We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Solitaire Lodge

Travelers' Choice award winner
16 Ronald Road | Lake Tarawera, Rotorua 3076, New Zealand
Hotel amenities
Book on
TripAdvisor
in partnership with
Trusted partner. We work with Tingo to make your booking as easy as possible.
1 room 1 adult
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Check Availability
Book on
or compare prices from up to 200 sites including:
Professional photos
Solitaire Lodge
View Map
Add Photo Write a Review

91 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This place has a nice cosy relaxed country club feel to it! Master of ceremonies (day time) is Wayne, the proprietor (with a walkie talkie) and he has eyes everywhere ensuring guests requirements are satisfied. Very quickly you feel as if you've been a member of this country club for years. The evening is very much Graham (with the paisley... More 

Helpful?
Thank Tim S
South Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The owners and staff were delightful. They tried very hard to have everything right. I think it was a little difficult for them as we were a group of 22. The food was amazing. It was gourmet and very good and also a good number of very good choices. The main lounge overlooked the lake. Un fortunately the weather was... More 

Helpful?
Thank Evelynne Lee G
BC Canada
Level Contributor
65 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gorgeous location...gardens pretty, room, great view but furnishings need updating. Lounge areas the same...lack of air conditioning during the humid weather, and dining room again needs modernizing. All inclusive tariff....apart from expensive wines....chefs very good, and dinner did stretch to sometimes 10.pm ...just one sitting. Not the greatest lodge in New Zealand.

Helpful?
1 Thank P F
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We stayed in early 2015. Usually my travel agent does a great job as we have been to a lot of luxury places but for some reason in Rotorua, we were booked at a motel like place downtown. Upon arrival we looked up this place and Wayne sent someone to rescue us. We stayed in a luxury suite with panoramic... More 

Helpful?
Thank Sjr1111
Alton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Spent 3 nights here and would highly recommend, what a find, beautiful place, immaculate, nothing to much trouble, wish we had stayed longer as nothing else has been as good, lovely welcoming hosts, fishing on the lake the best day we have had, going to be hard to beat this.

Helpful?
Thank Delia W
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
26 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

We had a great time here in a stunning room in the main lodge with 180 degree views. The staff were charming, the food great and the fresh berries growing in the garden an added surprise. Just lovely.

Helpful?
Thank Jane W
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

Stayed for 3 days. Two villas as we were a family of 5. Wowed by the lake view from our villa. On the second day went trout fishing /fly fishing with John, the fisherman. Lucky enough to catch a trout. Next day went kayaking on the lake, easy compared to sea kayaking. Spotted black swans' nest nestled among the twigs.... More 

Helpful?
3 Thank Anna L
Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

As soon as we arrived, we felt the weight of the world float away. An incredibly beautiful setting, which I could have sat and marveled at all day, but there are so many great things to see and do in the area. Wayne, Ingrid and all the staff are brilliant at what they do. A fantastic experience showcasing the best... More 

Helpful?
Thank dunnmanj
Newport Beach, California
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

The owners of the property, Wayne and Engrid, are lovely. The property is first class. The food and service is over the top. We also stayed at Huka Logde for two nights after staying one night at Solitaire. HOWEVER, we came back for two more nights to Soliatrie because it was so special. The boat, the food, the hikes, the... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank anewport
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015 via mobile

Highly recommend this beautiful place. Tranquil location and lovely people. Wayne was incredibly accommodating with our group and nothing was a problem. Stunning food both dinner and breakfast. Would definitely return to this lodge. Very comparable to Huka standards.

Helpful?
2 Thank Paula L
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

74 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All traveler photos (58)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (14)
Viewed
View from room (8)
Viewed
Dining (4)
Viewed
Pool/beach area (3)
Viewed
Room/suite (14)
Viewed
Family/play areas (3)
Viewed
Bathroom (3)
Viewed
1:29
Videos (1)
Viewed
Other (8)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All management photos (16)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (4)
Viewed
Room/suite (7)
Viewed
Bathroom (2)
Viewed
Pool/beach area (2)
Viewed
Dining (1)
Check In Check Out
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Rotorua hotels
12.9 mi away
Hamurana Lodge
Hamurana Lodge
#4 of 95 in Rotorua
5.0 of 5 stars 348 reviews
13.8 mi away
Treetops Lodge
Treetops Lodge
#13 of 95 in Rotorua
4.5 of 5 stars 147 reviews
8.1 mi away
Quest Rotorua Central
Quest Rotorua Central
#2 of 95 in Rotorua
5.0 of 5 stars 412 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
7.7 mi away
Silver Fern Rotorua - Accommodation and Spa
9.3 mi away
Peppers on the Point - Lake Rotorua
7.7 mi away
Sport of Kings Motel
Sport of Kings Motel
#1 of 95 in Rotorua
5.0 of 5 stars 936 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

Amenities

Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay