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Serendipity Homestay

3 Kerswell Terrace | Tihi-o-Tongo, Rotorua 3015, New Zealand
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Ranked #26 of 49 Rotorua B&B and Inns
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We were so lucky to find this wonderful homestay hosted by this lovely couple. They are so welcoming, that we instantly felt at home. The breakfasts are delicious with Brian's homebaked bread and Kate's muesli playing starring roles on the table. We used their vast local knowledge to plan our time in and around Rotorua, but even the times relaxing... More

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serendipityrotorua, Owner at Serendipity Homestay, responded to this review

We loved having you stay at Serendipity and we really enjoyed you company. I'm pleased you got the best from our advise and you enjoyed the rest of our touring through N.Z. Cheers. Kate More

saltash
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Brian and Kate made us feel right at home. We had a lovely stay with them. They made arrangements for Maori experience and gave suggestions for sightseeing. They enjoyed our company and we enjoyed theirs. When we returned in the evening they were always on hand with a welcome tipple before we went out for the evening. Kate very kindly... More

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serendipityrotorua, Owner at Serendipity Homestay, responded to this review

We so enjoyed your company and I do thank you for choosing to stay with us at Serendipity and giving us such a nice review. I trust the rest of your stay in N.Z. was really enjoyable. More

Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

As a single lady traveling on her own I have stayed in quite a few hotels, guest houses and b and b's and Kate and Brian's is most definitely the best! They made me feel so at home, gave me guidance on choosing what to see and do in Rotorua, and booked it for me. The breakfasts are superb, Brian's... More

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serendipityrotorua, Owner at Serendipity Homestay, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your lovely review. We both enjoyed your company and certainly hope you can come and stay again. You probably did the most daring activities of all our guests and it was great to see the joy you got from having such fun. You are a right little dare devil! Nothing beats enjoying life to the... More

Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Our stay at Serendipity was excellent. Our hosts Kate & Brian were very helpful and hospitable. They not only gave us suggestions for local sight seeing but also made some reservations on our behalf. Kate was even kind enough to lend us extra towels for the Polynesian Spa.The view from the house was calming and beautiful unlike many other motels... More

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serendipityrotorua, Owner at Serendipity Homestay, responded to this review

How nice of you to thank us so graciously. We so enjoyed your company and are very pleased we were able to assist with your stay in Rotorua. I hope we can meet you again some day. Thank you. Kia-ora. More

Rotorua, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

With accommodation in Rotorua booked out to the max, everywhere full up. We were lucky to find Brian and Kate, who took us in late no questions asked and made us feel right at home. If you want awesome company and great views Serendipity is the place for you. Thanks Brian and Kate we enjoyed our experience with you and... More

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serendipityrotorua, Owner at Serendipity Homestay, responded to this review

Thank you Brown and Sandra, for your kind comments on Tripadvisor. We loved your cheerful company and were delighted you found us so you could take a break from your long journey home. Now you know were we are you are welcome any time. cheers Kate and Brian More

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

Brian and Kate were simply amazing hosts with their kindness and hospitality, their amazing homemade breakfast, their tips about what to do and what to visit in New Zealand. I would recommend to anyone to spend at least a day in their amazing house with a beautiful view on the Rotorua lake!

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serendipityrotorua, Owner at Serendipity Homestay, responded to this review

We loved having here to stay with us at Serendipity. I'm so pleased you enjoyed yourselves and liked the biscuits. I'm sure yours will be just as tasty. We'd love to have you stay again and allow more time to see all the amazing things Rotorua has to offer. Cheers Kate and Broian More

sCHIEDAM
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Our stay with Kate and Brian was great! Excellent location, room, breakfast and hospitality. Good advices on what to see and where to go. Thank you! An important raison for choosing this B&B was that it has some distance to (the bad smell of) the mudpools, and has a great view over the town.

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serendipityrotorua, Owner at Serendipity Homestay, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words. We are so pleased you enjoyed the travel suggestions and of course the wine. You can't beat a good New Zealand wine! Kia-ora Kate and Brian More

Kalispell, Montana, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

By the time we reached Serendipity, we had stayed in 11 different hotels in Australia and New Zealand. It was so nice to be in a real home and have homemade food. The Gore's were the perfect hosts and they gave us an up-close view of life in NZ. What a beautiful setting they have.

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serendipityrotorua, Owner at Serendipity Homestay, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words. We enjoyed your company and if you ever return to N.Z. Make sure you allow more time in Rotorua. There is so much more to see and do. Do pass our thanks to the other ladies too - all great company. Kate and Brian More

Paihia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Kate an Brian are great hosts. All our wishes were filled, a great breakfast, cosy bedroom, great view. We felt very welcome no even more we felt at home. Great travelling advice, everything they suggested was very good,

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serendipityrotorua, Owner at Serendipity Homestay, responded to this review

Thank you both for your kind words. We were delighted to host you at Serendipity and it was very pleasing to hear you enjoyed our recommendations. If you do return, remember - two days is never enough. There are more things we know you would enjoy. Cheers Kate and Brian More

Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

The one-night stay we had at Brian and Kate's place gave us a chance to experience true Kiwi hospitality at its best. The room had a beautiful view, their house has an even more excellent view, and both Brian and Kate are wonderful hosts. Breakfast was a jovial affair with healthy home-made jams and bread and fresh fruit. Best of... More

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serendipityrotorua, Owner at Serendipity Homestay, responded to this review

Thank you so much for you kind words about your stay with us at Serendipity. We like to think our place is "A pleasant surprise" just as you said. Exactly the meaning of Serendipity. We enjoyed your company. Next time plan to stay longer. Kate and Brian. More

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Address: 3 Kerswell Terrace | Tihi-o-Tongo, Rotorua 3015, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
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Marvel at unsurpassed panoramic views of the city, lakes, thermal activity, farmlands and beyond. Relax on sunny decks, in the garden or the conservatory. Indulge in home comforts and home-cooked cuisine. Let us share our extensive local and national knowledge with you. We can advice you on the best to see and do in Rotorua and while exploring our beautiful country. We are close to all ammenities, including the wonderful mountain biking tracks now famous in Rotorua. A warm welcome awaits your arrival at Serendipity -- "A surprise waiting to be discovered." ... more   less 
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