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The Pillars Retreat

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Travellers' Choice 2018 Winner
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This unique purpose built Mediterranean style two storied country manor is a 10 minute drive from central Taupo, the perfect spot to stop, relax and discover the central north island. Panoramic mature gardens and surrounding mountains greet you as you enter our front gates. A warm Kiwi welcome awaits from your resident hosts John and Nancy. Our four self-contained, spacious, luxuriously appointed upstairs ensuite bedrooms all with spectacular rural views, refrigerators, Tea & coffee making facilities, TV with USB, underfloor heating, Free Wi-Fi and serviced daily. All have an invitation to share complimentary early evening refreshments and to swap travel stories with other guests. A free shuttle to restaurants is provided, or guests can bring readymade food provisions and eat at home. You could just have a day relaxing around the salt water pool reading a book from our library collection. Children over 13 years are welcome.
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Property amenities
Free Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Public Wifi
Breakfast included
Tennis Court
Non-Smoking Hotel
Airport Transportation
Outdoor pool
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Non-Smoking Rooms
Family Rooms
Refrigerator in room
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Full view
Getting there
Taupo Airport7 km
Rotorua Airport69 km
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All reviews other guests hosts john new zealand felt like royalty their beautiful home b bs manicured gardens breakfast was delicious homemade yogurt taupo area luxury hotel stayed longer swimming pool lovely couple room was large home away from home underfloor heating
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Reviewed 5 February 2018

We visited The Pillars Retreat midway through our two week Honeymoon to New Zealand. Although our stop was brief, it was easily our favorite stay thanks to the hospitality of John and Nancy. From the moment we arrived, they treated us like friends rather than...More

Date of stay: November 2017
Thank Dilini F
Response from JohnPillarsNancy, Owner at The Pillars RetreatResponded 9 February 2018

Hi Dilini, Thank you so much for such a loving review. We surely did have a good time with you both. Hope your trip home was positively eventful and we hope to see you back again some time in the future for a longer stay....More

Reviewed 2 January 2018

We stayed for two nights in December and were not disappointed. John & Nancy are such wonderful and accommodating hosts, that it really did feel like home. Their knowledge of the area and places to dine were helpful in planning what to do in the...More

Date of stay: December 2017
1  Thank Eric H
Reviewed 29 December 2017

Stayed here in December - on our three week visit to NZ this was easily the best accommodation. Delightful in every way - a taste of perfection and complete with hosts who seemed to be genuinely interested in us and our comfort. Although a B&B...More

Date of stay: December 2017
1  Thank Michael S
Reviewed 27 December 2017 via mobile

Nancy & John are wonderfully hospitable hosts! It was like being at home! Breakfasts were fantastic, the home & grounds immaculate, and their knowledge of the area unparalleled. We enjoyed lounging on the veranda one morning and being close to town but away from the...More

Date of stay: December 2017
1  Thank JTD505
Response from JohnPillarsNancy, Owner at The Pillars RetreatResponded 29 December 2017

Thank you so much for your kind words. We really enjoyed your company and hope to see you again someday.

Reviewed 20 November 2017

We stayed two nights at The Pillars Retreat in Taupo. The property is so beautiful and well maintained. Our room was very large and well appointed. Our hosts, John and Nancy were very welcoming and helpful. Great breakfasts.They had great suggestions for restaurants and activities....More

Date of stay: October 2017
1  Thank rnightingale3
Response from JohnPillarsNancy, Owner at The Pillars RetreatResponded 22 November 2017

Thank you for staying with us, we hope to see you again in the future.

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Response from JohnPillarsNancy | Property representative |
We certainly are Gay friendly and would be very happy for you to come and stay.
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"All rooms have a view and the location is very quite"
1 Apr 2018
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"La suite très vaste et très confortable. Autres chambre spacieuses très bien équipées et la décoration très..."
17 Feb 2018
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"Beautiful sunsets here. Love the gardens and the swimming pool was a great bonus!!"
17 Feb 2018
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"Any of the four rooms will be perfect."
28 Dec 2017
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US$197 - US$259 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
pillars hotel taupo
New ZealandNorth IslandWaikato RegionTaupo DistrictTaupo
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