Jonathan Gold – One of the world’s best food critics / LA Times Food Critic
"Thank you for fêteing us at your palace of trout!"
Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who) - Actor
"Thank you so much for a cosmic stay. All the best."
Burt Reynolds - Actor
"I will never be able to thank you enough for all your kindness and warmth both you and your staff gave to me while guesting in your lodge. You made me feel as if it was partly my home too. I shall always feel that way."
Sir Peter Jackson- Movie Director
"A wonderful weekend of rest amid the madness of filming. Great R&R, great food and great people, thanks, until next time"
Michael Palin - Actor
"The Perfect Stay!!! Great attention to the smallest detail and all the big things - Food, Comfort, Relaxation, absolutely top of the league.
Thanks to you all!! I'm a new man, who was once "
Jayne and Sir Clive Woodward, Director of Sport - British Olympic Association
“Thank you so much, Gary and Shirley – the most wonderful few days – so relaxing, so comfortable and such wonderful food and wine. We really appreciate your superb hospitality.”
Warmenhoven Party - NetApp California
“Our thanks to the world’s finest host. Our second visit was even more fun than our first, and we can’t wait until our third.”
Kim Novak - USA
"I so enjoyed sharing my time and art with you, let’s do it again!"
Brett Wilson – Calgary, Canada
"My son and I enjoyed several days here – using the venue as a base camp (a luxury base camp that is) for hiking and trekking in the Lake Taupo area. Staff (i.e. chef Chris) and hosts (Gary and Shirley) made every moment enjoyable. We would return!"
Barbara Meyer – Hobart, Australia
"What a thrill to stay at such a beautifully designed Frank Lloyd Wright inspired house in such a beautiful garden.. Gary’s hospitality was also wonderful!"
Joseph Dillard MD – Billings, Montana, USA
"You made our stay memorable with warm hospitality, eye for detail. Lake Taupo Lodge is truely a special place. Joe caught 25 rainbow trout in one day over 20inches. Stories will be told on stellafong.com"
Laurie Ochoa Gold – Arts and Entertainment Editor – LA Times
"Gary, what a magical interlude we’ve enjoyed at your lake retreat. You and Shirley are such warm hosts and Chris is a wizard in the kitchen. We especially loved what Chris did with Gary’s trout and we can’t forget Baxter and Zoe, fluffy companions to those 3 lovely felines."
Rachel Hunter – Supermodel
Wow! What an incredible place. Felt like home the minute we walked in.
18 Jan 2020
“A huge thank you to Gary, Shirley and Chris for making our stay at Lake Taupo Lodge so memorable. Everything about our stay (whilst too brief) was perfect, and we really enjoyed our drink at the bar with you Gary (and Alan and Shirley) talking about all of your sailing adventures. Take care. Charlie and Charlotte x”
22 Jan 2020
“We have absolutely loved our three days with you and a huge thank you to Gary, Shirley and Chris, and all the staff, for making the Lodge such a wonderful place to stay. Your passion to host and make people feel at home is very engaging, and the family feel of home is so special. We hope to be back for a longer stay in the future, so many thanks again and all our best wishes. Wikkor and Carol x”