My partner and I, along with a friend, stayed at the beautiful Minarapa Lodge after driving from Hamilton to Taupo on our way home to Wellington. The Lodge is now under new ownership and the hosts Shaun and Pep and their three delightful daughters were most welcoming and accommodating, allowing us to trial our brand new air rifle on the grounds and contacting a taxi service on our behalf when we decided to go into the township for dinner. The Lodge is spacious, well-appointed and boasts a huge pool table, spa pool and park-like grounds. The rooms are spotless, beautifully furnished in up-to-date style, comfortable (I slept very well!) and there were lovely little personal touches everywhere, such as freshly ground coffee and biscuits available in the rooms and chocolates on the pillows at night. Our breakfast was delicious, prepared by Shaun who is a qualified chef and great to chat with, and specific food requirements were happily catered to which I thought very kind. The bathroom adjoining the two rooms we stayed in was beautiful, well-stocked with various toiletries and included a hair dryer and straightener. We paid about $300 for the two rooms, which considering the high standard of the accommodation and service we found very reasonable. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, will definitely be back next time we are in the area!
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- 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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