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Acacia Cliffs Lodge
Ranked #6 of 34 Speciality Lodging in Taupo
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Reviewed 24 March 2009

Acacia Cliffs is perfect. The lodge is an amazing building with staggeringly wonderful views of the lake. Our room could not have been better and waking up to see the sun rising over the lake was incredible. Linda and Rick are great hosts and looked after us really well. The first night we stayed we had arranged for Rick to make dinner for us - half way through dinner we were asking if he could make dinner for us again the next night. He did and both dinners were unforgettably brilliant (as were the breakfasts). This is a really special place.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank MJB_London
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Reviewed 4 March 2009

We had a 2 night stay at Acacia Cliffs Lodge and wish we had been able to extend our stay. Our hosts Rick and Linda we so lovely and welcoming, we felt right at home as soon as we arrived. Rick cooked us an amazing 4 course meal and it was a pefect way to settle into the lodge looking over the lights of Taupo. We loved the lodge, the views and the company. Great comfy beds too! Thanks Rick and LInda, we can't wait to return!

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank fasta
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Reviewed 21 February 2009

This was a wonderfully relaxing and enjoyable experience. The lodge is a grand design style modern but intimate experience. The rooms have balconies with incredible views of lake Taupo and the extinct volcanoes. The hosts are attentive to your every need - they got up at 5am to cook us breakfast before we treked across volcanoes. They also are incredibly friendly, have interesting stories and Rick cooked us some wonderful vegeterian meals - a truely great experience, even worth flying for 24 hours to get there.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank Sparkymorgan
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Reviewed 16 February 2009

I would definately recommend staying at Acacia Cliffs Lodge.
A very stylish abode set overlooking Lake Taupo. The food, the hospitality and the accommodation were all top class.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank petalPerth
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Reviewed 14 January 2009

My husband and I stayed here to relax for 2 days before catching up with family and friends.
Our room was very comfortable and well-appointed with a private balcony and fantastic views over Lake Taupo.
The Lodge is perfectly laid out for guests to enjoy the many common rooms of it.
The focal point is the kitchen annex sunroom and spacious balcony. We spent quite some time there with our fabulous hosts Linda and Rick. They made us feel welcome like longtime friends coming to stay.
For dinner guests have the option to dine in and I can highly recommend doing that at least one night you are there. Rick is a great chef; he will inquire about dietary requirements and then prepare a true feast.
We thoroughly enjoyed our very relaxing stay at Acacia Cliffs Lodge.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 December 2008

While travelling around NZ my boyfriend surprised me with a night at Acacia Cliffs Lodge and what a surprise it was. Everything about our stay was amazing. Linda and Rick are such warm and friendly hosts, they really made us feel so welcome.

Upon our arrival, Linda brewed fresh coffee for us and treated us to her delicious homemade chocolate biscuits. The complimentary bottle of wine in our minibar also went down well while sitting out on our balcony looking out over the lake.

Our room was superb with possibly the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. The floor to ceiling windows gave us a fantastic view - needless to say, that night we slept with the curtains open.

I would definitely recommend this place and also advise to go for the option of dinner - Rick's cuisine is just superb! I long to go back there and spend another night - it really is a place that you just don't want to leave.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank magserz
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Reviewed 7 December 2008

My wife and I recently stayed at the Acacia Cliffs Lodge for a birthday treat. We were traveling around NZ in a campervan and wanted somewhere unique, picturesque & 5* with the option of an evening meal (we have an 8 month baby who we were reluctant to leave with baby sitters).

It couldn't have proved more suitable, the lodge is fabulously located in the wooded hills overlooking Acacia Bay and beautifully designed/furnished by Rick and Linda who are the perfect hosts - warm & welcoming replete with a rich mine of local information and wonderful tales of their travels all over the world.

The 4 course meal was delicious and reflected Ricks many years of cheffing and restaurant experience. We can honestly say - hand on heart - that it was the best 24 hours of our 10 weeks of traveling around Oz & Nz (that included a number of luxury and boutique hotels).

We wish them the best of luck and hope to come back soon.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled with family
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Thank Rareeclipse
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Additional Information about Acacia Cliffs Lodge

Address: 1/133 Mapara Road RD 5 | Acacia Bay, Taupo 3385, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 34 Speciality Lodging in Taupo
Price Range: £320 - £394 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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