Comments from Our Guests


"We loved everything about Fairbairn House and the owners! Andrew and Jane are wonderful hosts. We loved our stay here, they made sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed but still got all the privacy and relaxing in that we were looking for. Great place, comfortable bed, nice shower, beautiful property (home design and interior furnishings) and amazing views of the Lake, even the Milky Way at night! Having the kitchenette and food/drinks available after long afternoon of travel was unspeakably helpful. In a private estate so completely secure, private and quiet we were sad to leave. I booked online and thought I paid then but did not realize I was to pay on arrival, little embarrassing on my end! Should have read details when I booked, completely my fault. We would stay here again in a heartbeat, thank you for everything!"
- Cheryl and Nick, USA

"We LOVED everything! Could not fault it, and the owners Andrew and Jane were the most wonderful hosts!! The views were stunning to say the least!"
- Mark and Marnie, NZ

"We had such a wonderful time. The accomodation is beautiful, spacious and cosy with the cold weather and wind outside. Stunning views, lovely breakfast supplies and Andrew and Jane were lovely to deal with. Thanks very much."
- Lily, China

West Wing review:  "Superb is definitely the word to be used. The house was large, airy and situated to provide fantastic views across two aspects of Lake Taupo. The view from the feature window in the bedroom was absolutely stunning. The kitchen was well equipped and Andrew was more than happy for visitors to 'dip into' the supplies in the scullery. The open fire was a real bonus. Felt like home, not a holiday let. We'll be back!
- Chris and Lorna, UK
 
"Amazing place and great view! Andrew and Jane were amazing hosts. We wish we could have stayed longer!"
- Brooke and Clayton, USA

"The place is simply amazing. Sitting right on top of the hill overlooking the city on one side and the rolling greens and lakes on the other side. A million dollar view it is. Everything in the house is exactly as described and our host pays attention to the finer details that makes the place so special. Total privacy with the exception of the resident cat (a big fat orange fur ball) who paid us a visit during the day to say hello. Superb host and wonderful place."
- Nicholas and Sisca, Malaysia

"Excellent accommodation with a spectacular view over Lake Taupo. Perfect for couples who like peace and quiet. The accommodation was very clean and comfortable. The breakfast provisions were varied and plentiful and the attention to detail made this stay very pleasurable. My wife and I have travelled extensively around Australia and New Zealand and this was by far one of the best places we have stayed in."
- Stephen, Australia

"Luxury Escape. Andrew and Jane were phenomenal hosts, greeting us on arrival and providing advice on reaching the property through Booking.com's communication service, which worked perfectly. The location is spectacular, with stunning views of the town and lake, as well as being far enough away to actually make out the Milky Way at night! The breakfast hamper was luxuriant and full of variety, whilst the apartment was beautifully decorated and huge, with a TV in both the living and bedroom. Large bathroom with underfloor heating and great shower. Bed large and the most comfortable of our trip."
- Matthew, Western Australia

"Andrew & Jane are wonderfully welcoming hosts who make you feel both special and at home. Thank you"
- Steven and Kathy, Wales

"Spectacular views of Lake Taupo and the surrounding mountains. Tasty breakfast and cozy furnishings. Andrew was very helpful in guiding us to the right places to explore. My only complaint is that we didn't stay longer! Can't wait to come back. Highly recommend staying a few nights."
- Joel and Song, USA  

"Beautiful place with awesome views of Taupo and beyond....The accommodation exceeded our expectations. The host was so friendly and helpful and greeted us warmly on arrival and farewelled us on departure. The view was amazingly breathtaking... both day and night. Breakfast provisions were very generous. The place was very clean and well furnished. Would love to spend more time there."
- Michele, New South Wales

"Amazing views, spacious and comfortable, top quality all around. Generous breakfast provisions, spacious rooms, top quality fit out, and extra hospitable hosts."
- Graeme and Donna, Western Australia

"Fantastic location, incredible views! Spacious, quiet, great amenities and nice bed."
- Steven and Debs, Canada

"Wonderful house, beautiful views, warm welcoming hosts. Would definitely recommend. We had a great time!"
- Julia, Germany

"Lovely accomodation, warm welcome from Jane and Andrew, fantastic location"
- Terence and Melanie, UK

"Excelente la habitacion y la vista al puebo espectacular. Las vistas, la comodidad de la casa, la habitacion, los anfitriones....todo estuvo excelente!"
- Alan and Denise, Argentina

“Our stay Andrew and Jane's cottage was so amazing! The view itself of lake Taupo is breathtaking and with a glass of wine in hand, it's the best bar in Taupo! Andrew and Jane were nothing but warm and lovely hosts that gave us amazing recommendations and made us feel so at home! Highly recommend”

- Mel and Nic, Australia

"Absolutely AWESOME stay. Jane and Andrew were the best hosts ever and we just couldnt fault a thing, nothing about their place was wrong!! What quality of this mini-apartment, what views!! One can absolutely recommend this place!! Thank you once again Andrew and Jane!!!"
- Jan and Cezary, Poland

“非常非常棒的地方,房間落地窗看出去就是景觀,Andrew 和 Jane非常熱情非常好,也非常細心。房子很新,有獨立客廳有獨立廚房,院子裡可以BBQ。我父母待了三個晚上,也跟Andrew 和 Jane一起BBQ,相談甚歡。下次若再到訪陶波湖,一定會再來住這裡! Sooooooooooooo great!”
- Katy, Taiwan

