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Lake Rotoroa Lodge

5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Gowan Valley Road, RD 3, Murchison 7077, New Zealand
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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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Boston
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

If you have been fortunate enough to experience the private fishing and hunting lodges founded around the world in late 19th and early 20th centuries, you will know what to expect when you visit the Lake Rotoroa Lodge. If you haven't had this experience, I recommend it enthusiastically. At LRL, you will be treated as a member of a club,... More

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lakelodge1, General Manager at Lake Rotoroa Lodge, responded to this review

Many thanks-always easy with such nice guests. As I write, further renovations are taking place as we continue to enhance guest comforts. We look forward to next season with a further revamp of facilities. More

Denver, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Our expectations for LRL were very high and I'm pleased to be able to say that they were exceeded. You might think that with all of it's history dating back to 1920 the lodge might be excused for resting on it's laurels but the way Bill, Jenny and Alasdair treat their guests you'd think that the lodge was making it's... More

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lakelodge1, General Manager at Lake Rotoroa Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for the generous comments about your stay with us at LRL. It was a real pleasure having you stay with us and thank you again for choosing Lake Rotoroa Lodge for your New Zealand fly fishing adventure. Bill McDermott General Manager More

Motueka, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

This was our 3rd visit to Lake Rotoroa Lodge and were we impressed (again)! The recent refurbishments are refreshing and Alister (the Chef) cooks a mean Salmon...Bill & Jenny attended to our every need, and some...they are brilliant! The whole place runs like clockwork, and we are already looking forward to visit number 4!

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lakelodge1, General Manager at Lake Rotoroa Lodge, responded to this review

Many thanks for the kind words. It is always a special pleasure welcoming returning guests to LRL. The new refurbishments have been received especially well and we are proud to show them off. We look forward to welcoming you on your next visit. Bill More

Orange, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Three nights at the lodge was a surprise birthday present for my husband. On arrival the scenery was spectacular, nestled by the lake and river with breathtaking views of the snow capped mountains. We were the first guests of the season and we enjoyed the first stage of a total refurb. The eclectic mix of old and new was warm,... More

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Thank you for the kind comments on the lodge and our new refurbishments. Stage 1 has added a completely new feeling of comfort and luxury to the lodge. The addition of the separate media room will be well received as a space for catching up on world news, watching movies or simply to relax and read a book. We also... More

glenwood springs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

I recently accompanied my husband and son on a grand fly-fishing trip to Lake Rotoroa Lodge. It was a trip of a lifetime. The historic ambiance of the lodge was a nostalgic step back in time but with a luxurious touch. Bill and his wife Jenny and their staff were spectacular hosts and made us feel very welcome. Allistar, the... More

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lakelodge1, Manager at Lake Rotoroa Lodge, responded to this review

Many thanks for the kind review about the Lodge and our wonderful team. We do our very best to ensure everyone gets to enjoy a special place in a special part of New Zealand. More

Oxted
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

To get to the Lodge you have to drive 5 miles from the main road - surely it can't be here, and then you arrive and take five minutes to take in the view - it is simply beautiful. The welcome was warm and friendly, the rooms gorgeous (get a front one if you can). Only one of us fished... More

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lakelodge1, Manager at Lake Rotoroa Lodge, responded to this review

Pleased we could make your stay with us a memorable experience. There are mountain lakes and there are mountain lakes but like many of our guests, we think the vista from Lake Rotoroa Lodge is simply magic. More

Sydney
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

We stayed at the lodge for several nights, and were swept off our feet by the staff's warm nature and service-plus hospitality. The lodge very much in theme (hunting/fishing lodge), but with a high-end, luxurious touch. The chef Alistair is a wizard - cannot speak highly enough of his cooking - we stayed 5 nights & he presented a terrific... More

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lakelodge1, General Manager at Lake Rotoroa Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks very much guys-it was great fun having you all here and we look forward to doing it again some time. More

Murchison, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

The welcome we received at Lake Rotoroa was amazing. The lodge is set in the most stunning of locations and Bill and his staff cannot do enough to make your stay memorable. Our room was so comfortable with stunning views over the lake. My husband spent the time fly fishing with one of the guides and said it was a... More

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45 hotel reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

We spent 3 nights at the lodge and it was sublime. The historic building is lovely but they have all of the modern conveniences that you would need. The view is spectacular and we had it from our oversized room and from our dinning room table . The food is chef driven and ample . Lunches were made for us... More

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Havelock North, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

Bill and Jenny treat their guests as family, very welcoming and extremely accommodating. There is a full range of activities available, it is not just a fishing lodge, although they are well organised to cater for trout fishing, but we also enjoyed the bush walks, the quad bikes and trap shooting. The scenery is fantastic. The lodge has successfully combined... More

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Address: Gowan Valley Road, RD 3, Murchison 7077, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Murchison
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Lake Rotoroa Lodge 5*
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Location and SettingAlong a quiet country lane that winds its way through the Gowan River valley lies Lake Rotoroa Lodge. It is nestled at the northern tip of New Zealand's spectacular Southern Alps.This isolated and unspoiled location is surrounded by the forests of the Nelson Lakes National Park. Lake Rotoroa is considered the jewel in the crown of the park: its tranquil waters reflect a magnificent vista of snow-capped mountains and lush native bush.From the lodge's idyllic and romantic lakeside location, guests can gaze along the length of Lake Rotoroa to the towering peaks of the Travers Range, and lapping at the foot of the lodge lawn, the waters of the Gowan River may just cause them to become lost in thoughts of some of the world's finest brown trout fishing that can begin just a few short steps away. Enjoy this stunning view from the lodge's open-fired sitting room, dining room or, indeed, from many of our guest rooms.The Nelson Lakes National Park, with its alpine environment, is just one of three National Parks that surround the city of Nelson (1½ hours away). The Abel Tasman National Park is coastal (offering some of the very finest, golden beaches in the world, together with the internationally renowned Abel Tasman Track) and New Zealand's most recently designated National Park, Kahurangi, is one of the world's great wilderness environments. There are times of the year when it really is possible to swim in the ocean in the morning and ski in the mountains in the afternoon! ... more   less 
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