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ROTORUA LODGE II

 

ROTORUA, NORTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND

          You want New Zealand eclectic? Rotorua Lodge II combines the relaxed atmosphere of a plush, rural retreat with the sporting camaraderie of a fishing lodge. An enthusiastic, personable Anglo-Kiwi couple (he's originally from England; she's a New Zealand native) are the owner/hosts. They are dedicated to the comfort of their guests and the success of their visits. For many guests the pursuit of New Zealand happiness culminates here.

 

 

THE ACCOMMODATION:

          Rotorua Lodge II offers two spacious bedroom suites, each with an en suite bathroom, coffee/tea service, and TV. Bathrooms provide toiletries and have hair dryers and heated towel racks. The bedrooms feature views overlooking Lake Rotorua, one from its own furnished balcony, the other from a window.
          Common rooms include a spacious guest lounge sunroom overlooking the lake with TV, DVD


The spacious, comfortable facilities at Rotorua
Lodge II include this king bedroom suite with
a furnished balcony and view of Lake Rotorua.

player, and library. There is free WiFi.

 

The lodge offers a laundry service for a modest charge. Smoking is not permitted indoors at the lodge.

 

          The lodge provides guests a


 The queen bedroom suite at Rotorua Lodge II

sumptuous cooked-to-order breakfast each morning. During the day the dining room offers coffee/tea service with home-made baked goods. A daily late-afternoon happy hour give guests a chance to relax with wine and "nibbles" after a full day of activities and before going out to dinner. Wide, furnished verandahs open onto manicured lawns and gardens with spa pool and barbecue. Telephone, fax, internet, and laundry are available.

          Manicured lawns slope gently from the house to the lakeshore. Canoes (with life jackets) are available to guests. The lake and neighboring creek are noted

 

trout fishing spots. Fishing equipment is

available, as are fishing lessons. Fishing licenses may be purchased at the lodge, too.

 

 

THE SETTING:
          The large, modern lodge stands at the end of a non-through street (no traffic noise) on a point at the entrance of a quiet fishing creek into Lake Rotorua.

Rotorua Lodge II offers anglers
trout stream and lake fishing
from its ideal position on Lake
Rotorua. Non-anglers will like
the lodge's privacy, quiet, and
outstanding convenience as a
base for touring the Rotorua
region.

 

 

 

THE OWNER/HOSTS take an active interest in their guests, and are enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about their home, New Zealand's Rotorua region. The couple operate the lodge and organize fishing activities for visitors. They also will make arrangements for all kinds of activities in the Rotorua region, from golf to dinner reservations — but especially fishing, for your host is an expert, enthusiastic fly-fisherman.

HIGHLY-RATED: Rotorua Lodge II is a perennially top-rated Home At First lodging on the North Island of New Zealand by guest review.


Lyndsay and Graham a delightful husband
and wife team devoted to ensuring the
success of their guests' visits to Rotorua.

 

 

 

Come face to face with native New Zealanders on their turf. Experience a Maori cultural evening with a traditional hangi dinner at Tamaki Village. Photo  Home At First.

Visitors to Rotorua can encounter
New Zealand's native Maori
culture at a native-owned geo-
thermal park and at a Maori
cultural evening that includes
 a traditional hangi dinner.

THE LOCATION: of Rotorua Lodge II is about ten minutes drive northwest of the small city of Rotorua, best known as the center of New Zealand’s large, active geothermal area. Like America’s Yellowstone Park, Rotorua’s two thermal reserves Whakarewarewa and Waiotapu are home to a strange geology of geysers, fumeroles, boiling mudpots, and hot springs. The thermal reserves can be found by following your nose — the pungent smell of sulphur permeates Rotorua (but does not reach Rotorua Lodge II).
          Rotorua is also a well-known center of native Maori culture. The Whakarewarewa thermal reserve is on Maori land — land sacred to native New Zealanders. The dual attractions of the large geothermal zone and the Maori culture make Rotorua a major New Zealand tourism center. For its size Rotorua offers a great number of

 

restaurants, shops, and activities.

 

 

 

ACTIVITIES: In addition to the thermal reserve, Rotorua offers the opportunity to observe traditional Maori life daytimes at Whakarewarewa Thermal Village. In the evenings it is possible to experience a Maori hangi and concert. After native experiences and geothermal wonders, Rotorua’s third major drawing card is fishing. World-class trout fishing is available here — on Lake Rotorua and other regional lakes and streams. Your host is a fishing expert who can organize guided fishing excursions on Lake Rotorua and throughout the region, with

The Lady Knox Geyser at Rotorua's Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland performs its geothermal dance mornings at 10:15 faithfully. Photo  Home At First.
The Lady Knox geyser at Rotorua's Waiotapu
Thermal Wonderland performs its geothermal
dance mornings at 10:15 faithfully.

guides, licenses, transport, provisions, and equipment provided.

 

 

Jet Boat thrills at the nearby Agrodome, Rotorua's agricultural theme park. Photo  Home At First.
Jet Boat thrills at the nearby
 Agrodome, Rotorua's
 agricultural theme park

          In addition, at Rotorua Lodge II there is canoeing on the lake, and motorboat rental. Nearby, there are 5 golf courses (including Arikikapakapa Golf Club with active geo-thermal fairways and hazards), hunting and horseback riding, helicopter touring, white water rafting, and, at the Agrodome theme park, jetboating, bungy jumping, and zorbing — making the Rotorua area a major outdoor and adventure activities center on the North Island.

 

 

 


Sunrise on Lake Rotorua at Rotorua Lodge II (far right)

Maori meeting house, Whakarewarewa Thermal Village, Rotorua. Photo  Home At First.
Maori meeting house,
Whakarewarewa
Thermal Village, Rotorua

AVAILABILITY: For current availability information at Rotorua Lodge II, call Home At First at (800) 523-5842 (USA and Canada only), or contact us by e-mail at: info@homeatfirst.com.

 

 

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