About Us - Ika Nui Motel

Ika Nui – “Big Fish”

We occupy a special part of Aotearoa that is steeped in history. The site of the property was once the mouth of a hot stream that flowed into Lake Taupo, providing a valuable source of food. The literal translation of Ika Nui is “Big Fish”, reflecting the scale and abundance of the kai that sustained local communities for many generations.

Our logo was designed in close collaboration with local Iwi. The first Māori design represents earth and water—and the space that we occupy in between.  The second, smaller design is the guardian spirit for travellers, symbolising our hope for all visitors to experience a safe journey on or over the water.

Bookings now available

We recently transitioned from a timeshare and are now open for bookings.

From our enviable position directly across from the lake and only a short stroll to the shops, we are very excited to share our property with you.