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“wonderful B&B steps from the lake” 5 of 5 stars
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Shula's Lake House
9 Bedwardine St | Ngongotaha, Rotorua, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #20 of 48 Rotorua B&B and Inns
miami, fl
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“wonderful B&B steps from the lake”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

My first experience ever staying at a B&B was one that makes me want to stay at more and more in the future. Staying in Ginie's home in the panoramic suite just several feet from the lake was such a positive experience in every way. It was our first stop in New Zealand. Ginie spoiled us for the rest of the trip with her amazing breakfasts including fabulous pastries, crepes, frest fruit, yogurt, wonderful cereals, eggs, bacon, etc., etc. -- the best we had in our 17 nights in New Zealand. The accomodations were very spacious, with separate living area from bedroom and large balcony with beautiful views. It was an easy less than 10 minute drive into town -- other than having to drive on the opposite side of the road. Ginie was a wonderful and very helpful host -- could not have asked for more. Definitely worth the extra money to stay in the panoramic suite. Loved it!

Room Tip: Panoramic suite is the way to go -- well worth the extra money.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2012

We stayed 2 nights and if we pass through Rotorua again we would definitely stay with Ginie again. Lovely comfortable room with beautiful view. Breakfast was freshly made with excellent choices. Our weather wasn't great and it was great having some heating in the bedroom and lounge.

Room Tip: Had chosen the smaller room but it was plenty big enough for the 2 of us.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

We stayed 5 nights in the panorama suite and are very very glad we came across this place.
1. Lake view was wonderful. Every window was like a picture by itself.
2. Ginie and Bob were very very welcoming and helpful. Ginie cooks the most excellent breakfast and she was very flexible with the timing of when we wanted it served.
3. Excellent location! Close to all the attractions and 10min away from the Rotorua town centre. (This is very important to note! No matter what budget you are on, try to stay away from the Rotorua town area...it smells horribily of sulphur due to all the thermal activites close by.)
We would love to visit again.

Room Tip: The panorama suite upstairs is wonderful. Spacious and has separate sitting area plus balcony.
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Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2011

My wife and I booked 2 nights at Ginie's place. We stayed at the upstair room which has a nice sitting area and a balcony. Both of us enjoyed the stay very much. Ginie's was very friendly and helpful. She served us good breakfast :) Thank you, Ginie. We are looking forward to coming back again. / E&T

Room Tip: Both upstair and downstair rooms are good. There are more privacy and a sitting area if you choose...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2010

We had a wonderful 2 day stay at Shula's Lake House. Our upstairs accommodation was excellent with bedroom and separate sitting area. Ginie and Bob were most welcoming - snacks and beer on arrival, use of their kayak on Lake Rotorua - and the breakfasts were superb. It would be great to return

Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2010

We spent 3 nights at Shula's Lake House in Rotorua and enjoyed our stay thoroughly. We stayed upstairs in the Panorama Suite which provided lots of room for 2 adults, a 14 and a 10 year old.
Ngongotaha is a small town 5 minutes from Rotorua but Shula's is close to all the attractions there are to see in Rotorua.
Ginie and Bob, the hosts, were very helpful and even provided breakfast 2 of the 3 mornings at 6:30 am to accomodate our touring and golf schedules. Our kids thought the pancake breakfasts were one the best we had on our month long tour of NZ. We enjoyed the opportunity to use their kayaks to paddle on Lake Rotorua and warm up afterwards in the hot tub.
The view of the lake is beautiful and we especially enjoyed seeing all the black swans.
We took advantage of their no cost long distance calling and appreciated having free access to the internet.
We would definately stay again if ever we are back in the Rotorua area.

Caroline - Canada

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2009

We stayed 3 nights at Shula's Lake House near Rotorua in early February and what a great find it was! Run by Americans Ginie and Bob Shula, the house is on the edge of Lake Rotorua, about 6km from the town itself (so away from the sulphur smells!) and is in a quiet road where the noisiest residents are the birds in the garden. We had the Panorama Suite - rightly named as the view was fantastic - on the first floor, which consisted of a good size sitting room, comfortable bedroom (the two linked by double doors) and a modern ensuite shower. Even better, large sliding doors from the sitting room led to a balcony, complete with table and chairs, overlooking the lake. All doors and windows were fitted with fly screens to let the breeze in and keep insects out, a consideration in the height of summer. Ginie was a warm and friendly hostess, a wonderful cook and was willing to "go the extra mile" in hospitality, kindly doing laundry for us and making arrangements for us to attend a Maori evening. Breakfast was terrific and many small personal touches in our suite added to our pleasure in staying there. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend this wonderful B&B and hope we may visit it again ourselves in future. One small tip - if Ginie doesn't offer you her blueberry and orange muffins on Day 1 of your stay, ask her to make some - they're THE BEST.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Shula's Lake House

Address: 9 Bedwardine St | Ngongotaha, Rotorua, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 48 B&Bs / Inns in Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shula's Lake House is a Bed & Breakfast accommodation on the shores of Lake Rotorua providing all the comforts and relaxation of home with the luxuries of great food and friendly hospitality. Enjoy the quiet, tranquil setting away from traffic noise and sulphur fumes. Ginie and Bob’s home offers fabulous panoramic views of Mokoia Island, Mt. Tarawera, and the surrounding hills. Ngongotaha Stream, renown for trout fishing, is only metres away. Spend your time relaxing on the sandy beach, fishing, kayaking Lake Rotorua and the streams, or just sitting on the deck listening to the birds and waterfowl. You are only 6km from Rotorua Centre so all the tourist attractions, thermal wonders, and Maori cultural activities are close at hand.Shula's Lake House assures a personalised stay, offering gourmet breakfasts and freshly baked goodies to enjoy with your tea and coffee. Upon arrival you will be greeted with the aroma of home baking. Breakfast is local fresh fruit, natural yoghurt and cereal followed by a cooked breakfast of Ginie's choice using the freshest ingredients such as free-range eggs. The home is tastefully designed and decorated with vibrant colours and comfortable furniture. Guests have full use of the living areas for entertainment or relaxation. Come and enjoy the quiet, tranquil setting, delicious food, friendly hospitality, and a wonderful lakeside location with incredible views ... more   less 

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