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Serendipity Homestay
Ranked #19 of 52 Rotorua B&B and Inns
Kalispell, Montana, United States
1 review
“well cared for”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013

By the time we reached Serendipity, we had stayed in 11 different hotels in Australia and New Zealand. It was so nice to be in a real home and have homemade food. The Gore's were the perfect hosts and they gave us an up-close view of life in NZ. What a beautiful setting they have.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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serendipityrotorua, Owner at Serendipity Homestay, responded to this review, November 8, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind words. We enjoyed your company and if you ever return to N.Z. Make sure you allow more time in Rotorua. There is so much more to see and do. Do pass our thanks to the other ladies too - all great company. Kate and Brian
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2013

Kate an Brian are great hosts. All our wishes were filled, a great breakfast, cosy bedroom, great view. We felt very welcome no even more we felt at home. Great travelling advice, everything they suggested was very good,

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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serendipityrotorua, Owner at Serendipity Homestay, responded to this review, November 8, 2013
Thank you both for your kind words. We were delighted to host you at Serendipity and it was very pleasing to hear you enjoyed our recommendations. If you do return, remember - two days is never enough. There are more things we know you would enjoy. Cheers Kate and Brian
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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

The one-night stay we had at Brian and Kate's place gave us a chance to experience true Kiwi hospitality at its best. The room had a beautiful view, their house has an even more excellent view, and both Brian and Kate are wonderful hosts. Breakfast was a jovial affair with healthy home-made jams and bread and fresh fruit. Best of all, the most powerful shower I've ever had!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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serendipityrotorua, Owner at Serendipity Homestay, responded to this review, October 12, 2013
Thank you so much for you kind words about your stay with us at Serendipity.
We like to think our place is "A pleasant surprise" just as you said. Exactly the meaning of Serendipity.
We enjoyed your company. Next time plan to stay longer. Kate and Brian.
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2013

We enjoyed a short but heartwarming stay with Kate and Brian. Although our reservation was made only a day before we arrived, everything was prepared perfectly and we were very welcomed. The couple likes to travel and is interested in sharing experiences. We liked our talks very much!

Breakfast was great- with homemade bread!

And sleeping was like in heaven -the best beds during our NZ-Trip!

A one Million Dollar view!

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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serendipityrotorua, Manager at Serendipity Homestay, responded to this review, October 2, 2013
Have just found your kind review on TripAdvisor.
We thoroughly enjoyed your company and thank you most sincerely for your review. How nice if you ever return to N.Z. If so, we' d love to see you again. Kate and Brian
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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2013

Kate and Brian warmly welcomed us into their cozy bright home with a million dollar view of the lake. Our room was very comfortable, and we had everything we needed at our disposal. Our hosts freely provided much information and several recommendations of where to go and what to see both on and off the beaten path. We had their undivided attention. Breakfast was delicious with lots of home made bread, yoghurt, muesli and jams. The hot cooked breakfast was not only presented beautifully, it was delicious. Hot Cross buns were a very thoughtful touch at Easter. We were fortunate to be entertained by such well traveled hosts with great stories. We would definitely stay again and recommend Serendipity Homestay.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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serendipityrotorua, Owner at Serendipity Homestay, responded to this review, October 12, 2013
My apologies for responding to your kind comments so late. After your stay with us at Serendipity, we traveled overseas ourselves and on our return I was in hospital for surgery. So everything is only now winding up.
We so enjoyed having you stay and I do thank you most sincerely for your kind comments. The memories of your lovely company are still clear. We always get the nicest of guests.
If you are ever in N.Z. again, we would love to have you stay again. Kate and Brian
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Oak Harbor, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2013

Brian and Kate were very helpful and gracious hosts. They provided a wonderful cooked breakfast for us, and they gave us lots of helpful information about the area. Their home is very comfortable and has a beautiful view of the whole Rotorua area from atop a hillside. They have wifi available as well.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

My husband and I stayed at Serendipity Homestay in late August. Brian and Kate were fantastic hosts and have lived all over New Zealand. They are a wealth of information and had great recommendations of places to stay and sites to see on the rest of our journey. I would highly recommend their homestay as they provide excellent service and a wonderful breakfast. The view from their home is spectacular! Thanks Brian and Kate for a great visit and great recommendations. Your home is beautiful and your hospitality is wonderful. Thank you!!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Serendipity Homestay
Address: 3 Kerswell Terrace | Tihi-o-Tongo, Rotorua 3015, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Spa Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 52 B&Bs / Inns in Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Serendipity Homestay 3*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Marvel at unsurpassed panoramic views of the city, lakes, thermal activity, farmlands and beyond. Relax on sunny decks, in the garden or the conservatory. Indulge in home comforts and home-cooked cuisine. Let us share our extensive local and national knowledge with you. We can advice you on the best to see and do in Rotorua and while exploring our beautiful country. We are close to all ammenities, including the wonderful mountain biking tracks now famous in Rotorua. A warm welcome awaits your arrival at Serendipity -- "A surprise waiting to be discovered." ... more   less 
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