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).
- 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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