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Solitaire Lodge

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We took the Solitaire Suite which had two rooms and also took the thermal spa pool experience in the morning, which was excellent. The rooms were extremely well appointed and comfortable with a great view over the lake. Dinner, canapes and drinks were all superb as was breakfast and they even provided us a nice packed lunch for the road. Our hosts, led by Pippa, were excellent!

Solitaire lodge is a deluxe all inclusive lodge in a delightful location. Staff were friendly and service was excellent. We would have no hesitation in recommending it. The only BUT is that it is 50% more expensive than an equivalent place in U.K./Ireland. A 2 night break in a UK deluxe boutique hotel with a Michelin star restaurant and having done 'damage' to the wine list would cost £1200-1400 (say NZ$2,000). Solitaire costs nz $3000 and dinner is very good but well short of Michelin star

Our 2 day stay at Solitaire Lodge was perfect! From the moment Nick met us when we arrived after a long day of travelling, to the moment we left we could not fault a thing. We loved the way Nick and Pip looked after our every need without fussing or being intrusive, they gave us just the right amount of attention. Our room was spacious and luxuriously beautiful and had the most amazing view of the lake (Room #2). The food was absolutely wonderful; great quality and showcasing local in-season produce (taking into account my food allergies as if it were no bother at all). We loved the complimentary pre-dinner drinks and the chance to chat for a short time with others staying at the lodge. As others have mentioned, yes it would have been great if the dinner wines were included, but the complimentary in room beverages and snacks made up for that. We really appreciated the nice touch of supplying us with a picnic lunch on the day we checked out, it really made things easy. We loved our time here and would definitely recommend it as a beautiful place to stay if you visit NZ. The only problem for us was that every place we stayed at after this lodge couldn't measure up, so if you are travelling make sure you got to Solitaire at the end so you leave the best for last.

Quick Overview: Solitaire Lodge is located on the beautiful Lake Tarawera and is in close proximity to Te Puia for geothermal wonders and Māori cultural learnings. We loved everything about our stay and would highly recommend if headed to Rotorua. Staff: Nick, Pip, & Graham were exceptional hosts during our stay. All three were extremely knowledgeable about the surrounding area, and they really went out of their way to ensure our comfort. Accommodations: We stayed in the Tarawera Suite in the property's main lodge, which was very convenient for meals and cocktails. In addition to the convenience, the views from the suite are absolutely stunning! Panoramic views of the lake and the nearby Mount Tarawera, an extremely comfortable king sized bed, and a clean bathroom that featured Molton Brown products all made for quite the relaxing stay. To Note: When you arrive at a property for the first time there is always a bit of a feeling out period. Truthfully, I felt like the feeling out period was a little bit longer at Solitaire than at most of the other places I've stayed. However, once we settled in and absorbed the vibes I must say that the level of comfort was higher than at most any place I've stayed. I give credit to our hosts for such a warm welcome. I also feel like I need to give a special 'tip of the hat' to Graham - he's good! Graham was our host during both dinners we ate on property (which by the way, I must recommend eating on property because the food and service are both top notch and are anything but boring). Graham knows his wines (all spirits, really), he grew up in the area, and is a kind and hilarious soul. Final Thoughts: If you're headed to Rotorua then you should really consider staying at Solitaire Lodge.

From the moment we arrived until our departure, a first rate experience. The rooms are spacious, fresh and clean with stunning lake views, including from our room 4 outside bath! Complimentary mini bar is an added bonus. The standard of the food, cooking and quality of ingedients, was first class for breakfast, lunch and the five course dinner. An easy walk to the lake offers opportunities to take a kayak or boat out onto the lake or just relax by the shore. Nick and Pip are gracious and welcoming hosts who set a relaxing tone for our stay, thank you.

