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Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort

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Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort

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Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort-New Zealand’s only Cultural Destination Spa Resort. A place where you can indulge in the 4.5 star accommodation. Dine onsite in our award winning Mokoia Restaurant where you can experience the essence of Pacific Rim cuisine incorporated with indigenous herbs and spices in a contemporary fine dinning atmosphere. After a long day of exploring Rotorua pamper yourself in our internationally acclaimed Wai Ora Day Spa with complimentary use of hot mineral pools, kawakawa infused sauna & steam room.

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Kia Ora and welcome to Rotorua's best hotel accommodation at New Zealand's top "Relaxation and Spa Resort Hotel", as judged by Trip Advisor for 2010 and 2011. The perfect place to relax in luxury styled accommodation on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua and central to Rotorua attractions, airport and city.

As Rotorua's best resort hotel accommodation, guests have a choice of luxury accommodation in the form of either Deluxe Studios with courtyard patios overlooking the landscaped pool area and views to Lake Rotorua, or the Superior Suites with their private balconies and lake views. With 24 hour room service, mini bar service; valet parking, outdoor seating areas and extensive landscaping together with our superb personal service and park like surroundings, Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort is the perfect Rotorua relaxation destination. With our "on demand" shuttle service, subject to availability, Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort is the ideal base from which to plan and visit the many famous attractions of Rotorua

As part of your experience enjoy the features and services of the internationally acclaimed "Wai Ora Day Spa" which incorporates the unique "New Zealand Cultural Spa" regime into all of its product offerings. This Rotorua Day Spa is the only Rotorua spa to be awarded, not one but two "2011 World Luxury Spa Awards". With nine beautifully appointed therapy rooms including two "couples" rooms a full beauty and spa menu offering is available daily from 9.00am to 9.00pm. Based on the wellness therapies of the Maori and unique essences of New Zealand including the silky like geothermal Rotorua muds, the "New Zealand Cultural Spa" offering will relax, reinvigorate and reconnect you to the importance of you and yours. Immerse in the Wai Ora Water Experience's hot pools, steam room and "kawa kawa" infused steam room while listening to the soothing, cascading sounds of water from our spring feed stream all set in the landscaped gardens of New Zealand native plants and trees.

Savor the taste sensations of our award winning fine dining Mokoia Restaurant which specialists in Pacific Rim cuisine using fresh local produce along with the unique indigenous herbs and spices of New Zealand, beautifully accompanied with a selection of fine New Zealand wines and beers. The restaurant specializes in New Zealand Beef and Lamb, local seafood as well as a full vegetarian menu offering daily and can cater to all dietary requirements. As a favorite for locals, Mokoia Restaurant has been acclaimed as the" best restaurant in Rotorua".

Google Reviews

About Google Reviews: recently Google has converted their review system to require reviewers to have a proper, identifiable Google+ profile. This is a good thing, as it tends to cut down on bad reviews, both from people unwilling to stand behind their comments and fake positive reviews from the businesses themselves. Old, pre-Google+ reviews are still in the system, and will appear below as written by "A Google User". More info from Google is here.

Review date:   February 9, 2018 9:31PM
Review:   Incredible. I travel alot and haven't had service like this lately. I held a conference in their board room and stayed in the accommodation. Brilliant. The whole team goes beyond expectations and Binod and the new Indian trainee at the front desk especially are real gems. If I could steal them for my business I would! I will always book Waiora Lakeside for any trips to Rotorua.
Author:   Jen Cahill
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Review date:   December 4, 2017 12:40PM
Review:   Good management... good views... the only drawback is their location away from the town center and their strict shuttle/ transport policies where you have to give them 24 hour window notice for a 10-12min ride back to the hotel
Author:   Harsh Saxena
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Review date:   February 19, 2018 9:22PM
Review:   Excellent restaurants with delicious food carefully prepared off and making use of some unique New Zealand ingredient.
Author:   Tim Bulkeley
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Review date:   December 14, 2017 6:45AM
Review:   Went for high tea. There was too many cakes. Not enough savouries Scones were nice. Service disappointing. As dispute resolution taking away the food we did not eat. In saying that the Manager offered us a discount for next visit. Wine is very expensive
Author:   Trish Williams
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Review date:   February 6, 2018 7:19PM
Review:   Massage was amazing - THANK you Kathy ! Meal and service were great as always 👍👍
Author:   Eleanor Wells
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