Taupo is known for its natural beauty, especially the star of the town, sparkling Lake Taupo.

It’s at the geographical center of New Zealand’s North Island and is a renowned holiday destination for adventure, water sports, and best of all relaxation.

After a busy day of exploring the local attractions, what could be better than coming back to your hotel and sitting in your own private spa bath?

Spas and geothermal water is kind of a big deal here, so spa baths are a popular feature that many properties offer.

To save you time, we’ve rounded up our pick of the best 15 luxury hotels that have private spa baths.

1. The Point Villas

Nestled in 58-acres of native bushland and exotic foliage, it doesn’t get more private or luxurious than The Point Villas located on the shores of Lake Taupo.

Lovingly designed and built in 2002, the two villas embrace the surrounding land and provide the perfect base to explore.

There are two exquisite villas on the estate: Villa One Tatamoana and Villa Two Nhagere which both command views of the lake.

Warm and inviting, both are furnished with classic oak furniture, leather suites, original artwork, and open fireplaces.

The fully-equipped kitchens and barbecues make self-catering an easy option, however, if you don’t feel like cooking, chef services can be arranged.

They also come complete with large living spaces that open out on to private terraces with solar-heated pools and spa pools.

Both villas have two master bedrooms with ensuite, however, a third bedroom is available on the upper level of Villa Two if required.

Entertainment includes two all-weather floodlit tennis courts, a croquet lawn, petanque pit, private beaches, and lake-edge rocks which are perfect for fishing.

For an extra special arrival, there’s also a helipad for helicopter access.

A short ten-minute drive will take you to the center of Taupo.

  • Guest Rating: 9.9
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Address: 24A & B Whakamoenga Point, 3351 Taupo, New Zealand

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2. Chalet Eiger

This secluded house is set on the outskirts of Taupo in Acacia Bay, but still within close proximity to enjoy the best of the Central North Island.

Kiwi hospitality is prevalent here and nothing is too much trouble for owners Peter, Nina, and their lovable dogs Bella & Rufus.

All suites offer beautiful views, comfortable beds, sophisticated audio systems, luxurious bathrobes, and welcome treats including fresh flowers, seasonal fruit, New Zealand wine, and a cheese platter.

To take advantage of the substantial spa bath which is big enough for two people, you’ll want to select the Ruapehu Californian King Suite.

The restaurant serves delicious home-cooked food using the freshest produce and Eiger’s own herbs.

If you are having an evening meal at the hotel, pre-dinner drinks and nibbles are complementary.

Depending on how well Peter has performed when out fishing, Nina whips up delectable trout cakes which are not to be missed.

And if ecotourism is high on your agenda, you can rest easy in the knowledge that Chalet Eiger is certified by Qualmark which helps businesses become more sustainable.

The owners and the property are mindful of their carbon footprint and are continuously trying to develop and improve their economic, social, and environmental performance.

  • Guest Rating: 9.8
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Address: 534 Gillespie Place, 2730 Taupo, New Zealand

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3. Serenity On Wakeman

You’re in for a real treat if you choose to stay at the lakeside hideaway of Serenity on Wakeman.

The property is in an outstanding location with jaw-dropping views of Lake Taupo where sunrises and sunsets are particularly special.

Host Robyn is friendly and welcoming, and has thought of everything you need and more to ensure your stay is both comfortable and luxurious.

Choose the Kowhai Suite in the upstairs of the building and lay in the king bed and watch the boats go blissfully by.

Or, luxuriate in the double spa bath.

Although this property is set in a quiet neighborhood, there are still a variety of activities nearby including the Wairakei Terraces and Thermal Health Spa, boating, fishing, and hiking.

Going further afield, you’re just one hour’s drive from Tongariro National Park, home to three stunning mountains and the location where some of the Lord of the Rings movie was filmed.

  • Guest Rating: 9.7
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 57 Wakeman Road Acacia Bay, 3330 Taupo, New Zealand

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4. The Flying Trout Boutique Lodge

This small boutique property is home to charming suites that cater to your every need.

Furnished with personal touches and extraordinary art pieces, there’s a real homely feel.

King-sized beds with luxurious linen, ensuites filled with complementary pampering toiletries and flat-screen TVs can be expected in each suite.

