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Clearwater Motor Lodge
Ranked #12 of 69 Hotels in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence
Hamilton
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“Fantastic Getaway”
Reviewed 3 August 2012

My partner and I stayed here for a winter getaway. We stayed in a lakefront downstairs studio unit. Out unit was pure luxury. We didn't even need to put the heatpump on as these units are thermally heated. The bed was extremely comfortable. The spa pool was wonderful, it is pure mineral water from a bore. The kitchen was adequate and well stocked. The bathroom was spacious and a great shower. The managers were only too obliging to do anything for you.
We thoroughly enjoyed out stay at this motor lodge and are already looking forward to going back next year.

Room Tip: We had a corner suite which was very sunny.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 24 April 2012

We stayed in Unit 4 which is upstairs overlooking Lake Taupo. The views of the lake and the distant mountains are fantastic. There is plenty of room for a couple and the large spa pool in the room is filled with mineral water from a bore near the Lodge. The recuperative powers of these waters is amazing and to have them right there in your room is a real bonus. The bed was comfortable and there is a well stocked kitchen with rangetop and microwave oven. Good parking in front of the Lodge just a short distance from the room. There is a walking/cycling path between the Lodge and the units so we found that the upstairs unit gave better privacy and a better view than downstairs.The manager and his wife were very friendly and helpful. We will certainly be back on future visits to Taupo.

Room Tip: Get an upstairs room facing the lake for maximum views and privacy
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2012

There is a huge jacuzzi tub in the room (and a small shower) with bubblebath supplied. The water comes from a geothermal bore. Lake Taupo is the caldera of the biggest and most destructive volcanic eruption in the last 70,000 years and there is still plenty of heat available :) We did have a sideways view of the Lake but only 2-3 units have the really optimal view towards Mt Tongariro across the Lake. The hotel is right on the waterfront. There is steam coming off the water at the beach...

There was quite a large kitchen area as well as a small balcony.

The wifi internet had crashed and so was not available. The person at the front desk said this often happened and volunteered to try to get it up again but I told her not to bother.

Room Tip: Try to get a room that actually faces the Lake rather than a sideways view.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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NEW ZEALAND
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Reviewed 18 February 2012

Stayed in Unit 5 (which has been mentioned in Tripadvisor) for two nights over a weeekend - wonderful view of the lake, pleasant interior with comfortable bed, did not use the spa bath as swam in the lake which is easily accessible outside the front of the Lodge - nice warm currents. Our friends stayed in Unit 3 which we thought was slightly better as the kitchen had a window in it and made the entry area and kitchen brighter - same view out the front. Our pick of the units would be downstairs under Unit 3 (or under Unit 5) as you have your own small garden area and can sit outside to have breakfast or a drink in the evening with the wonderful lake vista. The larger spa pool under the Lodge was great to have a soak in - perhaps a few tubs of bright shrubs or flowers would add to the area. Enjoyed our stay and found the couple taking care of the Lodge for the owners very accommodating. Would stay again. Had a great meal at the Steak and Ale House (serves chicken and fish meals also with nice salad) - ambience and service very good.

Room Tip: Downstairs units overlooking lake under Units 3 and 5 as you can sit outside
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, BC
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Reviewed 11 December 2011

Clearwater Lodge is right on the lake, with direct access to a path running along the shore. All rooms have lake views, with most having views to the mountains to the south (the 6 rooms facing the lake have the best views). Clearwater have their own thermal hot water source, and they use it to heat a small outside hot pool, and large spa baths in every unit. Units are roomy, well furnished, clean, and comfortable. The biggest negative is (typically for NZ) expensive WiFi, which you pay for based on how much you download. We have stayed at Clearwater before, and would definitely do so again.

Room Tip: Rooms at the end face directly onto the lake and have the best views.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2011

Great place to get the best view of the lake and the snow capped Tongariro in the backgroung. It is right in front of the hot water beach, and far enough away from the road to be quiet. It has everything you need and the in room spa is very relaxing. Room 5 has the best views

Room Tip: Room 5 has a balcony and views to Acacia Bay and Ruapehu, and you can hear the water lapping , and s...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 November 2011

We stayed here for a night with my husband and three children. The facilities were great and the managers extremely cheerfull and helpful. I would definately stay here again. And the kids loved having a spa in the lounge, a great experience all round, thanks so much.

Room Tip: Any room. thanks
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Clearwater Motor Lodge

Property: Clearwater Motor Lodge
Address: 229 Lake Terrace, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Taupo
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Taupo
#9 Luxury Hotel in Taupo
#15 Family Hotel in Taupo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Clearwater Motor Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
LAKE EDGE TRANQUILITY Clearwater Motor Lodge offers quality accommodation situated right at the waters edge of lake Taupo. All 10 self-contained units provide king beds, in-room spa, kitchen facilities, TV/DVD, balcony or courtyard. 6 Of our Studios with unlimited lake & mountain views.Family units with same facilities, 2 single beds in separate bedroom. On-site Thermal plunge pool & BBQ. Quiet location Free on-site parking. Perfect for romantic couples ... more   less 
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