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    Where to Stay in Taupō on Your Family Holiday

November 17, 2023

Taupō is a place of stunning natural beauty – and with its tranquil lakes, green forests, and unique geothermal wonders, it’s an ideal spot for a family getaway.

You’ll need a few days to fully soak up the serenity of Taupō – which was crowned as New Zealand’s most beautiful town in 2023. To help out, we’ve compiled some awesome, family-friendly accommodation options to get your planning started. More than just where you rest your head – it’s where you unwind, connect, and recharge for the next day’s adventures. Close to restaurants and entertainment that the kids will love, choose from a hotel, motel, campsite or holiday home that suits your family.

Taupō Holiday Parks and Campsites

Taupō DeBretts Spa Resort combines villas, studios, and chalets with campsites for families travelling in motorhomes. The highlight is the unique hot springs and thermal pools on-site, providing a soothing retreat after a day of exploring Taupō’s attractions. Plus, guests get discounted pool entry and hydroslide pass, which is sure to put a smile on everyone’s faces.

Or embrace the lakeside charm at Lake Taupō Holiday Resort, a family-friendly park featuring self-contained units, cottages, and powered sites. The resort is home to a giant playground and lagoon-style pool with swim-up café, providing ample entertainment for parents and children.

For a classic Kiwi holiday park experience, Taupō Top 10 Holiday Park offers diverse accommodations, including cabins and campervan sites. With communal facilities, BBQ area and a convenient location, it’s an excellent choice for families keen to explore Taupō’s natural wonders and adventurous activities.

Top 10 Holiday Park

Taupō Holiday Homes

Booking a holiday home in Taupō brings a bunch of perks for families. Stretch out with separate bedrooms and plenty of space, plus use the fully equipped kitchens to cook up your family favourites and save on dining out. Some places are even pet-friendly so you can bring your four-legged pals along too.

Board games or backyard cricket? Whichever you choose, spend some quality time together and make special family memories at your own home-away-from-home. There’s hundreds of options in town ready to book in a few clicks – browse Airbnb, Bookabach or Love Taupō to get inspired.

Blue house in Taupo

Taupō Hotels and Motels

Set in a 19th-century building yet boasting all the modern comforts, Hilton Lake Taupō boasts views over Lake Taupō combined making it a great choice to stay in Taupō. Opt for connecting rooms or book a suite for the whole squad. Plus, ‘puppy playcations’ packages are available so you can bring the dog too. Only a 5-minute drive to the town centre, the Hilton is a winning location.

Hilton Hotel Lake Taupo

Located centrally in the action of town, Acacia Lakeview Motel is a comfortable motel with spacious 2-bedroom units perfect for families, some with full kitchen facilities. Right on the lake, the views are spectacular and its only a short walk to cafēs and restaurants.

A room inside Acacia Lakeview Motel

So, with your family accommodation sorted, now it’s time to plan your activities! Taupō happens to be home to New Zealand’s most exciting whitewater jet boat ride – Rapids Jet. This heart-pounding jet boating experience promises an exhilarating ride through the mighty Waikato River, offering a unique perspective of New Zealand’s natural landscapes.

With skilled drivers at the helm, prepare for sharp turns, adrenaline-pumping speeds, and breathtaking spins that will leave everyone grinning from ear-to-ear. Rapids Jet is more than just a ride; it’s an unforgettable journey through the heart of Taupō’s wild side, perfect for adventurers of all ages. Book a discounted family pack which is great value for 2 adults and 2 children.

Rapids Jet
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