Solitaire Lodge Rotorua, one of New Zealand’s premiere luxury lodges, enjoys breathtaking views over Lake Tarawera, with lush natural bush and volcanic landscape backdrop. The subtle design brings the outdoors in, inviting you to unwind and soak up the peace and quiet of this tranquil setting.
Minutes from this iconic North Island resort you will discover a multitude of activities. 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.
Solitaire Lodge has 9 luxurious suites, all featuring panoramic views over Lake Tarawera’s still deep waters and magnificent volcano. Freestanding baths allow views over the lake while soaking. A complimentary mini bar with extensive selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages, fruit and snacks are also at hand.
33 SQM or 355 SQF. Lavish super king or twin beds, comfortable chairs for lounging, grand picture windows and private balconies. All 6 Executive Suites offer spectacular views across the tranquil bay or Mount Tarawera.
70 SQM or 753 SQF. The Tarawera Suite features uninterrupted views from the tranquil bay up to the majestic summit of Mount Tarawera. Split level design features a generous bedroom and relaxing sitting and dining area.
100 SQM or 1076 SQF. This stand alone 1 or 2 bedroom suite is all about space, large bedrooms, spacious living / dining area and private balcony overlooking the Bay. Ideal for families or group of friends travelling together.
70 SQM or 753 SQF. Set in a separate building this 1 or 2 bedroom suite offers peace, total privacy and a breathtaking outlook through dramatic picture windows across the glassy Lake and Mount Tarawera.
Eat & Drink
Our Chefs enjoy the challenges of creating daily changing Menus that reflect the seasonal and fresh expectations of today’s contemporary food palate, with a special New Zealand taste experience.
Solitaire Lodge has advocated a “full board” Tariff for some years to reflect the unique setting and experiences available from our grounds. Pre-Dinner Drinks and Canapés are served from 7pm daily and include a showcase of the best regional varieties of New Zealand’s wine.
The evening five course meal includes starter, entrée, sorbet, choice of 2 mains and dessert. We include wine by the glass menu match as well as the option of selecting from our collection of cellared New Zealand wines.
Engage in lively conversation with fellow guests in the Lodge’s dining room, or choose an intimate dinner for two in your Suite.An extensive breakfast is served in our restaurant from 7.30am, which includes seasonal fruit platters, a variety of fresh juices, freshly baked croissants and breads.
Cereal options includes the Lodge’s signature homemade muesli. Our à la carte cooked options includes carefully selected organic and locally supplied produce. Lunches are light to accommodate the need for some sustenance without detracting from an active day and the rewards of the evening meal.
Invariably, lunch can be enjoyed from our deck with dramatic views over the lake to Mount Tarawera, — a setting that is hard to compare. Picnic options are also available on request.
Dietary/food preference requirements are a regular factor that we have wide experience catering for. Early communication is helpful to allow our Chefs to organize supplies accordingly.
Weddings & Special Occasions
An intimate setting just for you and your loved ones. Nestled on the edge of a private peninsula, the Lodge grounds boast unobstructed panoramic views of Lake and Mount Tarawera, the perfect location for an exclusive outdoor ceremony, photo shoots and pre-reception drinks & canapes.
Exclusive use of Solitaire Lodge gives you and your guests private access to the Lodge grounds, bar and restaurant. Accommodation and catering for up to 30 guests. Our Lodge hosts can help you plan all events relating to your wedding day or special occasion, and will be on hand every step of the way.
Moments from the Lodge you will discover the essence of unspoiled Lake Tarawera which offers an array of premium activities in a natural New Zealand lake setting. Please contact the Lodge hosts for details on cost and availability for all our suggested experiences and excursions.
Easy lake access allows exploration of surrounding waters with secluded private bays, deep water swimming and shoreline trails through native bush to explore on foot. From the Lodge’s jetty you have a choice of boating options including motorised dinghies and kayaks.
