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Tourism New Zealand features Whakaipo Lodge

Tourism New Zealand chose Whakaipo Lodge to feature in their new promotional video of Taupo's Great Lake Trail. The video was shot over 3 days in March and the crew based themselves at Whakaipo Lodge during the shoot.

The video is one of a series that Tourism New Zealand will use to promote  Nga Haerenga, The New Zealand Cycle Trail, to international target markets. Tourism New Zealand worked with the local regional tourism organisation, Destination Great Lake Taupo and trail manager, Bike Taupo, to select Whakaipo Lodge for the production. It was specifically looking to promote boutique and luxury accommodation on the National Cycle Trail and located at Whakaipo Bay, Whakaipo Lodge was perfect as a base for the shoot.

The lodge's sister company, Adventure Shuttles also featured in the shoot, providing transport for crew and bikes.

You can check out the video here and we hope that you like it!


News from 2014


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Old News Stories

24 February 2015 Whakaipo Lodge Summer Concert Update

The forecast has improved and tickets are selling fast for the first Whakaipo Lodge Summer Concert this Saturday 28 February. Make sure you get your tickets now! Bike Taupo are providing a gourmet BBQ fundraiser and Jo from Volcanic Coffee will be there to provide refreshments. Parking is available on site and gates open at 3pm for the concert from 4pm - 7pm. See you there!

21 February Summer Newsletter is launched

Our latest newsletter (Summer) was launched today. Check it out here for lots of special deals, events & Taupo tips...Hit the SUBSCRIBE button and you qualify for extra special deals for our newsletter friends.

16 November 2014 Whakaipo Lodge Summer Concert Update

The best little concert of the Summer is coming. Tickets and information about the band is now available from Eventfinda or email us to enquire about purchasing tickets direct. Tickets are $30 each and $5 from every ticket sale supports the great work of Bike Taupo. Come along and enjoy a great summer's afternoon of fun, sun and fine Kiwi music...

16 October 2014 Stop Press! Whakaipo Lodge Summer Concert

On 28 February 2015, Whakaipo Lodge is pleased to bring you "Lucky Break": The Andrew London Trio & Neil Billington in concert in the Lodge gardens. Part of every ticket sale will support Bike Taupo. Watch this space! More to come! Meantime for news on what Andrew and his band are up to check them out here

8 October 2014

Check out the latest edition of NZ Fitness Magazine (Oct/Nov 2014). Whakaipo Lodge & Adventure Shuttles feature in an article on the Great Lake Trail on page 50. Many of our guests have ridden the Great Lake Trail as its only a short bike ride from the Lodge. Our transport business, Adventure Shuttles, can get you to all the best trails in our beautiful district.

29 August 2014
Great news today (on the 1st year anniversary of our website/business launch). Whakaipo Lodge achieves a ranking of #2 of 37 Specialty Lodging in Taupo on Trip Advisor. So chuffed. Thanks to all our fabulous guests for taking the time to review us. We really appreciate it!
Check out our reviews & ranking here.


#1 on TripAdvisor


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Whakaipo Lodge achieves top ranking on TripAdvisor!

On 2 March we received news that we are ranked #1 of the Specialty Lodgings category in Taupo. This was obviously a source of pride and an endorsement from to all of the wonderful guests who took the time to write reviews for us. Thankyou so much for your support.

In addition we were pleased to recieve TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence for 2015, recogintion of the work put in during the past 12 months. 

Things have also gone well on Booking.com with Whakaipo Lodge ranking at the top of Taupo accommodation with our review score currently at 9.8. 


Summer Concert


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1 March 2015 First Summer Concert a great success

Summer Concert raises over $800 for Bike Taupo

A good crowd came from far and wide to see off the last day of summer the last Saturday in February in glorious weather at the Whakaipo Lodge Summer Concert held at the lodge in the Mapara Valley.
The inaugural event featured blues influenced performer Andrew London and his band “Lucky Break”, including James Tait-Jamieson, Kirsten London and Neil Billington, belting out old favourites including “Emily Bay”, as well as new material from his 2014 album “Ladies a Plate”. Andrew is an old favourite in the area having performed for many years at various venues in and around Taupo.
The event was also a fundraiser for Bike Taupo with over $500 raised at the gate for the charity and the Bike Taupo team selling gourmet burgers brought the total to over $800.
Garth & Angie London, owners of Whakaipo Lodge were thrilled with the result. Look out for a similar event  last weekend of February next year featuring Andrew back with a new lineup including Wayne Mason.

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The Andrew London Lucky Break Band featuring from left to right James Tait-Jamieson, Andrew and Kirsten London, with Neil Billington out of picture left.