“Lovely and very comfortable mini-apartment with amazing views over Lake Taupo. Very friendly and helpful hosts - we throughly enjoyed our stay here.”
- Natalia and Alex, UK

“Fantastic purpose built 5 star home. Andrew and Jane were great hosts and couldn't do enough for us. We couldnt have celebrated our 21st anniversary in a better place. The breakfast was very tasty and generous, it was lovely to have fresh fruit and the peaches were delicious. We wish we had stayed longer, so we will have to come back soon. Thank you.”
- Sue and partner, UK

"Beautiful place to stay with spectacular view of Lake Taupo. Host Andrew was most helpful and made us to have comfortable stay, thank you. We will go back again to stay there :)"
- Steve and Jacqueline, NZ

"Andrew and Jane are wonderful hosts. We arrived late at night, a lot later than expected, and were greeted with a friendly welcome and were helped with our things to our apartment. The apartment is like a 5 star hotel, very modern, clean and the most comfortable bed! The breakfast hamper is very generous and has several options such as muffins, muesli, fruit, cheese, ham, yoghurt, juice, milk, spreads. The views are spectacular overlooking the lake and city. There is a private paved area outside the apartment with BBQ, perfect to sit and admire the views all day/night long. Taupo centre is an easy, short drive. Thank you Andrew and Jane for a wonderful stay. I even got a free car wash! Andrew saw my car needed a wash while he was cleaning his and I woke to a sparkling car! Now that's going above and beyond! We would highly recommend your place to everyone!"
- Karen and friend, NZ

"Fairbairn House is an excellent place to stay. Comfortable and views to die for. I would totally recommend this place to anyone visiting Taupo."
- Maria and Stephen, Hamilton

"Beautiful house with amazing views of Taupo. Really good communication and very welcoming. 10 out of 10 would recommend."
- David and partner, Wellington

"This is a lovely home in one of the great vacation spots anywhere. Jane and Andrew are wonderful people to stay with."
- Page and Amanda, USA (2nd stay with us)

"Beautiful beyond words. Perfectly appointed and comfortably luxuriant. Hosts were amazingly gracious and helpful with plans. Every amenity was provided, the location provided spectacular views, easy access to shopping, and fun activities. It is centrally located to a variety of scenic excursions and exciting activities and, yet, provides the most amazing privacy for a romantic getaway. Anyone who is able to schedule accommodation here is indeed fortunate."
- Leslie and Michael, USA


"Jane and Andrew were amazing hosts. They helped us out with local advice when needed and made sure we had everything we needed to enjoy our honeymoon to the fullest. Their absolutely beautiful house is located outside of Taupo and the scenery is just stunning. Everything you could want if you are looking for a beautiful setting very close to Taupo, but secluded enough to enjoy the silence. The place was well equipped, clean and we would not have wanted it any other way. Would highly recommend! 5/5 stars."
- Lucy and James, Adelaide, Australia

"Outstanding. What an amazing couple at an amazing location! Andrew & Jane have created a stunning environment filled with homely and creative touches. Rest assured everything is done to an immaculate and generous standard; you will not be disappointed. Highly recommended! We will be back!"
- Josh and partner, NZ

"Fairbairn House was a great choice for the relaxing weekend my partner and I were looking for, plus some adventure in Taupo. The amazing views of the city were enjoyed during a night in. And we took advantage of Jane & Andrew's mountain bikes for the W2K trail (Whakaipo entrance about 4 km's from the house). Jane and Andrew exceeded our expectations! Everything about Fairbairn House was great - location, views, comfort. You truly have a great place to offer. Thanks for helping us get around and explore the area! You went above and beyond."
- Michael and partner, USA

"It was a great place to stay. The views through the large double glazed windows were the best. Very good place to relax after our week long road trip. Luxury is what we call it."
- Em and Ajju, Christchurch

"This home is at the top of Lake Taupo and is brand new. It has breathtaking views of the lake. You can even see the volcanoes on a clear day from the front yard. The hosts were also very nice and it was fun to chat with them. It is a bit of a drive from the town, but if you want a relaxing stay away from the world, then this is it!"
- Harnik and partner, USA

"Andrew and Jane were so hospitable! We were given a warm welcome and made to feel at home. We had a wonderful stay and would thoroughly recommend it."
- Eleri and Patrick, Wales

"10 out of 10 for this gorgeous B&B which has amazing views to the east and west of Lake Taupo. Our hosts where extremely welcoming and when we got to our guest apartment there was a lovely breakfast hamper awaiting. The apartment had everything we wanted. Stylishly presented and spotlessly clean. We would definitely return and highly recommend Fairbairn House to travellers."
- Margot and friend, Auckland

"The home is a couple of miles above the lake. The view can be expansive and dramatic or strangely calming, looking across the lake at the town lights. All is clean and very comfortable, spacious charming......hilly, if you are on a bike. You need a car, BUT, you get to meet Andrew and Jane, who will give you complete privacy or be available for to assist you with accurate advice, a lift here or there or to pay attention to what you need. I spent a week at Fairbairn House and felt I was staying with friends. It was simply a unique and lucky place to stay."
- Page , USA

"A wonderful setting, the views are as marvellous as the hosts. Can’t wait to come back!!"
- Kay and Terry, UK

"Beautiful home and suite, Very comfortable, great food, awesome location and amazing view. Thank you so much for your kind hospitality."
- Carolyn and Steve, Australia

"A magical spot, above and beyond the hustle and bustle."
- Rona and Steve, Auckland

"Thank you so much for your kind hospitality. You have such a lovely place."
- Maren and Reinheldt, Germany