Solitaire Lodge

Rotorua, New Zealand

A majestic setting over legendary Lake Tarawera

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Solitaire Lodge

At a glance

10 rooms

Set on a private peninsula overlooking historic Lake Tarawera, Solitaire Lodge offers ten luxurious suites, all with spectacular lake views, and renowned fine dining serving mouth-watering modern New Zealand cuisine. This is a truly enchanting place from which to explore this amazing part of the world.


Central North Island, a three-hour drive or 30-minute flight from Auckland. 16 kms from Rotorua Airport.


Things to enjoy

Lake swimming, trout fishing, helipad, volcanic adventure, kayaking, motorised dinghies, plane, boating, thermal bathing, water skiing, fly-fishing, mountain biking and on-site massage available on request.

In detail

Solitaire Lodge is the place for total relaxation. Sit out on your deck or balcony and experience the splendour of nature with just the gentle sound of birdsong to keep you company. Kayaks and dinghies are available to explore the lagoon and local islands. Special natural hot water pools are nearby - a year round experience to start the day. Massage services on site can easily be arranged to suit your needs.

Alternatively, from the Solitaire Lodge grounds, you can be transported to White Island, New Zealand’s active volcano by helicopter or enjoy the charm of a floatplane sightseeing trip. Lake walks are all accessible from our wharf, with a particular favourite of guests being that to the Tarawera Falls. Rotorua is 20 minutes drive and has become an adventure seekers destination, as well as the major cultural base for the Maori race with the natural thermal attractions playing a major role to attract visitors.


In line with our commitment to offer our guests both choice and diversity, Small Luxury Hotels of the World properties offer a range of room categories for you to choose from.

Executive Suite

Each Executive suite offers spectacular views overlooking historic Lake Tarawera, lavish king beds, comfortable chairs for lounging, grand picture windows and a private balcony with stunning vista. From the crispest sheets and freshly baked biscuits to the complimentary in room mini-bar, no detail has been overlooked.

Premium Suite

Styled with comfort in mind each Premium Suite features a King-size bed, relaxing sitting room with sofa, dining room table and ensuite with spa bath. Floor to ceiling glass windows provide a breathtaking outlook of the tranquil lagoon, or glassy lake and volcanic summit of Mount Tarawera and private balconies allow for romantic sunset dining. 2-bedroom Suites are available on request, ideally suited to couples travelling together or families. Approximately 70sqm.


Solitaire Lodge Rotorua, one of the first New Zealand luxury lodges, offers secluded luxury accommodation and attentive hosting from a spectacular lakeside location. Styled with comfort in mind, all 10 luxurious suites feature panoramic views of the glassy lake and magnificent volcano through grand picture windows. The subtle design brings the outdoors in, inviting you to unwind and soak up the peace and quiet of this tranquil setting. Renowned for its fine dining, Solitaire lodge serves mouth-watering modern New Zealand cuisine prepared with fresh local produce and complemented by superb wines from selected vineyards. Engage in lively conversation with fellow guests in the lodge’s dining room, or choose an intimate dinner for two in your suite. Minutes from your doorstep you will discover secluded private bays, hot water beaches and natural thermal hot springs beckoning you to soak in. Feeling adventurous? Embark on a scenic helicopter ride over volcanic peaks, skim across the lake in a kayak or enjoy world-class trout-fishing. The lodge is also the perfect place to simply relax, indulge and rejuvenate, left in the able hands of your warm, friendly New Zealand hosts.

Directory of services

  • Car Parking ( complimentary )
  • Complimentary newspaper
  • Daily maid service
  • Disabled Access
  • Disabled Rooms
  • Exclusive Use
  • High speed Internet in public areas
  • High speed Internet in guest rooms
  • Interconnecting rooms
  • Room service - 24 hour
  • Turn-down service
  • Wake up calls
  • WI-FI in public areas
  • WI-FI in guest rooms

On-site facilities

  • Helipad

Family facilities

  • Children's Meals

Languages spoken

  • English


Renowned for its fine dining, the lodge serves mouth-watering modern New Zealand cuisine prepared with fresh local produce and complemented by superb wines from surrounding vineyards. Engage in lively conversation with fellow guests in the lodge’s dining room, or choose an intimate dinner in your suite or on the terrace.

