Guest Comments

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


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

"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."

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

"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 "

“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.”

“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.”

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

"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!"

"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!"

"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"

"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."

Wow! What an incredible place. Felt like home the minute we walked in.

“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”

“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”

Our Awards

Congratulations: Lake Taupo Lodge is one of the top-ranked properties in Taupo on TripAdvisor!

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