The top-level suite is the Deluxe Tui Lakeview Suite which not only features a double spa bath, but it overlooks Lake Taupo.

Facilities include a restful lounge with ambient fireplace, a pretty sun terrace, billiard room, and a tennis court.

Start your day with a delicious and plentiful home-cooked breakfast whilst interacting with friendly hosts Robert and Karen.

To explore local attractions, take a short ten-minute drive to visit Huka Falls, the most-visited natural attraction in New Zealand.

  • Guest Rating: 9.5
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Address: 2/41 Mapara Road Taupo, 3385 Taupo, New Zealand

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5. Lake Taupo Lodge

Guests come to this award-winning lodge to soak up the natural landscapes and completely unwind.

Surrounded by manicured gardens and overlooking the mountains and serene Lake Taupo, this creation is magnificently atmospheric.

Hosts Gary and Shirley are beyond welcoming and do all they can to make this place feel like home from the minute you step through the door.

Well-appointed suites are spacious and feature a patio with garden views, lounge area with TV, tea and coffee making facilities, and minibars.

To help you relax and keep you comfortable, free toiletries, fluffy bathrooms, and Egyptian Cotton sheets are in each room.

Book the Lake Luxury Suite to take advantage of the spa bath and lake view.

Dining here is an experience, to say the least.

To set you up for the day, breakfasts are scrumptious and abundant, while dinners are made using fresh local fish and seasonal produce complimented by herbs picked from the Lodge’s organic garden.

  • Guest Rating: 9.5
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Address: 41 Mapara Road, Acacia Bay, 3385 Taupo, New Zealand

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6. Boulevard Waters Motor Lodge

How does staying as close to the lake as you can get sound?

Well, that’s what is possible when you stay in one of the boutique motel rooms at Boulevard Waters.

Every room is right on the lakefront so there are no interruptions to that all-important view, no matter which you select.

Stylish and spacious, rooms feature king beds, private balcony or courtyard, 50+ TV channels, kitchenettes, and Nespresso coffee machines.

The icing on the cake is the thermally heated spa pool available in all ten rooms, which is further enhanced by complementary Koha Spa toiletries, waffle robes, and premium bedding.

To take a dip in a more natural attraction that is right on your doorstep, the lake is perfect for cooling down on a summer day.

When temperatures are a little chillier, you’ll appreciate Taupo’s famous Hot Water Beach, a natural hot stream out the ground which is a stone’s throw away.

Do err on the side of caution here though as the water can be super hot!

Continental breakfast is served on-site, and there are a couple of cafes and restaurants close by.

This property is a 5-minute drive to Taupo town center.

  • Guest Rating: 9.4
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 215 Lake Terrace, 3330 Taupo, New Zealand

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7. Baycrest Thermal Lodge

Here you’ll find elegant motel accommodation, that is professional yet relaxed.

Just 100-meters from the calming waters of Lake Taupo, Baycrest Thermal Lodge has a range of accommodation available to suit every need.

From smaller studios to larger family rooms, all apartments have comfortable beds, kitchens with a ceramic hot plate, and under-floor heating.

If you opt for a ground floor apartment you’ll find a private outdoor hot thermal tub that is perfect for stargazing in.

The first-floor apartments feature large champagne spa baths and balconies with Lake Taupo views.

Lodge facilities include a stunning thermally heated swimming pool, on-site guest laundry, and lounge and bar area.

The friendly hosts here take pride in looking after their guests with welcome touches such as ensuring rooms are warm and light for late arrivals.

A flat and easy 15-minute walk will take you to the town center, however, there are many restaurants and bars close by if you don’t wish to venture far.

  • Guest Rating: 9.3
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 79 Mere Road, 3330 Taupo, New Zealand

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8. The Anchorage Resort

One of the Heritage Collection’s Taupo properties, The Anchorage Resort is an excellent choice for a family-friendly base in Taupo.

The resort is built around an extensive pool complex which consists of a heated swimming pool, children’s pool, and large spa pool.

Lake Taupo is easily accessible across the road via a local boat ramp.

Studios, suites and apartments range from one to three bedrooms and have everything you need for a comfortable stay.

As well as being light and spacious, the Spa Studio Lake View rooms also have spa baths, and separate showers.

You won’t go hungry in the mornings as a full breakfast menu is available with everything from continental to home-cooked selections such as locally produced bacon and sausage.

