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Set on a private peninsula on the banks of Lake Tarawera in New Zealand, Solitaire Lodge is an oasis of tranquillity surrounded by native bush. Just 20 minutes’ drive from Rotorua yet free from its sulphuric smell and tourists, it’s the ideal base to explore this iconic New Zealand destination.
There are nine newly refurnished suites within the lodge, each with floor-to-ceiling windows leading to a private balcony or sundeck, and with views over Lake Tarawera and the Tarawera Volcano. Rooms have king-size or twin beds, a comfortable lounge, and en suites with underfloor heating and freestanding tubs.
The lodge is full board, serving hearty breakfasts, light lunches, and multi-course evening meals complemented by fine New Zealand wines. Guests can eat in the dining room or opt for a private meal in their suite.
There’s an array of activities on offer at Solitaire Lodge from hiking, biking, boating, and fishing, to experiencing Maori cultural displays, helicopter rides over the lake, and summiting Mount Tarawera.
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Location & Getting There
Solitaire Lodge boasts an unrivaled setting on the shores of Lake Tarawera, 20 minutes from the thermal town of Rotorua in New Zealand’s North Island, and a three-hour drive from Auckland Airport.
With 10 luxury suites comprising Executive, Tarawera Suite, Villa Suite, and Solitaire Suite.
A wealth of activities is offered at the Solitaire Lodge. Go kayaking or trout fishing; enjoy a lake walk; swim in the crystal clear waters in the summer; explore secluded bays, hot water beaches, and thermal hot springs; or learn about the Maori culture. Exciting experiences such as helicopter rides can also be arranged.
Families are welcome at Solitaire Lodge although there are no specific facilities for children other than babysitting, which is available on request.
Super-relaxing, Solitaire Lodge is the second oldest lodge in New Zealand and offers a luxurious, peaceful retreat overlooking Lake Tarawera. The property boasts a rustic feel which is complemented by modern features and furnishings – the beds are especially comfortable. Dining is a dream, and guests are invited to mingle over apéritifs and canapés before dinner.
We won't take you to the usual tourist traps, instead we'll introduce you to people that show you the true side of a country. With our contacts in each destination, we can arrange for you to meet locals away from the crowds and ensure an authentic experience.
You can rely on our extensive first-hand knowledge and years of experience in the country you’re visiting. We use only the best expert guides, and provide insider tips on the local customs, and everything from vibrant festivals to hidden Himalayan monasteries
Your vacation will be as unique as you are. By getting to know you and what makes you tick, we fuse our wealth of expertise and a deep understanding of our destinations to create unique day by day itineraries that are built around you.