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Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort

4.5 of 5 77 Robinson Ave, Holden's Bay, Rotorua 3042, New Zealand
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A great quaint hotel which is near the lake. The room was quiet and the restaurant onsite was excellent. You can access the lake from the hotel and there is a playground nearby making it great for both couples and families. A little way out of town, but that didn't really bother us for our stay.

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El Cerrito, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I enjoyed one night at this resort after a stressful drive from Auckland to Rotorua in heavy rain. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The restaurant stayed open a bit later than scheduled to allow us to eat lunch since the trip took longer than anticipated and we were starved. The food was excellent (in fact... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were not so impressed with this "resort". It was OK but very run down we thought. Once we were in our room everything was fine as our suite was at the end closest to the lake. We saw the most amazing sunset from our room. The resort itself was not that nice. Crazy that we had such a hard... More 

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A present for a daughter recovering from a head injury, we bought 2 nights at the resort including breakfast, dinner and a couples massage. The meals were lovely and the massages enjoyable but the bed was really bad and when you think that 2 nights only goes from 3pm Friday to 11 Sunday you spend most of that time in... More 

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bryangh, General Manager at Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort, responded to this review

Oh Jill how do I respond? You have never been to the Resort You have never stayed at the Resort, therefore never slept at the Resort And you are misleading when you saying $1,150 for the bed. Your daughter never told us she was having trouble sleeping we would have been happy to change rooms had we known You asked... More 

Nice, France
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Im really sorry to say that, but the rooms here are so small like a smaller kontainer. Even i would not call as a room. I couldnt open well my luggage, there is no space for it. The rest is ok. Nothing special.

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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Three nights at the Wai Ora Lakeside Spa left a lot to be desired. Yes, it's lakeside: just a 400m walk from the property to the edge of the lake (which is also accessible by locals and other visitors). Yes, there is a spa there. But no, this is not a world-class spa retreat. First off is the pools: both... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well my experience with Wai Ora was very average. The rooms weren't bad but the commercial pictures put up on the site were misleading. The spa pool was rather small and the rooms weren't lake facing. The most disappointing aspect would be the breakfast! With few guests at the table, the spread was rather boring and limited. Select items on... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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14 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

The location is a little way out of the main town centre but this wasn't a problem as we had a car. Whilst promoted as a "five star" facility the rooms leave a little to be desired in that they are extremely clean and tidy with all the necessities. There are two pools, sauna, spa baths and well groomed grounds... More 

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Brevard, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

On tour we stayed here for 2 nights. The location is on a lake which gives pretty views and places to walk. While the rooms were small they had all the necessities. The staff was friendly and attentive; however the breakfasts left a bit to desire. The selection was very small-like a choice of 2 things. The accompanying cereals and... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I see lots of five star reviews for the Wai Ora, and am super puzzled why after staying there. It is a basic kiwi motel set up, but with an ok restaurant and a couple of budget swimming pools. This isn't a spa, even for generous NZ conditions. We think we overpaid horribly and could've stayed at a dozen motels... More 

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Address: 77 Robinson Ave, Holden's Bay, Rotorua 3042, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 30
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Also Known As:
Wai Ora Lakeside Hotel
Wai Ora Lakeside Resort
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Rotorua
#6 Business Hotel in Rotorua
#12 Spa Hotel in Rotorua
#27 Luxury Hotel in Rotorua
#30 Romantic Hotel in Rotorua

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