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VU Thermal Lodge

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Economy Studio, 1 King Bed, Ground Floor | Outdoor pool | Seasonal outdoor pool
Seasonal outdoor pool
Seasonal outdoor pool
Deluxe Suite, 2 Bedrooms, Lake View | Balcony

Overview of VU Thermal Lodge

VU Thermal Lodge

3.0 star property
Adults-only motel within easy reach of Waipahihi Botanical Gardens

9.0/10 Superb

253 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Kitchen
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
2 Taharepa Road, Taupo, Waikato, 3330

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • On the waterfront

Getting around

  • Taupo (TUO) - 7 min drive


  • Espresso Cove - 11 min walk
  • The Brantry Restaurant - 13 min walk
  • Zest Cafe - 15 min walk
  • Rose on Roberts - 19 min walk
  • The Bistro - 3 min drive

About this property

VU Thermal Lodge

A great choice for a stay in Taupo, VU Thermal Lodge is only 3.7 mi (6 km) from the airport. Guests can enjoy the seasonal outdoor pool, and kayaking, parasailing and waterskiing are nearby. Fellow travellers like the pool and helpful staff.


Chinese (Cantonese), English

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 or hotter
Follows the industry cleaning and disinfection practices of COVID-19 Guidelines (CDC)


Contactless social distancing and check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Guest accommodations are accessible via mobile device
Social distancing measures in place
Contactless room service is available.

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 17 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM until 8:30 PM
  • 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 daily from 2:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in

Required at check-in

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


  • No cots (infant beds)


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free on-site self-parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
  • Caters to adults only
  • No alcohol served on site

Property amenities

What to do

  • Hot springs
  • Beach access
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Waterskiing nearby


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage


  • Terrace
  • Seasonal outdoor pool
  • 10 hot tubs
  • Local culture and ecosystem education
  • 100% renewable energy
  • At least 80% of lighting from LEDs
  • Comprehensive recycling policy


  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only


  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • English

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Flat-screen television
  • Digital TV channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Eco-friendly toiletries
  • Hairdryer (on request)
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Microwave
  • Kitchen
  • Toaster


  • Daily housekeeping
  • Eco-friendly toiletries
  • Energy-saving features in guest rooms
  • LED light bulbs
  • Water-efficient showers only
  • Water-efficient toilets only
  • Mobile key entry
  • Cleaning supplies

Special features


Public bath/onsen services include an indoor mineral hot spring (onsen). This service features shared men's and women's areas. There are 11 indoor hot springs and outdoor hot springs open between 4:00 PM and 11:00 PM. The temperature in the hot springs is set to 149°F.

Fees & policies

Refundable deposits

  • Deposit: NZD 300 per accommodation, per stay
  • Deposit is payable by bank transfer and is due within 48 hours of booking the reservation

Optional extras

  • Credit card charges are subject to an extra charge of 2.5 per cent

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • Pool access available from 8 AM to 9 PM
  • The seasonal pool is open from January to December
  • Hot springs access available from 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM

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.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; guests are provided with hand sanitiser; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; contactless room service is available; guests can access their rooms with a mobile device.

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

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of COVID-19 Guidelines (CDC).


<p>Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.</p> <p>This property does not have lifts.</p><p>On-site parties or group events are strictly prohibited.</p> <p>This property uses geothermal energy, plus eco-friendly cleaning products. </p> <p>Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector and a first aid kit on site.</p> <p>This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.</p>

Also known as

VU Thermal Lodge Taupo
VU Thermal Taupo
VU Thermal
VU Thermal Lodge Motel
VU Thermal Lodge Taupo
VU Thermal Lodge Motel Taupo

Frequently asked questions

Does VU Thermal Lodge offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, VU Thermal Lodge does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at VU Thermal Lodge?
As of 5 February 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at VU Thermal Lodge on 6 February 2023 start from NZ$279, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at VU Thermal Lodge?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, social distancing measures are in place and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at VU Thermal Lodge?
Yes, there's a seasonal outdoor pool. Guests have pool access from 8 AM to 9 PM.
Are pets allowed at VU Thermal Lodge?
Sorry, neither pets nor service animals are allowed.
Is parking offered on site at VU Thermal Lodge?
Yes, there's free self parking.
What are the check-in and check-out times at VU Thermal Lodge?
You can check in from 2:00 PM - 8:30 PM. Check-out time is 10:00 AM. Contactless social distancing and check-out are available.
What is there to do at VU Thermal Lodge and nearby?
Have fun with nearby activities such as boat tours, kayaking and rafting. Additional recreation on-site includes hot springs. Soothe your senses in one of the 10 hot tubs or enjoy the use of a seasonal outdoor pool.
Are there restaurants at or near VU Thermal Lodge?
Yes. Nearby restaurants include Espresso Cove (11-min walk), The Brantry Restaurant (13-min walk) and Zest Cafe (15-min walk).
Does VU Thermal Lodge have self-catered rooms fitted with kitchens or kitchenettes?
Yes, a kitchen is available in every room, and also includes a coffee maker, a toaster and a microwave.
What's the area around VU Thermal Lodge like?
VU Thermal Lodge is a short 7-minute drive from Taupo (TUO) and 5 minutes' walk from Lake Taupo. Travellers love the motel's prime location.







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10/10 Exceptional

Great choice for a Toupo adventure.
Super friendly staff and a really beautiful apartment with great deck and views (#8). Excellent location.
Richard, 1-night trip with friends
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10/10 Exceptional

Janine, 2-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Loved the mineral pools that everyone can use, just fabulous
Angela, 2-night romance trip
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8/10 Very good

Amie, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Just ok
John, 1-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Staff were great, loved the pool, would stay there again
Paul, 2-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Great friendly operators
Ted, 3-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Sara, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Easy check in. Great location. Nice facilities
Morgan, 2-night romance trip
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8/10 Very good

The location of the property is very convenient and general condition of the premises are acceptable. Host needs to check if all the cleaning are done properly as we found some kitchen items were dirty. Also, the unit that we have has an upstairs neighbours who were very noisy even until early mornings. Hard to get a decent sleep. Will make sure not to have the same unit again.
Christine, 4-night romance trip
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