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Millennium Resort Manuels

4.5 out of 5.0

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The Millennium in Taupo has a great location with stunning views of the lake. Lovely waterfront walks, great restaurant and wonderful, down-to-earth service. The heated pool is a great way to relax. The rooms are dated but adequate, and good value. Free parking and WiFi. Get an upstairs room for privacy (from the many people biking and walking along the waterfront) and enjoy the balcony view with a glass of wine and the afternoon sun.

Very comfortable suite opening onto the lake. The spa bath soothed away the travel weariness of the day. Excellent breakfast in the elegant dining room. We sat at a window table overlooking the early morning mist on the lake.

We came to Taupo over Easter and because we were staying nearby we went to the restaurant here one evening. It was quite busy, which we thought was a good sign, but I'm assuming they were all tourists like us, because although the food was okay it wasn't worth the prices. We were seated straight away and offered water. The people who asked for sparkling got different glasses and we didn't get tap water left on the table, only refreshed by the waiter for the people who had tap water glasses. This was a bit weird, but the drinks waiter (separate to the food waiter) was attentive when we wanted to purchase more drinks. We had it explained that there was a separate food waiter. We ordered some garlic bread to start. This was a half baguette size so good for 2 people, and quite strong. We didn't order starters because they were all in the $18 range, and seemed quite pricey for the food described. So we ordered mains. Most of the group ordered fish and chips. I ordered bouillabaisse, which the waiter incorrectly corrected my pronunciation of. The menu made a point of saying it was served with saffron potatoes, so I didn't order any side vegetables. Thankfully I still had some of my garlic bread left, because for $40 I got a small soup bowl with a big rim ( see photo). For scale, that thing at the front is a baby octopus. I called the waiter over and asked about the saffron potatoes and she explained that 'they' were in there. She didn't offer me any more, or offer me any sides, even though I was clearly expecting more from the dish. It had a couple of chunks of fish in there, a couple of scallops, a couple of baby leeks and 3 baby turnips, one mussel, one baby octopus and 1 tiny tiny potato. I left it til the end, to make sure I didn't find any others in the soup base, but no, just the singular potato( see photo 2 and bear in mind the size of the baby octopus in photo 1!). And it was difficult to tell what had involved saffron in the preparation of the potato because it had been submerged in tomato soup. The fish and chips came with lots of fish and a little fryer of chips so I scrounged off my fellow diners. The chips were good - the fish was a bit buried in the batter but at least I got some carbs! It was $5 cheaper than the bouillabaisse so not quite such a rip off. We got a cheese board to fill in the gap, as we all had a glass of wine with the meal so didn't want to drive to the shops for a snack. 4 small bits of supermarket - available cheese and some crackers eaten mainly by me. I wouldn't go back. There was nothing wrong with the food and the drinks waiter was friendly but the food was definitely not of the quality I'd expect for the price and portion size. I wouldn't mind paying $40 for an excellent bowl of bouillabaisse and if it had been clear that 'saffron potatoes' was a garnish I would have ordered a side dish. But I think this restaurant has delusions of grandeur. Also the food waiter was clearly inexperienced and therefore not very well equiped to deal with customers querying the product. We left a tip because we thought this was a restaurant problem.

One of the few truly waterfront hotels in Taupo, able to to step out the door right to the lakefront. Very well appointed and clean room, we have a junior suite which was very nice. Very attentive and friendly staff. About a 5 minute drive from the center of town or a 40 minute walk which you could along the lakefront path the whole way. We did not try the restaurants. Overall would recommend without question.look forward to visiting again.

We had a first floor lakeside room with an amazing view. Such a peaceful spot. The service in reception, bar and restaurant was excellent. Delicious food and also a very welcome laundry room during our NZ tour!

We only spent one night at the Grand Millernnium in Taupo, but it was a good one. The room was excellent, with a beautiful view of Lake Taupo. The staff, as in most places in New Zealand, went above and beyond in their efforts to make sure we were comfortable.

Took my mum away for two nights, had a ground floor lake view. We had a twin room with queen beds each. So relaxing!! I discovered the outside pool was heated and the Grotto (hot spa in a cave setting) was hot and relaxing. Restaurants were lovely and staff all so helpful. We definitely going to go back. Highly recommend this hotel. The bar area and dining all look over the lake. Great spot as still close to town.

Nice comfortable bed and beautiful views from our room. Unfortunately the food in the restaurant was pretty disappointing. Oysters were served in a bowl, out of their shells. I had never seen this before and it was really disappointing. The rest of the meal was quite expensive and of mediocre quality. Staff were very nice however.

We booked a room with a lake view and weren't disappointed. With a wonderful sunset we were able to take advantage of the balcony. The complimentary drink on arrival gave us something to do whilst we waited for our laundry to be done at the hotel guest facilities.

Ate at the millennium restaurant. Food appalling. Setting gorgeous service ok. Took 1 hour for food to arrive at table. Kitchen problem The fish soup was made with a can of hienz tomato soup wth a couple of prawns. The slow roasted duck had deep fried skin.

243 Lake Terrace Taupo

Located within a mile (2 km) of Taupo Hot Springs, Millennium Resort Manuels is within 3 miles (5 km) of Taupo Museum and Art Gallery. This 51-room, 4.5-star hotel has 2 restaurants along with conveniences like an outdoor pool and free in-room WiFi. On the beach, the hotel is also close to Barbary and Taupo Bungy.


Enjoy dining at one of 2 onsite restaurants including Edgewater Restaurant, which specializes in local cuisine. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, or make new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge. Buffet breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 7 AM to 10 AM.


All of Millennium Resort Manuels's 51 individually furnished rooms provide balconies or patios, minibars, and coffee makers. Guests can expect wired Internet, free WiFi, and 42-inch LCD TVs with satellite channels and DVD players. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries, and beds are dressed in premium bedding. Free weekday newspapers, phones, and ironing boards are also available.

Property features

At Millennium Resort Manuels, guests enjoy features like an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a spa tub. A stay here includes free parking. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach hotel include a sauna, an outdoor tennis court, and free WiFi in public areas.

Room options

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed, Lake View

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior Twin Room with Lake View

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Junior Suite, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior King Room with Lake View

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

87% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 556 reviews