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VU Thermal Lodge

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2 Taharepa Road, Taupo, Waikato, 3330, New Zealand

Lakefront motel within easy reach of Waipahihi Botanical Gardens
  • Free WiFi and free parking
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  • From the incredible welcome at checkin, to the beautiful room with view, and relaxing…Sep 28, 2020
  • VU is in a handy spot. We were given a warm welcome. Very steep steps to clean but…Feb 17, 2020

VU Thermal Lodge

from NZ$142
  • Deluxe Studio, 1 Queen Bed, Private Pool, Ground Floor
  • Deluxe Double or Twin Room, Private Pool, Ground Floor
  • Exclusive Suite, 2 Bedrooms, Lake View
  • Deluxe Studio, 1 King Bed, Private Pool, Partial Lake View
  • Exclusive Studio Suite, 1 Queen Bed, Private Pool, Ground Floor
  • Economy Studio, 1 Double Bed, Ground Floor
  • Premier One bed room apartment with mineral pool
  • Superior One Bedroom Apartment with Mineral Pool
  • Premier One Bedroom Apartment with Lake View
  • Signature Room, 1 Bedroom, Non Smoking, Lake View

What’s around VU Thermal Lodge


  • On the waterfront
  • Waipahihi Botanical Gardens - 22 min walk
  • Taupo Marina and Boat Ramp - 27 min walk
  • Taupo Museum and Art Gallery - 28 min walk
  • Taupo Bungy - 37 min walk
  • Huka Falls - 4.7 mi / 7.5 km

Getting around

  • Taupo (TUO) - 7 min drive

At a glance

Key facts


  • 17 rooms


  • Check-in time 3:00 PM-9:30 PM
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • New Zealand may have travel restrictions in place, including self-quarantine, due to COVID-19.
The front desk is open daily from 8:30 AM - 9:30 PM. This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in. 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

Travelling with others


  • Children (9 years old and younger) not allowed

  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Free onsite self parking

Payment types at the property

  • Cash

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the motel

Things to do
  • Outdoor seasonal pool
  • Number of spa tubs - 10
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Parasailing nearby
  • Rafting nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Water skiing nearby
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Terrace
Languages Spoken
  • English

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer (on request)
Be entertained
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Digital TV channels
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
Food and drink
  • Microwave
  • Kitchen
  • Daily housekeeping

Special features


Public bath/onsen services include an indoor mineral hot springs (Japanese-style onsen). This service features shared men and women areas.

VU Thermal Lodge’s small print

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


  • The seasonal pool is open from January to December.
  • Pool access available from 8 AM to 9 PM.
  • Hot springs access available from 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM.
  • This property does not have elevators.

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

    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.

    Staff at the property wear personal protective equipment and guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

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

    This property accepts credit cards, debit cards, and cash.

    Mandatory fees

    Deposit: NZD 120 per stay

    Optional extras

    Credit card charges are subject to an extra charge of 2.5 percent

    We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

    FAQs for VU Thermal Lodge

    • 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 sanitizer and staff wear personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
    • Is parking offered on site at VU Thermal Lodge?
      Yes, there's free self parking.
    • 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, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
    • What are the check-in and check-out times at VU Thermal Lodge?
      You can check in from 3:00 PM - 9:30 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM. Contactless check-in and check-out are available.
    • Are there restaurants at or near VU Thermal Lodge?
      Yes. Nearby restaurants include The Brantry Restaurant (13-min walk), Zest Cafe (15-min walk), and Cafe L 'Arte (6.1 mi).
    • What is there to do near VU Thermal Lodge?
      Recommended spots to visit include Waipahihi Botanical Gardens (1.1 mi) and Taupo Marina and Boat Ramp (1.4 mi), along with Taupo Museum and Art Gallery (1.5 mi) and Taupo Bungy (1.9 mi).

    Recent reviews

    Superb 9.0 From 172 reviews

    Exceptional 10.0
    Jodie, nz2 night trip
    Exceptional 10.0
    Great motel!
    Very friendly manager. Fantastic location and view from our room’s deck. Clean and tidy room. Recommended
    nz1 night family trip
    Exceptional 10.0
    A nice experience
    The room was nice, the hot spring bath was exquisite, and the lady in reception was absolutely lovely. A real gem of a place to stay
    Patrick or Colleen, nz1 night trip
    Exceptional 10.0
    Will be back again
    Just a great place to stay with a hot pool as well!
    Barbara, nz1 night trip
    Exceptional 10.0
    Great :)
    Lovely owner, amazing mineral pool. Great location.
    Joanna, nz1 night romance trip
    Exceptional 10.0
    Easy stay
    Very friendly owners
    Kevin, nz2 night romance trip
    Exceptional 10.0
    Comfortable and clean and very, very helpful would definitely recommend.
    nz1 night romance trip
    Very good 8.0
    Ww had a wonderful stay of 3 days. All our needs were met. Carol was a wonderful host. Would definitely book again.
    Marian, nz3 night romance trip
    Very good 8.0
    We stayed there two nights. The staff is very good and friendly. What I need mentioned is there are private thermal spa in several rooms and lake view at outside deck. That is wonderful! And the location is great as well.Only the bed cover in main bedroom got a little bit humid. Anyway all the other are very good, if possible I still come back,
    nz2 night romance trip
    Exceptional 10.0
    Enjoyable weekend. Thermal hot tub was so relaxing.
    Craig, nz2 night romance trip

    VU Thermal Lodge