New Zealand's First Thermally Heated Lagoon Style Pool With Swim Up Bar & Cafe!

Welcome To Lusty's Lagoon 

A large, thermally heated lagoon style pool with a swim up bar and café, swim in grotto cave and a giant outdoor movie screen. Lake Taupo Holiday Resorts latest iconic feature that offers year round use and value to the resort creating a destination within the destination.

The Project

Managed by (and named after) Lloyd & Trish Lusty and partnering with ecoSprings. The pool was built utilising an Italian patented resin overseen by Italian suppliers as this product has never been used in New Zealand.
The pool measures 790 square metres making it the largest privately held pool in New Zealand. Holding over one million litres of water the pool is filtered every 2.5 hours through 10 mineral filters each containing 1.5 tons of media meaning the pool very rarely needs chlorine. The pool is thermally heated up to 35 degrees’ year round (especially on the cold winter days Taupo is so famous for!)

The pool is constructed to the highest quality and standards following the motto: “If we are going to do it, let’s do it right!” 

Unique Facilities

Lusty’s Lagoon sets new standards in New Zealand and internationally with New Zealand’s first swim-up bar & café. The fully licensed bar includes a range of cocktails and mocktails and is proving to be very popular among guests.
Guest’s experience at Lake Taupo Holiday Resort now includes the full benefit of a holiday park with space for the kids to safely roam, be active and play with their family and friends coupled with the convenience of food and beverage at a world class lagoon style pool. 

The huge LED movie screen is extremely popular for anything from rugby and sport screenings to children’s movies enabling themed events. The screen can be watched from the swim-up bar, most of the lagoon pool and even from the old pool which has been incorporated into the new complex. The hot spa area (40 degrees) overflowing into the old pool is the preferred watching location especially on colder nights.
The sheer size of Lusty’s Lagoon and the rolling shore line caters for family fun, secluded relaxation, swimming, diving, exploring, a cold drink, sun bathing, lounging, talking, meeting other friendly travellers, laughing……whatever makes our guest’s happy.

The Final Result

The entire project ran for 19 months with the construction of the pool itself taking 14 months.
Managing a project of this size is a big ask, but Lloyd & Trish were supported by both family and staff who all showed great dedication and flexibility. In their own words the keywords for the whole project are:
  • “Nerve Wracking”, “Stressful” & “Challenging”. 
In the end they describe the whole project as: 
  • “Blown Us Away”, 
  • “Given us everything we wanted and more"
  • “Spurred us on to do more”.

The Official Grand Opening

The significance of the pool as cornerstone for the future of New Zealand tourism was reflected at the support of many dignitaries at the Official Grand Opening in June 2016. Of particular note was the effort made by the Right Honourable John Key, Prime Minister to attend and officially open Lusty’s Lagoon. Other attendees included Honourable Louise Upston, Member of Parliament for Taupo; David Trewavas, Taupo Mayor; Fergus Brown, CEO of Holiday Parks Association; David Ovendale, CEO of TOP 10 Holiday Parks; and many other park owners, industry members and local business leaders.

Stay with us and lose yourself, relax, unwind and have fun - you won’t want to leave. We look forward to welcoming you soon!