me feel very welcome and I found it super easy to relax after work. Originally I had intended to head in to Taupo for dinner, although the meals at Minerapa were too good to pass up. It was great to have some conversation... More 

Thank Robert O
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29 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2014 via mobile

We had spent two nights at this wonderful Lodge. The first impression in finding the place was that it is rather far from the lake, distance-wise. However, that subdued thought was soon distinguished as we were welcomed by the hosts Shaun, Pep and the children. Instead, we found the house and surrounding farm charming. Most of all the friendliness of... More 

Thank Peak R
Aarhus, Denmark
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 14 December 2013 via mobile

My wife and I left this wonderful bed and breakfast with the feeling that we were truly on our honeymoon. The family, the surroundings and and the atmosphere at this place is amazing. We highly recommend anyone to chose this place if you want maximum cosyness and friendly people. The house and it's beautiful interior decoration makes the stay something... More 

Thank Allan_Buus
Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 October 2013

My husband and I stayed at Minarapa Lodge 3 nights. Our room and en-suite were bright and comfortable, the service was excellent and we really enjoyed our stay.. Their farm location in the valley is the perfect distance from Taupo, far enough out to be very peaceful and relaxing but also close enough to pop out for dinner. Pep and... More 

Thank Melissa R
Pep B, Owner at Minarapa Lodge, responded to this review

Thankyou so much for your lovely review Mel. We thoroughly enjoyed having you to stay and are pleased to have helped with your relaxing short break. We wish you all the best for the future and hope to see you again soon! More 

Marlow, England, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2013

I have to absolutely concur with all the positive reviews on Minarapa Lodge, the hosts, Pep and Shaun super. Lovely daughters. Spent a wonderful evening on the patio sharing a bottle of wine and talking. The guest room we stayed in was beautiful, with a very calming feeling and very tastefully decorated. And Pep, if you read this review I... More 

Thank Valerie P
Pep B, Owner at Minarapa Lodge, responded to this review

Hello to you! Thankyou for a wonderful review, we loved having you to stay with us. Have a very happy Easter!! More 

Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 27 January 2013

We could not fault our visit. Definitely a return but necessary to book in advance.....word is spreading! Christmas with the Bragg family is one to be enjoyed by adults and children I am told. I know where I'm going next Christmas. Delicious food, relaxing family environment, peaceful tree studded garden to stroll in; a real home away from home. Thanks... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
A magical haven in its own little world. 11 acres of private grounds with magical gardens located just 15 minutes from Taupo town and close to all the attractions of the area, Minarapa offers wonderful comfort and hospitality. Tranquility is our specialty! ... more   less 

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Address: 620 Oruanui Road, Taupo 3384, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Number of rooms: 4
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“Lodge in a private farm if you'd like to stay away from busy and noisy.”
 of 5 bubbles iimjamy, 22 Sep 2015 | Read review
“Both rooms are beautiful!”
 of 5 bubbles 326melissar, 3 Oct 2013 | Read review
“Leave it to the hosts, they will know exactly what suits you.”
 of 5 bubbles 296DeniseM296, 26 Jan 2013 | Read review
“The larger suite at the end of the guest wing has its own balcony. The smaller room has a bit more view over nearby hills. Both are tastefully decorated, well equipped and have recently fitted, generous en suite.”
 of 5 bubbles Micrognome, 5 Jan 2013 | Read review
“Make sure you get an en suite room, it is a fair walk to the bathroom from the other one. If you want biscuits with your tea or a glass of wine, take them with you!”
 of 5 bubbles susibLondon, 13 Feb 2012 | Read review
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