If you are after an extravagant escape, where better to base yourself than one of Rotorua’s boutique lodges?
Solitaire Lodge (pictured above) is one of the finest examples of luxury accommodation in New Zealand. Its stylish suites offer panoramic views of the glassy lake and magnificent volcano and their talented chefs create daily changing cuisine, complimented by superb wines from selected vineyards.
For another taste of lake luxury closer to town try Koura Lodge (pictured left) on the edge of Lake Rotorua and wake up to the sound of native bird life. After a day of activities, their lakeside spa pool is the perfect way to unwind as you gaze out over the lake at the lights of the city.
RailCruising is the unique experience of travelling along a historic piece of New Zealand railway in your own selfdrive railway vehicle. The RailCruiser is a state of the art, comfortable four seat rail vehicle. With unobstructed, spectacular 360° views of Rotorua’s lakes and rolling farmland, each vehicle is fitted with clear drop down waterproof sides and on-board heating, making this the ultimate nostalgic way to experience rail in any weather.
Thermal Land Shuttle
Thermal Land Shuttle offers a reliable shuttle service to some of Rotorua’s most iconic thermal attractions. With trips to Waimangu Volcanic Valley (pictured above), Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Rainbow Mountain scenic walk and some of the regions lesser known natural hot pools, this shuttle takes all the hassle out of return trips via some amazing places. With someone else behind the wheel, just relax, pack a picnic and bubbles and enjoy the soak.
Volcanic Hills Winery
At the top of the iconic Skyline gondola sits the tasting room of Volcanic Hills Winery. With arguably the best view in Rotorua, this is the perfect setting for sampling some quality New Zealand wines. Sourcing the grapes from the best growing regions in the country, Volcanic Hills is the brainchild of Bay of Plenty locals Sean Beer and Brent Park. After learning their trade in wineries around the world, they set up shop on the slopes of Mt Ngongotaha and have been wowing visitors ever since.
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