Acacia Cliffs Lodge

Taupo, North Island, New Zealand

With stunning lake and mountain views and a simply spectacular Lake Taupo location, Acacia Cliffs Lodge evokes a sense of stylish luxury, privacy and comfort and offers a very special, hosted New Zealand experience.

At a Glance

  • Rick and Linda are wonderfully welcoming hosts, offering superb kiwi hospitality, spectacular cuisine and a warm and personal service

  • Sleek, contemporary and beautifully designed without losing any of the welcoming and cozy touches

  • Facing east means that you can enjoy magical sunrises over the lake from the comfort of your bed

  • Rick loves to discuss his cuisine over a glass of wine as he prepares your evening feast in the open kitchen

  • The main lounge is perfect for curling up with a good book in front of the fire admiring the view of Lake Taupo

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Insider's View

Keep the curtains open at night to enjoy the stars and then wake to the most incredible view over Lake Taupo through the floor to ceiling windows.

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Indulge and revive in a simply stunning location. Architecturally designed, with spectacular lake and mountain views, Acacia Cliffs Lodge offers superb cuisine and secluded luxury only minutes from the spectacular Lake Taupo. Owners, Rick and Linda Whitlock, are experienced hosts who enjoy offering genuine kiwi hospitality and relaxed personal service and are passionate about both their beautiful lodge and the Lake Taupo region.

Perched high on a ridge above Lake Taupo, this unique, boutique lodge, accommodates eight guests in four super-king suites. The three lake view suites open to private decks commanding grandstand views of the lake and mountains, while the garden suite offers the added luxury of a sumptuous free standing bath and a tranquil garden courtyard setting. Each has its own private deck or courtyard, spacious modern en-suite, contemporary décor and the little touches that show you’re somewhere very special.

Acacia Cliffs offers a unique style combining the features of the original pole house with the comforts of contemporary design. Indoor/outdoor living is a feature with large sliders and bi-folds opening out onto the many sun drenched decks and outdoor garden areas and a choice of private and shared spaces in which to relax.

Complementary wine, gourmet coffees, teas and refreshments, pre-dinner canapés and drinks and sumptuous breakfasts are included in the tariff while four course evening meals are available by arrangement with menus that change daily based on the freshest seasonal produce.


Acacia Cliffs Lodge has four suites. The three lake view suites open to private decks commanding views of Lake Taupo and the surrounding mountains, while the garden suite features a free standing bath and a tranquil garden courtyard setting. Each has its own private deck or courtyard.


Children over the age of 5 years are welcome to come and stay at Acacia Cliffs Lodge. Extra beds or cots can be requested.


During your stay at Acacia Cliffs Lodge, the majority of the activities are outdoor based. You can choose to go hiking, horse riding, sky diving, jet boating or fishing to name a few options. The staff at the hotel will help to advise and arrange activities to suit you. Or if you're feel like having a relaxing day, there are plenty of spots to sit down to read a good book with a fabulous view at the lodge.

Location & Directions

Taupo, North Island, New Zealand

Set on Mapara Road, 6 kilometers from the vibrant town center of Taupo town. Acacia Cliff Lodge offers panoramic views over Lake Taupo, Mount Tauhara, Acacia Bay, the Taupo township and the snow-capped Kaimanawa Mountain ranges.

When to go

The climate in New Zealand is incredibly pleasant, with warm and balmy summers and cold crisp winter months with wonderful clear, blue skies. The warmer high-season months of November to April are perfect for outdoor exploration. The colder months of June to August are the best time to ski.

Both North and South Islands are drier on the east coast, rather than on the west, where mountain ranges act as a trap for the moisture-rich winds from the Tasman Sea. It is also worth remembering that it is usually a few degrees cooler on the South Island than the North Island and as New Zealand has a maritime climate, the weather can change rapidly.

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