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30 Ranginui Street, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand
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#14 of 63 in Rotorua
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Luxury Bed & Breakfast on shores of Lake Rotorua. Enjoy a relaxed spacious environment, close to many tourist attractions, free of sulphur smells. Great breakfasts, great hosts. Make this your home while in Rotorua.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Board games / puzzles
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Business Centre with Internet Access
Adults only
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Wine / champagne
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Coffee / tea maker
On-demand films
Electric blanket
Bath / shower
Seating area
Bottled water
Wake-up service / alarm clock
iPod docking station
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Lake View
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Michelzvp wrote a review Mar 2018
Rotterdam, The Netherlands66 contributions47 helpful votes
We stayed with Mike and Heather for 3 nights. Despite the bad weather we had a surprisingly fabulous time! Mike suggested us a lot of things. Rotorua is extremely beatifull. We went to see the thermal springs, and watched a maori show wich ended with a walk through zoo by night ( and of course looking for the Kiwi). The lodge is very cozy. It is decorated in style, a lot of beatifull art with amazing view over the lake. Mike an Heather, thank you for having us in jour beautifull lodge.
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Date of stay: January 2018Trip type: Travelled
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Response from Sarola, Owner at Nicara Lakeside Lodge
Responded 8 Mar 2018
Thank you Michel. You certainly made the most of your stay and did not allow the weather to curtail your activities. Well done. We love guests who enjoy what Rotorua has to offer. It's fine today :)
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JulesyH wrote a review Jan 2018
London, United Kingdom51 contributions27 helpful votes
This is a tricky review to write because our hosts were very kind and went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. Also there are some very good things about the Lodge - it’s a short drive from Rotorua but far enough out to be free from the sulphur smell! It is beautifully located on the lakeside in a very peaceful street. The room we had Scotch Poacher (or something like that) was spacious, comfortable and spotlessly clean. The issue is - as others have identified- the website, marketing and price suggested to us something more akin to other lodges we stayed at for example Resurgence on South Island. In reality this is a bed and breakfast in a nice family home. Breakfast is a communal affair if you happen to eat at the same time as others. The rooms are accessed through the main front door and hallway of the house. Some people would love it but if you are a more independent traveller it may be a little too intimate. Our room was advertised as having a 180 degree view of the Lake - we did have this however one window was a high narrow affair over the bed, the main window view was obscured by a large tree directly outside the window and the other window looked down into the kitchen and so we ended up needing to close the curtain. I think if the website was a little more realistic and the price point more reflective of a good B and B it would probably be a lot fairer to people booking. At the end of the day we should have read more of the reviews before we booked! It was nice but not what we expected.
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Date of stay: January 2018Trip type: Travelled
Response from Sarola, Owner at Nicara Lakeside Lodge
Responded 31 Jan 2018
Hi, I am sorry you feel we did not meet your expectations, but pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. Our website clearly states that we are a 'luxury bed and breakfast', which is an intimate type of accommodation; but we offer more than that. The 180 degree view is from the window seat; the other windows give additional views. The photo on our website clearly shows the beautiful tree. You mentioned our other reviews - they are mostly excellent with a couple, like yourself, expecting a different type of accommodation. Neither of them had looked at our website. Thank you for taking the time to write a review.
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Sarah Gough wrote a review Jul 2017
London, United Kingdom20 contributions13 helpful votes
We arrived late at the Nicara Lakeside Lodge and Mike Johnson was up to see us safely in. It is a truly beautiful Lodge in a stunning location and the room we occupied was the comfortable and swish. Mike and Heather really helped us to plan our stay whilst in Rotorua and provided us with great suggestions of where to go and what to do. The views of the lake are so relaxing and every morning - Heather provided us both with delicious breakfasts (vegetarian) before we set off on our next big adventure. Mike and Heather run a really great lodge and I hope we will be able to return there and stay with them again before to long. Jonathan and Sarah Gough
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Date of stay: June 2017
Trip type: Travelled
Room Tip: We loved the room at the end of the corridor - spacious with great views of the lake.
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Response from Sarola, Owner at Nicara Lakeside Lodge
Responded 25 Jul 2017
Thank you for your review. I think we should be thanking you both, as your stay with us was so enjoyable. Delighted you chose Nicara Lodge for your Rotorua stay. We may meet again some day.
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bdcook111 wrote a review Mar 2017
Dunlap, Illinois30 contributions12 helpful votes
We Americans stayed here on Christmas seven years ago, and the Johnson's treated us like family. Now we are back with our grandson, celebrating his 16th birthday. Heather keeps this refuge on the lake immaculate and is the consummate host. Her breakfasts are wonderful and the tidbits with the afternoon wine are tasty. Mike is retired from the travel industry and knows everything and everybody around Rotorua, not to mention most of New Zealand. A great peaceful base from which to explore the sights and adventures around Rotorua. Ours was one of two rooms overlooking the lake and the patio garden. Again, we left wishing we had scheduled a longer stay at Nicara Lake Lodge. Not sure when, but we'll be back, even if it is on the other side of the world.
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Date of stay: March 2017
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Trip type: Travelled
Room Tip: Two rooms overlooking the lake; one downstairs and one upstairs are the best.
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Response from Sarola, Owner at Nicara Lakeside Lodge
Responded 20 Mar 2017
Thank you B & C, yes we have had some great times together. It was wonderful returning with your grandson, who is a credit to you and his parents. We will be in touch, as previously. Enjoy the rest of your special holiday.
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Lydia J wrote a review Feb 2017
Leatherhead, United Kingdom14 contributions7 helpful votes
Nicara Lakeside Lodge is perfectly situated in a peaceful lakeside location. It combines every modern convenience with a tasteful art collection by local, national and international artists to enhance the beauty of the Lodge. The hosts Mike and Heather are both attentive and sensitive to the needs of individual clients. We could not have wished for a better welcome for our family and celebration of our successful fishing trip to nearby Lake Tarawera. Simply outstanding.
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Date of stay: February 2017Trip type: Travelled
Response from Sarola, Owner at Nicara Lakeside Lodge
Responded 21 Feb 2017
Thank you for your great review of our lodge. The 2 days were full of humour. We very much enjoyed the evening where your trout had centre place. :)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Nicara Lakeside Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Nicara Lakeside Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre (3.2 km), ZORB Rotorua (4.2 km), and Mini Golf Rotorua (4.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Nicara Lakeside Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Nicara Lakeside Lodge?
Top room amenities include a refrigerator, a desk, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Nicara Lakeside Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Nicara Lakeside Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Nicara Lakeside Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Brook Bar and Bistro, Atticus Finch, and Indian Star Restaurant.
Are there any historical sites close to Nicara Lakeside Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Ohinemutu (7.5 km).
Does Nicara Lakeside Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.