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Paeroa Lakeside Homestay
Ranked #37 of 41 Taupo B&B and Inns
Yorkshire
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88 reviews
30 hotel reviews
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“Paeora - just perfect!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2011

Our reservation at Paeroa was made via the internet without reading any reviews from TA - the place looked just perfect - exactly what we were looking for. I exchanged emails with Barbara before booking as we were looking for accommodation over Christmas and wanted to make sure that there would be availability. She was more than helpful, offering to obtain menus from local hotels / restaurants for us so that we could dine in nice surroundings on Christmas and Boxing Day evenings. Furthermore, she also took the time to explain to the establishments about my husband’s allergy to ensure there wouldn’t be any problems. We chose our restaurants / menus from the information that Barbara emailed and she then very kindly made reservations for us and arranged deposits on our behalf. Barbara was so kind and went out of her way to make sure that we were catered for.
Paeroa is in Acacia Bay, a quiet residential district of Taupo. We arrived mid-afternoon Christmas Eve and were warmly welcomed by Barbara. We were shown to our room which was amazing - and didn't disappoint from the web pictures. We had chosen the penthouse suite at the top of the house - mainly for the promised view which overlooked the lake across to Taupo and the mountains beyond. The room was very tastefully furnished with lovely decor and accessories, flowers from the garden, fresh fruits - and a handful of beautiful scented lavender stems lay on the bed. Beautiful white bed linens and large soft pillows, a large bathroom with a corner Jacuzzi bath, separate shower and quality towels. There was also a separate dressing room with full length mirror, ample hanging space and luggage storage and a cabinet with an amazing assortment of teas, instant and roasted coffee, cafettiere, kettle, ceramic cups, glasses, milk and biscuits. Everything was catered for. While we settled in, Barbara very kindly made us tea and invited us into her sitting room where we were given seasonal pastries as accompaniments. We met John – Barbara’s lovely husband and the four of us enjoyed a very relaxed hour of conversation where they showed a great interest in our travels. Christmas Day was amazing. John & Barbara were visiting relatives and had told us about their plans when we booked our stay so we were fully aware. They did however invite us to join them for an early breakfast before they left if we felt so inclined to rise early. However, we had such a comfortable sleep that we missed their departure. Barbara had prepared the most amazing breakfast treats imaginable for us and we enjoyed our ‘feast’ at their dining table – looking out over the beautiful lake and their delightful garden. She had even left a Christmas card and wrapped a little gift for us so that we had a present to open on Christmas morning. A really lovely gesture. Further treats awaited us as Barbara had also prepared a Christmas lunch picnic box which was full of surprises. We spent our day over at Huka Falls and early afternoon opened up our basket to ooooh’s and aaaah’s and wows. We had a Christmas blanket and a Christmas tablecloth, crackers with hats and trinkets, pink champagne and the most amazing assortment of foodie treats imaginable. Rack of lamb prepared just right, salads and accompaniments, breads and garnishes, desserts and pastries and chocolate hearts – our ‘feast’ was admired by many passing our picnic place – it was delicious. Barbara had really done us proud and we had a wonderful wonderful day. We shared our Boxing Day breakfast with John and Barbara at their table with even more home made treats and discussed our plans for the day. They gave us more ideas on where to visit, and when I mentioned that I had been considering a helicopter flight, Barbara kindly made enquiries with a local heli-centre for us, and after discussing rates with them, I booked a flight for that afternoon. It was awesome.
John and Barbara are terrific hosts who open their home to strangers and offer the best of hospitality. We stayed with them for 4 days and it was the best time of our trip. We met other members of their lovely family too – all of them genuinely nice people who took the time to talk with us and show an interest in our travels. We knew before we left home that our stay at Paeroa would be special, but it far exceeded our expectations. We would not hesitate to return again and would highly recommend Paeroa as a wonderful place to stay. Thank you John & Barbara for making our stay with you so enjoyable – we loved it.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2011

