Based by the Lake

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Free WiFi, bed sheets
Free WiFi, bed sheets
Free WiFi, bed sheets
Free WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of Based by the Lake

Based by the Lake

2.0 star property

3.8/5 Good

Guests rated this property 3.9/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
  • Kitchen
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Housekeeping

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • Hand sanitiser provided
  • Personal protective equipment
7 Tuwharetoa Street, Taupo, North Island, 3330

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationTaupo i-SITE Visitor Information Centre3 min walk
  • Popular LocationLake Taupo4 min walk
  • AirportTaupo (TUO)9 min drive
  • Popular LocationWaikite Valley Thermal Pools45 min drive

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About this area


Located in Taupo, Based by the Lake is in the city centre and on a lake. Taupo Marina and Boat Ramp and Golf Club Taupo are worth checking out if an activity is on the agenda, while those wishing to experience the area's natural beauty can explore Lake Taupo and Spa Thermal Park. Taupo Bungy and Waipahihi Botanical Gardens are also worth visiting. Relax and indulge in the area's hot springs, or seek out an adventure with horse riding, ecotours and rock climbing nearby.

What's nearby

  • Taupo i-SITE Visitor Information Centre - 3 min walk
  • Lake Taupo - 4 min walk
  • Taupo Museum and Art Gallery - 5 min walk
  • Taupo Marina and Boat Ramp - 7 min walk
  • Waikite Valley Thermal Pools - 45 min drive

Getting around

  • Taupo (TUO) - 9 min drive


  • Cafe Baku - 2 min walk
  • BodyFuel Cafe - 3 min walk
  • Replete - 3 min walk
  • Plateau - 3 min walk
  • Coffee Plus - 4 min walk

About this property

Based by the Lake

Lakefront hostel with restaurant and bar/lounge
A restaurant, a bar/lounge and a microwave in a common area are available at this hostel. WiFi in public areas is free. Other amenities include a fridge in a common area, laundry facilities and free newspapers. Change of towels is available on request
Based by the Lake offers 34 accommodations. This Taupo hostel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Guests can make use of the shared/communal kitchen. Bathrooms include a shower. Change of towels and change of bedsheets can be requested. Housekeeping is provided on a daily basis.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Languages spoken


Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter
Guest accommodations are sealed after cleaning


Contactless social distancing and check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Masks available
Hand sanitiser provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
Reservations are required for the use of certain on-site facilities
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • No on-site parking available

Food and drink

  • 1 restaurant
  • 1 bar

Things to do

  • Hiking/biking trails
  • Skydiving

Family friendly

  • Laundry facilities
  • Fridge


  • ATM/banking services
  • Lift
  • Free newspapers in reception

Guest services

  • Change of bedsheets (on request)
  • Change of towels (on request)
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage


  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Handrails in stairwells
  • Visual alarms in hallways
  • Well-lit path to entrance
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible path to lift
  • Wheelchair-accessible public bathroom
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible restaurant


  • Designated smoking areas
  • Shared microwave
  • Shared fridge

Room amenities


  • Bed sheets
  • Heating


  • Shower

Food and drink

  • Cleaning supplies
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Fridge
  • Shared kitchen access
  • Hob
  • Toaster

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Check-in from 2:00 PM - anytime
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open Sunday - Thursday (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM) and Friday - Saturday (8:00 AM - 5:00 AM)
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk, smart lock


Pets not allowed (service animals are welcome, and are exempt from fees)

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
Cots (infant beds) are not available

Payment types

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
No on-site parking is available
This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash
Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector and a first aid kit

National rating

This property does not have a Qualmark® rating. For the benefit of our customers, we have provided a rating based on our ratings system.

Property is also known as

Based by the Lake Taupo
Based by the Lake Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
Based by the Lake Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Taupo

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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 10 out of 29 reviews
5 - Excellent 34%
Rating 4 - Good. 7 out of 29 reviews
4 - Good 24%
Rating 3 - Okay. 8 out of 29 reviews
3 - Okay 28%
Rating 2 - Poor. 3 out of 29 reviews
2 - Poor 10%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 1 out of 29 reviews
1 - Terrible 3%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



4/5 Good

Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Great friendly staff
Stayed 1 night in Jun 2022

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with family and small children
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
The beddings were soo comfy and the toilets were clean and showers were amazing
Stayed 2 nights in Jun 2022

3/5 Okay

Business traveller, Travelled with partner, Travelled with group
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service
Disliked: Amenities
Lovely staff super helpful. No parking on site which should be noted. The hotel is next to a club so don't expect any sleep before 1am. Room was clean but tatty with an obviously brand new superb bathroom which was wierd. Walls so thin could gear the people next room snoring. Basically a backpackers.
Stayed 1 night in Mar 2022

2/5 Poor

Travelled with partner
Liked: Staff & service
Disliked: Amenities, property conditions & facilities
Would be ok if not so much a dorm and ok if you wanted a room after a night out just to sleep
Stayed 1 night in Feb 2022

4/5 Good

Travelled with family, Travelled with pets
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
My booking ref #72205712125428 indicated the amount booked at NZ$283.50 but I was charged $289.71 on 28/1/2022 by Pointon Accomodation Taupo…. I wonder why the difference? Oh well, it is just a small amount but it is still not right that the amount charged is different from what we were told to be… in principle it is not right.
Stayed 3 nights in Jan 2022

3/5 Okay

Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness
Disliked: Property conditions & facilities
Noisy at the east end
Stayed 2 nights in Jan 2022

3/5 Okay

Travelled with partner
Disliked: Staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
We already knew there weren’t any stairs, we kind of accepted the fact that we had to climb the steps to level 3. The reception was left with no staff when we were checking out around 8:30 in the morning. We had to write a manual note and leave because we were getting late. Only off-street parking is available so was a bit disappointed because there were clubs around and didn’t feel safe to leave the car outside. Good place to stay for a night if you just want to sleep. Probably do need the air conditioner though for summer!
Stayed 1 night in Jan 2022

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with group
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Clean, tidy and small. Good value for money and good location
Stayed 2 nights in Jan 2022

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with group
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Stayed 1 night in Jan 2022

2/5 Poor

Travelled with partner, Travelled with group
Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service
The location was fantastic. Very central to everything. Was extremely disappointed in the service of the rooms. We were there 3 days and our room was not serviced once. There was only enough coffee making equipment for 1 cup and these were never replenished. Towels were never changed, and toilet paper was was never replenished. It was extremely hot, which meant very sweaty at nights. Bed linen was never changed at all. Overall very very disappointed and will not be recommending this accomodation to friends.
Stayed 3 nights in Jan 2022