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Hotel Description

At VU Thermal Lodge you'll be within a 30-minute stroll of Waipahihi Botanical Gardens and Taupo Marina and Boat Ramp. Highlights at this beach motel include 10 spa tubs, and in-room kitchens and free WiFi.

Flat-screen TVs, coffee/tea makers, and wardrobes or closets are featured in all 17 rooms. Additionally, kitchens, microwaves, and free toiletries are available.

This smoke-free motel offers free WiFi in public areas, a terrace, and tour/ticket assistance. Added amenities include a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and laundry facilities. There's also the convenience of free self parking.

With a stay at this 3-star Taupo motel, you'll be 2.3 km (1.5 mi) from Taupo Museum and Art Gallery and 3.1 km (1.9 mi) from Taupo Bungy.

Economy Studio, 1 King Bed, Ground Floor

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
NZ$135* Per night/room 13 Dec. - 14 Dec.

Premier One bed room apartment with mineral pool

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Signature Studio, 1 King Bed, Private Pool, Partial Lake View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Superior Suite, 1 Bedroom, Hot Tub, Ground Floor

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Signature Room, 1 Bedroom, Non Smoking, Lake View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Premier One Bedroom Apartment with Lake View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

VU Thermal Lodge ratings based on 43 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.6 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 5.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for VU Thermal Lodge

Everyone (31) Couples (9) Family (4)
5 out of 5
Great position,quirky,loved the random crab light

Posted by on 28 May 2021

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30 May 2021 by carol

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4 out of 5
Reception EXCELLENT, rooms clean and paint etc fresh, but site is VERY tired. Noisy due to lakeside traffic and no double glazing. Musty smell in room, which in fairness may be related to the thermal pool smell. With many other sites in similar price brackets, offering much newer accommodation, we would look at others.

Posted by on 8 Apr. 2021

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7 May 2021 by carol

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5 out of 5
Nice location nice outdoor pool area and great view of the lake

Posted by on 28 Jul. 2020

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28 Jul. 2020 by Carol

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5 out of 5
Our room was absolutely spotless. The staff here were friendly & accommodating. I would recommend staying here to all.

Posted by on 22 Mar. 2020

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25 Mar. 2020 by carol

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5 out of 5

Posted by on 9 Mar. 2020

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10 Mar. 2020 by carol

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5 out of 5
Close to the lake and friendly staff. 😄 loved the location

Posted by on 8 Mar. 2020

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10 Mar. 2020 by carol

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5 out of 5
What a fun place to stay! Loved our individual hot tub. Funny little decorator quirks too in the room gave it character. Nice location as an easy walking distance to the lake. We didn’t walk into town but it would be a pretty, flat walk along the lake foreshore that would probably take 20 mins or so. Great place to stay.

Posted by , from LISMORE nsw Australia on 25 Feb. 2020

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26 Feb. 2020 by carol

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5 out of 5
Very clean. Staff were wonderful and happy to help with anything. Well definitely stay there again

Posted by on 12 Jan. 2020

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14 Jan. 2020 by carol

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5 out of 5

Posted by on 6 Dec. 2019

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12 Dec. 2019 by carol

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5 out of 5
Stayed in room 13 it is a large one bedroom unit with full kitchen dining room own hot tub, all very clean and quiet, views of the lake and mountains. The large bed was fairly hard as use to a soft bed. Will definitely stay again next time we are in Taupo.

Posted by on 4 Oct. 2019

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5 Oct. 2019 by carol

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Property Features

VU Thermal Lodge offers its guests 10 spa tubs and a seasonal outdoor pool. WiFi is free in public spaces. Hot springs, a terrace, and tour/ticket assistance are also featured at VU Thermal Lodge. Self parking is free. A complete renovation of VU Thermal Lodge was completed in November 2016. This 3-star Taupo motel is smoke free.

  • 17 guestrooms or units
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Terrace
  • No smoking on site

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Free self parking

Transport

  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

VU Thermal Lodge offers 17 air-conditioned accommodations with coffee/tea makers and complimentary toiletries. Accommodations at this 3-star motel have kitchens with microwaves. Bathrooms include showers. This Taupo motel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Flat-screen televisions come with digital channels. Irons/ironing boards and hair dryers can be requested. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • In-room kitchen
  • Flat-screen television
  • Digital channels
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer available
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Air conditioning
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Wardrobe or closet

Spa Services

  • Indoor mineral hot springs (Japanese-style onsen)
  • Number of indoor hot springs - 11
  • Number of outdoor hot springs - 1

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18
  • Check-in time ends at 9:30 PM

Special check-in instructions:

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.

The front desk at this property 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.

Check-out

  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children 9 and younger are not allowed at this property. All guests older than 9 are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome

Policies

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, debit cards, and cash. Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited. For guests' safety, the property includes a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a first aid kit in each accommodation. 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.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cots (infant beds) available
  • No lifts
  • Service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Debit cards
  • Events/parties not allowed
  • Staffed front desk
  • LGBTQIA friendly
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wear personal protective equipment
  • Protective clothing is not available for guests
  • No shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitiser
  • Social distancing measures are not in place
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually wrapped food options are not available
  • No gap period between guests' stays
  • Staff temperature checks are not conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are not available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is available
  • Property does not follow sanitisation practices of any association

Fees

Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: NZD 120 per stay

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Credit card charges are subject to a surcharge of 2.5 percent

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

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

You should know

  • The seasonal pool will open in January and close in December.
  • Pool access available from 8 AM to 9 PM.
  • Hot springs access available from 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM.
  • Children 9 years old and younger aren't allowed at this property.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • Alcohol isn't served at VU Thermal Lodge.
  • This property welcomes guests of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ friendly).

National Rating

This property does not have a Qualmark® rating. For the benefit of our customers, we have provided a rating based on our rating system.

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