Dining Lounge

Elegantly appointed with original artwork, the lounge features floor to ceiling windows with stunning panoramic views across the lake. Guests may cosy up in front of an open fire, select a book from the Lodge’s extensive library or enjoy the bar facilities at hand. From the lounge guests can access the restaurant and indulge in the finest New Zealand cuisine, while overlooking the serene lagoon. Dishes are prepared with the freshest local produce and complemented by a superb selection of New Zealand wine vintages.

Restaurant details
Type: Dining Lounge
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Opening Hours: As per guests requirements.
Smoking: No (Non-Smoking)


On-site massage available on request


20 minutes by car. 5 minutes by helicopter


  • Bike Riding - Within 10 Miles / 15 Km
  • Clay Pigeon Shooting - Within 10 Miles / 15 Km
  • Freshwater Fishing - On Site
  • Hairdresser - Within 10 Miles / 15 Km
  • Horse Riding - Within 10 Miles / 15 Km
  • Sailing - On Site
  • Tennis - Within 10 Miles / 15 Km
  • Water Skiing - On Site
  • Jogging Track - Nearby
  • Private Beach - On Site

Meetings and Business

Solitaire Lodge provides an inspirational setting for intimate meetings and events of all kinds. Facilities include: meeting room with lake views, overhead projector, flip charts and internet access. A new conference package is now available.

Business Services

  • Air-conditioning
  • Broadband Internet access
  • Mineral water/Tea/Coffee
  • Wireless internet access

Getting there

Hotel Address

Solitaire Lodge
Lake Tarawera RD5 Rotorua
North Island. New Zealand RotoruaNew Zealand


ROT - Rotorua. Nearest bus, motorway, car rental, city, shopping and business is in Rotorua.. AKL - Auckland: 3 hours by car State Highway 1 and State Highway 5, approximately 146 miles or 55 minutes by helicopter.. Helipad available at lodge.. Local airport: Rotorua. International airport: Auckland. Bus station: Rotorua. Nearest tram / tube: not applicable


Nearest international airport: n/a (Less than 1 Km.)
Nearest local airport: n/a (Less than 1 Km.)


Approximately 25 minutes from Rotorua. Three hours drive from Auckland. Half-hour flight from Auckland. One and a half hour's drive from Taupo. Helipad on front lawn. Driving from Auckland to Solitaire Lodge (Approximately 280 km / 3.5 hours): At the bottom of Bombay Hills where the motorway comes to an end, the main road continues on to Hamilton and Cambridge. The slip road to the left is marked Tauranga - Thames. Take the Tauranga road south and head for Matamata, then on to Tirau following state highway 27. Follow the signs to Rotorua. Driving into Rotorua onto Highway 5, turn right at the roundabout into Fairy Springs Road, proceed along Fairy Springs Road until you come to a large intersection with traffic lights, turn left into Lake Road. Continue on this road, veer right below the hospital and you are on Ranolf Street. Go to next set of lights and turn left on to Amohau Street. Continue straight ahead on Amohau Street through traffic lights (McDonalds on your right). This is now Te Ngae Road. Continue through first set of traffic lights to a large roundabout. Turn right onto Tarawera Road. Solitaire Lodge is 19 km from this turn off and signs will direct you from here. Driving from Solitaire Lodge To Huka Lodge: From Solitaire Lodge, drive back to the Roundabout and turn left into Te Ngae Road, and left again at the first set of lights into Sala Street. Go to the end of Sala Street, turn left and then follow the signs to Taupo (State Highway 5). When approaching Taupo, you will pass over a bridge with steam bores underneath, past a BP service station and the Wairakei Resort Hotel (on your left). Carry on past this settlement, up to the top of the hill. Turn left into Huka Falls Loop Road and follow this road for a couple of km until you reach the gates of Huka Lodge on your left. Driving from Taupo or Wellington To Solitaire Lodge: Follow State Highway 1 from Wellington through to Taupo, then onto state highway 5 towards Rotorua. Coming into Rotorua from Taupo, pass the Maori Arts and Crafts Centre into Fenton Street. Turn right into Sala Street at the first roundabout (Grand Tiara Hotel on corner). Continue along Sala Street until you reach a set of traffic lights. Turn right at the lights into Te Ngae Road. Take the right lane past the shops until you reach a large roundabout. Turn right onto Tarawera Road. Continue straight along this road, we are 19 km away and well sign posted from here.

Near Solitaire Lodge

Native bush walks, hiking, golf, tennis, white-water rafting, bungee jumping, White Island Active Volcano, Rotorua, Maori historical sites.

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