The best thing about this hotel has to be the lovely couple who run the place!
They were very welcoming & made some excellent recommendations for things to do around Rotorua.
The motel is located next to the racecourse, hence the name ‘Sport of Kings' and is an easy drive into Rotorua itself.
The accommodation was clean & welcoming & my husband loved the reclining chairs for sitting in front of the TV relaxing after a hard days sightseeing.
Our room had a private spa pool, which was located outside our bedroom & was covered by a roof & carpeted. We would have loved to take advantage of it, but unfortunately we were staying in Winter (June) and it was too wet & cold.
The motel was conveniently located close to the main road in & out of Rotorua, so we were able to get around quickly & easily.
We had a cooked breakfast each day which was delicious & well prepared & always delivered at the time we’d asked for.
I recommend visiting the Wai-o-Tapu springs, about 20mins drive from Rotorua & definitely visit the mud pools (which are free to get to & by far the best thing to see outside the park itself). The Champagne pool is amazing, which is inside the Wai-o-Tapu park & the Lady Geyser which goes off at 10am each day is well worth seeing too.
If you have time & the inclination, do a Maori experience. We did the dinner & walk combo from Te Puia which went for about four hours. I was worried that this was too long, but the guides were excellent & the time really flew! We really enjoyed seeing & listening to the traditional Maori singing, they had amazing voices & it was a wonderful experience.
There was some audience participation too, with the women getting up & learning the ‘poi dance’ and the men getting up and doing the ‘haka’.
If you want to book any sightseeing, ask at the Motel’s front desk & they’ll give you a 10% off voucher for the experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come and stay with us and experience true Kiwi award winning customer service! Situated just off the main street and away from busy traffic noise, Sport of Kings is a home away from home! All of our rooms and amenities have been newly refurbished over the past year to provide comfort and relaxation in a peaceful serene environment. We are Kiwi owned and operated and being locals have extensive knowledge of Rotorua and what our amazing city and surroundings has to offer and our hospitality is the best you could find - check out our reviews! Our 16 ground floor rooms range from two bedroom apartments that sleep 6 to one bedroom spa apartments where you can relax in your own private indoor spa pool day and night. Our studio units sleep two or three and are perfect for business travellers or those wanting a quiet comfortable room at a great price! All of our rooms have kitchen or kitchenettes, thermally heated hot water, individually controlled thermal heating, flat screen tv's, satellite channels and free DVD hire. Comfortable lazy-boy recliner chairs are included in most rooms and free unlimited filtered water is available in every room. All rooms are serviced daily! We have two public spa pools and a heated outdoor swimming pool for your use during your stay all year round along with a BBQ and BBQ table poolside which you are welcome to use - a great way to cater for everyone while enjoying the beautiful landscaped surroundings. And to entertain children we have a playground for hours of entertainment. Centrally located close to Rotorua CBD, Thermal Valleys, Maori Hangi and Concert Events and world renowned Mountain Bike Tracks, you have everything at your fingertips. We have a purpose built bike wash down area, bike 'service station', secure bike storage and a drying room to get your gear ready for your next ride!! Perfect for families, holiday makers, mountain bikers and business people alike. Our reception is a mini gallery showcasing our own original native bird art which also features throughout our apartments giving Sport of Kings Motel uniqueness not to be found anywhere else. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sport Of Kings Hotel Rotorua