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The discerning traveller wants choice in the range of luxury accommodation offered to them - choice between hosted stays, self-contained and full-service luxury lodges.
New Zealand's hosted city, country, beach and off-the-beaten-track stays offer a bed and breakfast service and the opportunity to get to know the Kiwi characer at close quarters. This is what distinguishes hosted accommodation from the many motels and hotels - our host's interest in and sensitivity to the needs of their guests. Always, our hosts will give of themselves and share their way of life as well as sharing their home.
Self-contained cottages, vacation apartments and holiday homes, whether in the city or country, offer the opportunity to get away for a while - to recover from or prepare for the rigours of travel, or to just relax and soak up some sun or culture.
And when it is time to luxuriate in a full-service, boutique resort, Friars Guide properties offer some of the highest standards of service available in New Zealand.
Other accommodation guides have come and gone, but Friars has been consistently successful for four reasons. First is the size and quality of the images. Second is the volume of comprehensive and informative text. Third is the use of an objective writing style where marketing puffery and superlatives are not used everywhere. Fourth is the personal recommendation of the authors which is based on a personal visit to each property - if it does not meet our minimum standards for location, building, services and amenities, and delightful hosting, then it is not accepted for inclusion in Friars Guide.
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Lake Taupo - Ruapehu
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spectacular scenery and adventure
The Lake Taupo - Ruapehu region owes much of it spectacular scenery to its location in an active volcanic zone. Lake Taupo (itself the size of Singapore) is the caldera (collapsed volcano) created by a series of the world's most violent and explosive eruptions, the most recent in the second century AD. Of the three mountains, Ruapehu and the classically cone-shaped Ngauruhoe are still active but do not represent a significant threat to visitors. Ruapehu offers excellent winter skiing and summer walks from both Whakapapa Village and the Ohakune side at Turoa. The third mountain is Tongariro, after which the World Heritage National Park was named, and is traversed by the Tongariro Crossing, one of the country's Great Walks. On the southern shores of Lake Taupo, Turangi and the surrounding holiday spots offer world-class fly fishing rivers, thermal pools and places to escape. Access to the Whanganui River is available at Taumarunui and Raetihi. Located in the central North Island, only a four-hour drive from Auckland and from Wellington, this region offers adventure activities, relaxation and rejuvenation opportunities plus cultural performances to suit every visitor's tastes.
areas within Lake Taupo - Ruapehu
Friars has identified the following areas within Lake Taupo - Ruapehu. Below is a breakdown of Friars listed hosts in Lake Taupo - Ruapehu per locality.
- Taupo: Acacia Bay (5), and Taupo (3)
- Turangi: Turangi (3)
- Ruapehu: Ohakune (2)