By Karen Shelford

Quality Rotorua Bed And Breakfast Accommodation

Rotorua Bed and Breakfast accommodation is an option often favoured by visitors wanting a relaxed, personalised escape. With that, numerous properties, apart from the few mentioned here, can be found in the steamy inner city or way out in the countryside overlooking peaceful lake and bush settings.

On this page you will learn about a select few that pass the rigorous tests for a quality facility and service along with a tip and link to more properties.

Doolan's Country Retreat

At: 165 Dalbeth Rd, RD 2, (between Ngongotaha & Hamurana)
Price per night: From $250, minimum of 2 nights
Sleeps: 8

Mark & Louise own this gorgeous Rotorua bed and breakfast property which they love to share with visitors.

The main feature of the property are the donkeys - of all things. Beautiful gardens, amazing scenery - and visitors are taken with the donkeys. Go figure.

Four donkeys go by the names of Ricky Martin (he's the boss), Shania Twain (the girlfriend), Milo (named after the drink) and Otis Redding. Is that funny or what? Hopefully they're still alive at the time of reading this.

Three of them are rescue donkeys that had been ill-treated; poor beggars. But hey, at least now they're making up for it by "living the life of Riley" at Doolan's Country Retreat.

Rotorua Bed and Breakfast - Doolan's Country Retreat View© Image Doolan's Country Retreat - view looking towards Rotorua

Doolan's Country Retreat is exactly what the name implies, a retreat from the constant demands on precious time into the peacefulness of beautiful gardens, peaceful countryside and birdsong. The views are fantastic as the property overlooks Lake Rotorua to Rotorua city and also Mt Tarawera.

Guests are spoilt rotten so I guess you're in for a treat huh? Lucky you.

There are three rooms and a one bedroom cottage to choose from, absolutely gorgeous they are, each sleeps 2 persons. If I had to put a style to this property it would be pure English.

Island View B&B

At: 151 Tarukenga Rd, RD2
Website: Book on Air BnB
Price per night: $250
Sleeps: 4

Located on a sprawling, 15 hectare working farm, owned by your hosts John and Pauline, you can get away from it all yet still see it all. Sweeping views that make for fantastic sunrises encompass a rural landscape and Lake Rotorua. Only problem is, it's probably hard to be up early enough to catch the sunrise.

Island View B&B view over the rural landscape and Lake Rotorua.Island View B&B views

You will be part of the family but still able to retain your privacy with a large double bedroom away from the main living area. It has its own entrance, a wheelchair accessible en-suite, coffee making facilities, and overlooks the rear courtyard.

Private room at Island View B&BPrivate room at Island View B&B

In the main house is another large double bedroom with king-size bed, en-suite and tea/coffee making facilities. This one has the to-die for views over the lake.

The house itself is a bit like the farm. Sprawling. The kitchen and living room are huge and overlook the lake. Out on the front deck is a spa you can make use of too. Romantic huh?

The farm is about 10min north of Rotorua city, on the way to Auckland. Nearby is the bustling township of Ngongotaha where you will find all the conveniences.

Nearby also are a number of popular Rotorua attractions. Apart from Wingspan and Velocity Valley, pictured below you will find links to:

Pauline and John are sociable people. They love travelling themselves so don't be surprised if you're up until the wee hours comparing travel tales.

Rotorua City Homestay

At: 1406C Pukuatua St, Rotorua City
Find out more: Rotorua City Homestay
Pricing per night: From $280 1 person per night

Peter and Mike are the convivial hosts of this well thought-out Bed & Breakfast property. They cook great too!

Rotorua Bed and Breakfast Rotorua City Homestay - A Bali alternative

The property has been turned into a Bali-esque sanctuary with quietness being one of the main features. You can make use of the shared lounge to learn more about Rotorua from your hosts and meet the other guests, or maybe take the opportunity to soak in the hot tub before climbing into your ultra comfortable bed.

Located on the Western edge of the city, it would be about a 5min walk into town, and from there a short distance to Eat Street, the Lakefront, or Government Gardens. Kuirau Park is right across the road with its free thermal, and the Saturday market if you want to try what the locals queue up to eat.

Peter and Mike will help you out every step of the way with advice on places to see, and to book experiences you may want to have.

Maple House B & B

At: 154A Tarawera Rd., Lynmore
Price per night: $180

Joan and Barry Nicol own this lovely house that is right next door to the Redwood Forest. A huge bonus if you're into walking, running or biking with trails galore.

Rotorua Bed and Breakfast - Maple House© Image courtesy of Maple House B & B - Rotorua Bed and Breakfast

They've got the facilities to keep your bike/s safe, and to clean them too. You wouldn't need to leave the suburb if that's what you're here for.

Carry on up the road and you can visit the Buried Village, Blue & Green Lakes, and Lake Okareka. You might want to walk the Tarawera Trail while you're there too.

Maple House is located about 5-10 minutes from the city on the Eastern side so it's close to a lot of the attractions.

There are two guest rooms, one with a queen bed and one with twin singles, and there is a private bathroom.

The property is wheelchair friendly which is a nice bonus. Most of the places seem to involve steps of some sort.

Rotorua Bed and Breakfast Tip

If these aren't enough for you, check out the Rotorua branch of the Bed & Breakfast Association of New Zealand.

In this network, the largest in New Zealand, you will find Bed and Breakfast homes, Farmstays, Countrystays, Boutique B & Bs and Luxury Accommodation.

What's great about it? The properties are assessed every two years, and apparently it's quite a rigorous test to ensure quality facilities and services.

Once they pass that, the owners are given the go-ahead to list their property on the Bed & Breakfast Association website. A one stop shop.

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