We spent 3 nights in this wonderful homestay during our honeymoon in New Zealand. We'd planned two nights, but decided on a third right away when we met John and Barbara and saw the lovely views of the lake. Apart from giving us a very friendly welcome, our hosts were just lovely, they gave us recommendations for restaurants, booked tables for us and we really enjoyed it when they invited us to share a glass of wine with them in the evening.
The room was bright and cosy and had this spectacular view of the lake; the first thing you see in the morning when you open your eyes, it's just brilliant!
We stayed at various accommodations during our 5 weeks in NZ and this one is definitely one of our favourites. We'll definitely stop there next time we're in the country!
Mona&Stephan, Switzerland

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mona10Schweiz
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2010

Stayed one night never again. Arogant woman owner hugely overpriced.

  • Stayed March 2010
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Steamlion123
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lakesideBBTaupo, Owner at Paeroa Lakeside Homestay, responded to this review, 20 January 2011
Dear SteamLion, we are having some trouble locating your booking as we don't seem to have had a one night booking in March 2010 and don't remember any unhappy customers. In any event, we are deeply sorry that you did not enjoy your stay. We would be happy to discuss any issues you may have had as you haven't really outlined any specific details in your review. Please do not hesitate to email us at bibbys@taupohomestay.com as we pride ourselves on ensuring that all of our customers leave with a smile.
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My husband & I spent several enjoyable nights there with our friends. The hosts were very friendly and accomodating. We had a lovely spacious and attractive room overlooking the lake. It was clean and had beautiful decor with an ensuite bathroom. Our breakfasts were excellent in their enjoyable company. Would not hesitate to recommend this homestay. Sincerely Elaine & Doug, Port Alberni, BC Canada

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2010

We stayed for three nights in a downstairs ensuite room with own living room and garden overlooking the big lake, and had a wonderful time. Very relaxing, peaceful and stress free. Both the hosts were welcoming and accomodating, and were very helpful in assisting with our rental car which broke down! The room we stayed in was a decent enough size, very clean. And as for that view! Highly recommended!!

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2010

Aside from catching three trout on the lake within minutes, and hiking in the mountains, the highlight of our time in Taupo were Captain John & Barbara Bibby. They remain by far the most gracious hosts, best tour guides and chefs of all the homestays on the North Island. I certainly would'nt stay anywhere else in Taupo but here @ Paeroa Lakeside Homestay, what a view!

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2010

My husband and I stayed here three nights as part of a longer trip across New Zealand, and I'm surprised to see the other reviews--it's like we were in a completely different place!

We found the accomodations charming, the views lovely and our hosts delightful. We booked the top floor suite, it came with a jacuzzi tub in the bathroom and a breathtaking view of Lake Taupo. We enjoyed viewing the lake from our private terrace and had comfortable, uninterrupted sleep.

It is a house in a neighborhood, without a B&B sign, but as a 'homestay' (rather than a B&B) I didn't expect a sign and liked the idea of staying in someone's house. We found the host and hostess gracious and available, and breakfast on the second day of our stay was easily the highlight of our trip. All the breakfasts were good...day two was special.

We ate at a communal table with the other guests and the hosts, and had delightful conversations along with the tasty--and attractively presented--food. The owners were charming and well-traveled, the other guests were fun and the whole experience was a delight. It felt really homey, talking with the other couples and lingering over coffee. My husband still talks about how he learned to smoke trout from the owner--and still smokes fish that way.

We found the location terrific; the neighborhood is close to town, and there's lots to do in and around Taupo. We would absolutely stay here again if we were in this part of the world.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Paeroa Lakeside Homestay
Address: 21 Te Kopua Street | Acacia Bay, Taupo, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
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Ranked #37 of 41 B&Bs / Inns in Taupo
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Hotel Class:4 star — Paeroa Lakeside Homestay 4*
Number of rooms: 2
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