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Nicara Lakeside Lodge

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30 Ranginui Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
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Los Altos, California
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127 reviews
29 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My partner and I stayed at Nicara Lodge for a couple nights back in February. We were passing through Rotorua not really knowing the area and picked this spot mostly for convenience of travel plans. Rotorua itself is not a destination that we'd go back to, but it was nice enough and had easy access to a couple interesting sights.... More 

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Sarola, Owner at Nicara Lakeside Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Paul, thank you for your review. Following your comments while with us, we changed our wifi so guests should not have to request more data vouchers, thus making it easier. More 

Auckland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in very comfortable accommodation. Being lakefront gives amazing views all through the day, and whatever the weather. Loved the fireplace and other heating. Kayaks look inviting for summer fun :-) Very friendly helpful hosts!

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Sarola, Owner at Nicara Lakeside Lodge, responded to this review

Delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope you return again. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We loved Rotarua - so much to do, so many interesing things to see - and we loved staying here. Our hosts were warm and attentive. On the last morning I took photos of the sunrise across the lake behind the house ... such a beautiful place.

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Sarola, Owner at Nicara Lakeside Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you Jean, we are so delighted you enjoyed your time in Rotorua and were blessed by good weather. The lake is magic on crisp winter mornings. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 via mobile

We only stayed one night at NLL. Due to a change of plans we almost would have had to skip our trip to Rotorua and therefore would have lost our money. The hosts Heather and Mike just didn't want this to happen and changed our booking kindly to another date. So we still had the chance to see Rotorua and... More 

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Sarola, Owner at Nicara Lakeside Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you Anna, delighted you didn't miss Rotorua during your NZ visit. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

View from the room is stellar, Heather and Mike are extremely hospitable and also very knowledgeable about the area. A very enjoyable stay and experience; will definitely return whenever am in the area again.

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We enjoyed your company and especially over the Cricket one day world series - great to watch & enjoy together. Love to welcome you back sometime. More 

Port Hedland, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Nicara Lodge is truly fabulous. It is situated in a superb location overlooking the beautiful Lake Rotorua. Mike and Heather are extraordinary hosts who made our stay a very special and memorable time. They have excellent local knowledge and provided us with valuable information including suggested itineraries to maximise our activities and enjoyment during the period of our stay. We... More 

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Sarola, Owner at Nicara Lakeside Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Bill & Catherine, thank you for your review. We did so enjoy your stay and delighted you were able to see so much while with us. Hope you visit again. More 

canberra
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

The location of the cottage was so peaceful and relaxing. Our hosts Mike and Heather a sheer delight. So knowledgeable of the area and surrounds. Would most definitely recommend this cottage on the lake as a home away from home for anyone visiting Rotorua.

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It was a pleasure having you stay in our cottage, you all enjoyed yourselves so much in Rotorua & Hobbiton. Hope you are able to keep your get-togethers for many years to come. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This is the 3rd time we have stayed at the Nicara lodge, Heather and Mike know how to make one feel so special. From the moment you walk though the doors you get a warm feeling of just pure luxury, Our room was spacious and well planed, where we could make our own tea/coffee or just sit down and relax... More 

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Sarola, Owner at Nicara Lakeside Lodge, responded to this review

Gary, thank you so much for your review. It is great when guests return and feel at home. You are always welcome. Heather More 

Landgraaf, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Dear Mike and Heather, The most excellent lodge ever. We lost our wallet on our travels in NZ, creditcards and cash, really bad, and you helped us through arranging for courier service on Saturday. No penny was missing. We don't know what to say, but thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Also the bed was excellent, so was... More 

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Sarola, Owner at Nicara Lakeside Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Petra, Despite the hiccup with your wallet, it was a great stay and everything worked out well. You certainly saw plenty of Rotorua. Enjoyed your company and delighted we could help. Thank you for your comments. More 

Katikati, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Nicara Lodge is in a gorgeous location, right on the waterfront of Lake Rotorua with a lawn going down to the lake and a little private jetty jutting right out into the lake. There are canoes for guests to use. Mike and Heather are excellent hosts and made us feel very welcome. Our room was lovely. Very clean and comfortable... More 

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Sarola, Owner at Nicara Lakeside Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Margi, we certainly enjoyed your stay with us, delighted you too enjoyed yourselves. Pity about the lack of trout in the boat, they must've been too busy admiring it to take the hook :) Hope to see you both again soon. Heather More 

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