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Tauhara Sunrise Lodge

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Please note that this guide was last updated a few years ago (2009), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

Rob and Becky McEwen
38 Mapara Rod, Acacia Bay, Taupo, Central Plateau

Tel: + 64 (0)7-376-8555
Cell: + 64 (0)21-728-875
Fax: + 64 (0)7-376-8557

Nestled into the side of a hill with sweeping lake views, the McEwens have quite a life. They’ve sampled most of the adventures and activities on offer in Taupo and can help you narrow down your choices.....

.... Just keep Friday or Saturday night free, because Rob and Becky offer a three-course meal, and judging from the perfectly-seared steak I devoured, it’s an evening not to be missed. Nightly pre-dinner drinks are a must too, usually on the balcony beside the outdoor bar, or, on cooler evenings, in the lounge around a roaring open fire. Although if you’ve taken the aptly-named Chalet d’Amour you might become preoccupied. This funky private cottage is a honeymooner’s dream; you can stargaze from its capacious bath by the window; or on the private rooftop pad, taking in some 180 degree lake views at the same time. If you’re desperate to bring along the in-laws, the two rooms will accommodate them perfectly; they share a kitchen and each has a stylish en-suite bathroom, an entertainment system with a great selection of DVDs and full Sky satellite access. If your flight’s taken its toll, Becky offers professional Swedish massage and will tenderise the toughest knots. Be sure to let Rob know what music takes your fancy. He’s got a talent for hand-picking playlists and will pipe your preferred compositions through his internet-linked stereo, making you feel right at home in this friendly, relaxed, luxurious house.

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Rooms: 3: Chalet d'Amour: 1 king with en/s with dual rainshowers, double spa bath, gas fire, & kitchenette; Lake Taupo: 1 queen, with en/s bathroom; White Cliffs: 1 king or 2 twins, with en/s bathroom.
Prices: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Complimentary Continental and cooked breakfast. Three-course dinner on Fridays and Saturdays by arrangement.
Directions: Locate Acacia Bay Road. Proceed to Acacia Bay archway. After 400 metres, Acacia Bay Road veers left. However continue straight onto Wakeman Road, then turn right onto Mapara Road. Or see website for detailed directions.

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