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The Pillars Retreat

7 Deborah Rise Bonshaw Park, Taupo 3379 New Zealand
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#4 of 49 B&Bs / Inns in Taupo
This unique purpose-built Mediterranean styled two-storied country manor is a 10-minute drive from central Taupo, the perfect spot to stop, relax and discover the central north island. Panoramic mature gardens and surrounding mountains greet you as you enter our front gates. A warm Kiwi welcome awaits from your resident hosts John and Nancy. Our four self-contained, spacious, luxuriously appointed upstairs ensuite bedrooms all with spectacular rural views, refrigerators, tea & coffee making facilities, TV with USB, underfloor heating, Free Wi-Fi and serviced daily. A free shuttle to restaurants is provided, or guests can bring readymade food provisions and eat at home. You could just have a day relaxing around the saltwater pool reading a book from our library collection. Children over 13 years are welcome.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Tennis court
Free airport transportation
Adults only
Secured parking
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Free shuttle or taxi services
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Electric blanket
Walk-in shower
Seating area
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Electric kettle
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Farsi, Hindi, Urdu
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OperaStar wrote a review Dec 2020
Brisbane, Australia35 contributions27 helpful votes
From the first minute you will feel welcome at this incredible house. Just ten minutes’ drive from the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday centre of Taupō, The Pillars is an oasis of relaxed calm. Hosts Nancy and John are warm, friendly and ready to help with anything you might want. The house is set in gorgeous manicured gardens, perfect for a peaceful walk. I was in the Pillars Suite, which is huge with a lovely balcony for an evening drink, underfloor heating (yes really!) and an enormous tiled bathroom with a great bath for relaxing in. I had a peek at the other rooms yesterday and they are all beautiful. A touch of mischief is the slide next to the main stairwell, apparently put in by the people who built the house, to amuse their children! (Must admit I tried it yesterday, lots of fun) Nancy and John offer a delicious continental breakfast and will cook you eggs from their own free range chickens. The location is perfect, in a quiet reserve off the Taupō - Napier highway, within easy reach of everything Taupō has to offer but no traffic noise whatsoever. I haven’t been to Taupō in a long time but if I come up this way again I will be sure to stay here. I couldn’t recommend The Pillars more.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Rebecca Cooke wrote a review Mar 2020
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I loved my stay at Pillars Retreat in Taupo. The property was charming and the amenities outstanding. John and Nancy were such gracious hosts, providing us with so many recommendations to make the most of our stay in the beautiful Lake Taupo area. I would highly recommend this extraordinary BnB and hope to visit again. It's the only place I'd stay on a return visit.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
Lindsey C wrote a review Mar 2020
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Our stay at The Pillars Retreat was awesome. John and Nancy are splendid hosts who are very attentive to their guests. Our room was absolutely spotless and very comfortable. We went on a walk of the beautiful grounds, and when we had breakfast, we had food that was fresh from their home. They had fresh honey, eggs, fruit, etc harvested right there! John and Nancy also provided excellent recommendations for nearby activities. You can even have a helicopter land right in their backyard to take you on a ride around the Tongaririo National Park for some gorgeous views of the New Zealand landscape!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from PillarsRetreat, Owner at The Pillars Retreat
Responded 19 Mar 2020
Thank you for staying with us . That Inflite Helicopter ride was quite a thrill .
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Susan L wrote a review Mar 2020
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Our stay at The Pillars Retreat was really great. John and Nancy are gracious hosts anxious to meet the needs of their guests, including a really scrumptious breakfast! Our suite was immaculate and comfortable. We loved strolling the grounds and John and Nancy gave us wonderful recommendations for local fun. We recommend this hotel and hope to return some day.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from PillarsRetreat, Owner at The Pillars Retreat
Responded 18 Mar 2020
It was a great pleasure to have you stay with us. We hope to see you again in the future sometime. Call us direct and we will help plan your stay and events. Until then stay safe and stay healthy
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David T wrote a review Feb 2020
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Nancy and John treated us like family! Beautiful property with a pool that we enjoyed. Rooms are luxurious and the breakfast was delicious. Taupo was very nice with a spectacular river and waterfall. Wish we could have stayed longer!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from PillarsRetreat, Owner at The Pillars Retreat
Responded 13 Feb 2020
We wish you stayed longer too, you are wonderful guests and we really enjoyed having you stay with us. Kind regards John and Nancy
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USD 148 - USD 211 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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New ZealandNorth IslandWaikato RegionTaupo DistrictTaupo
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Pillars Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to The Pillars Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Formula Challenge Racing (5.8 km), Lake Taupo (8.0 km), and Waipahihi Botanical Gardens (5.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Pillars Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at The Pillars Retreat?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at The Pillars Retreat?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, barbeque facilities, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at The Pillars Retreat?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Pillars Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include Spoon and Paddle, The Brantry, and Mole & Chicken.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Pillars Retreat?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does The Pillars Retreat have airport transportation?
Yes, The Pillars Retreat offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Pillars Retreat?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Hindi, Urdu, and Farsi.