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Cascades Lakefront Motel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Our family have previously been to this property and loved it. It is just off the water and easily accessible to get to the water. We had a configuration of queen down stairs and a double and single up on a mezzanine floor for our kids. 2 TV's so we could watch a show and so could the kids The property has a pool and spa on-site which was good. The managers are very hands on and very helpful for travellers into Lake Taupo.

I can highly recommend the Cascades at Lake Taupo. The units are really well designed and spacious, and water view, fluffy towels and spa bath are a bonus. The staff were very helpful and flexible when forgot to add a small person to our booking. The studio apartments can easy accommodate a child on fold up bed.

We booked this last minute on the way back from our holiday so we could have a night at Taupo with the kids. It was absolutely perfect. Away from the hype of town, your own private walk right on the lake. Absolutely a great place. Will definitely be coming back

Stayed over Christmas/New Years period 17/18 in unit 4. The unit was very clean, roomy enough for a 3 person family with a queen bed downstairs and a single upstairs for child, 2 bathrooms which were very clean and tidy. Unit also has a courtyard at back, with kitchenet facilities. While the unit was not huge it was fine, esp as intent is to spend minimal time indoors when visiting the lake. Parking was very good, and also had available for the boat. Heated pool is ok but not overly used due to lake being all of 20m away from the unit with easy beach access. Units are quiet, could hear neighbors. Guest facilities such as laundry not used. Management very friendly and helpful. Great value for money and totally recommend.

This review is of our Downstairs Studio room during the busy time between Christmas and New Year. A decent sized room for its type with the only gripe being noise from the unit above us. While the motel is some 4km south of the town centre it is right on the lakefront and the paved Lakefront trail which runs all the way between town and Five Mile Bay. Our room had a good kitchen with two elements, microwave and utensils/crockery/cutlery for two. The bathroom included both shower and spa bath. The TV was a good quality LG and heating when used on a couple of chillier evenings an effective convection type. The bed was average. Parking at door and a couple of outdoor chairs. Would happily recommend as a place to stay.

Me and my family enjoyed our stay in the hotel. It's in a good location where you can enjoy the view and go out for a walk. It's near the restaurants and other tourist spots. The rooms are big and clean.

We stayed for 4 days over the Christmas period. We had a large unit with a separate bedroom & bathroom upstairs as well as queen bed downstairs. A small kitchen which was a bit challenging at time but we managed. The location right on the lakefront was great, (many advertise as lakeside but they are separated from the lake by a highway). There is a trail along the lake which we enjoyed & they have kayaks & bikes to rent as well. Best of all our hosts were amazing, every request was taken car of, they were so helpful & friendly and even gave us prosecco & chocolates on Christmas Eve!

Loved this hotel. It was very clean, with nice room view and the receptionist was very lovely. Can’t wait to go back again to this place. Would recommend this motel to everyone. It will not disappoint

This is a really nice motel with friendly and helpful hosts. The location of the motel which is right on the lake, and the walking path is beautiful. Our room was clean, well equipped, and comfortable although a little dated which is not really an issue.

Our family (parents + 1 teenager) stayed in a room with a queen bed and a single bed in the loft, which was a great set-up for us. Upon check in we were given a bottle of milk for our tea/coffee, which was a nice and unexpected gesture. Rooms were spacious and clean and included a refrigerator and coffee/tea set-up which we used, and a microwave, which we didn't. There is also a patio with table and chairs outside the back door. Our neighbors used their patio and we could see them from our room, but not a big issue. Just closed the curtains for privacy. Our room was just steps away from the beautiful beach, which we visited. The owners and staff were very nice and helpful. They have bicycles available to rent and had just purchased a kayak that guests will be able to rent. I hope I get the chance to return to Taupo as there is much to do there; if I do, I'll stay again at Cascades.

303 Lake Terrace Taupo

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • Laundry facilities

Located within a mile (2 km) of Taupo Hot Springs, Cascades Lakefront Motel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Taupo Museum and Art Gallery. This 24-room, 4-star motel has conveniences like an outdoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. On the beach, the motel is also close to Barbary and Taupo Bungy.


For your convenience, a cooked-to-order breakfast is served each morning for a fee.


The 24 individually decorated rooms feature kitchenettes with microwaves and stovetops. Guests can expect free WiFi and LCD TVs with satellite channels and DVD players. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Private yards, coffee makers, and free newspapers are also standard.

Property features

Guests staying at Cascades Lakefront Motel enjoy an outdoor pool, a children's pool, and a spa tub. You can take advantage of free parking, along with a shopping center shuttle. Front-desk staff can assist with luggage storage and tours/tickets. Other amenities at this beach motel include free WiFi in public areas, a computer station, and a library.

Room options

Family Room, Partial Lake View

Twin 2 | King 2 | Sleeps 5

Family Unit 3 People

Twin 1 | Sleeps 3

Lakefront Unit 6 People

Twin 2 | Sleeps 6

Downstairs Studio

King 1 | Queen 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

91% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 417 reviews