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Solitaire Lodge

16 Ronald Road Lake Tarawera, Rotorua 3076 New Zealand
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Solitaire Lodge Rotorua, one of the first New Zealand luxury lodges, offers secluded luxury accommodation and attentive hosting from a spectacular lakeside location.Styled with comfort in mind, all 10 luxurious suites feature panoramic views of the glassy lake and magnificent volcano through grand picture windows. The subtle design brings the outdoors in, inviting you to unwind and soak up the peace and quiet of this tranquil setting.Renowned for its fine dining, Solitaire lodge serves mouth-watering modern New Zealand cuisine prepared with fresh local produce and complemented by superb wines from selected vineyards. Engage in lively conversation with fellow guests in the lodge’s dining room, or choose an intimate dinner for two in your suite.Minutes from your doorstep you will discover secluded private bays, hot water beaches and natural thermal hot springs beckoning you to soak in. Feeling adventurous? Embark on a scenic helicopter ride over volcanic peaks, skim across the lake in a kayak or enjoy world-class trout-fishing. The lodge is also the perfect place to simply relax, indulge and rejuvenate, left in the able hands of your warm, friendly New Zealand hosts.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Hiking
Baggage storage
Concierge
Dry cleaning
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Special diet menus
Fishing
Non-smoking hotel
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Bathrobes
Air conditioning
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Private balcony
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Minibar
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
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Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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HOTEL CLASS
5.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Mountain View
Lake View
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nicestella wrote a review Mar 2024
aphrodite hills53 contributions16 helpful votes
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This place is very special . I would recommend very much The view is amazing and peaceful The room very spacious and the atmosphere is very pleasant The service very much good The Restaurant serves excellent food Breakfast unique with home made bread and brioche The best you can find in NZ is the early morning bath in the hot spring in the forest This experience is unique Thank you to the owner who made all the effort to give us the best including the helicopter excursion to the Vulcan . Unforgettable ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Global guy wrote a review Mar 2024
Florida18 contributions10 helpful votes
Location, property, staff, accommodation, food, management and attention to detail 5/5 across the board. What a gem. Old world charm with a modern sophisticated feel. Would highly recommend. This Kiwi lodge has it all. Massive thank you to Wayne and the team.
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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Rebecca U wrote a review Feb 2024
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina10 contributions3 helpful votes
We thoroughly enjoyed this lodge. The staff is wonderful and the food is absolutely amazing. We both agree it was the best cuisine we encountered during our 3 week NZ trip. The view is spectacular and the waterfall hike and morning boat to hot springs exceeded expectations. A little off the beaten path but completely worth it!
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Room Tip: Scenic and easy walking trail along lake perimeter. Kayaks were fun too.
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nesianmystic wrote a review Feb 2024
Perth, Australia24 contributions32 helpful votes
Beautiful location but was one of the strangest places I’ve ever stayed at. The staff were so sweet but the accommodation was definitely not high end for the amount of money being charged. I’ve stayed at some beautiful places in New Zealand (Huka Lodge, Matakauri Lodge) and the prices were worth it but Solitaire Lodge fell short. The property seemed so old and outdated and our room smelt musty like mold/mildew. The decor/interior especially in the main building was horrendous. The windows were awful with a horrible old tint on them that ruined the views. The whole place just had a strange vibe like it was stuck in a time warp and my partner mentioned that on arrival, the owner of the property shook his hand and he told me later that the owner must be a Freemason and I asked why and he said he did one of those handshakes that they do.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Ray Wolf wrote a review Dec 2023
Lago Vista, Texas205 contributions116 helpful votes
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Everyone there PERSONALLY cares about you and your enjoyment….more than most families. They ensure your entire experience in the local area is the best. Wayne and Ian were amazing…great wine, cocktails and food! Don’t miss fishing on the lake and the waterfall trail (this mostly flat trail does have a few steep areas that you have to navigate), the beauty of the falls made it worthwhile. The rooms were nice and spacious with great views.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: best to have your own car.
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Ross D wrote a review Nov 2023
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As the name says, it is very peaceful, and you feel way from everything. But don’t mistake that for there’s nothing to do. We found there were a lot of activities to do on the grounds, including: kayaking, hot pools, hikes, and just lounging about. Rotorua is a quick 30 minute drive from the lodge so you won’t miss out on all the cultural experiences it has to offer. We were treated to a five star meal every night nice pre-dinner cocktails. The staff was extremely friendly and they made sure our stay was a five star experience. Last, but certainly not least the scenic views of the lake or breathtaking, we found ourselves, just sitting on the balcony looking over the water And enjoying our time together. It is on the price your side but I think the experience is worth the price. Thank you to the Solitaire Lodge for a wonderful stay. I can’t wait to go back.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Sharon W wrote a review Sept 2023
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Thank you Wayne and your amazing staff for such a wonderful, albeit short stay. Nothing was too much trouble. We will stay longer next time. From the minute we arrived service was warm and personal. The views were amazing and the thermal hot springs a definite highlight. Captain Dave very informative on the area. The accommodation was fantastic, with attention to little details. The food and wine were particularly good. Such a highlight on our short New Zealand trip.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Tara M wrote a review Aug 2023
Portsmouth, New Hampshire82 contributions39 helpful votes
Visiting for our first time we knew this would be good but never this good. Wayne greeted us at the end of the driveway and kindly emptied our car of its gift-heavy suitcases. Our lodge and its view had the four of us gaping in awe. The view was only outdone by the food and the service provided by Ingrid, Joy and Ian. The memory which will last the longest will be our chilly morning excursion with Captain Wayne to the heavenly warm springs. Sometimes I truly think it must have been a dream.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Greig Wells wrote a review May 2023
Glasgow, United Kingdom2 contributions
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Perfect tranquility. Hospitality excellence. Incredible picturesque landscape to be admired from all over the lodge - in your suite, at the restaurant or outside. Incredible fine dining and the best staff. They really do try hard here and it’s thoroughly recommended.
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Book min 2 nights but I’d say 3 is better - you need 2 full days
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Fran S wrote a review May 2023
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Driving up to the gates, we knew something special awaited. We were not disappointed. Wayne came out to welcome us, and the next few days were wonderful. The views from our room and from the dining room took our breath away. Lake Tarawera kept changing colors, with mist rising early in the morning. The chef created fabulous, elegant meals, and the staff was always available to answer questions (and offer really good single malt scotch at the cocktail hour)! We enjoyed a walk around the lake, a kayak paddle at sunset, and the boat ride to hidden hot springs. We would recommend Solitaire to anyone as a relaxing, elegant retreat. Nearby hiking and geothermal wonders meant we could be active in the day and come home to our private retreat.
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Date of stay: April 2023
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Room Tip: Dinner began at 8 pm after cocktail hour in the lounge. For us, the elegant meal was a little too...
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Solitaire Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Solitaire Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Blue Lake Track (5.7 km), Buried Village of Te Wairoa (5.5 km), and Lake Okareka Walkway (4.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Solitaire Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Solitaire Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Solitaire Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Solitaire Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Solitaire Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Landing Cafe, Airstream Cafe, and Te Arawa Fresh Seafood.
Are any cleaning services offered at Solitaire Lodge?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Solitaire Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Buried Village of Te Wairoa (5.5 km).
Does Solitaire Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Solitaire Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.