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“Unutterably beautiful” 5 of 5 stars
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2 Manuariki Avenue, Ngongotaha | PO Box 578, Rotorua, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #34 of 48 Specialty Lodging in Rotorua
Virginia
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“Unutterably beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2011

We were in the suite, so I can only comment on that room. Floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall window overlooking the lake with black swans a-swimming. Spacious and airy. Perfect hosts - helpful without being intrusive. We spent a month in New Zealand and stayed in 15 different places, and this was the nicest - by a wide margin.

  • Stayed January 2011, 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Northern California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2008

We stayed with Robert and Wendy at the Ariki Lodge for 4 days, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Our room had a comfortable king bed, great views of the lake, and a pleasant bathroom with glass shower. The spacious living room was also available for our use. The Lodge is located lakeside in a quiet residential neighborhood. We thoroughly enjoyed Robert and Wendy's company at breakfast, and the breakfasts were lovely. A wonderful restaurant, the Wooly Bugger, is located a few blocks from the Lodge. If Keith is still there and his ex-wife is cooking, you are in for a treat! The Lodge makes a wonderful base from which to explore Rotorua. Two days running, the lovely pool at the Blue Baths was ours alone between 6 and 7 p.m., followed by a thermal soak and shower, then dinner at the Bugger. Wendy and Robert helped us make reservations at our next stop, a Hawke's Bay B & B. Their recommendations were all spot-on!

  • Liked — Hosts, location, views, king bed
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2008

What a place!

Great Location on the side of the lake just 10mins drive from Rotorua.
Fantastic hosts serving a great breakfast and offering help and advice to fill your day.

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Address: 2 Manuariki Avenue, Ngongotaha | PO Box 578, Rotorua, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Hotel Style:
Ranked #34 of 48 Specialty Lodging in Rotorua
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rotorua lake edge. Luxury accommodation in a tranquil garden setting leading to our private beach. 8km from central city. Near many attractions. Beautiful bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. Large guest sitting room. Tea & coffee. Free wireless internet. Warm welcome. ... more   less 

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