Lake Karapiro Lodge is a purpose-built Luxury Bed and Breakfast, providing a high level of comfort and hospitality that will appeal to discerning travellers or to those seeking asophisticated haven away from the city.

Located in the centre of the North Island, Lake Karapiro and the bountiful Waikato has something for everyone including some of the best cycle and walking trails, trout fishing, golf and a host of attractions such as Hobbiton, Rotorua, Taupo and Waitomo Caves.

Our four spacious deluxe rooms offer twin or king-size beds, ensuite bathrooms with power showers, air-conditioning, elegant décor and private outdoor living.All capture stunning views of Lake Karapiro and Mt Maungatautari.

Our two upper-level prestige rooms, each 80m2 in size, are equipped with super-king beds, luxury bathrooms and huge picture windows that embrace both lake and rural views. Each has a balcony overlooking both the lake and the mountain.

We are proud or our lovely home and warmly welcome you, our guests.


Jan & Colin Pauling purchased the lodge in May 2022,

“We have been entrusted with running the beautiful lodge moving forward and carrying on the extraordinary high standards set by the previous owners.”

This is also our home, we enjoy the peaceful environment and the stunning views all year round. We look forward to sharing it with you.

We have own ideas on how the lodge is run and presented, the underlying guideline however, a commitment to offering the same very high standard of amenity and service the previous owners have done for the past 20 years.

We look forward to meeting you and being of service.

The pool is warming up, its heated to around 22 degrees from November through until April.

The spa is fully operational at a warm 38.5 degrees.

The Guest Drawing Room

The Drawing Room with its grand Victorian fireplace and opulent plastered ceiling is the heart of the house.

All Suites connect to the Drawing Room which provides a restful, warm place to be. Savour a wine in front of an open fire, read a book or listen to your choice of music.

Complimentary tea and coffee is available at all times. We have a range of local beers and wines to purchase.

The Gardens

Stroll though, relax and enjoy the gardens which incorporate elements of
New Zealand's natural heritage and cultural landscape.

Endangered and uncommon native species are planted in combination
with exotic flowering perennials in an integrated 'native' garden.

Pool & Spa

The pool area is secluded from the main house for greater privacy, guests can have exclusive use to be arranged in advance

  • Out-door salt-water swimming pool
  • Pool is heated throughout the Summer months
  • Spa-pool/hot tub
  • Lodge History

    The magnificence of the view and the level building site were an immediate attraction for the developers of the purpose built lodge and family home.

    To do justice to the site, bearing mind this was rich dairy country not unlike parts of Britain,
    a concept plan was developed based on a traditional English country style home integrating many local features.

    It was lovingly constructed starting in 2002 and was officially opened in January 2004 with a blessing ceremony.

    The New owners have taken on the concept and will developing further amenities in the future.

    Lake Karapiro

    Today a world-class rowing venue, Lake Karapiro was created in 1947 when the Karapiro hydroelectric dam was completed on the Waikato River.

    The Lake is extensively used in the summer months for all forms of water sports and activities

    Guests’ Comments

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    What an honour to be the First Guests of the new owners of this wonderful Lodge, Jan & Colin. We have thoroughly enjoyed our two nights and Colin & Jans, such easy going hosts. The meals were superb and we were luck enough to stay in the Sir Tristram Room with its spectacular views.

    We wish Colin & Jan all the best in their new venture, we look forward to staying again one day.

    Graham & Carol Pearce, Auckland.         June 2022