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Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort

4.5 of 5 Resort   |   77 Robinson Ave, Holden's Bay, Rotorua 3042, New Zealand
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Ranked #39 of 93 hotels in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
rei88 Auckland Region, New Zealand
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We stay there for 2 nights, booked for 2 rooms. 1 deluxe studio and 1 premiun suite. Both were very nice and clean. The premium suite was great as we had a toddler with us, lots of space, jacuzzi and they gave us a cot (nicely made). Its a shame that this is not really lakefront and as you are... More

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Mandi Gobindgarh
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Myself and my wife were there on our honeymoon.. We reached rotorua after a memorable and Great Road Selfdrive from Auckland...The Resort is located quite far from the city centre but the property is very nice,elegant and peaceful...2nights stay at Wai Ora was lovely as we were staying in Lake View and Lush Green Lawn n Swimming Pool View....The rooms... More

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Hamilton, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This review is long overdue. Stayed for 2 nights during a NZ road trip. Found our stay to be a nice relaxing and rejuvenating break during our travels. The rooms , particularly the bathrooms are attractive. Very nice toiletries are provided. Ate breakfast and dinner in the dining room and thought the food was excellent. Enjoyed the bar too. Loved... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed for a night and we were impressed with the rooms, layout, food, service at this resort. The day spa is a must. Good value when breakfast is included in the package. We would definitely come back if we come to Rotorua again.

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London, United Kingdom
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10 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

My partner & I stayed here using a 'romance package' deal, which made this a lot more affordable than it might otherwise have been. The room was great, and we had the room at the end, which meant that we had a lake view. Do bear in mind that the units are 2 storey & are arranged in a horseshoe... More

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Hamilton
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Purchased deal on Grab One and then having read some reviews on Trip Advisor was concerned that our decadent splurge would be disappointing. However, the staff and service provided by them was friendly, courteous, helpful and professional. The room was perfectly adequate, not huge but everything we needed and the bathroom, stylish with a great shower, The dinner which was... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

My and cousin and I stayed at the wonderful Wai Ora lakeside last September 2013 (only realised now that I hadn't entered my review), our experience was outstanding from the rooms to the facilities to the staff and food it was faultless and a special mention to the dreamy massage we had as well. If you have a chance to... More

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Melbourne
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Stayed just the one night but all the staff were very friendly and went out of their way to make you feel welcome in this very attractive and well located resort. Whilst the dinning menu was a bit expensive the food was well prepared and worthy of a top class restaurant. Would certainly stay there again.

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Montreal, Canada
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51 hotel reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

Not sure what happened with the negative reviewers in jan2014 as I found this resort very nice. Maybe we had a special treatment as we are a fairly large group (23) and our tour guide has brought business here before. That being said, check-in was quick with big welcoming smiles all around. We were all escorted individually to our rooms.... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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12 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

I hate leaving bad review but this is one hotel for which i must give caution and say 'buyer beware.' I can't say anything good about the hotel or it's staff. We sat in the dining room at dinner waiting to be given menus for 45 minutes. Another 30 minutes until our water glasses were filled. The food was ok,... More

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Additional Information about Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort

Also Known As:
Wai Ora Lakeside Hotel
Wai Ora Lakeside Resort
Address: 77 Robinson Ave, Holden's Bay, Rotorua 3042, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Rotorua
#4 Romantic Hotel in Rotorua
#7 Business Hotel in Rotorua
#25 Luxury Hotel in Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort is situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua in quiet parklike surroundings only 3 mins from Rotorua Airport,and 12 mins to the famous geothermal attractions of Rotorua. This award winning resort hotel features luxurious accommodation with private balconies or courtyards with views to the lake; New Zealand's award winning fine dining Mokoia Restaurant specialising in indigenous herbs and spices which creates amazing taste sensations including a daily full vegetarian menu; superb personal service; relaxing Manary English lounge bar and the internationally acclaimed Wai Ora Day Spa featuring the 2011 and 2012 World Luxury Spa Award winning "New Zealand Cultural Spa "regime based on the geothermal muds of Rotorua and wellness practices of the Maori. Rotorua's only World Luxury Spa Award winner. Enjoy the tranquility of the landscaped gardens and serene sounds of the meandering spring feed stream as you enjoy the hot and cold pools, steam room and sauna that make up the Wai Ora Spa Water Experience. The ideal Rotorua relaxation, spa, food taste sensations destination and accommodation base for all other Rotorua activities. ... more   less 
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