We stayed at Silver Fern in Rotorua for 3-nights in mid-March during a tour of New Zealand. We had booked a Standard Studio apartment on the internet a number of months in advance of our visit. On arrival we were pleased to be told that we had been upgraded to a Superior Studio on the first floor which had a balcony and hot tub.
The studio (number 11) was very spacious with a huge and comfortable bed. Yet again we found that everything we could possibly need had been thought of from free use of the guest washing machine (provide your own powder) with a tumble dryer at $3 (ample time to dry a complete load) to a kitchenette with fresh coffee for the cafetières. On arrival we were given a carton of fresh milk as well for tea and coffee. The bathroom had plenty of space for toiletries and personal effects which is sometimes lacking in other places we have stayed. The hot tub - filled with geothermally heated water was huge but with endless supplies of hot water, filled quickly - great fun!
There is free WiFi available which is very quick and always available, something of a rarity in a number of motels in New Zealand. The room had a sofa and other seating as well and was fully serviced each day. There are a large number of leaflets and information in the reception and there is always someone on hand to answer questions or help with bookings. The only slight negative to this studio is that the full length patio doors into the apartment open directly onto the walkway to other accommodations so it is a little overlooked, especially if you forget to close the curtains!
Although situated on Fenton Street, the main road into the centre of town, the motel is very quiet at night. It is located only a few minutes drive into town and from ‘Countdown’ - a local big supermarket where you can stock up on supplies. Restaurants seem to close early in Rotorua and most are closed by 9-9.30pm. We ate at Nuvolari an Italian restaurant in Tutanekai Street which was very good value, had friendly staff, a good menu and stays open until late (after 10pm).
Whilst in Rotorua we wanted to see a wide variety of geothermal activity so we chose Waimangu Park (about 25-minutes drive) and Wai O Tapu Park (about 40-minutes drive) which are totally different to each other and allowed us to see acidic lakes, bubbling boiling mud and geysers. We got to both venues first thing in the morning to try and see them with less crowds.
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