To further explore the area, the property gives guests access to its four cruiser bikes inviting freedom to explore the area.

  • Guest Rating: 9.3
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 346 Lake Terrace, 3330 Taupo, New Zealand

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9. The Reef Resort

These luxury lakefront apartments are everything you’d expect from superior motel accommodation.

It’s one of few motels in the area where there is no road between the property and stunning Lake Taupo.

Rooms vary in size but you’ll find studios, one, two and three bedroom units available, and you can choose between a pool, garden or lake view in most.

No matter which room you select, they all have indulgent spa baths, plus all the facilities you’d expect.

For your comfort, all rooms are serviced daily.

There’s no on-site restaurant here, but if you tell the knowledgeable staff what you fancy, they are more than happy to recommend the perfect place to eat and even help make reservations for you.

If you require breakfast, you can order either a cooked breakfast or continental the day before and it will be delivered to your room at a time of your choice.

To relax, there’s an outdoor fresh-water pool which is heated all year round and a naturally heated geothermal water spa pool.

  • Guest Rating: 9.3
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 219 Lake Terrace, 3351 Taupo, New Zealand

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10. Millennium Hotel & Resort Manuels Taupo

Artfully decorated to exude glamour and elegance, this luxury resort set on the shores of the lake is undoubtedly one of the most desirable spots in town.

Comprised of 12 luxury suites, 39 boutique guest rooms, three stylish event venues, not to mention an array of facilities, this is certainly one of the bigger resorts on the list.

We’d recommend choosing the Deluxe Junior Suites which not only have large spa baths in the private bathrooms but also give way to views of the lake and mountains.

The resort is ideally situated to explore Taupo’s most famous attractions, with many such as Huka Falls, golf courses, hot mineral pools, and water and snow skiing just a few minutes away.

There’s enough to keep you busy in your downtime at the resort, including a heated swimming pool, private grotto plunge pool, sauna, tennis court, and gym.

Enjoy a bite to eat at the casual family restaurant which has a menu of family favorites made with beautiful fresh produce, or the Edgewater Restaurant which offers award-winning cuisines in the city.

Check out the sublime lakefront sunset views at The Lakefront Bar; an idyllic place to enjoy a sundowner.

  • Guest Rating: 8.9
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 243 Lake Terrace, 3330 Taupo, New Zealand

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11. Alpine Lake Motor Lodge

Self-contained rooms at this centrally located motel are modern, spacious, and have recently been refreshed.

A variety of room types makes this property suitable for couples, groups of friends, or families.

Good kitchen facilities, underfloor heating, comfortable beds, and satellite TV and DVD players are available in every room.

Some even have private patios with barbecue areas.

Most rooms have private spa baths, although a handful do not, so ensure you choose one with ‘spa’ in the room type to make use of these.

You’re not too far away from anything at this place and a short 10-minute walk will take you to the towns many shops, restaurants, and attractions.

On warmer days, pick up food supplies from the local supermarket and head back to rest and eat in the picnic area available for guests to use.

Want to explore Taupo but don’t know where to start?

Staff are happy to advise and book many of the activities and attractions that Taupo has to offer including a comprehensive ‘The Best of Taupo’ package which includes a jet boat ride with Hukafalls Jet and a scenic helicopter ride over valleys and craters, plus much more.

Guests that have cars will welcome the large off-street car park which is available complementary.

  • Guest Rating: 8.9
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 141 Heuheu Street, 3330 Taupo, New Zealand

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12. VU Thermal Lodge

Per its namesake, VU Thermal Lodge centers around the geothermal water resource available, and the therapeutic and skin smoothing benefits it is valued for.

Rooms here have all the usual facilities and amenities that are required, but what really makes this property special is the in-room private pools filled with natural thermal water pumped from underground.

Choose one of the 11 ground-floor units to benefit from the pools which are complimented by stylish décor and ambient lighting to create a truly relaxing atmosphere.

There are also rooms on the upper floor that have private balconies and stunning views but keep in mind they do not have private thermal baths.

In the communal bathhouse, you’ll also find two big pools for guests use so you don’t need to spend entry fees on attractions elsewhere.

It is said these waters can make you feel invigorated and spiritually cleansed.

