Directions to Whakaipo Lodge

Driving

How to get here from Taupo
Whakaipo Lodge is situated less than 10 minutes from central Taupo at 1/504 Mapara Road.(If you have GPS enter the address and it will take you directly to the lodge.)

Head north out of Taupo and take the first left (Norman Smith St) after the Waikato River Control Gates bridge and follow the well sign posted road to Acacia Bay, which is a 5km drive. When you come into Acacia Bay go through the 50km/h speed sign, continue on the main road, which becomes Wakeman Road, for about 500m and take the second right up the hill into Mapara Road. (Do not veer left down Acacia Bay Road to the lake.) Follow Mapara Road for 5km, up and over the hill to Whakaipo Lodge, which is well sign posted on your right after Tukairangi Road. Turn right into the private road and take the first drive on the left, again well sign posted, and you are at Whakaipo Lodge.

How to get to Whakaipo Lodge from Auckland and the north
Heading into Taupo, just past the 80km/hr speed sign, take the first right into Poihipi Road (signposted Kinloch and Acacia Bay). 500m along Poihipi Road take the first left into Acacia Bay Road. Carry on along this, through the stop sign, all the way to Acacia Bay, which is about 4 km.When you come into Acacia Bay go through the 50km/h speed sign, continue on the main road, which becomes Wakeman Road, for about 500m and take the second right up the hill into Mapara Road. (Do not veer left down Acacia Bay Road to the lake.) Follow Mapara Road for 5km, up and over the hill to Whakaipo Lodge, which is well sign posted on your right after Tukairangi Road. Turn right into the private road and take the first drive on the left, again well sign posted, and you are at Whakaipo Lodge.

How to get to Whakaipo Lodge from Wellington and the south
Head into Taupo and drive along Tongariro Street (the main street). Continue to head north over the Waikato River Control Gates bridge then follow the instructions on how to get here from Taupo (please refer to two paragraphs above).

Flying
Taupo has its own airport which is serviced by scheduled domestic flights daily. The airport is located approximately 8km from the town. Connecting flights through most main centre airports are available on scheduled domestic flights. To book flights check with Air New Zealand (or SoundsAir for Wellington-Taupo flights). 

It is also possible to arrange a rental car pick-up and drop-off at the airport. For more information visit Taupo Airport.

Whakaipo Lodge is approximately 20 minutes’ drive (18km) from the airport.
Whakaipo Lodge also provides courtesy Taupo airport transfers.

Helicopters are permitted to land on the Lodge's extensive grounds. Please contact us if you wish to arrive by helicopter.