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.

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.

We offer Taupō accommodation including one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments with different amenities such as a heated pool, spa, plunge pool, and expansive games room. Each apartment is designed to provide the utmost comfort and convenience. Our facilities cater to all your needs, ensuring a memorable stay in the heart of Taupō

We are happy to welcome you to our property and look forward to making your stay at Ika Nui exceptional. Whether you're looking to explore the natural beauty of the area or simply relax by the water, we provide the perfect starting point.