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Solitaire Lodge

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Excellent lodge, with a nice setting and great service. The kitchen staff are very impressive, and the hosts are great. Less stuffy than Huka Lodge. I think it is a New Zealand thing, but the "all inclusive" on wine and food is a little confusing / misleading, as it isn't actually all inclusive, there seems to be a point at which the Lodge start charging you for wine, for example, although that is not communicated. With candour, my wife and I enjoyed 3 bottles of wine per evening, and I think we were charged for the third, so we aren't complaining, but there could be greater clarity with regards to what all inclusive means.

My husband and I visited Solitaire a few weeks back and it was one of the highlights of our time in New Zealand. The service was great, food was amazing and they created delicious vegetarian meals for us by request. They also had great recommendations for activities, including a mountain bike around the beautiful lakes near the property. Would highly recommend this property to anyone visiting the Rotorua area!

Fabulous scenic location high on a bluff above a lake. Even better than the view is the food, service and the people. Many more amenities than expected. Use of boats, kayak and fishing all available. 5 star all across the board.

My wife and I spent 2 nights at this beautiful place on our visit to the north Island. We stayed in the Tarawera Suite which was huge and with amazing views of the lake. I highly recommend this suite as the views from the giant windows were just incredible. We were the only people staying at the lodge during our stay so we had the entire place to ourselves. The owners were very friendly and quite helpful in planning our time in Rotorua. We went white water rafting which was a lot of fun and used the free kayaks to explore the lake. The breakfast and five course dinner was just great. We enjoyed the pre dinner happy hour as well. It was very warm during our stay and the the large suite had air conditioning in the bedroom which was quite affective but the bathroom area and small dining area did get fairly warm during the day but at night everything cooled off well and the bedroom was quite cool and comfortable in the evening. My only criticism was I just could not understand why the dinner did not include the wine pairings. It was not a big deal as we purchased a bottle of wine each night with dinner but for the price of the room at about 1800 dollars US per night I was expecting the wine to be included. Other than that small issue it was a great place to stay. There are many other activities available through the hotel but we did not use them.

This is a wonderful lodge with warm and efficient service, very beautiful views and quite comfortable rooms. Very good food with total flexibility from chefs. Lodge managers Tip and Nick are helpful, attentive and the staff is excellent.

Stayed here for two nights on the way south. Friendly greeting from Nick. Stunning views over the lake from lounge and our room. All the facilities you would expect in the room. Lovely 5 course dinner and breakfast was great. Service was always helpful and friendly. Did mountain bike package which we felt was slightly expensive with unclear directions.

We stayed for two nights as part of a planned self-drive tour and wish we had more time here. It was very special in all respects. The accommodations were excellent. The food and meals were splendid. But most of all Wayne Tomlinson and his full team were the best hosts You could possibly imagine. If NZ were not so far from home, we would return to NZ just to stay here. Only drawback is no gym.

We stayed at the small lodge (only 9 or 10 rooms/suites) for three nights to explore the sights and culture around Rotorua. It‘s a beautiful 20 minute drive to town. Our solitaire suite was one of the oldest in the complex and rather plush, not exactly what we had expected. The view was great but the flooring and the bedroom and living room could use a makeover, it‘s all clean and nice but very outdated and stuffed with too much furniture. We had to leave the windows open all the time to cover the „old“ smell with fresh air. The bathroom had been renovated and lived up to high standards with a free standing tub and floor heating and a modern design. If they renovated the rest of the suite in the same style it would be the perfect Home away from Home. The managers were super nice and very outgoing and helpful as was the rest of the team. They all provided helpful information on the surroundings and what to do and where to go. The lodge offers many fully organized tours which we enjoyed a lot although bookings through the lodge were slightly more expensive than booking it via the i Site Information Center in Rotorua or directly with the tour companies. The atmosphere is more like a luxurious bed and breakfast than a hotel: in the evenings guests meet in the living room with great views of Lake Tarawera for drinks and canapés from 7pm on, to mix and mingle if they want, before dinner is being served at 8pm. The adjoining small restaurant with an open kitchen offers great food, a 5 course menu each night, which was really excellent. The fixed dinner time is something we had to get used to at first. Breakfast was also very good with many delicious options from the a la carte menu. Everything tasted great and was lovingly arranged. The lunch menu offers a variety of light choices and if you‘re on a day tour you get a nicely packed lunch box. We will definitely stay here again if they modernize the older suites, otherwise we feel that the place is a bit overpriced but in a beautiful location.

The Lodge is set on a small peninsula on Lake Tarawera, which means that it is very private and serene but also has spectacular views. I could feel the tension melt away after our long and tortuous trip (missed connection, confusion at Sydney immigration because Qantas representative failed to show up at our gate, unexpected overnight stay in Sydney due to Qantas delay, and mad drive from Aukland because we were one day late). Everybody was warm and welcoming and the food was very good. The rooms were huge and immaculate and...did I mention the view?

We had a terrific stay at the Solitaire Lodge. Extremely comfortable room and excellent food. The Lodge structure is a sort of classic ‘80s architecture, now a bit dated, but warm, welcoming and very relaxing. It felt like we’d been invited to someone’s comfortable country house for the weekend. Views are spectacular across the lake. Enjoyed the hike to Tarawera Falls. Friendly staff and a beautiful setting!

16 Ronald Road Lake Tarawera Rotorua

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.


Start your day off right with a free full breakfast. 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, a meeting room, 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.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

100.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 152 reviews