We drove from Auckland and arrived to a very warm and unfussy welcome. The Lodge has a location to die for. The rooms are beautiful with stunning views. The food is superb and such high quality, no detail is missed. Aside from all this, you are sooo well looked after by Nick and Pip and all the other wonderful staff that it is difficult to leave. We took a couple of fabulous boat trips across the Lake, for hiking and to take a dip in the magical hot pool. Our thanks to Mark who works at Solitaire Lodge and does a lot of the boat trips. He is so friendly and engaging. If you want a really nice place to stay, with great service and ambience, look no further than Solitaire Lodge. Outstanding.

First, I need to correct another review. There is quite a bit of seclusion. Yes, there are some upscale homes near the pennisula where the lodge is situated but they are quite a distance from the lodge. Second, the rest of the lake and land are Dept. of Conservation and there are no homes anywhere else in sight. My husband and I took one of the complimentary boats and motor, along with the complimentary fishing gear. Pip arranged for an upscale, delicious picnic lunch for us and we found plenty of seclusion for fishing, swimming and our picnic lunch and champagne. I caught a trophy size trout that then jumped out of the boat....true fish story....before I could even get a picture! We were in New Zealand for almost five weeks. This was the best food we had in the entire country (and we did it all). Monica and David (Geez....I hope I have that right) were such talented chefs. It was true 5 star dining and comparable to some of the best restaurants in New York City and Chicago. Hang onto this chef couple!!! :) The staff definitely aims to please. They even mailed my husband's trophy ram from Pitt Island to the taxidermist for us after storing it all weekend for us. Pip is absolutely amazing and really does an exceptional job taking care of each and every guest. As for costs, there was nothing hidden as one review suggested. You know what is included up front. To assume there is more than what is stated is ignorant. There was plenty included for the nightly rate. We did not feel it was overpriced. If you are staying here in the first place, one could assume you could afford the wine or alcohol above and beyond what is included. In addition, there is an extensive mini bar in your room with included wine, champagne and upscale snacks and drinks. It is also restocked daily. We were very happy with our stay of two nights but wished we had three or four. Thank you to all of the staff at Solitaire Lodge for making our last couple of nights in New Zealand so special! We will see you again!

A warm atmosphere does everywhere. The rooms a beautiful with a perfect view. We had rain, but it was still really nice to be there. Black swans everywhere. The dining is really nice and the owners really helpful and correct.

Beautiful hotel on the shore of lake Tarawera, very helpful staff and amazing room also with a lake view. The restaurant is also excellent, the best i tried in New Zealand so far. So a very nice experience and i recommend it.

Solitaire Lodge is located in just an amazing site near many attractions. The service at the property is beyond amazing and the kitchen provides a variety of excellent dishes which they would amend if one wishes. The lodge organizes some amazing tours such as walking around a volcano, walk to waterfalls or hot springs. By the property, one can go kayaking or just go for a swim in the lake. This property reminded me of a Relais & Chateaux for the food and service provided.

16 Ronald Road Lake Tarawera

Hotel highlights

  • Free full breakfast
  • Free WiFi and wired Internet in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Located 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Lake Tarawera, Solitaire Lodge is within a 15-minute drive of Buried Village. This 5-star lodge has 9 guestrooms and offers conveniences like free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. It's on a lake and also close to Lake Okareka.


Free full breakfast is included with your stay. Sit down for a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with room service.


All of Solitaire Lodge's 9 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including free minibar items, balconies, and refrigerators. Guests can expect LCD TVs with satellite channels, along with free WiFi and wired Internet. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and designer toiletries, and beds sport premium bedding. Other standard amenities include coffee makers, free bottled water, and ceiling fans.

Property features

Renovated in 2014, Solitaire Lodge offers free WiFi in public areas, conference space, and a terrace. If you plan to drive, free parking is available. Front-desk staff can answer questions 24/7, and assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach lodge include a garden, a picnic area, and a fireplace in the lobby.

Room options

Suite (Solitaire Suite)

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Suite (Tarawera Suite)

King 1 | Twin 1 | Sleeps 3


King 1 | Sleeps 3

Standard Room

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

100% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 139 reviews