Having just arrived in New Zealand, we drove from Auckland International Airport to Rotorua on our first day and needless to say we were tired. The hotel sits in a quiet neighborhood on the southeastern side of Lake Rotorua, not far from the city but far enough that one does not hear the city noise. In fact the hotel setting is quite peaceful which is what we needed to recover after the long flight. I will say that the area surrounding the hotel is not particularly beautiful but it is situated in a location that makes a good base to explore some of the regional volcanic activities such as buried village, various geysers and mud baths etc. We only stayed one night but found the service excellent, the restaurant very good, and the rooms comfortable but small. There are actually two pools and a whirlpool on the property. We enjoyed the whirlpool. Adjacent to the whirlpool is a small wading pool that is very warm but also somewhat slippery. I’d advise caution when trying to enter it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort is situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua in quiet parklike surroundings only 3 mins from Rotorua Airport,and 12 mins to the famous geothermal attractions of Rotorua. This award winning resort hotel features luxurious accommodation with private balconies or courtyards with views to the lake; New Zealand's award winning fine dining Mokoia Restaurant specialising in indigenous herbs and spices which creates amazing taste sensations including a daily full vegetarian menu; superb personal service; relaxing Manary English lounge bar and the internationally acclaimed Wai Ora Day Spa featuring the 2011 and 2012 World Luxury Spa Award winning "New Zealand Cultural Spa "regime based on the geothermal muds of Rotorua and wellness practices of the Maori. Rotorua's only World Luxury Spa Award winner. Enjoy the tranquility of the landscaped gardens and serene sounds of the meandering spring feed stream as you enjoy the hot and cold pools, steam room and sauna that make up the Wai Ora Spa Water Experience. The ideal Rotorua relaxation, spa, food taste sensations destination and accommodation base for all other Rotorua activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wai Ora Lakeside Hotel
- Wai Ora Lakeside Resort