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“Drive 15 minutes on from Rotorua - and stay at Wildwood Lodge!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Wildwood Lodge
Sydney, Australia
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“Drive 15 minutes on from Rotorua - and stay at Wildwood Lodge!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2011

Cath and Simon have fashioned a stylish and very homely lodge surrounded by lovely, private gardens - and in one of the prettier locations in the Rotorua area on Lake Rotoehu. The rooms, hospitality and meals were first class, with very kind, friendly and helpful hosts who know the area comprehensively. Another fantastic find in NZ.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2010

We stayed here over Christmas 2009 on our 4 week tour around New Zealand.
The property has 3 guest rooms. Two are in the main lodge, but we stayed in the separate "Guest House" which has a totally private outdoor hot tub.

Cath and Simon are the most gracious and welcoming hosts. Nothing was too much trouble and we were made to feel totally at home.

The whole property is immaculate and stylishly decorated, like something from the pages of an interior design magazine. Cath has exceptional taste!

Food and drinks are included and Cath is an excellent cook preparing sumptuous breakfasts, four course dinners and afternoon cakes.
Simon has a very well stocked wine cellar and runs fishing trips on the lake.

The location is stunning. Right on the lake shore 15 mins drive outside Rotorua. The property has a private lakeside beach, an orchard, a pond and lawns.

There is total peace and privacy but it is still close enough to the Rotorua attractions, shops, bush walks and less than an hour from the beaches on the Bay of Plenty.

The highlight for us was a helicopter flight to White Island (an active volcanic island in the Bay of Plenty).
Cath orgainised the trip - she obviously does this often and knows all the pilots. The helicopter landed on the lawn to pick us up and we had the most wonderful morning on the island before all the tourist boats arrived. Cath ensured we had a light breakfast before the flight and a hearty brunch when we got back. She took photos of us taking off and arriving back and gave us a CD of the pictures before we left - fantastic!

We had free use of their computer for internet access (which we could take into the Guest House), free phone calls to relatives in California and the UK (very handy over Christmas). Cath did some washing for me and baked muffins for us to take to the beach on Christmas Day. She gave us shopping tips and ideas for the rest of our trip that were excellent and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble and all included in the price.

Cath and Simon told us they were thinking of retiring, so time might be running out to enjoy their wonderful hospitality and stunning lodge.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Wildwood Lodge

Property: Wildwood Lodge
Address: Morehu Road | RD4, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 57 Speciality Lodging in Rotorua
Hotel Class:5 star — Wildwood Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wildwood is a lake edge property on the shores of Lake Rotoehu, and is set on over five acres of landscaped grounds with almost two hundred meters of private lake frontage, available only to guests. No other houses can be seen from anywhere on the entire estate, and all accommodation options have private balconies overlooking the lake and Hinehopu cliffs. Suites are 400sq ft and the guest house is 700sq ft, and all have baggage and dressing rooms, well appointed en suite bathrooms and oversize walk in showers. Wildwood offers a fully inclusive tariff with breakfast, dinner, wines and Wifi included in the rate, but a B&B option is available if preferred. Wildwood is situated a little out of town and away from the sulphur smells of the city. It is a 15 minute drive from the airport for those arriving by air, and we have on site helipad and float plane docking facilities. ... more   less 

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