Walking Distance to Lake Taupo and Taupo Township.

Welcome to ‘Kilgarven’

'Kilgarven' is our mid-century bungalow which has been lovingly restored and modernised, while retaining the original character where possible. We are a 10/15 minute walk either into town or to the lake. View of the lake to the mountains of the Central Plateau and of Acacia Bay

About Our Home

•Three large double bedrooms. Main room with Queen bed, ensuite and private north facing patio. Second room with Queen bed, and third room with two single beds. We also have a portacot available at no extra cost, but please bring own linen for the cot.
•Full kitchen with fridge freezer, gas hob and oven, dishwasher as well as pots/pans, cutlery, plates and bowls etc.
•Original bathroom with original cast iron bath (second shower over the bath)
•Views from the kitchen, living room, and deck over Lake Taupo to the mountains of the central plateau and Acacia Bay.
•Sunny deck off the living room with views overlooking the lake and mountains.
•Safe, fenced backyard for children with a children's playground and park directly across the road.
•Plenty of off street parking for 3 cars and a boat or trailer. Electric security gate for privacy and security.
•Lovely and warm in the winter with a ducted heat pump, as well as a fireplace.

Safety and Comfort

Our cleaners are using hospital grade disinfectant for surfaces and touch-points so please be assured we are taking cleaning extremely seriously!
•Carbon monoxide detector in the kitchen as well as multiple smoke detectors throughout the house.
• Heat-pump for winter warmth and summer cooling.
•Extra blankets for winter comfort.

Other Important Information

•There are half a dozen steps up to the front door and also from the deck to the grass.
•Washing machine available, but sorry we have no dryer.
•Home is professionally cleaned between guests.
•Portacot, highchair and pushchair available at no charge. Please bring own linen for the cot.
•Unlimited ADSL Wifi
•Chromecast if you happen to have Neon, Netflix, or Lightbox etc.


•Home is professionally cleaned between guests.
•Weekly clean and linen change at a mutually convenient time.

Our nightly rate includes everything for up to 6 guests with no extra cleaning fees, no extra guest fees and no linen fees.

Recent reviews from our recent Kiwi guests!

Fay ★★★★★
from Wellington

Great homely place for a few days in Taupo. Close to town and all the amenities you need. Denise also helped us find some list items which was fantastic, thank you.

Julian and Kim ★★★★★
from Auckland

Great views of the lake and mountains and a fabulous indoor/outdoor flow. A lovely renovated old home with a modern kitchen. Close to town and the lake.

Vijaya ★★★★★
from Auckland

Denise is a super host as check in was a breeze and Denise was very accommodating as we arrived an hour early. The house was spotlessly clean a five star accommodation. Very quiet and private. She had thought about everything. We really had a good time and would recommend it to anyone who is thinking of planning to go to Taupo.

Abby ★★★★★
from Rotorua

A fantastic place to stay and Denise is a great host. Totally recommend. Location was excellent - close to town and the lake. From the house the view to the mountains is incredible. Clean and tidy. Good sized rooms and very comfy beds. We used the house as a base for mountain biking and it was perfect. The section is fully secure so our cars/bikes were safe at night which was great. We will definitely stay here again.

Hongyu ★★★★★
from Auckland

First time use Airbnb, and this is out my expectations, nice tidy, warm and cosy, impressive views, close to shops, nothing you can expect more. Thanks a lot. My family loves this property.

Joyce ★★★★★
from Auckland

It is such an amazing holiday home! The location is really convenient for going to supermarket. And it is quite close to the lake, with even a lake-view when you are standing in the kitchen and the dinning room. Crossing the road, it is the reserve with a good playground for kids. It is perfect for travelling with family. Love house & lovely people!

Read more past reviews here

Why Visit Taupo?

For ideas on what to do in Taupo, we have left a folder on the breakfast bar with some of our favourite places to eat and things to do, or have a look at the link below.

Type of Accommodation:
Short Term (up to 27 days)
Long Term (28 days +)
We accept bookings through:
Direct Bank Transfer
Hosts Private Website
Guests: 6
Beds: 4
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Property Type: House
Types of beds: Two Queen beds, Two single beds and a Portacot
Basic Amenities:
Self check-in
Private bathroom
Breakfast included
Free parking
Air conditioning
Washing machine
Extra Amenities:
Private entrance
Outdoor space
Hair dryer
Bed linen
Extra pillows
Extra towels
Laundry detergent
Clothes hangers
Indoor fireplace
Conventional oven
Coffee maker
Kettle or Jug
Hob or Cooktop
Dishes and cutlery
Pots and pans
Freeview TV
Sky TV
High chair
Game console
Children's books and toys
House Rules:
OK for kids (3-12 yrs)
OK for minis (under 3)
OK for dogs
OK for other pets
Smoking allowed
Parties & events allowed
House Rules:
Quiet hours after 10pm
Strictly no pets
Strictly no parties
Strictly no smoking
Not suitable for kids or infants
Must not exceed maximum occupancy
Visitors welcome but not overnight
Visitors by prior approval only
No cooking of strong smelling food
House Rules (notes): A few quiet drinks are fine, but if you are wanting a house to party in, then sorry but this is not the house for you.
Parking instructions: There is a large driveway with parking for 3 cars and a boat or trailer.
Home Safety:
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher
Smoke detector (mandatory)
Carbon monoxide detector
Digital security safe
Things to note:
Must climb stairs
Potential for noise
Pet(s) live on property
No parking on property
Some spaces are shared
Surveillance or recording devices on property
During your stay: Expect to have your own space, with help over the phone
Minimum Nights Stay: 2
Check-in time: After 3:00 pm
Checkout time: 10:00 am
The neighbourhood: Quiet family area around 10-15 minutes walk into either town or down to the Lake. There is a children's playground directly across the road.
Details of pets on property: We have no pets here.
Details of surveillance on property: Security camera overlooking the exterior. No recording devices inside the house.