“Must Stay” accommodation

Must stay is a choice of accommodation for visitors to Taupo. We know it can be hard to chose the right place to lay your head so we put this list together to help you out. Below is a list of Must Stay accommodation, all locally owned and operated offering kiwi hospitality, clean rooms and fair prices throughout the year.

Another “Must Do”… ALWAYS BOOK DIRECT.

**Important to read before booking your accommodation**
Websites other than a properties own website charge commissions to the motel or hotel etc. These commissions can be between 15-25% so can be very expensive for the accommodation provider. To still be able to offer services like sky television, air conditioning and spa pools operators have to add on costs like commissions to still be competitive. Must Stay accommodation providers WANT YOU to book direct so give them a call or check out their website and SAVE!

Book your accommodation direct. It's always cheaper!!

Gables Lakefront Motel

Taupo’s contemporary Lakefront Motel. Gables provides modern facilities, fantastic views and a warm welcome. If you are looking for a great place to stay within walking distance to the town centre and across the road from Taupo’s main beach then this is the place for you.

There is a combination of accommodation available, ranging from the top of the line Superior one bedroom units which include stunning lake views and your own private hot pool, to deluxe one bedroom units, or the two and three bedroom family units.

Prices from $180

130 Lake Terrace, Taupo
Ph: +64 7 378 8030

Millennium Hotel and Resort Manuels Taupo

Set on the shores of Lake Taupo, Millennium Hotel & Resort Manuels Taupo has an unprecedented lakefront location. Two onsite restaurants and a lounge bar with stunning lakeviews complement the 51 accommodation rooms.
The hotel has also been artfully decorated to create an air of glamorous elegance, and its heated swimming pool, private grotto plunge pool, sauna, and gym provide guests with leisure options right at their doorstep.

With 3 stylishly appointed event venues, 12 luxurious suites, and 39 boutique guest rooms, Millennium Hotel and Resort Manuels Taupo is undoubtedly the town’s most desirable location for events and vacations.

Prices from $165

243 Lake Terrace, Taupo
Ph: +64 7 07-378 5110

Executive Motel

Looking for the special Motel, where professional service has the “personal touch” the Executive Waterfront Motel is the ideal place for discerning couples and small groups seeking quality and tranquil accommodation in a secure environment; only minutes to Taupo’s main attractions, restaurants and the CBD.

Your hosts Steve and Gill look forward to making your stay a pleasant, unique and relaxed experience, we can book your activities, smoke the trout you catch, guest BBQ’s are always fun, and breakfasts are available by arrangement to ensure you make this a holiday to remember

Prices from $150

111 Lake Terrace, Taupo
Ph: 0800 40 60 40

52 on Rifle

52 on Rifle Motel prides itself on delivering friendly, quality, affordable Taupo accommodation. We offer self-contained units for single travellers, family unit set-ups and 3-bedroom options, ideal for groups. Only a short walk from town centre and with a café across the road, this Taupo accommodation has many conveniences for guests

Prices from $135

52 Rifle Range Road, Taupo
Ph: 0800 525 200

*** FREE Breakfast. Save up to $30 on breakfast when booking direct. Contact Acapulco or go to their website to book direct and save.

Acapulco Motor Inn

Acapulco Taupo Motor Inn has a range of accommodation choices that can sleep from 1 to 8 guests. Some Motel units have a spa Pool or spa bath. All Motel rooms have air conditioning. Check through their accommodation choices to match your needs to the best Acapulco Motel room or apartment. Quality affordable motel accommodation in a central location.
Accommodation at Acapulco Motor Inn Taupo means QUALITY and AFFORDABILITY. A genuine kiwi owned and operated Motel with friendly service in a fantastic LOCATION.


19 Rifle Range Road, Taupo
Ph: 0800 378 7174

Anchorage Resort

This Taupo Lake edge accommodation offers self-contained, serviced, motel accommodation with a range of options. Modern well-equipped studios and 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments – all with complimentary WiFi, FREE parking, and air conditioning, some with underfloor heating.

Luxurious heated outdoor pool along with a large spa pool. There is also an indoor spa and sauna which is very popular with guests.

Prices from $119

346 Lake Terrace, Taupo
Ph: 0800 991 995

*** TIKI DEAL – FREE WIFI and FREE Breakfast when booking direct. Contact TIKI LODGE or go to their website to book direct to SAVE***

Tiki Lodge

If you’re looking for an affordable, friendly place to stay with lake and mountain views then come take a look at Tiki Lodge. We offer FREE Wifi and FREE BREAKFAST (between 8 and 10:30am). We are only a 2 minute walk to Taupo towncentre, lakefront, cafes & restaurants. We have a selection of dorm and private rooms, with a large kitchen and lounge, undercover parking, high-pressure showers, personal storage lockers and storage facility for equipment.

Prices from $22

104 Tuwharetoa Street, Taupo
Ph: 0800 845 456

Boulevard Waters

Experience the best of Taupo accommodation in one of our boutique motel rooms – we are as close to the lake as you can get!

Every room at Boulevard Waters is right on the lake front, no busy roads to cross, and no interruptions to your view no matter which motel room you are in, we promise! Enjoy our quiet accommodation and beautiful views encompassing stunning Lake Taupo, snow capped Ruapehu Mountain and the town centre lights


Prices from $209

215 Lake Terrace, Taupo
Ph: 0800 541 541

Acacia Lakeview Motel

SAcacia Lake View Motel offers the opportunity of an amazing family getaway with our suitable rooms in the Acacia Wing. Our warm and welcoming rooms gives you the possibility to choose  two bedrooms apartments with lake view, including a spacious kitchen and comfortable lounge or one bedroom standard family room, sky channel and free unlimited Wifi for the kids. Acacia Wing assures you and your family a suitable and friendly place to stay


Prices from $165

243 Lake Terrace, Taupo
Ph: +64 7 378 5110

VU Thermal Motel

We are called “VU”, standing for the amazing ‘views’ from our motel, one of the best spot to view sunsets in Taupo

A natural thermal bore is 25m beneath the property, all guests can enjoy thermal baths either in-room private pools or in a communal bath house, free of charge!

A fresh water outdoor pool is heated geothermally, averaging 25°C all year

Prices from $150

2 Taharepha Road Taupo
Ph: +64 7 378 9020