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Solitaire Lodge

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Solitaire Lodge

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Soli­taire Lodge Rotorua is one of the finest exam­ples of Lux­ury Accom­mo­da­tion New Zealand has to offer. Soli­taire Lodge was one of the first New Zealand lux­ury lodges to offer secluded lux­ury accom­mo­da­tion and atten­tive host­ing from a spec­tac­u­lar lake­side location.

Styled with com­fort in mind, all 10 lux­ury accom­mo­da­tion suites fea­ture panoramic views of the glassy lake and mag­nif­i­cent vol­cano through grand pic­ture win­dows. The sub­tle design brings the out­doors in, invit­ing you to unwind and soak up the peace and quiet of this tran­quil set­ting. Renowned for its fine din­ing, Soli­taire lodge serves con­tem­po­rary New Zealand cui­sine pre­pared with fresh local pro­duce and com­ple­mented by superb New Zealand wines from selected vine­yards. Engage in lively con­ver­sa­tion with fel­low guests in the lodge’s din­ing room, or choose an inti­mate din­ner for two in your suite.

Min­utes from this iconic North Island resort you will dis­cover a mul­ti­tude of activ­i­ties includ­ing secluded hot water beaches and nat­ural ther­mal hot springs beck­on­ing you to soak in, world-?class Rain­bow Trout fish­ing, guided heli­copter tours to White Island and Mount Tarawera. Self guided hikes to Tarawera Falls, cycle trails past some of the most unique geot­her­mal sites in the world.

The lodge is also the per­fect place to sim­ply relax, indulge and reju­ve­nate, left in the able hands of your warm, friendly New Zealand hosts.

Google Reviews

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Review date:   August 11, 2017 12:13AM
Review:   Super quiet lodge with beautiful interiors. Amazing view of the lake to boot. Lovely cuisine at the restaurant. Warm and friendly hosts.
Author:   Suan Chiang
Rating (out of 3 stars):  

Review date:   August 8, 2017 9:41PM
Review:   I've been here on my honeymoon on November 2016, memorable experience, thanks to the owner Wayne and his wife. Best upscale food, calmness and serenity, paradise views. Good memories.
Author:   Abdulwahab Alothman
Rating (out of 3 stars):  

Review date:   June 27, 2017 4:11PM
Review:   Nice property but somewhat overpriced, like most lodges in New Zealand
Author:   Vino Crat
Rating (out of 3 stars):  

Review date:   December 9, 2017 10:07AM
Review:   Friendly staff and good food
Author:   Melina Mattos
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Review date:   March 31, 2017 3:23PM
Review:   The place was pretty stunning, but from the start we got a bit tricked into a much bigger booking without or very poor information on it. Plus we thought the bicycles we took out, were a complimentary option, when we actually got fully charged for them. The food was pretty good and service in the dining room good as well. To be totally honest I don’t think I would recommend to anyone to stay at Solitaire, but if you really decided to opt for it make sure you ask for a detailed price list of everything if you don’t want to have unpleasant surprises with your bill like we did.
Author:   Gisele Souza
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