Driving Directions

From the North:

(Auckland) Coming into Taupo on State Highway One, close to Taupo is a Round-about 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. 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 freh 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.

Then follow the directions as from the North above.