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Hilton Lake Taupo

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Hilton Lake Taupo

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Hilton Lake Taupo - Hilton Lake Taupo. Copyright Hilton Lake Taupo.

Bask in the breathtaking natural beauty of Taupo from Hilton Lake Taupo. Nestled among the epic scenery of Taupo on New Zealand’s North Island, our hotel was originally built in 1889 as The Terraces Hotel. Experience awe inspiring natural beauty and stunning blue water as well as the best trout fishing in the world.

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Relax in Hilton Lake Taupo guest rooms where considered amenities such as 32-inch LCD TV and walk-in showers furnish a touch of luxury. Upgrade to a spacious Guest Room Plus to enjoy panoramic views of Lake Taupo. Absorb history in the elegant marble bathrooms of Deluxe Rooms, sited in the Heritage wing, originally built in 1889. Fully self-contained apartments are ideal for groups or longer stays. In a choice of one or three bedrooms, all have fully equipped kitchen and private terraces.

Dine in famous style at Bistro Lago - part of celebrity chef Gareth Stewart's Nourish group. Gareth’s Executive menu places emphasis on the finest of international produce. Savor signature dishes like Alaskan Crab and Prawn, and relax with a cocktail at the open fireplaces. Enjoy any mealtime al fresco on open air balconies.

Maintain any workout routine at Hilton Lake Taupo. Get to work on the cardio machines in our fitness room and challenge friends on the tennis courts. Warm down in the sauna, steam room and thermally heated spa pool.

Hold conferences and celebrations in the spectacular setting of Lake Taupo. Hilton Lake Taupo has seen many brides have the most special of days in our 250 capacity Cellar Ballroom. Rent AV from the business center to make presentations easy and use videoconferencing to connect with colleagues globally. Hilton is committed to sustainability and will offset any group’s CO2 emissions, free of charge.

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Review date:   March 24, 2018 5:59PM
Review:   Scenic viewed of Lake Taupo from room. Clean, fresh. Parking included. Water overflowed from shower onto bathroom floor. Beautiful modern design interior. Restaurant not in building but in old de Brett's. Need to walk a fair way outside building to get to restaurant.
Author:   Gillian Rutter
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Review date:   April 12, 2018 4:28AM
Review:   My husband and I booked 2 nights / 3 days (late check out of 1 pm) at the Hilton Taupo via Luxury Escapes. The package cost us $399 which included the breakfast buffet each morning, plus $50 credit to use in the restaurant. Our room and terrace had a great view of the Lake, and the ensuite was modern with under tile heating. We had a delicious dinner there on our first night and thought the breakfast choices were excellent. Check-in was fast and efficient, the restaurant service was friendly and professional. The only hiccup was discovering the coffee mugs & teaspoons were still stained from use by the previous room occupants. We brought this to the attention of Reception. When we returned later in the day there was a complimentary bottle of wine waiting for us, plus a personal message/card from Head of Housekeeping, Heidi. It was very much appreciated. Thank you. We had a lovely few days in sumptuous surroundings - the only thing we didn't get around to was having a swim in the pool !! Highly recommended.
Author:   Susan White
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Review date:   March 4, 2018 2:13AM
Review:   Enormous suite with a beautiful view of the lake. Friendly service and nice restaurant. The gym and pool were also very nice. Although it’s a little ways away this was a great base for doing the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
Author:   Catherine Tsang
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Review date:   May 13, 2018 2:45AM
Review:   Room was excellent. Enjoyable spa and cool swimming pool. Did not use gym or sauna.
Author:   Louise Parkin
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Review date:   March 24, 2018 5:46PM
Review:   We went here for dinner and were somewhat disappointed at the service and my wife's scotch fillet was 1/3 gristle. My meals were fine. Staff were friendly but too few, we waited 45 minutes for our meals to arrive
Author:   Alan Sampson
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