When we arrived at Ambleside, we immediately felt like we were old friends or family since that's just the way Russ and Pat are. They invited us to use their geothermal hot tub which was wonderful after a long day of activity. Pat even provided a glass of wine to complete the idyllic setting. Our room was very comfortable, with its own sitting area, balcony and a private bath across the hall. We had wonderful conversations over the homemade breakfast goodies. Our time in Taupo was just a lot more fun when we got to share it with them. I hope we have the opportunity to visit again.