Solitaire Lodge is one of New Zealand’s first—and still finest—luxury lodges. While its secluded 10-suite accommodations and personable hosts are certainly a highlight of any stay, Solitaire Lodge’s true pièce de résistance is its setting along the idyllic shores of Lake Tarawera near the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua.
Solitaire Lodge boasts just 10 suites, all of which are styled for classic comfort. The subtle décor invites the tranquility of its natural setting inside, allowing guests to take in the panoramic views of the shimmering lake and looming Tarawera volcano from the floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies, and indulgent freestanding indoor and outdoor baths. Lavish king beds, comfortable lounging chairs, complimentary minibars, and freshly-baked biscuits served daily only add to the coolness of calm that guests experience at Solitaire Lodge. For an even more generous stay, opt for the split-level Tarawera Suite or the two-story detached Villa Suite whose two spacious bedrooms are ideal for families and groups traveling together. The ultimate haven of peace and privacy, however, is the Solitaire Suite, which is set in a separate building and features its own dramatic vistas.
The lush natural bush and volcanic backdrop follows guests everywhere at Solitaire Lodge. Breakfasts and lunches are enjoyed outside on the deck or on picnic amid the scenery, and pre-dinner drinks and canapés are served around the fire in winter or on the terrace in summer. The emphasis of Solitaire Lodge is to bring the outdoors in, even in its food. Meals are a five-course journey of flavor through Rotorua’s finest seasonal vegetables—from garnishes from the lodge’s garden to indigenous ingredients like Maeori potatoes—and New Zealand’s legendary meat and fish, all complemented by only the most superb New Zealand produced wines.
Geothermal activity is very much at the heart of Solitaire Lodge’s Rotorua setting. Geysers, bubbling mud pools, and hot springs create a living, breathing landscape that yields plenteous thermal pools and streams perfect for bathing. If adventure is more in the cards, Solitaire Lodge offers a multitude of bespoke experiences from its front door. Explore the tranquil waters in one of the lodge’s complimentary kayaks or motorized dinghies, cycle trails past some of the most unique geothermal sites in the world, go fishing for dinner in world-class rainbow trout rivers, and laze on secluded hot water private beaches. If that isn’t enough, Solitaire Lodge also provides scenic helicopter flightseeing tours over the North Island’s volcanic landscape and guided excursions to the Maori villages of Rotorua, where the spirit of the Maori’s legendary Manaakitange hospitality is still alive and well.Request Information