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“Warm welcome with a big smile”
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Springwaters Lodge
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Reviewed 18 January 2013

We were warmly welcomed and after freshing up we got coffee with cake, cookies etc

As we were staying for two nights, we discussed with Katherine our plans and got a lot of tips and advice. She pointed us also to the short and nice walk right next door of the lodge along a small river where the water was as cristal so clear.
Breakfast is taken à la Le Pain Quotidienne.
When we're staying all the guest were at the breakfast table around 8:15 and we were discussing, exchanging experiences of the last and coming days. The breakfast itself is more then excellent, fresh fruits, cereals, bread and on top Katherine presents a selfmade breakfast surprise.

Steve is the man on the background but present if you need him.

We have left after two nights with giving them three kisses as we do in Belgium ;-)

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 January 2013

Thankyou to both Katherine and Steve for great time.
From the the first cup of afternoon tea on arrival with cake to the last breakfast it was great.
Very homely and welcoming family with high standard of rooms which where spacious and comfortable.
katherine has great knowledge of the area of this to do and where to go around Rotorua and even helped with onward accomandation for the new year.
Thankyou to you both

Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
Thank Ben M
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Reviewed 29 December 2012

Our hosts were very hospitable and helpful. We could even do our laundry. And Katherine had many suggestions of things we could visit. She mentioned also that on the days we were there (Suinday and Monday) most restaurants were closed. And indeed we had dfficulties to find a proper restaurant. The room was good with regard to size and interior.
And most special it was cosy; with other words it feels like home.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank nc0205
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Reviewed 28 December 2012

I work in the travel business and am fortunate enough to travel around the world. I highly recommend Springwaters Lodge if you are looking for clean, spacious, Kiwi experience away from the sulphur smell downtown (15 min away). Katherine and Steve were fantastic hosts. Katherine was a caterer previously so her breakfasts were fantastic with fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, home made pasteries and quiche. They also provide snacks and wine or beer during the day. Katherine and Steve really made our stay special as they go above and beyond helping you plan your stay in Rotorua. We did the Agradome which was fun and interesting as well as Polynesian Spa for a swim in hot baths and had a mud wrap - highly recommended. The rooms and bathrooms were clean and well appointed. I can't say enough on how the owners really made us feel welcome and went out of there way to ensure we had a wonderful stay. I would go back again if traveling back to Rotorua in future.

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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Susan W
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Reviewed 13 September 2012

Fabulous B&B with fantastic breakfast overlooking the lake. We felt very welcome with afternoon tea and all sorts of recommendation what to see and do. Very clean and very warm with heated blanket. Highly recommended if you want to stay away from town.

Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
Thank paulotto12
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Reviewed 24 August 2012

there is not enough words to describe how awesome is this B&B :
1. Cleanliness : super clean.. both bathroom and hotel is 5 stars standard.
2. location: very good. The place is located at the north side of lake Rotorua,, 15 min drive to the town.. which is perfect so that u re sparred from the foul smell of sulfur. 500 m to hamurana spring, and lakes,
3. the bed is heavenly with a heated mattress.. very handy during winter time, room got skylight and the living room is very big, bright and homey. and there is laundry facility , and free wifi, ad my son is happy playing wii with kate's son.
4. The best of all, is the host, kate and steve. This couple is the nicest, friendliest and warmest kiwi family that i know. She is a superb cook.. as she used to run a catering company, she is also very kind. Our bed, towel etc is always well made off, and she arrange breakfast like a 5 star hotel. One day, without i requested her to do, she laundry our dirty clothes.. so when we come back ...tired from our activities.. our laundry is done.. I was touched... this kind of hospitality is beyond 5 star ... and all of this come only with modest rental price .. so it is value for money. SO i highly recommend this B&B especially if you are a picky 5 star traveler like me.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 June 2012

Located on the north side of Lake Rotorua, a fifteen minute drive from the town and close to an interesting walk to Hamurana Springs and the Redwood Forest. Katherine welcomed us with tea and cakes and both she and Steve were the ultimate hosts. They shared their local knowledge and were so helpful in arranging our transport and visit to Mitai Maori Village for a Maori performance and Hangi meal. An experience not to be missed. Excellent continental breakfast with homemade extras and the option of a cooked breakfast. We were welcome to use the whole house and a comfortable guest area with fridge, soft and alcoholic drinks, teas and coffees is available. On one evening we took advantage of the published offer of an evening meal and shared a wonderful BBQ with the family. Our rooms were clean and comfortable and laundry facilities were provided. Thank you Steve and Katherine for a wonderful stay with you and your family.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank anmab
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Address: 9 Te Waerenga Road | Hamurana, Rotorua 3096, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 58 Speciality Lodging in Rotorua
Price Range: £89 - £124 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Springwaters Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Relax in modern and stylish surroundings with friendly hosts who will cater to your needs. Katherine and Steve are 'locals' having lived in the area over 25 years and are both born and bred New Zealanders. Both have worked in tourism/hospitality for several years. Steve is a true local, having grown up on a farm near by.Each of the rooms has a private en suite bathroom with walk in shower, toilet and vanity, tv and dvd player, luxury linens, robes and slippers, safe and luggage rack and a most importantly a comfortable super king sized bed.Home baking and refreshments are available self serve 24/7. There is a indoor and outdoor seating area near by the guest rooms. Katherine loves to bake so there is always something delicious to nibble on.You are welcome to bring a light meal or take aways home. There are plates, glasses, cutlery in which you are welcome to use. Otherwise, Katherine is happy to prepare you a delicious meal. This may be as simple as a sandwich or a full three course dinner - Beef barbecued steak to Japanese Curry - just let her know what you would like. Prior dinner reservations are helpful otherwise you will have a limited choice. Situated across the road from Lake Rotorua you are provided with views of the lake and Mokoia Island. In the back ground - the hills of Mt Tarawera and the city lights.Walk 500m the the famous Redwood forest and Hamurana Springs track. Both are amazing. The forest is make up of large Sequoia trees and a beautiful clear stream flowing from the spring out into the lake. Several types of birds and ducks live in this area as do of course our famous trout. You cannot buy trout in NZ - you must catch your own!Lake Rotorua is famous for trout fishing, but in our area also famous for having hundreds of 'black swans'. A 'country' 9 hole golf course is located alongside the springs walk - we have golf clubs available for those wanting to play a round.Family groups are welcome at the home of Katherine and Steve. They have two senior school aged children. There are games and books to entertain and a big front lawn to run about on. Only well behaved children can be accepted - children that will not disturb other guests in the night - otherwise a full house booking (all four rooms) is available. ... more   less 
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