Staying in Taupo and not paying huge amounts is easy. Like most cities in New Zealand, Taupo is also tiny. Even so, it is very touristy and has a hundred accommodations. So you’re sure to find something that fits your budget. In general it is not an expensive city, nothing compares to Queenstown where prices are very high. In this post we tell you the best areas and hotels to stay in Taupoone of the most beautiful destinations what to see in new zealand.

20 things to do in Taupo

Our hotel in Taupo

During our stay in Taupo we slept in the Lakefront Lodge Taupo. It is located on the shore of the lake and from our room we saw beautiful sunsets. It cost us about €70 per night and we definitely recommend it.


1. Lake Terrace and the surrounding area of ​​the lake, the best area to stay in Taupo

Taupo is not a very big city. It barely has a little more than 22,000 inhabitants. However, It is a very important tourist center. Along with Auckland and Rotorua, it is the most visited destination on the North Island. And no wonder, here is the largest lake in the country! For reference, it is as big as the entire London metropolitan area. Go figure!

If your visit is only for tourism, there is no better area to stay in Taupo than around its lake. In addition, it is where the largest hotel offering in the city is concentrated. Lake Terrace is the main artery of the city. We stayed in this area and we were super happy. Being able to go to bed every night after watching the sunsets over the lake is an incredible experience.

Lake Taupo sunsets are this spectacular

1.1. Why is it the best area to stay in Taupo?

In and around Lake Terrace It is where you will find more hotels, and therefore, better offers. In addition, the city center will be just two steps away from there. So you can walk everywhere, with the exception of some excursions. It is a convenience to be able to go to dinner on foot without having to touch the car, especially if your accommodation does not have free parking.

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2. Our accommodation recommendations in Taupo

2.1. If you are looking for a cheap but good hotel

For travelers who have If you have a fairly low budget or do not want to spend more than €60-80 per night, we recommend the following options. In the end it is normal, in a destination like New Zealand it is advisable to save. Plus, in Taupo you’ll spend the whole day outside, entertaining yourself with walks and walks. You won’t be bored enough to stay at the hotel all day! So if you just need a room to rest, these are perfect. They are cheap but good hotels, also well located. Without a doubt, the three best budget hotels to stay in Taupo.

2.2. If you are looking for a comfortable hotel with a great value for money

The three accommodations we mentioned above are good, although they have a disadvantage. They usually do not have a private bathroom, but rather a shared one. However, if you are looking for something more quality and with more services, this will suit you. If you have a budget between €80-€120 per night, these three options are the best considering their quality-price ratio.

23. If you are looking for a special stay

Taupo is a beautiful city, ideal for dedicating a special date. If you are looking for a timely stay, we recommend these three options. Especially in summer, when you can take better advantage of the facilities they offer. We think it’s a good city to treat yourself to: it’s cheap and you can get a room with lake views for just over €100. The best way to wake up to spectacular views!


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