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Nicara Lakeside Lodge

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30 Ranginui Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
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Nicara Lakeside Lodge
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Ranked #8 of 49 Rotorua B&B and Inns
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
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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 

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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 

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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 

Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Mike and Heather were the perfect hosts! We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them. Their knowledge of the area and what activities are best was invaluable in making the most of our time. They have a lovely lodge in an idyllic setting. It was just far enough from Rotorua to avoid the sulphur smell, but just a few minutes from... More 

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

Thank you Jennifer for your kind words. Our time together was memorable and I am sure our paths may cross again. Best wishes, Heather More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

We enjoyed very much to stay at Nicara Lakeside Lodge although we ´ve been there unfortunately only for one night. It is a really great location. Heather and Mike were both extremly warm and gentle. Mike gave the best informations what we can do in Rotorua. Heather was celebrating one of the best breakfasts in NZ. Thank you Heather and... More 

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

Thank you Gert. It is always difficult to stay long in each place when there is so much to see in NZ. Hope you can come again. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

For a restful tranquil place with amazing views and warm hospitality Nicara Lodge has it all. Having said that the Hosts can organize every type of tourist activity in the area from Helicopters, fishing trips to Maori Culture Never a dull moment.

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So great to have you stay with us again. Thank you for your review. More 

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