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Solitaire Lodge

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16 Ronald Road | Lake Tarawera, Rotorua 3076, New Zealand
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Ranked #5 of 96 Hotels in Rotorua
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had a lovely overnight stay at this special place recently, and had a truly memorable experience. We were looked after by attentive hosts Wayne and Ingrid, and enjoyed a fabulous 5 course dinner with matching wines. We appreciated the lodge's setting, surrounded by native bush on an arm of the lake, and were very sorry to be leaving so... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After all the positive reports on tripadvisor and the likes, we were going to stay at Solitaire for 2 nights last week. The couple who run the place a lovely people but their lodge has seen it's best days many moons ago. It has the touch of a bed and breakfast but at the cost of an upmarket lodge. The... More 

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waynetomlinson, General Manager at Solitaire Lodge, responded to this review

We welcome and appreciate all reviews and comments given during our 6 years of management. We believe this review is incomplete, - hence our response. Solitaire Lodge operates a Full Board Tariff (accommodation, all meals,, complimentary mini-bar etc.). It employs senior skilled chefs as well as other staff and has never operated as a bed and breakfast.. As the guests... More 

San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Solitaire Lodge is a dreamy sort of place: the rooms are quite divine, the amenities first class, the staff delightful, welcoming and fun. We enjoyed our room with it's outdoor bathtub - quirky, but nice - for it's intelligent layout, very comfortable bed, nicely arranged bath; very soothing and relaxing. Graham was wonderful and informative; thoughtful, professional and has great... More 

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Southern California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Solitaire Lodge truly has it all! Fantastic location, superb attentive service, endless tailor made activities (fishing, boating, swimming, thermal springs ), gourmet food, gorgeous accommodation and, because Solitaire only has 10 rooms, you will never feel part of a crowd. The private location on Lake Tarawera absolutely cant be beat! Wayne and Indrid are wonderful lodgekeepers and hosts. Our room... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed here for two days at the end of an active 3+ week holiday in NZ, South and North islands. As a place to relax and soak up the scenery, tranquility, excellent food and friendly atmosphere, Solitaire would take some beating. Solitaire Lodge is an up market facility and is expensive. However meals and most bar service is included... More 

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Highland Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We arrived here exhausted after driving most of the South Island and staying just 2 nights at each spot on our itinerary. This place was heaven and just what we needed. We were warmly greeted by the owner who clearly takes pride in the Lodge. The rooms take full advantage of the peaceful lakefront location with floor to ceiling unobstructed... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

This lodge really is a Leading Small Hotel of the World (unlike others we have stayed). It was luxurious in every way from the spacious room, with its' memorable views to the fantastic food, wine and our welcoming and ever helpful hosts; Wayne, Ingrid, Graham and Sarah. Graham's knowledge and enthusiasm of and for New Zealand wines was a key... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

We had a lovely stay at Solitaire. The rooms are gorgeous with nice windows and balconies overlooking the lake. The bed and bath are prefect. The room is well stocked with fruit, cookies, candy, wine beer and more all included. Graham was a great source of information and Wayne and Ingrid were great hosts. The evening drinks and canapés were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

My typical trout fishing experiences would not be much to write home about and if successful the fare would be a simple smoked trout in white bread on the steps of a back country hut. This was something completely different from Solitaire. Not only is the level of service excellent but Wayne and Ingrid and their staff are personable but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Superb location, impeccable hospitality and sublime cuisine make “Solitaire Lodge” a true gem in the crown of New Zealand luxury accommodation. My suite was very comfortable. It had all the necessities of the luxury accommodation and a few extras (freshly baked cookies and gourmet tea anyone?). The room had magnificent views at the lake Tarawera. I could easily spend the... More 

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