I booked a one bedroom unit for the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge - the location (very close to the start, across the road from the lake) and the private spa being the major drawcards. The reviews I read noted that the units are a bit dated (which they are), but also noted the friendly owners and the cleanliness of the rooms. That was exactly my experience, and I've already booked to stay there again next year. The units are fairly basic but have everything you need, and are well maintained. They were so clean I felt the need to be extra clean myself! The bedroom is between the living area and spa pool, so is back from the road and therefore quiet. The spa can be a bit noisy but is turned off by the owners around 9.30 each night, or you can turn it off manually if you need to. It was lovely to have the spa pool to sink into the night after the race. Also a bonus were the picnic tables on a strip of lawn by the road - a great place to watch your friends cycling towards the finishline. And did I mention the friendly owners? Unfortunately I'm told the lodge is changing ownership soon, but I trust the new owners will continue to operate an excellent facility.
Would you recommend to a friend? Yes