We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“A home away from home”
Review of Whakaipo Lodge

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 7 more sites!
Whakaipo Lodge
Ranked #2 of 41 Taupo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Hopewell, New Jersey
1 review
“A home away from home”
Reviewed 31 March 2014

Angie and Garth make you feel at home from the second you arrive. They had wonderful food, provided beautiful clean accommodations, and engaged in thoughtful conversations. They even offered to do some wash for us…..as we were traveling 3 weeks on a one week supply of clothes.
I would go back here in a heartbeat. We hope you too are able to enjoy this HOME AWAY FROM HOME if you are ever in this area traveling.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Juliegrossman
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

196 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    190
    5
    1
    0
    0
See reviews for
31
139
2
3
Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
  • Location
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (37)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 15 March 2014

I recently stayed with Angie and Garth for four nights, while in Taupo for Ironman New Zealand. I couldn't have asked for a better stay. Peaceful, beautiful room. Close enough to Taupo, five minutes by car, but far enough away to be restful. Highly recommended. I'll certainly go back.

Room Tip: All the rooms are great.
See more room tips
  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank RBMcCl
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
los
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 26 February 2014

My husband and I recently stayed at Whakaipo Lodge for two nights, and we couldn't have asked for a better experience. The lodge is stunning and cozy at the same time. You feel right at home with Angie and Garth's (the hosts) warmth, and Angie's homemade cooking is to die for. They are both very knowledgeable or the area, and they can give you lots of information depending on what your objective is. We are outdoor enthusiasts, so they gave us some tips on some of New Zealand's greatest hikes. We were also able to do some stargazing, which was refreshing to see such a clear sky away from the city lights! The suite was very spacious, and they even had a towel rack that heats the towels (a definite highlight for my husband). You have your own outdoor patio if you want to sit outside and sip wine or enjoy a book. Very close to the town of Taupo and easy to navigate. You must stay here if you're in the area, it is like a serene retreat.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank deanjes1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 26 February 2014

Staying at ‘Whakaipo Lodge’ was such an enjoyable time. My husband and I were on our 2nd anniversary and Angie & Garth made such an effort to make our stay so memorable.
From the moment we arrived, we were greeted and waited on. Everything was effortlessly provided which made us feel pampered and relaxed. Just what we needed when we were celebrating our wedding anniversary and having a well needed break away from crazy family/children life ☺ We only wished it was for longer!!
I was really impressed with everything about our stay at Whakaipo Lodge – from the beautiful suite through to the amazing dinners, breakfasts, wines, afternoon teas and picturesque scenery. But above all, was how welcomed and taken care of we were. Superb hosts!
I would totally recommend Whakaipo Lodge to any local or international traveller. A truly exceptional accommodation and dining experience.

Room Tip: Brilliant accommodation all round - sorry no pool tho! Amazing shower pressure tho! And who needs...
See more room tips
  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Lizzy H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Adelaide
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2014

We enjoyed four nights in this lovely lodge, two each on the way to and returning from Wellington on a driving trip. It is about 5 minutes drive out of the town of Taupo. Our suite was spacious, beautiful and luxurious, with a bathroom, dressing room, mini fridge, mini safe, iron/board, desk/chair, small sofa, tv etc and the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in (with beautiful linens as well). The suite was at one end of the lodge and overlooked the pretty garden (with bifold glass doors) and was quiet at night.
Garth and Angie were perfect hosts and very helpful in recommending activities to suit us - my husband went for a few bike rides to the nearby bay on one of their cycles, and we even ended up taking a helicopter ride around the local volcanoes, which was able to collect us from the lawned area behind the lodge! That was a thrill!
The breakfasts, and the evening nibbles and drinks and conversations with our hosts were pretty special too. All in all an experience way above a hotel experience. Thank you Garth and Angie.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Susan G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 12 February 2014

We wanted to spend some quiet time together after a very busy year. It also happened to be our Wedding Anniversary. We were greeted as royals, wonderful hosts, warm and chatty and a location that makes you feel at ease. The accommodation is spacious, with the luxury touch, and blends into the character of the Lodge.
Garth and Angie are wonderful hosts, will ensure the your time is yours, and whatever they can do to enhance your visit is no obstacle.
We have stayed in many small boutique hotels around the world, and Whakaipo Lodge is up with the best, with its own relaxed style and surroundings

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Review collected in partnership with this hotel

Helpful?
Thank Glen C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hong Kong, China
1 review
Reviewed 9 February 2014

We only had one night booked at Whakaipo Lodge due to a busy itinerary, but we wished it could have been more. Garth and Angie, the hosts, provide a wonderful reception and could not have been more helpful or hospitable. Their personal level of service and attention obviously comes from their own extensive travel experience and marked out Whakaipo Lodge as one of the main highlights of our NZ tour. The accommodation is thoughtfully and tastefully presented and supremely comfortable with subtle and appreciated small touches. We can be extremely fussy travellers, but Whakaipo Lodge came up trumps in every respect. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Review collected in partnership with this hotel

Helpful?
Thank Beggmo2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Angie L, Owner at Whakaipo Lodge, responded to this review, 12 February 2014
Thank you so much for your review. So many of our guests tell us they wish they had stayed longer! Taupo is a gem of a place to visit and was the winner of one of Trip Advisor's Travellers Choice Destination Awards for 2013. We strongly recommend visitors base themselves in Taupo for several days to take advantage of our thermal valleys, beautiful lake location and proximity to the stunning Dual World Heritage Tongariro National Park.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Taupo hotels
6.3 mi away
Hilton Lake Taupo
Hilton Lake Taupo
#7 of 69 in Taupo
2,063 reviews
5.6 mi away
The Reef Resort - Heritage Collection
5.3 mi away
Gables Lakefront Motel
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
5.3 mi away
Sails On The Lake
Sails On The Lake
#5 of 69 in Taupo
310 reviews
9.5 mi away
The Pillars Retreat
The Pillars Retreat
#1 of 41 in Taupo
276 reviews
6.0 mi away
Huka Lodge
Huka Lodge
#3 of 41 in Taupo
274 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Whakaipo Lodge? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Whakaipo Lodge

Property: Whakaipo Lodge
Address: 1/504 Mapara Road RD 5 | Acacia Bay, Taupo 3385, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 41 B&Bs / Inns in Taupo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Whakaipo Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Award-winning lodge nestled in serene beauty adjacent to Whakaipo Bay, you'll truly discover the best that Lake Taupo has to offer. Stunning location, luxury accommodation, gourmet food & wine and great company are all here in abundance. So sit back and relax in style. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, Priceline, Hotels.com, Agoda and Evoline ltd so you can book your Whakaipo Lodge reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing