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Red Rock Thermal Motel
Ranked #21 of 93 Hotels in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence
Alexandria, VA, USA
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33 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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“Solid Motel with a twist”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2013 via mobile

The room itself is pretty good, but nothing spectacular. The owners, like most Kiwis are super friendly and amenable (letting us do laundry late at night). But the key fun part is the thermal spa hidden away in the back. You can lock yourself in the room for 20 minutes, and enjoy a romantic soak with your partner. Just don't dip your head. Amoebic Meningitis is written on the signs as a warning.

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Red Rock T, Manager at Red Rock Thermal Motel, responded to this review, 20 September 2013
Kia Ora Nina. Thanks for writing a review and for the comment about our friendliness :-)
The mineral spa you spoke of is a private pool down the back of our complex; the water is heated to 41 degrees and comes straight out of the ground. It is not treated, hence the warning sign, better to be safe than very sorry. Merryn & Ngata
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Napier, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2013

My partner and I stayed here for two nights. Staff were brilliant!!! Even though we had turned up a day early they were very helpful to sort us out a extra room for the night. The rooms were huge and very clean and well decorated. We enjoyed the thermal pool and the mineral spa. It's close to a little shopping area just down the road which is handy, very quiet also.
We will be back again for sure. We highly recommend this motel.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Red Rock T, Manager at Red Rock Thermal Motel, responded to this review, 20 September 2013
Kia Ora Cherie. Thanks for the comment about our brilliant staff; we think we have a good team here. Always happy to help whenever we can. Great to hear that you made the most of our 2 heated pools, they are very popular. Thank you for the review and we look forward to seeing you again, Merryn & Ngata
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2013

My family and I had 3 nights at the Red Rock thermal motel during the middle of winter.We had a great time. The rooms were very warm and the decor impressive. We enjoyed the pool at a warm 37 degrees, it was nice to be in after dark enjoying the winter air. The sparkle pool as my 5yr old put it was very hot but relaxing and enjoyable. The general ambience of the motel for a family was spot on. I am so pleased I choose this motel from the hundreds listed online in Rotorua. Thanks Merryn for everything. I would highly recommend staying here. I am positive we will return.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Red Rock T, Manager at Red Rock Thermal Motel, responded to this review, 20 September 2013
Kia Ora Janey. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are glad that you enjoyed the pools and love the "sparkle pool" name. We are glad that you found the units warm & comfortable and we look forward to seeing you again. Take care, Merryn & Ngata
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2013

My sisters and I loved our stay at Red Rock Thermal Motel. The staff were extremely helpful in giving us directions and confirming our local tours. The rooms were clean and well-decorated. We had plenty of space for all our stuff. The thermal heat was great and provided a great place to dry out some wet clothes. We also took advantage of the mineral pool and wish we could have stayed longer to use it a few more times!

If you're traveling anywhere in the Rotorua area, you should definitely stay here. I highly recommend.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Red Rock T, Manager at Red Rock Thermal Motel, responded to this review, 2 August 2013
Kia Ora Kelly, we hope that you had a slightly more relaxed pace in your holiday after leaving Rotorua as you certainly did many things. It was our pleasure to assist you during your stay here with us and we are glad to hear that you did get a chance to use the heated pools. Safe travels - Merryn & Ngata
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

Thank you Merryn and Ngata for a fabulous weekend away in Rotorua. Very cosy and warm rooms, extremely tidy and tastefully decorated too. The thermal and swimming pool amenities were well used by our kids as well. Very accomodating service, couldn't do enough to help.
Highly recommended and would never stay anywhere else.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Red Rock T, Manager at Red Rock Thermal Motel, responded to this review, 2 August 2013
Kia Ora Michelle & Paul. We are glad that you enjoyed your weekend away in Rotorua. We know that your boys enjoyed the outdoor heated pool. It was pleasure to have you stay here with us and we look forward to being able to accommodate you again. Take care in the Naki - Merryn & Ngata
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2013

Thermal heating on a cold winters night is just the loveliest thing to have. This Motel is truly a little gem in a lovely town.

The rooms are nice and warm when you check in, are well furnished, clean and tidy (recent reno?), and come with the most well equipped kitchen that we found on our travels. It was also lovely to have a nice modern bathroom and free wi-fi. Guests are also welcome to use the outside pool and spa and can arrange for your washing to be done through the reception (bonus!).

The motel is located of a main road, but we weren't disturbed buy any street noise. It is a short drive to the city centre and to the main eating strip.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and would recommend it to family and friends.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Red Rock T, Manager at Red Rock Thermal Motel, responded to this review, 2 August 2013
Kia Ora. mmmm Yes warm geothermal heating, just what you need after a busy day in what can be chilly days here in Rotorua. We are glad that you enjoyed the unit; we have tried to give you everything you need in the kitchen, so we greatly appreciate the comment. Thank you for taking the time to write a review on our little "gem" - Merryn & Ngata
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2013

Ngata and Merryn couldn't do enough to make us feel welcome.Our unit was spacious, bright and cheerful and was a pleasure to return to each evening.The thermally heated radiators kept the unit cosy & warm & was lovely to arrive back to the warmth as it was pretty cold outside. The kitchen & wet room were excellent with plenty of room & everything one needed. Our unit was modern clean & well equipped & it was great to have a soak in the spa pool very inviting after a busy day. Also the outside pool was lovely warm & fun to swim in. We enjoyed our 3 days at Red Rock & will indeed stay again when we have another skating event down in Rotorua .

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Red Rock T, Manager at Red Rock Thermal Motel, responded to this review, 2 August 2013
Kia Ora Kathy. Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review for us. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay. After the long days at the skating competition in less than tropical conditions, we agree that coming back to the warmth of the geothermal heating is a treat. Glad that you were able to use the heated pools and we look forward to seeing you again. Merryn & Ngata
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Property: Red Rock Thermal Motel
Address: 109 Lake Road, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 93 Hotels in Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Red Rock Thermal Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Red Rock Thermal Motel is a small motel with thermal heating, a private thermal mineral spa pool for rejuvenating after a busy day sightseeing and a outdoor heated swimming pool. We have gardens to relax in with a trampoline for the kids. All units have tea & coffee facilities, kitchenettes and bathrooms. The Motel is ideally situated to tour the many geothermal parks in the area. Many of the Maori Culture shows offer a free pick up service from here for a great night out, or if you prefer you can simply walk out of our back gate, catch yourself a trout from the stream & cook it on the BBQ. ... more   less 
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