Guest Comments

"Thank you for fêteing us at your palace of trout!"

Jonathan Gold – One of the world’s best food critics / LA Times Food Critic

"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."

Laurie Ochoa Gold – Arts and Entertainment Editor – LA Times

"Thank you so much for a cosmic stay. All the best."

Peter Capaldi, Doctor Who - UK 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."

Burt Reynolds - Actor

"A wonderful weekend of rest amid the madness of filming. Great R&R, great food and great people, thanks, until next time"

Sir Peter Jackson- Movie Director

"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 "

Michael Palin - Actor

“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.”

Jayne and Sir Clive Woodward, Director of Sport - British Olympic Association

“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.”

Dan Warmenhoven CEO and Chairman of NetApp California

"I so enjoyed sharing my time and art with you, let’s do it again!"

Kim Novak - USA - Actress and Artist

"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!"

Brett Wilson - Calgary, Canada - Dragons’ Den Canada

"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!"

Barbara Meyer - Hobart, Australia - Architect

"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"

Joseph Dillard MD - Billings, Montana, USA - Architect

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