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“ahhh the serenity”
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Lyons Lakestay
Ranked #40 of 57 Specialty Lodging in Rotorua
Sydney, Australia
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44 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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“ahhh the serenity”
Reviewed August 16, 2010

We stayed at lyons lakestay for 2 relaxing nights in July 2010 - it was such a gorgeous escape that definately didn't break the bank (we had plenty time to do that as we headed to wellington afterwards). We had driven down that day from the hustle and bustle of auckland and were so happy once we checked into our lovely room at the lakestay. It was our little home away from home and we wished we had weeks rather than days to stay. we had such a good night sleep in the comfy beds - without any noises around to wake us in the night and only the birds in the morning.

Our host, Cheryl was very welcoming and helpful, she recommended a fantastic cultural evening at "Te Puia" and my partner was like a kid in a candy store again when we saw the geyser at the location. Cheryl also recommended a lovely drive out to Lake Tarawera, it was a little misty and we got some gorgeous photos.

we can't wait to go back and spend more time at the lakestay, it felt like we were a million miles away from the stresses of everyday life. I would highly recommend the lakestay if you are looking for affordable accommodation, away from the tourists, where you can relax and enjoy nature.

I have attached some pictures of lake tarawera (just minutes drive from the lakestay) and lake okareka (which has a great walking path).

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Warsaw,Poland
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Reviewed July 19, 2010

We had a great time staying at Lyons. Although it was a bit far away from the city centre, we could manage:) Thank you for having us and choosing for us your best honeymoon suite Cheryl:)

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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great britain
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Reviewed May 1, 2008

Fantastic location. A 2 minute walk from Lake Okareka which has stunning views. Very quiet here too as out of the hustle and bustle of Rotorua! We only stayed here for 2 nights but thoroughly enjoyed it. The owners are lovely and make you feel very welcome, also advising you on things to see and do. I would not advise this place if you don't have transport, it is 10 minutes to the nearest shop and 20 to town. Bedrooms are also a little crowded, not good if you've got kids but perfect for backpackers.

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  • Stayed February 2008, traveled with family
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durham
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Reviewed March 5, 2008

Lyons Lakestay is just outside Rotorua on the North Island. It was clean, comfortable and only 15 mins from the town centre. It was perfect for us as we did not want to stay in town. the views from the accomodationwere beautiful and it certainly didnt feel like we were so close to a city. it is a perfect base for any travellers and for a family. has its own kitchen and breakfasts are available. we also found a wonderful spa round the corner - Carol Bannister at Careem which was so lovely and for my boyfriend a godsend as he had just completed the ironman at Taupo the day before.
thanks cheryl for being so helpful and welcoming.

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  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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nottingham, UK
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Reviewed November 17, 2007

Having just returned from a three week holiday in New Zealand staying in a variety of different hostels and B&Bs, Lyons Lakestay was one of the best places we stayed. Away from the 'hustle and bustle(!)' of Rotorua (about 10 minutes drive) it was quiet and well-equipped, but above all our host was excellent. Cheryl was enthusiastic about the local area, sharing her ideas for what we could do in and around Rotorua and had provided a lot of information useful to our stay. It was reasonably priced and well worth a look if you're staying in the area and planning to take in the local sights.

Stayed October 2007
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Cambridge
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Reviewed April 18, 2007

Lyons Lakestay is one of the most peaceful locations you will ever find.

It has a fantastic garden and great views of the lake with good clean accommodation and facilities.

Warm and friendly hosts make this place very special to stay at.

Be aware that you will need a car to access the accommodation as it is out of town, but it is worth the trip.

Stayed April 2007
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Property: Lyons Lakestay
Address: 8 Okareka Loop Rd | Lake Okareka RD5, Rotorua 3076, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Hotel Style:
Ranked #40 of 57 Specialty Lodging in Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Lyons Lakestay 3*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A small, eco-friendly accommodation that is quiet, but only 12 kms from Central Rotorua. Nestled on the hill in Native Bush, opposite Lake Okareka (20m).The lakestay has 3 rooms suitable for Double and single B& B,or "boutique budget" self catering option in the 3 or 4 bed room suitable for those looking for "backpacker style" sharing facilities, in a modern ,well designed facility. Also suitable for small groups 4-8 persons to have the Lakestay as a holiday unit for yourselves. The Lakestay is an evolving Organic business and a member of the Rotorua Sustainable Tourism Charter. ... more   less 
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