The Waitahanui Lodge is all about the real kiwi bach experience.

Although improvements have been made to ensure a more comfortable holiday, the 1950's character of the original lodge remains. We want all our guests to relax and feel "at home" while staying with us and treat our place as their own Taupo Bach for the duration of their stay.

The Rooms

We have 5 stand alone cottages that sleep from 3 to 5 guests. Two cottages are absolute waterfront, while the other three are only metres away from the lake. Some have their own private courtyard with kitchen garden. Each cottage is self catering and comes with a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, lounge and separate bathroom. All bedding and towels are supplied. In total the lodge can accommodate 21 people. For information and photos of each cottage, go to the Rooms page.

The Lodge Shop

The Lodge Shop is open 7 days a week in summer, closed Wednesdays during winter and stocks fishing tackle and licences for lake and river fishing. We also have fly rods and waders for hire. We can get you going on your own or arrange a professional fishing guide.

Boating, Sailing and Paddle-Boarding

Our lake frontage and private boat ramp give you the ideal opportunity to enjoy all lake activities - fishing, water skiing, windsurfing, sailing and swimming. Rowboat, kayaks and boogie boards are free for guests to use.

New to the lodge are paddle boards for our guests to use. These are available for hire at a cost of $10 per person.

Barbeque Area with the Million Dollar View

We are not kidding! Our huge paved patio right on the lake shore with outdoor furniture and umbrellas provide the setting for a fantastic summer barbecue. Guests can sit and enjoy the incredible sunsets we are privileged to see.

Shaun and I loved our time at the Lodge and there wasn't a better place to spend our honeymoon. Thankyou for sharing an amazing spot with so much beauty and privacy with us. Emma and Shaun, New Zealand


Free wireless internet available in all rooms.

The Boiler Room

Named as the Boiler room as this is where we light the boiler to heat the water for part of the lodge. Its a rustic outdoor room, all under cover, where guests can turn on the stereo, play darts, cook a barbecue and generally have a great time. There are a few old lounge chairs as well as table and chairs where you can get together and have a meal or a few drinks.


There is a guest laundry with washing machine and dryer. Each cottage also has its own clothes drying rack.

Fish Cleaning

For those who come here to fish, we have a trout cleaning area and extra fridge/freezer for storing the trout until you go home.

Salad and Herb Gardens

We encourage our guests to pick the tomatoes and greens from our organic gardens which are plentiful in summer. There are various herb gardens around the lodge for guest use as well.

Platters & Grazing Tables

Sharing has never been more on-trend and platters and grazing tables are now available. A scrumptious platter for two, or a grazing table for that special occasion. Enquire for pricing when booking with us.

Continental Breakfasts

Now available. A scrumptious mix of Muesli, yogurt, orange juice, wholemeal & grain and/or white bread, spreads, cubed butter, milk and coffee . Delivered to your room the night before. Order on arrival or email us :)