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The Reef Resort

219 Lake Terrace Waipihihi, Taupo 3330 New Zealand
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#3 of 61 hotels in Taupo
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We offer modern, clean, quiet and comfortable motel accommodation right on the edge of Lake Taupo, New Zealand. We have a range of room options from studio suites to one Bedroom Units all with spa baths and heat pumps.to luxury three bedroom apartments with thermal spa pools. We have free on-site parking, a heated swimming pool, a thermal pool, free high speed fibre WiFi, and most rooms come with breath-taking views of the lake and surround mountains.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Breakfast available
Beach
Spa
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Parking
Wifi
Hot bath
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Kitchenette
Microwave
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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NesNate wrote a review 11 Feb
Perth, Australia75 contributions122 helpful votes
Our studio room was extremely spacious with the most comfortable bed. We had a spa bath with a shower over it, which was a great option. The pool was a welcome relief in the afternoon as well as in the evening as it is heated. If you hop in the lake first and then the pool, which is what we did, then you'll definitely make the most of it. Most importantly, the hosts were absolutely lovely and accommodating. I would 100 percent recommend this as a beautiful place to stay if you are passing through Taupo. We'll definitely be back.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Room Tip: Mobil station across the road has nice pies and also an easy place to go to stock up on drinks...
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LC1331 wrote a review Dec 2023
Alamo, California56 contributions50 helpful votes
We loved this gorgeous hotel steps from Lake Taupo. The room was spacious and comfortable, with all of the amenities you could wish for, including a well stocked kitchenette and a luxurious spa tub. The outdoor pool and spa area was beautiful, and there were ample robes and beach towels. We appreciated the free parking and the amazing view of the lake from our room. Above all, our hosts at reception were as warm and kind and welcoming as can be. We highly recommend this wonderful resort!
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Kate W wrote a review Nov 2023
Great Malvern, United Kingdom52 contributions7 helpful votes
Lovely apartment overlooking the pool. Exceptionally clean and well maintained. Loved the heated swimming pool and the hot pool. The hosts were friendly and helpful. Located adjacent to Lake Taupo and a few minutes drive from Taupo itself. The Edgewater restaurnat was recommended by our hosts and we enjoyed a good meal there, it's about 5 minutes walk away.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Responded 1 Dec 2023
Thank you for your lovely review - always a pleasure to have guests who enjoy themselves. Thank you once again from the Team@ReefResort
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bianca5699 wrote a review Oct 2023
Tauranga, New Zealand229 contributions68 helpful votes
Nice enough motel, good views of lake and mountains from our room which was large with attractive furnishings. Downside was lack of cleanliness - toilet seat had urine on it as did toilet rim. There were two lots of hair in the spa bath. So once we had got over that bit of yuck we enjoyed our stay.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Response from Reef Resort Taupo, General Manager at The Reef Resort
Responded 9 Oct 2023
This person was not a guest at Reef Resort. We have had no complaints regarding cleaning and refute these claims. Our rooms are cleaned and then checked by a senior staff member. Trip advisor refuse to take this review down even though the gust did not stay with us.
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Frank H wrote a review Apr 2023
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Lovely place with very friendly hosts. Our room was clean and well serviced with the most wonderfully comfortable bed and pillows! The pool looked small but in fact was perfect - loved the warmth and that of the spa. An easy walk to town along the lakefront - most enjoyable.
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Date of stay: April 2023
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: We could hear guests in the room above talking into the night but the next night it was quiet.
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Response from Reef Resort Taupo, General Manager at The Reef Resort
Responded 1 May 2023
Love that you enjoyed your stay with us -we appreciate your great review - many thanks The Team@ReefResort
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Essexgirlretired wrote a review Apr 2023
Marlow, United Kingdom59 contributions36 helpful votes
Lovely place to stay . Well appointed rooms with small kitchenette, modern showers all super clean, lovely heated pool and spa pool, all right on the lake front - access via a gate. On-site parking and friendly reception. Would definitely visit again
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Date of stay: April 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 1 May 2023
Thank you for such a lovely review - it makes our day when our guests enjoy their stay with us - many thanks from TheTeam@ReefResort
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rbthodge wrote a review Mar 2023
Whitby, Canada1634 contributions275 helpful votes
Stayed here years ago on first trip to New Zealand and loved everything about this hotel. Had to stay again on return trip. Everything is just as good as the first time. Located on main street into/out of Taupo and fronting onto lake walking path. Easy distance to central Taupo and all it has to offer. Managing couple super friendly and helpful. Pool and grounds beautifully maintained and so soothing after an active day or just to relax and refresh. HIGHLY recommend. Only sad part was leaving to continue our holiday.
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Response from Reef Resort Taupo, General Manager at The Reef Resort
Responded 26 Mar 2023
So pleased your return trip was as good as you expected - we love that you enjoyed your stay with us again. Many thanks for an amazing review from the Team@ReefResort
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Ian H wrote a review Feb 2023
Banbury, United Kingdom67 contributions50 helpful votes
Really great location with magical views over Lake Taupo. Rooms are very comfortable and the furnishings are of good quality. The staff are excellent and very helpful and friendly. The pool (although a little small) is warm with a wonderful (naturally heated) hot tub next to it - very relaxing. A great stay (thank you) - and we would definitely recommend staying here.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Responded 26 Mar 2023
Great to come to another country and find somewhere you really like - many thanks for your great review from TheTeam@ReefResort
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acid_slug wrote a review Feb 2023
Scottsdale, Arizona46 contributions23 helpful votes
We had a studio apartment overlooking the pool and lake. In spite of the wet weather during our stay, we were able to enjoy the hot pool and hot tub. The room has lovely big windows which slide open onto a good sized balcony. The staff are friendly and helpful, the apartment was very clean and had everything we needed for our short stay. It is about a 30 minute walk along the lake front to the town center which has lots of choice for eating out or walking around the shops.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 26 Mar 2023
We love it when our guests enjoy their stay with us and it sounds like you did - look forward to seeing you again sometime - many thanks from The Team@ReefResort
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Susan R wrote a review Jan 2023
Wellington, New Zealand54 contributions14 helpful votes
We were so impressed with this hidden gem. We had arrived in Taupo in early December with nothing booked (last minute decision), and after visiting 2-3 properties along the waterfront, and being met with lacklustre reception, we walked into The Reef Resort to be greeted with a smile from the friendly receptionist. Although the property was almost full, she gave us a choice of two rooms, showing us both and giving us price options which we accepted. The location is superb. The resort has a heated pool and spa pool. Our room was beautifully presented and super clean. Great selection of glasses, crockery and cutlery with a small kitchenette. Our bed was uber comfortable and the location was quiet. The following morning we were greeted by the owners with a big smile and an easy check-out. Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Responded 27 Mar 2023
Thank you for your wonderful review - love that you enjoyed our property and amenities - thank you from the Team@ReefResort
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PRICE RANGE
$270 - $311 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
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LOCATION
New ZealandNorth IslandWaikato RegionTaupo DistrictTaupo
NUMBER OF ROOMS
21
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Reef Resort
Which popular attractions are close to The Reef Resort?
Nearby attractions include Waipahihi Botanical Gardens (0.8 km), Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort (1.1 km), and Mount Tauhara (0.09 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Reef Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and a spa.
Which room amenities are available at The Reef Resort?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Reef Resort?
Guests can enjoy breakfast, barbeque facilities, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at The Reef Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Reef Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Mole & Chicken, Bistro Lago, and Edgewater Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Reef Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Reef Resort?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Does The Reef Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.
Is The Reef Resort accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.