Why Stay in Taupo



Don’t be fooled into thinking that one day in Taupo is going to be enough time to see and do all the things that this region has to offer. We are happy to assist you working out a great itinerary.

This is why we are known as “Destination Great Lake Taupo”

Some ideas to think about while staying in Taupo


Rapids Jet – this great operator is run and owned by locals so you get the real experience and as a bonus they offer “the only Grade 4 Rapid in NZ”

This company also offers you the chance to go White Water Rafting – what a great combo.

Parasailing – unfortunately this is a summer only activity

Sky Diving – your choice of heights with a very experienced crew again this Company is locally owned and operated

Zip Lining – a short drive over to Rotorua where you can experience New Zealand’s only Native Forest Zipline Canopy Tour – an incredible experience and another Must Do


A must see is the Mine Bay Maori Carvings – take a day or an evening cruise on the very popular Ernest Kemp

Wairakei Thermal Pools –  these natural mineral pools have to be the best way to relax either just because you can or the way to wind down after spending time doing one of the more adrenalin junkie activities (Grab One regularly has deals on entry fee so please check with us first). Soak away any aching bones or just relax for a few hours – choose your own temperature by moving from pool to pool. We offer our guests bath towels to take with them.

Lava Glass – an incredible collection of glass items on display – a great place to buy something special as a gift or to take home with you.

TROUT FISHING – we have a range of great Fishing Operators who will take you out on the lake and experience the chance to catch a Rainbow or Brown Trout. If time permits we will smoke and pack your trout for you or enjoy it whilst here for your evening meal.

Huka Falls Cruise – again locally owned and operated so you will get a truly local experience as you cruise up the river – stop at the bottom of the renowned Huka Falls  a great photo opportunity

Huka Falls and Aratiatia Dam release – these falls release every day at 10 am 12 noon and 2.30 pm – both are only a short drive from the Motel and an enjoyable experience

Craters of the Moon – just over 5 kms from Town is this unique and memorable experience - a geothermal walkway ( takes about 45 minutes) Along with elevated viewing platforms you will see plants that have adapted to survive in these very hot and steamy conditions

FOODIES PARADISE – Taupo has an eclectic number of restaurants ranging from great Steak Houses, to Thai, Indian, Vietnamese and Italian.  We also have the 5 Star Brantry Restaurant who offer degustation menus (Closed Sun/Mon) 

And for that personalized service just 800m away we have the Mole and Chicken where you can have a relaxed dining experience with again local staff and owners.

For those who want to stay in for the evening there are a number of places who will deliver to the Motel, or you are more than welcome to use the complimentary guest Barbeques

Day Excursions – From Taupo it is an easy drive down to spend the day in the Snow or experience the Tongariro Crossing.

Napier – the great Art Deco town – lots to see and do with great cafes and just a 2 hour drive from the Motel

Hobbiton – if you are a Lord of the Rings fan this is another must see – again just an easy drive from the Motel to experience this incredible opportunity

Geothermal activities – a short drive from Taupo is Orakei Korako  and Wai O Tapu Thermal Wonderland