Ruapehu Golf and Country Lodge
Tongariro National Park and Waimarino Golf Course are both just minutes away from this French inspired upscale country lodge. The lawns and grounds are immaculately manicured, and the rooms will suit you if you are looking for something traditional and romantic.
Taupo is a charming lakeside town, reached within a few hours from Rotorua and the Hawke’s Bay region; perfect for a laid-back few days after some serious wine touring. Lake Taupo is ripe for fishing and water skiing and there are small thermal pools to discover.
It’s a good base from which to explore, including the Tongariro and Ruapehu area, where parts of the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed. Ruapehu is New Zealand’s largest ski mountain, but the weather is unreliable. The Tongariro Crossing is regarded by many as the finest one day hike in the world; it truly is epic.