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Above the Lake at Windsor Charters
Ranked #18 of 41 Taupo B&B and Inns
Coventry, United Kingdom
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“Lovely setting, friendly hosts”
Reviewed 12 December 2012

we had a lovely room upstairs with beautiful views across the lake, it is clean and well appointed and there is a good sized bathroom. Ivan and Maggie were really welcoming and very helpful. we were in Taupo for the bike fest and they were so good fitting breakfast around race times etc. Food was delicous. They were knowledable and helpful about local attractions. The B& B is in a nice location, quite a way from the town centre but a straight forward drive in and plenty of parking.
we would stay here again if in the area.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 March 2012

This was our second visit to New Zealand. On our last trip we drove from Rotorua to Napier without a stopover but decided this time that we must make time to visit Lake Taupo which is a really beautiful area.

We arrived on a very, very hot Sunday lunchtime and found the town absolutely packed with people which was a surprise as it had seemed quiet when we had driven through on the previous visit. We had a bit of difficulty finding somewhere for lunch but there are many cafes so eventually found one with room.

Above the Lake is a bit out of the town, a bit too far to walk, but there are many parking places so that wasn't a problem. We were a bit alarmed when we saw that next door there is a pub/restaurant as we thought that it might be noisy late at night which was not the case at all and Maggie suggested that we go there for our evening meal. We had a great dinner and went again the following night.

We stayed in the downstairs suite which was lovely and had two great breakfasts.

There are many walks in the area and a great museum so, even though the weather was wet the next day, there was plenty to do.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane
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Reviewed 29 January 2012

We arrived into Taupo without accommodation but wanting to stay a few nights. We found Above the Lake on the net and could only get in for one night. We took it, the weather was not good and this place looked very inviting Ivan & Maggie were both there to greet us. We were given the Lake view room, it was perfect. Great sitting area c/w tea,coffee, tv and more importantly a really comprehensive folder, containing all we needed to plan a few days.

We were invited to have a glass of wine, it was lovely sitting in their beautifuly decorated sitting room with sweeping views of the lake, even on a rainy afternoon it was delightful. We didn't want to venture out to far for dinner so on Ivan & Maggies recommendation we ran (still raining) next door to the Mole & Chicken. We both had a great meal, slept like babies in a very comfy bed and woke to a great breakfast.

All in all couldn't recommend enough.

Room Tip: The lake view room was roomy and very comfortable.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 29 January 2012

We chose the Above the Lake B&B from reading the Trip Advisor reviews and we were not disappointed. The room - more like a suite - was spacious and very clean. The room was on the ground floor so there is no view but for one night it was a great stopover. The house is set back from the road so there was no traffic noise and the off-street car parking was a bonus. Good hearty breakfast. The owners were very friendly and helpful during our stay.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 December 2011

We, two couples, stayed two nights with Ivan and Maggie in their home's 2-bedroom suite. The suite is clean, roomy, light and cheery, and nicely furnished. Located at ground level, the outer wall of the three rooms are windows, with access from the living room to a patio with table and chairs.

Maggie and Ivan are delightful people and hosts. I found it quite special that they both sat down and had breakfast with us. The conversation was as enjoyable as Maggie’s cooking! The dining area has a terrific view of the lake; at our last breakfast it was especially beautiful.

In addition to the B&B, Ivan skippers a charter boat on Lake Taupo for fishing and/or cruising; we did a little of both. We caught a number of trout, two of which were keepers and Ivan’s mate, Gary, cleaned them. Later, we took them to the Mole and Chicken - which happens to be next door to the B&B - and the chef prepared them for our evening meal. Exquisite!

It drizzled on an off during our time on the lake but the weather did not dampen our fun. Ivan’s boat is covered so we stayed nice and dry. The boat has a cooktop so tea and coffee were available; it’s not a problem to bring beer, which is what we did (the boat has a head too).

Thanks to Ivan and Maggie for making our time in Taupo such a memorable one!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 19 October 2011

This B&B has great hosts and a good location. When we first arrived, Ivan and Maggie gave us a warm greeting. They took the time to show the 6 of us our rooms, starting with the Garden Suite and then up to the Lakeview Room. The Lakeview Room is just as it states, a view of the lake from the sitting room. Definitely a must room to stay in to view the lake either in the morning or in the evening.
Ivan & Maggie are full of information on the local attractions and they were more than willing to share with us which attractions would suit our time-table better. So the next time you need information on the local attractions, ask them for their recommendations.
Breakfast was super! Freshly cooked breakfast by Maggie, together with the cereals, fruits, juices and coffee and tea made the day start so fabulously. A great place to stay when you are in Taupo.

Room Tip: The Lakeview Room has the best view.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 5 July 2011

When we arrived at Above the Lake we were greeted warmly by our host Maggie, she showed us our quarters and invited us to wine and nibblies on the back deck in the afternoon with Ivan, Maggie and the other guests staying at the time. Our room was the Lakeview Room which had views of the lake from the sitting room. Our room was spacious and beautifully decorated, we were provided with toiletries, robes, tourist information and a refrigerator including bottled water, tea and coffee, wine glasses and coffee cups. Breakfast was at 8 am each day and it was a real treat to have fresh fruit, cereals, juices, tea and coffee supplied along with a hot breakfast fresh cooked by Maggie. The sunsets over the lake each night were a fabulous bonus to such wonderful surrounds. Our hosts were full of information for the non local and were lovely enough to share themselves their time and their beautiful home (which featured a lovely art collection) with us on a daily basis. Free to come and go as we please but always made to feel welcome on our return at the end of each day. I wouldnt hesitate to recommend this venue to anyone looking for a lovely relaxing time which may or may not be shared with such lovely hosts. We are hoping to return in the future...Thanks Maggie and Ivan for such a memorable occasion, Megan and Glen.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Above the Lake at Windsor Charters
Address: 46 Rokino Road, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites
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Ranked #18 of 41 B&Bs / Inns in Taupo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury Taupo Bed & Breakfast accommodation. Located in the heart of Taupo overlooking the lake, mountains and Taupo town. 3 tastefully furnished guest rooms with private facilities. Charter boat trout fishing with your hosts an option. ... more   less 
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