The Lake Motel, Taupo

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The Lake Motel Taupo

One of the original motels in Taupo and now the most unique. The classic style has been maintained, but with a modern twist to create one of NZ's most unusual boutique motels. 

The 6 motel units have been decorated in a retro style using restored furniture from the 1960's & 1970's, whilst still offering modern comforts.

The location of the lake is ideal, situated in 'the bird area' of Taupo it is just 220 metres from the lake front and within walking distance of Taupo's towns centre & restaurants. Although central, it is surrounded by trees and is away from the main highway.

With attention to detail throughout, The Lake is a unique establishment which is NZ's only motel to have featured in "Home & Entertaining", NZ's top design magazine. From its stylish retro decor, to the bird filled gardens, The Lake is truly a boutique motel with a difference. 

Taupo Retro Accommodation

All rooms are located on the ground floor. They all contain televisions with sky, queen beds, telephones, free wi-fi, separate bathrooms, fridges with tea/coffee making facilities. The self-contained units also have kitchenettes with microwaves.

Rates (quoted in NZ$, subject to change)

  • Self contained units $145.00-$205.00 (sleeps 2 - 4 people)
  • Studio $125.00-$185.00 (sleeps 1 - 2 people)

* Special rates will apply on major event weekends. Prices are subject to change without notification.

* Foldaway bed and port-a-cot available on request.

Activities in and around Taupo

Here are just some of the activities you can enjoy which are easily accessible from The Lake Motel.

  • Lake Taupo: 5 - 10 minute walk from The Lake Motel. Swim, fish for trout, parasail or kayak on the clear waters of Lake Taupo
  • Golf: A top international golf course is 10 minutes drive away and several smaller courses lie close by.
  • Bike: The Lake Motel has two bicycles (with helmets) available for guest use to see Taupo and surrounding areas.
  • Adrenaline Rush: Try a bungy jump, a skydive, jet boat ride, hot air balloon ride, 4 x 4 motorbiking or mountain biking.
  • Day Trip: To the Hawkes Bay wine region (Napier, Havelock North or Hastings), the Waitomo glow-worm caves or Rotorua.
  • Walk: Taupo has a vast range of walks and hikes from the Tongariro Crossing which is described as the best 1 day walk in New Zealand, to a 1 hour walk around the "craters of the Moon".
  • Ski & Snowboard: An hour and a half away is NZ's largest ski field, Whakapapa. Ski in winter, hike in Summer.
  • Visit Huka Falls: NZ's most visited natural attraction with gentle walks and jet boating.



63 Mere Road
Taupo 3330

Phone: +64 7 378 4222

Mobile: +64 21 951 808


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