We (Peter and Nina) took over the lodge in April 2017 after many years of corporate life in the Private/Government and ICT sectors in Wellington and Auckland.
We also have two other staff members, Bella the dog and Otto the cat. They cannot always control their excitement when meeting guests so if you would rather not meet them or have any allergies, please let us know in advance and we will ensure they are kept “under the stairs”. Otto and Bella are members of our family and our staff, we have to search our guests regularly when they leave to make sure they are not taking them home!
Chalet Eiger is certified by Qualmark, New Zealand Tourism’s Standards accreditation body, a 5-star rating and Silver level in supporting sustainable tourism. Qualmark helps businesses become more sustainable from a people, planet and profit perspective.
A Qualmark logo is that final seal of approval that signifies our guest experience is one of the most high-quality experiences New Zealand has to offer. Our Silver Award is evidence of a sophisticated tourism business that consistently exceeds guest expectations. Proactive leadership and management ensure that a culture of high performance is evident from the reviews we have received since we started business in April 2017. We have a real focus on continuously improving our economic, social and environmental performance to ensure the tourism product we deliver is a genuine, constantly improving sustainable experience.
Peter recently borrowed a drone, and this is his first attempt at some footage. It shows how the Chalet sits in its environment and some of our neighbours. Check back to see if his skills get better!
Dining at Chalet Eiger
Your stay with us includes optional daily 2 or 3 course evening meals and depending on how Peter has performed with the fly rod we will serve our extra special complimentary trout cakes! Pre-dinner complimentary drinks and nibbles are served at the bar if you are dining with us.
We use the freshest locally sourced New Zealand produce including our own home-grown vegetables.
Each meal is complimented with carefully chosen New Zealand wine, Pinot Noir is our particular favourite and we have many different labels for you to try. We have a carefully chosen wine list for our guests to purchase local and international wines and craft beers.
A fabulous Kiwi home cooked dinner is optional but highly recommended at NZ$85 per person for two courses including a glass of wine. We can provide lunches (packed or in-Chalet) on request, and we can provide dairy and gluten free meals, again on request. We also provide guests with the option of a day menu to serve light meals from 11am to 6pm.
We serve breakfast at a time suitable for our guests, this is included in the room rate. A full continental buffet consisting of fresh fruits, homemade cereals, bakery and a selection of juices. Nina will then cook you something tasty from a wide choice including traditional English, omelettes and more.
We ask that you give us as much notice as possible if you would like an evening meal.
How to find Chalet Eiger
From the North (Auckland)
Coming into Taupo on State Highway One, close to Taupo is a roundabout junction with State Highway 5 from Rotorua. Turn right toward Taupo.
After around 7 km turn right at Poihipi Road (sign-posted Acacia Bay), then turn left into Acacia Bay Rd after 200 metres.
Follow the signs to Acacia Bay.
From Acacia Bay
You will go through an open road speed limit straight part (100kmh) and then pass through an archway saying, 'Welcome to Acacia Bay'. On your left will be a small group of shops, a plant nursery, a dairy and a brasserie called 'The Bay'. You are still traveling on Acacia Bay Road.
Follow straight on after these shops. carry on just a little further, the road will now say Wakeman Road and at this junction there will be a road going up the hill on your right, called Mapara Road. (This is the second road on the right after the shops).
You will see a Glazed chair and light stand advertising Café L’Arte on your left.
Turn up the hill into Mapara Road, continue up to the top of the hill and just over the brow on your left is Gillespie Place, you will see a sign advertising fresh produce just before you turn and a produce cart at the beginning of the road.
Turn left into Gillespie Place and continue down the road.
You will reach a V, where one road goes to the left and one goes to the right. Take the right road and drive to the end, where you will see our sign.
From the South (Wellington)
Entering Taupo on State Highway One, continue along Lake Terrace for about 5km. The road turns to the right, away from the lake front.
Continue through the traffic lights and carry on past Countdown Supermarket on your right at the Spa Road roundabout (go straight through the roundabout), cross over the control gate bridge and almost immediately turn left onto Norman Smith Street.
Follow the signs to Acacia Bay.
Then follow the directions as from Acacia Bay above.
Meet the Team
Here we are with our favourite South American Guests and how we usually dress for dinner! To complete the team, Bella and Rufus the dogs and Otto the cat. All in their natural habitat!
Below are some links to Trip Advisor reviews, we are very proud of all of our reviews on all the major booking sites so please check them out.