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Based by the Lake

2.0 star property
Lakefront hostel in Taupo with restaurant and bar/lounge

7.6/10 Good

30 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free WiFi
  • Shared kitchen
  • Laundry facilities
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
The price is $100
Price available on 28/06/2022
7 Tuwharetoa Street, Taupo, North Island, 3330
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • ATM/banking services
  • Microwave in a common area
  • Refrigerator in a common area
  • Self-serve laundry
  • Free newspapers in the lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Hiking/biking trails
For families
  • Cookware, dishware, and utensils
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Elevator
Cleaning & safety
  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • Hand sanitiser provided
  • Personal protective equipment

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About this area

What's nearby

  • Heart of Taupo
  • Lake Taupo - 1 min drive
  • Taupo Bungy - 6 min drive
  • Spa Thermal Park - 7 min drive
  • Taupo Hot Springs - 5 min drive
  • Craters of the Moon - 19 min drive
  • Wairakei International Golf Course - 9 min drive
  • Huka Falls - 12 min drive

Getting around

  • Taupo (TUO) - 9 min drive

About this property

Based by the Lake

A great choice for a stay in Taupo, Based by the Lake is just 4.8 mi (7.8 km) from the airport. You can relax with a drink at the bar/lounge, and the restaurant is the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Guest accommodations are sealed after cleaning

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Masks available
Hand sanitizer provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
Reservations are required for the use of certain onsite facilities
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 34 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM - anytime
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out time is 10:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open Sunday - Thursday (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM) and Friday - Saturday (8:00 AM - 5:00 AM)
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • No onsite parking

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Shared microwave
  • Shared refrigerator

What to do

  • Hiking/biking trails
  • Skydiving
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Mountain climbing nearby
  • Horse riding nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby
  • Hot springs nearby


  • Laundry facilities
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage


  • ATM/banking


  • Elevator
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible public washroom
  • Wheelchair-accessible path to elevator
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible restaurant
  • Visual alarms in hallways
  • Handrails in stairways
  • Well-lit path to entrance

Languages spoken

  • English

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Heating

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Shower only

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Refrigerator
  • Shared kitchen access
  • Stovetop
  • Toaster
  • Cookware, dishes, and utensils


  • Daily housekeeping
  • Cleaning supplies

Fees & policies

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F; guestroom doors are sealed after cleaning.

Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; reservations are required for some onsite facilities.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.


Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a first aid kit on site.

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.

Also known as

Based by the Lake Taupo
Based by the Lake Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
Based by the Lake Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Taupo

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Property conditions & facilities



10/10 Exceptional

1-night trip
Verified guest review

8/10 Very good

mark, 1-night trip
Verified guest review

8/10 Very good

Good for a couple of nights. Reception was great and it is within walking distance to restaurants and bars.
W, 1-night family trip
Verified guest review

6/10 Good

Lovely staff super helpful. No parking on site which should be noted. The hotel is next to a club so don't expect any sleep before 1am. Room was clean but tatty with an obviously brand new superb bathroom which was wierd. Walls so thin could gear the people next room snoring. Basically a backpackers.
Dunken, 1-night romance trip
Verified Expedia guest review

4/10 Fair

Would be ok if not so much a dorm and ok if you wanted a room after a night out just to sleep
David, 1-night romance trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

My booking ref #72205712125428 indicated the amount booked at NZ$283.50 but I was charged $289.71 on 28/1/2022 by Pointon Accomodation Taupo…. I wonder why the difference? Oh well, it is just a small amount but it is still not right that the amount charged is different from what we were told to be… in principle it is not right.
Geok Heng, 3-night family trip
Verified Expedia guest review

6/10 Good

Noisy at the east end
Taan, 2-night romance trip
Verified Lastminute guest review

6/10 Good

We already knew there weren’t any stairs, we kind of accepted the fact that we had to climb the steps to level 3. The reception was left with no staff when we were checking out around 8:30 in the morning. We had to write a manual note and leave because we were getting late. Only off-street parking is available so was a bit disappointed because there were clubs around and didn’t feel safe to leave the car outside. Good place to stay for a night if you just want to sleep. Probably do need the air conditioner though for summer!
Alakh Dave Kelsey, 1-night romance trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Clean, tidy and small. Good value for money and good location
Margaret, 2-night trip with friends
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Ajay, 1-night trip with friends
Verified Expedia guest review