If you’re heading over the ditch any time soon, I thoroughly recommend visiting the Lake Taupo region. And, more specifically, Whakaipo Lodge (who were recently named as the winner of the 2016 New Zealand Bed and Breakfast Excellence Award!).
The owners of the Lodge, Garth and Angie London, are passionate foodies with a wealth of knowledge about the Lake Taupo region and beyond. They set up Whakaipo with the intention of providing an enjoyable, authentic New Zealand experience. I can confirm – they have definitely achieved this!
The architect-designed building is approximately 15 minutes out of town. Meaning that it’s peaceful, but also close enough to make it a convenient base from which you can check out local attractions.
The Lodge is small, giving it a boutique, intimate feel and plenty of opportunities to interact with your lovely hosts should you require some local input to your travel plans. They have two guest suites (suitable for two guests each), with an additional room available should your party exceed four.
They use local produce, including Volcanic Coffee (which is roasted locally and, in the words of my travel companion, “the best coffee he’s ever had”), Pinot Gris from a local vineyard, Lakeman Craft Beer and fresh free range eggs. Much of what they use is also grown on the Lodge’s 10 acre estate – you don’t get much fresher than that!
Your stay includes a gourmet brekkie, afternoon tea/espresso coffee, an evening drink (wine or craft beer) and homemade, delicious canapés. You can also use the Lodge’s mountain bikes, free Taupo airport transfers are provided, there’s free wifi and parking.
If you’re after something super luxurious, the Lodge has a number of fantastic packages on offer. You can find out more details about these packages here.
On that, my suggestion would definitely be to opt for a package that includes a four-course hosted dinner. Angie and Garth are absolute whizzes in the kitchen and are very accommodating when it comes to catering to special dietary requirements.
A big thank you to Angie and Garth for their hospitality, we’ll definitely be back! x
Find out more about Whakaipo Lodge at www.whakaipolodge.co.nz
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