Whilst the center of Taupo is a 20-30-minute walk away, there are plenty of places to eat nearby, along with a couple of supermarkets.

VU Thermal Lodge is a top pick for couples looking for a romantic spot to unwind together.

  • Guest Rating: 8.9
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 2 Taharepa Road, 3330 Taupo, New Zealand

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13. Lake Taupo Motor Inn

With a backdrop of snowy mountains and views of the crystal clear Lake Taupo, this motor inn offers good value, casual accommodation.

32 well-appointed rooms ranging from studios to one and two bedroom apartments at Lake Taupo Motor Inn offer the most striking views.

We recommend going for the Executive Spa Tub Suite which features a King bed with a hot tub next to it.

Those that have a car will find on-site undercover parking and the centre of Taupo is just a 5-minute drive away.

There’s no on-site restaurant here but you’ll be within walking distance of a handful of good restaurants, cafes and a supermarket.

It’s a great base to explore Taupo’s attractions.

Adrenaline junkies will love Taupo Bungy, while nature lovers will appreciate Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, both of which are just half a mile away.

Start your day with an early morning swim in the heated outdoor pool which is open all year round.

  • Guest Rating: 8.8
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 33 Kaimanawa Street, 3330 Taupo, New Zealand

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14. The Cove

The Cove is a crowd-pleaser and attracts a variety of clientele.

Whether you are in Taupo on a romantic retreat, a family holiday, or on business, this hotel will provide a calm and relaxing base.

All rooms here are well furnished and comfortable with kitchenettes, spacious lounges, and satellite TVs.

For the ultimate stay, we recommend the Premium Spa Suites or the Spa Suites which not only feature Super King beds with electric blankets to keep you warm on colder nights, but they also have a private balcony with your very own thermally heated spa pool.

Service here stands out and friendly staff go above and beyond to make your stay memorable.

Be sure to tell them if you’re there to mark an occasion and they can help to arrange something special such as chocolates or wine in room on arrival.

Home to the Espresso Cove, you can start your day with a Barista made coffee and full breakfast and brunch menu.

Well worth a visit and just one-hour away, you’ll find the UNESCO protected Tongariro National Park, the oldest national park in New Zealand.

  • Guest Rating: 8.5
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 213 Lake Terrace , 3010 Taupo, New Zealand

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15. Le Chalet Suisse Motel Taupo

Bringing a little Swiss style to Lake Taupo’s waterfront, these clean and comfortable apartments are in an unbeatable location.

The buzz of the town center with its many eateries and shops is a 4-minute walk away and Lake Taupo itself is just a 2-minute walk.

Lake views can be seen from all apartments.

Room configurations vary from studios, one and two bedroom apartments, and all have good facilities and all the home comforts you will need.

Spa baths come in a few different room types; choose one with ‘Spa Bath’ in the name to enjoy this facility.

On-site facilities include a swimming pool, outdoor spa pool and self-service launderette.

There’s no restaurant here but if you don’t feel like preparing your own meals, you’ll find many popular eateries such as Fox & Hounds and Dixie Brown’s close by.

  • Guest Rating: 8.4
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 3 Titiraupenga Street, 3330 Taupo, New Zealand

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Map of Luxury Taupo Hotels with Spas

With so much to do and explore in Taupo, having a spa bath to chill out in is just what you need at the end of the day.

For a proper spa-style retreat, I’d go for the VU Thermal Lodge which is not only a beautiful hotel, but the emphasis on rejuvenation here is sure to help you unwind.

But, if a great all-rounder is what you are after, it doesn’t get more luxurious and private than the stunning The Point Villas with everything you need and more in a private, and natural setting.

Find More Luxury Taupo Hotels with Spas


Taupo Hotels with Spa BathsRatings
The Point Villas9.9
Chalet Eiger9.8
Serenity On Wakeman9.7
The Flying Trout Boutique Lodge9.5
Lake Taupo Lodge9.5
Boulevard Waters Motor Lodge9.4
Baycrest Thermal Lodge9.3
The Anchorage Resort9.3
The Reef Resort9.3
Millennium Hotel & Resort Manuels Taupo8.9
Alpine Lake Motor Lodge8.9
VU Thermal Lodge8.9
Lake Taupo Motor Inn8.8
The Cove8.5
Le Chalet Suisse Motel Taupo8.4
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