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Minarapa Lodge - The Pukeko Room

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Overview
1 bedroom
1 bathroom
2 guests
1 night minimum 
Private Room
We welcome you along a wonderful tree-lined drive to enter the peace and tranquillity of our 11-acre rural retreat. Just 10-12 minutes drive (14kms) from Taupo with its wide range of shopping, cafes and restaurants, and 45 minutes from Rotorua. Nestled in the Oruanui Valley amid picturesque countryside, Minarapa Lodge is ideally located for an easy drive to many local attractions. The Rooms Our two guestrooms are located upstairs and offer tranquil vistas of our park-like grounds and the surrounding countryside. Their high chapel ceilings add an extra dimension of space. With a view to guest comfort and convenience, the rooms have tea or coffee making facilities, tv/dvd, bathroom amenities, heaters, as well as the use of a small fridge. Beds are complete with electric blankets and smooth...We welcome you along a wonderful tree-lined drive to enter the peace and tranquillity of our 11-acre rural retreat. Just 10-12 minutes drive (14kms) from Taupo with its wide range of shopping, cafes and restaurants, and 45 minutes from Rotorua. Nestled in the Oruanui Valley amid picturesque countryside, Minarapa Lodge is ideally located for an easy drive to many local attractions. The Rooms Our two guestrooms are located upstairs and offer tranquil vistas of our park-like grounds and the surrounding countryside. Their high chapel ceilings add an extra dimension of space. With a view to guest comfort and convenience, the rooms have tea or coffee making facilities, tv/dvd, bathroom amenities, heaters, as well as the use of a small fridge. Beds are complete with electric blankets and smooth cotton sheets. The Pheasant Room A smaller room with either two single beds or one super king bed. TV-DVD, private bathroom. The pheasant and pukeko rooms can be booked as an entire suite, comfortably sleeping four people with an interconnecting bathroom- perfectly designed for families with children. A cot and highchair are available for your use. Please be aware that the Pukeko room has no room to fit the portacot, so if you are wanting to book only one room and you are travelling with a young child, please book the Pheasant room.
House Rules
Pets not allowedKid friendlyNo smoking
Bedrooms
1 Super King
Bathrooms
1 Full bath

Meet the host
Pep & Shaun M
Hosting since June 2017
Languages spoken: English
Response Time: Within a few hours

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Supernuber
Supernuber
5 contributions
Amazing homestay! Would highly recommend
We found this place last minute as my girlfriend got sick and needed somewhere to rest -- it was much cheaper than any motels in the area we could find. We came with no expectations, just looking for a bed. Little did we know it was so much more! Many amenities were offered that we didn't get to take advantage of since we just rested up the whole time, but even outside of that, Pep and Shaun and their whole family were so warm and hospitable. We had wonderful conversation throughout our time with both Pep and Shaun. They're very knowledgeable on a breadth of interesting topics. And Pep made us the best breakfast I've had in a long time! Honestly better than any brunch place I've been to recently. Do not miss out on this! And added bonus, they have a pet cow (and many other pets / animals)
Visited December 2018
Written 30 December 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

VaiSte
VaiSte
2 contributions
Semplicemente grazie!
Abbiamo soggiornato in questa splendida casa solo una notte purtroppo, ma è stato tutto perfetto. Pep, Daisy e tutti i loro simpatici cani ci hanno accolto con gioia facendoci sentire come a casa. La zona riservata agli ospiti é curata, pulita e arredata con stile e gusto. E poi che dire... La migliore colazione della Nuova Zelanda! Complimenti.
Visited April 2018
Written 27 April 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

