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Ngongotaha Lakeside Lodge
Ranked #11 of 52 Rotorua B&B and Inns
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Milwaukee
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“Great Place to Get Away”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2009

We loved our two nights at Ngongotaha (especially once we learned to pronounce it!). We were upgraded to the beautiful king suite overlooking the lake and it was great. Lyndsay and Graham were fabulous hosts who were so helpful with suggestions and arrangements. We saw several sights that we wouldn't have found on our own but were recommended by Lindsay and they were well worth seeing! Breakfasts (freshly cooked trout! yum!) were delicious and fun because of the camaraderie of our fellow travelers and our hosts. It is outside of Rotorua, which makes it a bit of a drive for dinner and other attractions in town. However, it was nice to get away from the tourism and smell of Rotorua and relax at this delightful B & B.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2009

I've travelled all over the world and have NEVER had such a good breakfast! I even found myself looking forward to the following morning so that I could eat again! Lindsay and Graeme are doing a brilliant job. Nothing is too much trouble. They offer a first rate, personal service, offering travel tips, suggestions for day trips, restaurant advice... as well as wonderful beds, a fabulous view, a great welcome and.... BRILLIANT breakfasts! What more could you want?
Prim and Chris UK

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2009

Graham and Lyndsay are perfect hosts. They just cannot do enough for you, booking trips, answering questions knowledgeably and taking a strong interest in helping guests make the most from their stay. Graham is an expert fisherman and we had a great day out under his guidance. Lyndsay keeps a smart house and provides canapes and a glass of wine in the evening and a fantastic breakfast that will see you skipping lunch.

As for the accommodation, we stayed in the Queen room which is ensuite, very comfortable and having spent three nights at the Lakeside Lodge, we wished we had booked more. Yes, Rotorua is regarded as being smelly as it is in a geothermal area and sulphar gas does smell a bit, but Lakeside is far enough outside Rotorua that the smell doesn't reach there. And despitethe smell, there is just so much to see and do in the area that you may very well regret not booking more time.

Lakeside Lodge itself sits very close to the lake with magnificent views. The residents' lounge is very comfortable.

Highly rcommended - if I come back to Rotorua, I'd have no hesitation in coming back to Lakeside.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with friends
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Arlington, VA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2009

I should start by saying we didn't visit under the best conditions -- it was gloomy and rainy, so there wasn't much of a lake view, and we didn't spend much waking time at the lodge. The hosts were not very outgoing, although they were helpful in arranging the Mitai Maori dinner and tour.

We stayed in the Wai Motu (king) room. The room itself was fine -- clean and comfortable -- but the door and the walls were thin. We could hear the people in the next room. There were some snacks left out for us, which was nice. The breakfast was good, but the host seemed put out by a request for iced coffee.

The location is indeed far enough out of Rotorua to avoid the sulphur smell, but it's not isolated. In fact, it's in a residential neighborhood with houses on either side -- not really what I was expecting. If we're ever lucky enough to be in the area again, I would try a different place -- this might be great if you're into fishing, but we aren't.

I don't really recommend the Maori tour, by the way -- it's 300 tourists all shoving each other out of the way so they can get a better picture. Also, it's very, very long, and you don't get dinner until a couple hours into the tour. The Maori cultural experience is very interesting, but it would have been a lot better with 50 people instead of 300.

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Washington, DC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2009

Stayed in the Queen room here one day in January with my wife heading south on the North Island. We had a limited amount of time so we could only stay the one day or I would have stayed more. Lyndsay & Graham were very gracious hosts and the giant breakfast was amazing, especially the muselix. Lyndsay also arranged for a whitewater rafting trip for us the next day which was about 20 minutes away. Lastly, if you like to fish, stay here and save money because you do not need to hire a fishing guide. Graham has several fly & spin cast rods you can use or you can bring your own. Walk 50 yards outside the back of the house and there is some of the best trout fishing I have seen in my life. I woke up at around 6:00 AM and waded out about knee deep into the lake and caught three nice sized trout in an hour and lost many more. Also, if you have never fished or have any questions ask Graham because he is an expert on the fishing situation in the area.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Malibu
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2009

Immaculate rooms, great view yards away of the lake, huge breakfast and delightful hosts. Super knowledgeable about the area, more than happy to make bookings for travelers and our host spent lots of time with my husband & son angling for fish right out front where the black swans float by. Warm & friendly people and no sulfur smell. Close by to everything. Highly recommend!

  • Liked — Location view hosts
  • Disliked — Rooms were small but so nice & clean it didn't matter.
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2008

Stayed here for our first 3 nights in NZ in early December, our first of 7 B&B's and possibly our best. The location is great, about 10 minutes drive from Rotorua, so you don't get the sulphur smell, but close enough for all of the attractions - (a lot of the excursions do a pick up so you don't need to worry about driving). We stayed in the king room which has the balcony and the view of the lake - well worth the extra money. The guest space - the lounge and conservatory with the magnificent views of the lake - are brilliant and great for a late night bottle of wine!

The real difference at this B&B is the hosts, Lyndsey and Graham, who couldn't do enough for us. From helping us with our luggage when we arrived to Lyndsey's breakfasts wich were great and really set us up for the day. They gave us great advice and tips on things/trips to do in the area and even booked things up for us - the white water rafting is a must for those brave enough! When we left after our 3 days we felt like we were leaving family and we would definitely stay here again should we ever go back to NZ. Thank you Lyndsey and Graham for a great stay.

  • Liked — Fantastic hosts
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Ngongotaha Lakeside Lodge
Address: 41 Operiana Street | Ngongotaha, Rotorua 3010, 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 Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 52 B&Bs / Inns in Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ngongotaha Lakeside Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Relaxed, warm and friendly. "Hospitality Award" winning Bed & Breakfast on the shore of Lake Rotorua, offering quality accommodation away from noise, traffic and sulphur smells. Close to many major tourist activities and attractions and only a ten minute drive into Rotorua. Tastful ensuite bedrooms, with all toiletries provided . . In room flat screen TV's and tea and coffee making facilities. Start you day with a healthy, homemade generous breakfast. Fly fish for trout a few steps away at the mouth of the famous Waiteti Stream . . . We will smoke your catch for you to have with pre dinner drinks or pan fry it for your breakfast. ... more   less 
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