Solitaire Lodge

Rotorua, New Zealand

A luxury lodge on Lake Tarawera

lake aerial view

Personal Impression

Located about 30 minutes from Rotorua. At first, I thought it was too far out but upon arrival, I realized it was worth the drive. This is a very special place and once you arrive you will not want to leave. The lodge has a comfortable and inviting feel.

The Lodge

The lodge has been offering luxury accommodations now for over forty years. Solitaire and Huka Lodge were the first true luxury lodges in New Zealand. The property is in a perfect location with views of the lake from every room. The main lodge rooms are comfortably furnished and the dining area is light and bright. All rooms have huge windows to take advantage of the scenery outside.

lobby patio view kayaks


These are really big rooms. Rather than being divided into smaller areas, a lot of the rooms features really oversized bedrooms that give a truly decadent feel to the accommodations. Bathrooms are large with separate shower and bathtubs. Many rooms have decks to sit and enjoy the lake. Every convenience is offered here and even the twin bedded room features two kings. Many of the rooms feature a nautical theme with round windows looking out onto the beautiful bush outdoors.

bedroom bathroom view


Much of the lodge activity is centered around enjoying the lake. Canoes, dinghies and trout fishing gear and tackle are available complimentary to all guests. The lodge has boats at their disposal for charter to explore the lake. Of course, swimming and possibly a visit to hot water beach where the natural hot water springs are located and the water is a constant 100 degrees fahrenheit year round. Guides for fishing or visiting the local sites of tourist interest in Rotorua can be arranged. There is a spa for guests use and also a stroll in the herb garden where you are surrounded by birds of the area is always a delight.


Dinner is served in the main dining room and the table can seat up to 20 guests. If you prefer private dining, then dining in your suite is available. Pre dinner drinks, a four-course dinner, and breakfast are included in the rates.

Website: Solitarie Lodge Rotorua

New Zealand