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Acacia Cliffs Lodge
Ranked #5 of 33 Speciality Lodging in Taupo
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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45 reviews
29 hotel reviews
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“Chilled out atmosphere.”
Reviewed 13 May 2013 via mobile

Acacia is one of my favourite lodges in NZ for a couple of reasons. Firstly, Linda and Rick are really easy going and chilled out which reflects in the lodge. The white inside is really soothing and makes its a very calm place and to top it the views are just spectacular. Don't think one can get a room with a better view of Lake Taupo. It is a short and sweet drive into the city and makes it a great base for people who enjoy seclusion and time out on Thier holiday. Thank you both.

Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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AcaciaCliffsLodge, Owner at Acacia Cliffs Lodge, responded to this review, 25 May 2013
Hi Pritish27
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us and for rating us as one of your favourite lodges in NZ.........a wonderful accolade indeed!

It took us a long time to find the right site on which to build our lodge but the wait was worthwhile as the position is really special and the views, as you say, simply spectacular!

We hope you find your way back some time in the future.......we'd love to welcome you again.

Best Regards
Linda Whitlock
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Acacia Cliffs Lodge
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Petersfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 April 2013

Linda welcomed us with open arms an we never looked back. We have stayed in hundreds o hotels in over 60 countries around the world and Acacia cliffs was by far and away our favourite.

The view from the deck over the lake is truly awesome.

Rick's marvellous cooking ensures a kg is gained every day. Taupo itself is pretty boring but the lake is stunning and about the size of Dorset. Take a sail on Barbary and wear your swimwear.
Then return for a gin and tonic on Linda and Rick's deck and savour the sunset over the pregnant lady and salivate over Rick's gourmet dinner around the dining table.

Our only regret is that we live on the other side of the world.

Room Tip: All are great, some have views to die for
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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AcaciaCliffsLodge, Owner at Acacia Cliffs Lodge, responded to this review, 25 May 2013
Hi Smoky
I see from your many reviews you have certainly travelled extensively and stayed in some wonderful places around the world which makes your positive comments even more valued...thank you so much!

Both Rick and I strive to make our guests' experience a special one so we are delighted you rate us as "by far and away your favourite"....that definitely makes it all worthwhile for us.

And you may live on the other side of the world but that doesn't mean you can't come back.......we hope you do!

Many thanks
Linda Whitlock
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Avondale, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 9 April 2013

We stayed 2 nights at Acacia Cliffs. We loved the hillside perch and the beautiful contemporary décor throughout. Our first night was Rick's night off, so he drove us in to town to one of the restaurants he recommended. The next day, we were off to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing (thank to Stewart for convincing us to go, even if we had to do the 'up and back' version due to the volcano not cooperating!). It was a warm day and a long hard climb, but we returned after about 6 hours, sweaty and tired, but with a great sense of accomplishment. And what a place to come back to! Rick was cooking dinner for all of us that night (all rooms were full), with some wonderful appetitzers to start, followed by a fantastic 3 course meal and dessert. The food was beautifully presented and spectacular! (Made even more tasty by some single malt scotch!). It was the perfect way to end a fabulous day.

There were 4 of us travelling together, and one was not feeling well that evening. Linda accommodated by offering room service for her, which was very kind. (And the cost for the courses that were not eaten by our fallen friend were refunded upon our return - a nice surprise!) The dinner conversation was lively and entertaining - so don't stay in a B&B like this if you just want to be alone. To me, part of opting to stay in places like Acacia Cliffs is the opportunity to meet fellow travelers.

This was a really lovely accommodation with fabulous views of the lake, fantastic meals (and spirits!), and friendly, outgoing hosts who are willing to do whatever it takes to make your stay really memorable. I would recommend without hestitation!

Room Tip: Our room was upstairs, and it was a little warm (with afternoon sun coming in the sliding doors faci...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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AcaciaCliffsLodge, Owner at Acacia Cliffs Lodge, responded to this review, 13 April 2013
Thank you BGMiller

We enjoyed hosting you all at Acacia Cliffs Lodge and were only sorry that your companion was not feeling well for some of the time...hopefully the photos will have cheered her up!

The Tongariro Crossing is definitely worth the effort....a simply stunning and unique environment.

Your room (Wharewaka) has two balconies to give the benefit of all day sun......the opening louver windows and sun screen curtains usually do the trick in keeping it cooler although as Taupo is on a volcanic plateau the air temperatures are cooler than in other NZ locations so too much warmth is a rare issue!

Thanks for your positive feedback and for choosing to stay with us at Acacia Cliffs.

Best Regards
Linda Whitlock
Owner/Host
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Norway
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Reviewed 1 April 2013

Acacia Cliffs Lodge is owned by Rick and Linda – who run the place like a professional, exclusive, boutique style luxury “hotel”. Their attention to details is amazing. We did not have the lake view room because the B&B was fully booked during our stay, but we got to have a sneak peak of the views: absolutely breathtaking. Do not even consider saving a few bucks on the rate by choosing the garden view room, it is a huge mistake! The next time we visit, we will book well in advance and get the lake view room. We had a four course dinner prepared by Rick, who is also a professional chef, on our second evening. Combined with some wine tips from Linda, and great company of fellow travelers from Aussie and Germany, we had the most wonderful dinner. I got to say, Rick managed to top most of the gourmet restaurant I have visited. Well done! It is expensive, but if you are looking for a special place this is it. Splurge and enjoy.

