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Red Rock Thermal Motel
Ranked #24 of 92 Hotels in Rotorua
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

This reasonably priced motel is not much to look at from the outside, but the rooms are modern, clean, and spacious, and the hosts were very friendly and helpful. The one-bedroom unit was a good layout for our family, with one queen bed in the bedroom and another in the living room. The rooms open onto a common backyard, which made it a little less quiet and private than we usually like. However, after a long day of driving and sightseeing, we LOVED soaking in the indoor hot mineral pool.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Red Rock T, Manager at Red Rock Thermal Motel, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2013

Kia Ora, thank you taking the time to write a review. Whilst we are not on the main motel drag of Fenton St, we are lucky to have so many amenities close to us along with some of the major attractions. We are glad that you did enjoy your stay and made the most of the private mineral pool. Take care - Merryn & Ngata

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Reviewed June 27, 2013

My sister and I checked in for two nights at the Red Rock Thermal Motel.
It was easy to locate from the main road and it is located in the main area of town, only a short drive from the Museum and the main street. Parking for the motel is outside the rooms and we had no problems getting a space.

When we arrived at the motel we were greeted by Merryn who was probably one of the most friendly and welcoming people I have ever met. She was just lovely, and gave us plenty of advice and tips about things to do and see in the area.

The motel is extremely well kept. We stayed in room 6 and it was beautifully laid out, great big bed, spacious lounge room with excellent heating and a safe, well equipped kitchen (oven, toaster, kettle, fridge, pots/pans). Free wifi is provided and we had excellent reception in our room. As an added bonus the motel also has a private thermal mineral spa, 20 minutes is all you'll need in there, and also an outdoor heated pool. It was about -1 when we went in the pool but it was still really warm and pleasant for us to use.

Our room was cleaned really well while we were gone, and even though the motel is close to the road I didn't find it to be noisy at night and I slept well.

We really appreciated and enjoyed our stay. Merryn and Ngata are wonderful, friendly and helpful hosts and if we ever return to Rotorua we will definitely be staying here!!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Rachel B
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Red Rock T, Manager at Red Rock Thermal Motel, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2013

Kia Ora Rachel. Thank you for the wonderful review, we do pride ourselves on our service so great to hear that we are doing it and living up to guest expectation. Local knowledge is great and always happy to share & point you in the way of a discount coupon to save a penny or two. We are glad that you enjoyed our recently redecorated unit along with the private mineral pool and heated outdoor pool. All the best - Merryn & Ngata

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Reviewed June 16, 2013

We just spent 9 nights at this motel. It was the best. We have traveled a lot in NZ and this place is by far value for money. The managers are awesome. Friendly, caring cant do enough for you and very thoughtful. The rooms are fantastic. Simple and sleek with the most awesome showers. They were warm units, beds comfortable and everything you would need for your stay provided. Loved the indoor thermal pool and the outdoor one which was warm with more room to swim in. Cant thank you guts enough. Definitely recommend you to everyone.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Red Rock T, Manager at Red Rock Thermal Motel, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2013

Kia Ora Jenny & PJ. Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. It was lovely to meet you both. We are so glad that you enjoyed the unit and being the first people to stay in Unit 5 after renovations it was great knowing we had wonderful people staying in it. Great to hear that you enjoyed the Mineral Pool and the free WIFI. All the best with your bowls and we look forward to seeing you again should you come back to Rotorua. All the very best to you both - Merryn, Ngata & Rufus :-)

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Reviewed June 10, 2013

I had the pleasure of staying here for several nights with work. The current owners have put heaps of effort in really tasteful room decor. It was beautiful. The free wifi and mineral pool was fabulous and part of the original choice. Breakfast was great value. I intend on being back here again.

Room Tip: End unit very private and will be my choice again if possible.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Joy B
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Red Rock T, Manager at Red Rock Thermal Motel, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2013

Kia Ora Joy. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are glad that you made the most of our private mineral pool and our free WIFI. The unit you stayed in was number 7 but please check out our Facebook page and see the newly renovated Units 5 & 6, they have full cooking facilities so great for a longer stay. We look forward to seeing you again - Merryn & Ngata

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Reviewed May 31, 2013

- Pros: Free Internet, Very modern looking inside, people very nice, free parking
-Cons: The outside doesn't look so pretty. Thought oh, boy what are we getting ourselves into, but it turned out great.

Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Red Rock T, Manager at Red Rock Thermal Motel, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2013

Kia Ora, we are glad that you enjoyed the free WIFI and meeting us. We definitely agree with the saying "Don't judge a book by its cover" as we are a little gem! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in New Zealand. Merryn & Ngata

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Reviewed May 30, 2013

What a great place to stay clean and quite and peaceful and the managers where very helpful and accomadating and geniunly cared about me. Great spacious room honestly its bigger than my appartment in Auckland city and OMG thermal heating I didnt want to leave my room then on top of the great hospitality and free WIFI thermal heating I also had 24hr access to the mineral pool AMAZING yes there was renovations going on in the hotel whilst i was staying and roadworks on the main road BUT whom wuld have guessed I only actually noticed when I went outside so it didnt disturb my sleep at all which I appreciate fully. So all in all a great place for one or for a family and great value for money.

Only one negetive i wasnt staying another night however to the owner / managers keep up the great work and you will deffinately see me again soon for sure. Thanks alot guys and I will so be telling everyone I know about this place and for those reading this I HIGHLY RECCOMEND RED ROCK

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled on business
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Red Rock T, Manager at Red Rock Thermal Motel, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2013

Kia Ora! Thank you taking the time to write such a wonderful review for us, we greatly appreciate it. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay and that you made use of the mineral pool and free WIFI. As you mentioned we were is the midst of renovations on Units 5 & 6; these Units are all up & running, check out our Facebook page for photos. We too were upset you were unable to stay another night, meeting a lovely person such as yourself certainly is a great perk of our job! Take Care & we look forward to seeing you again - Merryn & Ngata

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Reviewed May 19, 2013

Our two days in Rotorua were very wet and I was ill throughout but despite these factors, I have great memories of Red Rock Thermal Motel. We had a great, comfortable, clean, recently-renovated room with good internet access (great as for the second day I was in bed for most of it!) and were welcomed brilliantly by Ngata and Merryn. It was one of the best motels we stayed in during our month in New Zealand, for sure.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Red Rock T, Manager at Red Rock Thermal Motel, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2013

Kia Ora Yogal, thanks for the comment that we were one of the best motels you stayed in whilst in New Zealand, we really appreciate that you took the time to write a review and especially make that comment. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay; we do price ourselves on our service and cleanliness. Wishing you all the best - Merryn & Ngata

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Additional Information about Red Rock Thermal Motel

Address: 109 Lake Road, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 92 Hotels in Rotorua
Price Range: $84 - $146 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Red Rock Thermal Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Red Rock Thermal Motel is a small motel with thermal heating, a private thermal mineral spa pool for rejuvenating after a busy day sightseeing and a outdoor heated swimming pool. We have gardens to relax in with a trampoline for the kids. All units have tea & coffee facilities, kitchenettes and bathrooms. The Motel is ideally situated to tour the many geothermal parks in the area. Many of the Maori Culture shows offer a free pick up service from here for a great night out, or if you prefer you can simply walk out of our back gate, catch yourself a trout from the stream & cook it on the BBQ. ... more   less 
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