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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.
At: 89 Acacia Rd, Lake Okareka Website: Careem B&B Price per night: From $140 during winter Sleeps: 2 + 1
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.
Careem B&B View
The self-contained apartment, with its own entrance, comes with a separate double bedroom, en-suite, open-plan kitchenette and lounge with sofa bed.
Careem B&B Apartment and Carol
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.
@94 On Springfield
At: 94 Springfield Rd, Pukehangi Website: http://at94.co.nz/ Price per night: From $185 Sleeps: 4
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.
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.
Island View B&B
At: 151 Tarukenga Rd, RD2 Website: Book on Air BnB Price per night: $240 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 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&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.
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.
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.
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