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“Very average, will not return”

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Lakes Lodge Okataina
Reviewed July 10, 2011

Approx. 30 minutes from rotorua, 10-15 mins windy, narrow forest road, get to the end by Lake Okataina. The Lodge looks nice from the outside, very nice setting. The time our family was here is was raining and cold, our rooms were very cold - would have been nice for the heating to have been on. Opening the door into our accomodation was like a step back in time 30-40 years. Carpets were worn, and decor and kitchen appear original, lots of mould on curtains, otherwise it was clean and tidy. We hade primary school age children, first thing they notice was no TV!! Very lacking in wet weather entertainment for families. Due to location, would have thought meals available when rooms booked. Value for money - No. Kids enjoyed it - No.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 1, 2011

We booked through Rotorua visitor's centre and stayed here as there wasn't much left in town. The drive to Okataina lodge is a good half hour from town. We found the drive a bit daunting as the road narrows considerably however you are in some remote NZ forest which is absolutely beautiful at the same time.

The hotel didn't have any dinner that night so we ended up driving back to Rotorua for food and a hot spa, this suited us well. They do have dinner & bar on some nights, worth checking with reception before you arrive. The room was fairly basic, but had some great views of the lake.

In the morning we did a forest walk through native forest, following the lake around to the left where we found a nice place for an early morning swim. The lake is absolutely beautiful, crystal clear pebbled water with no one around. Lake Okataina has a magical feeling about it and we will be back here some day, hopefully to stay for a few days and take it all in. This place stays long in the memory after you have left it - I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Clint-Dana
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Additional Information about Lakes Lodge Okataina

Address: 692 Lake Okataina Road, Rotoiti 3040, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotoiti
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Rotoiti
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lakes Lodge Okataina is the largest privately owned Lodge in Rotorua. It sits right on the edge of Lake Okataina, surrounded by 4,500 hectars of native NZ bush. Lakes Lodge is the perfect tranquil getaway destination. Please note that we are an event based venue. This means that our Lakeview Restaurant is open mainly during events. Please contact our friendly team for more information. ... more   less 

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