Acacia Cliffs Lodge
Taupo, Central North Island, New Zealand
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 cosy 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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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.
To start planning your holiday to Acacia Cliffs Lodge
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.
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.
Complimentary 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. We recommend you choose the lake view suites to make the most of this incredible landscape.
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.
Charlotte Winter (Staff)
Just a 10 minute drive from the centre of Taupo, sits the charming Acacia Cliffs Lodge. Rather than a lodge, the property feels and operates more like a luxury B&B, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The property is made up of four good-sized rooms, with three of them offering spectacular views over Lake Taupo. There is also a lovely dining room, lounge area and large balcony, which again all face the lake. The latter would be a wonderful spot to enjoy breakfast in the morning summer sun! Owners Rick and Linda are very friendly and welcoming, as well as particularly knowledgeable about the surrounding area, so you won't be stuck for ideas on things to do! Acacia Cliffs Lodge would work very well for couples, or larger families where exclusive use of the lodge can be arranged.
Olivia Smith (Staff)
Taupo has long been on the map for visitors to New Zealand, thanks to the wealth of outdoor activities on offer in the area. For starters, you have the incredible Lake (which is the size of Singapore!) to enjoy, local rivers and streams where you will find the famous local trout, stunning mountain scenery of the Tongariro National Park and of course the nearby geothermal area of Orakei Karako to explore.
My first visit to Acacia Cliffs began after dark, so the views were not immediately obvious however the stylish, comfortable lodge and the warmth of the owners and hosts, Rick and Linda, certainly was. The property (somewhat unusually for New Zealand lodges) is an exercise in modern, architectural style with white, black and red accents and floor to ceiling glass windows. Every effort has been made to maximise on the views whilst creating a warm and inviting space inside.
I settled in to my room and joined Rick and Linda in the lounge in front of the fire for local wine and delicious canapes created by Rick, a talented chef, before sitting down to a fabulous meal including the best local, seasonal produce which Rick is extremely passionate about.
My room was extremely comfortable and in keeping with the understated, modern design of the rest of the lodge. It was only when I woke the following morning that I understood why Rick and Linda let the views take centre stage. Even under slight cloud cover, Lake Taupo stretched out before me, with the mountains behind, creating a powerful and stunning panorama as a backdrop to breakfast! They truly have made the most of the elevated position of the property and the vast expanses of glass create living pictures that are ever-changing with the weather and seasons.
A private tour of Hobbiton - A Tolkien Day Out
Enter the world of Tolkien and discover the magical setting made famous by The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit. Once quoted by Peter Jackson as being 'a slice of ancient England', discover the hobbit holes on a guided tour of the movie set.
Discover the Waitomo Glowworm Caves (Shared)
Sail under a canopy of the thousands of tiny glow-worms that illuminate the Waitomo Caves, their incredible luminescence creating a magical serenity as you glide through the waters of the Waitomo River.
Fly Fishing Taupo - Privately Guided
Get to experience first hand the world renowned Taupo fishery. With your private guide you can be assisted in the art of fishing and finesse your skills in this beautiful and largely unexplored area.
Huka Jet Boating (Shared)
Experience the sheer adrenaline rush of the Huka Falls Jet, as you speed along the Waikato River at an incredible 80km an hour.
Mine Bay Rock Carving Tour (Shared)
Beginning in the sheltered waters of Acacia Bay, explore the secluded Rock Carvings at Mine Bay in the heart of Lake Taupo.
Mountain Biking in the Redwood Forest (Private)
The Redwoods Forest has one of the oldest mountain bike networks in the country. Over 140 kms of master crafted trails offer an unbeatable blend of riding surfaces, topography and scenery.
Rainbow Springs and Kiwi Encounter (Shared)
Rainbow Springs is set in 22 acres of beautiful native trees and streams and is home to a huge variety of New Zealand’s wildlife, particularly the shy but iconic Kiwi. This is the place to come face to face with New Zealand's famous avian inhabitant.
Te Po Evening Experience at Te Puia (Shared)
Immerse yourself in Maori culture with an evening of storytelling, food and entertainment, as well as a chance to visit some of Rotorua’s stunning natural sights.
Te Puia Daytime Experience (Shared)
Home to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, Te Puia is a cultural centre just 5-minutes from the centre of Rotorua. Immerse yourself in Maori culture and visit the Pohutu Geyser during your visit to the Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley.
Tongariro Crossing (Private)
Often described as the best one day hike in New Zealand, the Tongariro Crossing provides an opportunity to experience some of the most scenic, volcanically active areas of New Zealand, to the saddle between the Tongariro and Ngauruhoe mountains.
Location & directions
Taupo, Central North Island, New Zealand
Set on Mapara Road, 6 kilometres from the vibrant town centre of Taupo. Acacia Cliff Lodge offers panoramic views over Lake Taupo, Mount Tauhara, Acacia Bay, the Taupo township and the snow-capped Kaimanawa Mountain ranges.
How to get there
Scheduled domestic flights travel daily to Taupo from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Driving takes approx 3-4 hours from Auckland, 4 hours from Wellington and 1.5-hour from Rotorua.
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