Room Tip: Lakeview room - or you will regret it
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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AcaciaCliffsLodge, Owner at Acacia Cliffs Lodge, responded to this review, 13 April 2013
Hi Ghostviking

You describe the lodge perfectly thank you......."a professional, exclusive, boutique style luxury hotel"..........and thank you for the positive feedback.

It's interesting as although the Mapara garden view obviously does not have views of the lake it is a very popular choice for many of our guests who enjoy the private courtyard and luxurious bath and the rest of the lodge is there to enjoy the views from the lounges and decks. It also can accommodate an additional single bed which makes it a good choice for families.

Great to read your comment "next time we visit"! We look forward to welcoming you back!

Thanks again and all the best

Linda Whitlock
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Acacia Cliffs Lodge
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Bora Bora, French Polynesia
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Reviewed 25 March 2013

... Acacia Cliffs Lodge is real heaven! The details, Linda and Rick got them all right. From the very warm and courteous welcome to the generous and elegant picnic hamper, from the "things-to-do around Taupo" to the turn-down service, everything was simply perfect.
The lodge is beautifully designed, with huge french windows, the view is just amazing, either from the living-room or from the room.
And the dinner on the last day was one of the best meal we had in New-Zealand.
Nothing to say except : "Thank you!".

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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AcaciaCliffsLodge, Owner at Acacia Cliffs Lodge, responded to this review, 13 April 2013
Hi Vacancierspro

As you both come from another 'slice of heaven' it is especially pleasing to read your positive
feedback and comments..thank you so much.

We also enjoyed the unexpected gift of chocolates you left us!

We would have loved to have had more time to share your travel stories but you never know..maybe you will be back this way again.....we hope so!

Thanks again and all the best

Linda Whitlock
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 March 2013

I don't know whether to rave about the location or the warmth of the hosts more. I don't think you can get better views over Taupo than this. My room was wonderful with all you need (including wifi) and the relaxed, genuine greeting from Linda ended a long day of driving nicely. I only stayed a night, and it was a Wednesday when Rick takes a night off cooking, but Linda ran me down to town and gave me great recommendations for drinks and dinner. If breakfast was anything to go by then dinners will be excellent. As a solo traveler, if you need to stay anywhere near here, then go to Acacia Cliffs: it will make you feel like visiting friends who happen to be superb cooks, generous hosts and who live at a location you wish was closer to home.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
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AcaciaCliffsLodge, Owner at Acacia Cliffs Lodge, responded to this review, 13 April 2013
Hi Charles

Good to hear you felt welcome and at home during your stay with us........especially important when travelling alone in a new country.

Hope your friend's wedding went as planned and that you are able to return to New Zealand with a little more time to explore..we'd love to welcome you back to Acacia Cliffs.

Best Regards

Linda Whitlock
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Reviewed 23 February 2013

Traveled to New Zealand for 2 1/2 weeks and stayed at smallness Zealand run Lodges. The rooms and setting here was lovely but best was the hospitality warm atmosphere of the hosts. By a twist of fate we also stayed at Hoka Lodge in Lake Taupo and much preferred Acacia Cliffs. Why - while Hoka is breathtaking --- didn't come New Zealand to dress up (sports jackets and silk pants/shirts) and perhaps more importantly the food at Accacia was miles better an Hoka and the quests interesting, well traveled and much more low key. At any price I would stay at Accacia.

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AcaciaCliffsLodge, Owner at Acacia Cliffs Lodge, responded to this review, 13 April 2013
Hi SusanBettyHongKong
Thank you for reviewing your stay with us at Acacia Cliffs Lodge.

One of the highlights for Rick and I as hosts is sharing experiences with guests from all walks of life and from all around the world and introducing them to our special corner of New Zealand so we're glad you enjoyed this too.

We consider ourselves to be very lucky to live in such a stunning location.

Thanks again for your comments.

Kind Regards
Linda Whitlock
Owner/Host
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Property: Acacia Cliffs Lodge
Address: 133 Mapara Road | Acacia Bay, Taupo 3385, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
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Ranked #5 of 33 Speciality Lodging in Taupo
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Hotel Class:5 star — Acacia Cliffs Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury boutique lodge accommodation. Opened April 2008. Stunning panoramic lake and mountain views and a simply spectacular Lake Taupo location! Unique, contemporary design, secluded, yet only minutes from town. This new lodge accommodates eight guests in four luxury suites designed to capture the views. Stylish accommodation, relaxed luxury, superb cuisine and kiwi hosts who offer genuine NZ hospitality and a real NZ experience. Fish, golf, relax.......you may never want to leave! ... more   less 
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