rosihb11
rosihb11
Bremen, Germany11 contributions
Super Unterkunft nahe Taupo
Die Unterkunft ist zwar nicht leicht zu finden.Das Ergebnis ist aber hervorragend. Sehr komfortabel und außergewöhnlich geschmackvolle Einrichtung und genau so außergewöhnlich herzliche Gastgeber. Gern wären wir länger geblieben.
Visited March 2018
Written 29 March 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Emma H
Emma H
Marlow, United Kingdom3 contributions
Fantastic family homestay- the highlight of our trip
We've just returned from 3 weeks in New Zealand, and the Minarapa Lodge was definitely the highlight of our stay. It's in a beautiful spot, just out of Lake Taupo town and Shaun and Pep have it just right. Lovely sunny rooms in a separate annexe, great breakfasts and amazing dinners cooked by Shaun! Shaun and Pep are so friendly, and immediately made us feel at home and their gorgeous daughters were amazing with our 2 young girls (2 and 4) who had an absolute ball with them. There were lots of animals to feed and they loved running round their land. If you have children, then this is the place for you. My oldest is still talking about Cheery and Pie the goats!
Visited February 2016 Travelled with family
Written 19 March 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Pep B
Pep B
Dear Emma and family - we loved having you to stay with us, we had a lot of fun too! Maybe we can see you again one day....there will be different animals to play with then!
Written 25 March 2016. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Godfrey B
Godfrey B
Diss, United Kingdom28 contributions
Lovely family atmosphere
We absolutely loved this place! We were greeted so warmly by Pep and Shaun and their three lovely daughters and immediately felt at home in their magnificent house. Our room was delightfully decorated with great attention to detail and the shower in the bathroom was just brilliant. We took the opportunity to have an evening meal at the property and this turned out to be an excellent choice. The food was delicious and beautifully presented, eaten in front of an open log fire. We really appreciated Shaun and Pep's lively conversation and enjoyed chatting with the girls at breakfast time and being introduced to their various pets. We were really sad to leave.
Visited January 2015 Travelled as a couple
Written 17 March 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Rob O
Rob O
1 contribution
Want to go back!
I stayed here during a work trip, for work near Whakamaru. The hosts Shaun and Pep made me feel very welcome and I found it super easy to relax after work. Originally I had intended to head in to Taupo for dinner, although the meals at Minerapa were too good to pass up. It was great to have some conversation over dinner, and I was very thankful not to be staying in bland corporate accommodation. An outdoor spa was a fantastic end to the day, and I am truly grateful for the effort that Shaun and Pep and family went to in making my stay memorable.
Visited August 2014 Travelled on business
Written 23 October 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Peak R
Peak R
Bangkok, Thailand29 contributions
Home away from home !
We had spent two nights at this wonderful Lodge. The first impression in finding the place was that it is rather far from the lake, distance-wise. However, that subdued thought was soon distinguished as we were welcomed by the hosts Shaun, Pep and the children. Instead, we found the house and surrounding farm charming. Most of all the friendliness of the hosts whom went out of their way to make sure we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. And that we did, more so than at many other wonderful B&Bs of the trip. The recommended dinner at the Brantry was a joy, good food, ambience and service. A house is only made of brick and stone, a home is made of love alone ! Well done guys, hope to see you in Thailand.
Visited January 2014 Travelled as a couple
Written 29 January 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Erick957
Erick957
Flensburg, Germany1 contribution
Margret u. Klaus , Germany
eine wunderbare B & B Unterkunft, wir hatten zwei sehr schöne Tage bei dieser netten Famile. Das Zimmer sowie das Bad sind traumhaft schön, mit viel Komfort, ruhige und landschaftlich tolle Lage, guter Ausgangspunkt für Unternehmungen, durch die liebe Familenatmosphäre haben wir uns gleich wie zuhause gefühlt, Super-Frühstück war inbegriffen
Visited January 2014 Travelled as a couple
Written 26 January 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Melissa R
Melissa R
Wellington, New Zealand2 contributions
Relaxing location
My husband and I stayed at Minarapa Lodge 3 nights. Our room and en-suite were bright and comfortable, the service was excellent and we really enjoyed our stay.. Their farm location in the valley is the perfect distance from Taupo, far enough out to be very peaceful and relaxing but also close enough to pop out for dinner. Pep and Shaun were very welcoming, we enjoyed chatting with them over breakfast, which was superb! I highly recommend Minarapa as the perfect place to unwind and relax for a few nights while enjoying then central North Island - thank you so much guys :)
Visited October 2013 Travelled as a couple
Written 3 October 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Pep B
Pep B
Thankyou so much for your lovely review Mel. We thoroughly enjoyed having you to stay and are pleased to have helped with your relaxing short break. We wish you all the best for the future and hope to see you again soon!
Written 6 October 2013. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Denise M
Denise M
Auckland Central, New Zealand1 contribution
A Must Return
We could not fault our visit. Definitely a return but necessary to book in advance.....word is spreading! Christmas with the Bragg family is one to be enjoyed by adults and children I am told. I know where I'm going next Christmas. Delicious food, relaxing family environment, peaceful tree studded garden to stroll in; a real home away from home. Thanks and see you again soon Pep, Shaun and girls. A satisified Aussie Denise
Visited January 2013 Travelled with family
Written 26 January 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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