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.
At: 89 Acacia Rd, Lake Okareka
Website: Careem B&B
Price per night: From $140 during winter
Sleeps: 2 + 1
Carol and Mike Bannister own this lakeside property, a scenic 15-20min drive south-east of the city. Idyllic doesn't begin to describe the experience you will have when visiting.
The self-contained apartment, with its own entrance, comes with a separate double bedroom, en-suite, open-plan kitchenette and lounge with sofa bed.
Step out onto the wooden deck with a glass of wine and you will find yourself contemplating the meaning of life while watching the local bird-life or listening to the silence. This area is conducive to that. It feels secluded, yet vast. How that works I don't know, it just is.
Now, you will be spoilt by Carol, that's a given. When she's not feeding you up - gluten free, dairy free or vegan options - you can take advantage of her Day Spa services at a discounted rate. (Carol is one very talented women.)
You can swim, make use of the kayaks, or explore the area. There are numerous lovely walks or sights within a few kilometres. Check these out:
Careem is the perfect place for a romantic escape. Nature lovers would enjoy it too. The good thing is, it's not too far from the bright city lights if you want to pop into town for a meal, or to visit any of the other sights and attractions.
At: 94 Springfield Rd, Pukehangi
Price per night: From $185
Being totally one-eyed, I cannot talk about bed and breakfasts without mentioning my friend Julie's place.
is not only a fellow Toastmaster but also a fellow guide at
the Rotorua Museum of Art and History. She's a lovely lady with sparkly
eyes who relates really, really well to people. She's also a great
source for information, both historical and current about Rotorua.
Julie's place is located a couple of kilometres from the central city out in the suburbs. It's still within minutes from the forest where she also bikes and walks. Julie and her husband Des are quite happy to take you on biking tours if you like.
Available is a self-contained apartment with two bedrooms. One has a super-king bed that can turn into two king-singles and the other room has a queen bed.
There's also a lounge, kitchen, dining area and a spa too. That would be so great after a day of sightseeing.
Julie and Des have wonderful reviews on Trip Advisor also if you want to check them out.
At: 165 Dalbeth Rd, RD 2, (between Ngongotaha & Hamurana)
Price per night: From $230
Christine Doolan, another guide from the museum, owns this gorgeous Rotorua bed and breakfast property which she loves to share with visitors.
Christine is a lovely person who originally hails from the UK. She and I trained together for the guiding and did she have a lovely time of it... not. She had a heck of a time trying to get her tongue around the Māori words. I felt so sorry for her and others in the same boat, they all tried so hard to get it right. I include myself in that too because I still struggle with some words - and I'm part Māori.
Christine said that the main feature of the property are her donkeys - of all things. Beautiful gardens, amazing scenery - and the 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?
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.
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.
Christine admits to spoiling her guests rotten so I guess you're in for a treat huh? Lucky you.
There are four rooms 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.
At: 151 Tarukenga Rd, RD2
Website: Book on Air BnB
Price per night: $240
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.
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.
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.
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.
At: 30 Ranginui St, Ngongotaha
Pricing per night: From $485
Nicara Lodge is at the luxury end of the Rotorua bed and breakfast market located lakeside at Ngongotaha, a suburb just out of Rotorua.
The hosts of this award winning Rotorua bed and breakfast, are Mike and Heather Johnson. Towards the end of 2011 Mike completed 50yrs in tourism. What an accomplishment!
I'm not sure how it started but the guests seem to enjoy purchasing trees to plant at Hamurana Springs. An area is set aside especially for Traveller's Trees. Once planted they get the GPS co-ordinates in order to track it, how nifty is that?
Aside from that, Nicara Lodge has three gorgeous rooms with en-suites, lake views and all the trimmings.
How do evening nibbles and New Zealand wine sound, or the al fresco breakfast when the weather is behaving? Mmmm, sounds pretty good to me.
last thing, Nicara Lodge also provide a range of packages that,
combined with the accommodation, would take the stress out of trying to
organise everything yourself. They make it so easy.
At: 154A Tarawera Rd., Lynmore
Here we have another museum guide. I'm certainly recommending people that know a bit about Rotorua's history aren't I?
Joan (she does the guiding) 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.
Maple House is about 5-10 minutes from the city 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.
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, according to Julie, it's quite a rigorous test to ensure quality facilities and services.
Once passed, the owners are given the go-ahead to list their property on the
Bed & Breakfast Association website. A one stop shop.