3 June 2020 | Written by Lydia Twohill

Top 7 Dog Friendly Accommodation Options In Taupo

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Undeniably one of New Zealand’s best lakefront destinations, Taupo offers a plethora of world class activities and spectacular scenery. Whether you’re a keen mountain biker, enjoy a spot of fishing, live for a thrill, or are seeking out relaxation – Taupo has it all! It also happens to be an excellent spot to holiday with the WHOLE family – pet’s included! We’ve got a huge range of dog friendly accommodation in Taupo to ensure everyone enjoys their break way and no one gets left behind.

Check out our top 7 dog friendly holiday homes in Taupo for the ulti-mutt getaway…


1. North Cole Cottage – Hatepe Lake Front

You will feel worlds away at this peaceful and private lakeside escape, yet you are just a short drive from all the action at Taupo – enjoy the best of both worlds!

Enjoy bringing everyone together in the open plan dining and lounge area, fitted with a cosy fireplace for winter stays and opening out to a sundeck for summer getaways. Wake up in the morning and step out onto the sundeck with your morning coffee for some fresh air to start the day. Your pooch will love running about the lawn and splashing around in the lake.


2. Rustic Retreat – Taupo Central

Nestled in the quiet residential streets of Taupo, this delightful 2 bedroom rustic cottage overlooks the Waikato River and Taupo Bungee and is just a 15 minute walk to town. Enjoy the north facing deck complete with a BBQ; ideal for taking in the views across to Mount Tauhara.

During winter the fireplace is the perfect addition for toasty winter retreats (we’re sure your furry friend will enjoy the extra heat!) or after a days’ skiing at Whakapapa, only 1.5 hours away.


3. Lake Edge Rainbow Point – Taupo

Make the most of direct access to a paved walkway around the lake edge and to town at this gorgeous lakefront home. The expansive grassed area by lake edge is great for family sports, children’s bikes as well as an excellent area for the canine companions to burn off energy!

The generous BBQ deck space has stunning views of lake and night lights. You’ll find plenty of quality kitchenware for entertaining. For the cooler months, there are electric heaters, a heat pump and a night-store heater to keep this home lovely and warm.


4. Kingfisher – Kuratau

Situated in an amazing position on the Kuratau River… relax on the sun drenched deck with the water on your doorstep. Moor your boat at the private jetty or kayak up the beautiful Kuratau River or 100m down into Lake Taupo. Three kayaks and life jackets included on site for use (byo your doggos life jacket!).

This Kuratau holiday home has a cosy open plan lounge, dining and kitchen area, with an open Jetmaster fireplace (firewood supplied) for cooler stays. Kingfisher is very handy to the ski slopes, only 45 minutes away! When the weather is warmer, enjoy summer living and BBQ’s with the family on the sunny deck.


5. Joy Mahal – Acacia Bay

Elevated to enjoy views of Lake Taupo, this home is an ideal base for your next group getaway! Large windows in each bedroom allow you to wake up to views of an azure blue Lake Taupo. With plenty of outdoor furniture on the large sundeck spend your evenings entertaining your group by the BBQ.

For any cooler stays, there is a closed wood burner fireplace – snuggle up on the sofa and watch your favourite movie. Spend your days with some family fun out on the large backyard, or take a 10 minute stroll to the waterfront and take in the spectacular Acacia Bay. Head into Taupo Central, less than 10 minutes drive, and explore all Taupo has to offer with a great selection of cafes and restaurants, as well as scenic attractions such as the famous Huka Falls. Your family (pooch included) will be spoilt for choice!


6. Birds, Bush and Lakeview – Omori

It’s all in the name – welcome to Birdsong and Lake Views! Views pouring in from the east to the upper level of this home create the perfect setting for your relaxing escape to the Lake. Wake up to the birds singing in the surrounding native trees!

Just a short bush walk to the lakefront at beautiful Pukawa Bay. You are also only a 3-minute walk to the Omori Store. The Whakapapa ski field is only a 50-minute drive away. Or enjoy a hot thermal swim at Tokaanu, only 10 minutes from Omori! You will also be a 15-minute drive to the Turangi township, and 50 minutes to Taupo. There’s so much to explore!

7. Rahui Basecamp – Taupo Central

Rahui Basecamp is waiting to welcome you and your happy campers! Enjoy all the comforts of home, including a Smart TV, 4-6 person Cedar Hot Tub and Nespresso machine for your daily caffeine fuel! Indoors, the groovy seventies decor is fun and relaxed with a retro holiday vibe.

Think summers of old as you relax on the sun-drenched front deck with outdoor dining. Enjoy a glass of something cold, as the kids and furry friends play below on the lawn and the BBQ is fired up for a classic Kiwi dinner. After dinner, head down to the garage for a family table tennis tournament – loser is on the dishes duty. (But don’t worry, there’s a dishwasher!)


Round up all the troops, pack your pooches favourite toys and embark on a Taupo holiday that’s sure to be just pawfect.

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