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Solitaire Lodge
Ranked #24 of 92 Hotels in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 May 2013

By far the best experience for us ever. We took this trip to celebrate our wedding anniversary and we loved every minute of our stay. Wayne, Ingrid, Graham were all great hosts and it was so nice to meet really lovely people who genuinely cared for their guests. The place itself is situated right on the waters edge and has sweeping views of the lakes and surrounding hills and mountains. The room we stayed in was luxurious and absolutely top notch with windows right around that gave views of the lake and surrounds. Loved the dining - David, thanks for the wonderful 5 course meals accompanied by Graham's wine recommendations which were spot-on. Oh did I mention about the complimentary mini bar? These guys were all really knowledgeable about the history of the area and it was great to listen to them relaying the history of the volcanic eruptions, the pink and white terraces, the geological formations that resulted - as well as the origins of the Australian wattles dotted around the area. To top it all off, the helicopter ride to the top of the Mt Tarawera was simply breathtaking. Thanks for an awesome experience, guys. We will be back.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 April 2013

we had the pleasure of spending two nights at solitaire lodge and the only downside is we spent too little time there. it's rare to find a place that offers a gorgeous setting, impeccable accommodations, world-class dining and great service. solitaire has them all. proprietor wayne tomlinson loves what he does and he loves doing it there. that shows in every detail. of course, the location is also ideal with rotorua at hand and nestled right on lake tarawera. final stroke of wonderfulness: graham. solitaire's man about the lodge is a brilliant mixologist. i'm not one who is easily won over, nor do i post often. but in this case my experience can be summed up in three words: go there now.

Room Tip: only exquisite rooms, but there is a suite that boasts a jaw-dropping view.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 March 2013

A spectacular location for the lodge perched above the lake. Our gorgeous room was a delightful mixture of elegant and cosy, very spacious with everything we needed. In the morning I lay in bed and looked at the almost 180 degree view through the bank of windows. Very restful. Sitting on our terrace in the evening with a glass of chilled fizz (complimentary) from the mini bar was also delightful. Dinner was superb. No choice until 2 choices of main course and the menu gave nothing away but it didn't sound very exciting. So we were thrilled when we enjoyed one of the best meals of many good ones in a four and a half week trip. The only disappointment is my own fault - that I only booked one night! Would have loved to do the helicopter trip to White Island, and just to have longer to enjoy this special place.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 March 2013

Stayed for a week in this Gem of a spot. Days were hosted by the owners, and evenings by "Graham". Meals are a true feast and draw from local farms and suppliers. Wine list features NZ vintages and Graham always had a terrific suggestion. We loved the personalized menu we received each evening--given over during cocktail hour on the patio while chatting with the other guests. Activities included good hikes, great fishing, kayaking,a helicopter adventure to an active volcano 30 miles out to sea (they pick you up at the lodge) and getting out to meet the friendly locals. The view from our spacious, clean and comfortable suite was breathtaking.

A final note, we watched several visitors come through the lodge for just a night, or two. Don't shortchange yourself. Solitaire is worth the extra time.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 February 2013

My new husband and I cannot stop thinking of our days at Solitaire, even two months later. There were so many diversions both in an outside the room (we wandered the grounds, of course, went boating, just sat in the gardens, and of course availed ourselves of the helipad), and the gracious hosts were just the perfect balance of creative recommendations and stepping back to let you soak it all in. And given the recreational opportunities, myriad ways to enjoy the natural beauty, and the beautiful food, I actually felt we got a great deal by staying there.

And as newbies to New Zealand, it was great to have the best food we had in our entire culinary tour of the country. And we really valued the chefs descriptions of the dishes, answers to our questions, as well as the homemade assortment of cookies in our room and available anytime.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 February 2013

On a two-week tour of North and South Island, my wife and I began following an overnight in Auckland at Solitaire Lodge in Rotorua. The service, hospitality, the tremendous included evening cuisine along with predinner drinks and canapés were absolutely outstanding. The location affords an opportunity to get out on the lake, do some hiking, hot thermal baths, or nothing. Highly recommended.

Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 February 2013

I am an experienced international travel guide and have stayed all around New Zealand. Solitaire Lodge is one of the best to sample and a way to understand the beauty of this amazing country – AO TEA ROA.
Comfort and wildness, eco and adventure all come together right here!
The best service, from outstanding room views, to the fantastic dinner.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Solitaire Lodge

Address: 16 Ronald Road | Lake Tarawera, Rotorua 3076, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Romantic Hotel in Rotorua
#19 Family Hotel in Rotorua
#21 Luxury Hotel in Rotorua
Price Range: £990 - £1,322 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Solitaire Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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