Paddle the protected waters of the Otumutu Lagoon, home to ancient Maori sites. See Black Swans gliding by in the protected waters as well as rare native bird life. Use of Lodge dinghies and kayaks are included in your stay.
Rotorua is located in the heart of the Central Volcanic Plateau and uniquely built on top of an active geo thermal field. It is also the cultural home of the indigenous Maori people.
Twelve major lakes surround the city, with the historic Lake Tarawera lapping at the base of the now dormant volcano, Mount Tarawera.
In this region you can view twenty-meter high geyser eruptions, vividly coloured lakes, hot springs and boiling mud pools as well as experience Maori customs and cultural displays. Rotorua is a major visitor destination and offers many natural as well as adrenalin adventures to enjoy.
Tarawera Thermal Springs
Take a 15-minute private launch excursion to the natural hot springs of Lake Tarawera. Best accessed prior to breakfast. Enjoy soaking in the thermal waters rising gently through the lake bed as the morning sun filters through native bush.
Helicopter to Mount Tarawera and Orakei Korako
Experience a breathtaking trip to New Zealand’s historically important Mount Tarawera. Combine the thrill of landing on the exposed summit of Mount Tarawera with an unforgettable flight that includes spectacular aerial views of stunning crater lakes, the renowned Tarawera Falls and the vibrant Waimangu and Wai-O-Tapu geothermal reserves.
Leaving Wai-O-Tapu we descend to follow the Waikato River to the hidden valley of Orakei Korako. Once landed, you will ferry across the river and begin your land-based tour.
Experience hot springs, gushing geysers and the natural beauty of this geothermal wonderland. Your return flight takes in views of farmland and the Paeroa mountain range before flying over Rotorua and returning you to the Lodge.
Tarawera Falls Walk
This invigorating half day experience starts with a short speedboat transfer to the trout laden Tarawera outlet stream, – the starting point for the scenic hike to the Tarawera Falls. The stream is the outlet for several lakes and eventually heads underground to emerge later as a spectacular 200-foot-high waterfall.
Walk through native bush of Pohutukawa and Rata trees with native bird sounds of Tuis, Fantails and Kereru. Rest and bathe in river swimming holes along the way and indulge in a picnic lunch to the rhythmic background of cascading waters. Return transfers included.
Rainbow Trout Fishing
The Hamill family have been professional guides in the Rotorua region for many years. Departing from Solitaire Lodge’s Jetty, John Hamill’s generous Catamaran takes you on a private lake excursion jigging and trolling to proven fishing grounds.
Lake Tarawera boasts the largest water volume in the Lakes District, at an average of 200ft deep, and is the ideal spawning ground for Rainbow Trout.
Catching 4 to 5-pound trout is a regular occurrence, the excitement of which is only matched by the lure of the chase, and the enjoyment of fresh trout prepared for you by our Chef.
Another option is to combine an early morning bathe in Lake Tarawera’s natural hot springs, breakfast on board followed by fishing for Rainbow Trout, – all in half a day.
Thermal by Bike
Your transfer takes you to bubbling mud pools in the Wai O Tapu valley. From this point, follow the Te Ara Ahi Thermal Cycle Trail heading North.
Highlights along the route include a Natural Hot Stream for soaking, Rainbow Mountain base track (a smoldering mountain of colored earth and unique plant species) as well as Waimangu Volcanic Valley with steaming cauldrons of thermal water.
Finally, cycle through the lush forestry trail through Rotokakahi (Green Lake) and Tikitapu (Blue Lake), where you will be collected for return to Solitaire Lodge.
4WDrive and Hike to the Summit of Mount Tarawera
Your guide from the indigenous Ngati Rangitihi tribe, the Kaitiaki or ‘Guardians of the Mountain’, will drive you by private vehicle to the foot of the magnificent Mount Tarawera. There you will ascend part of the Maunga by 4WDrive, before beginning a hike to the 1111m Summit.
Along the way your guide will delight you with stories of the 1886 volcanic eruption and the area’s colourful Maori legends including the tale of the mysterious Phantom Canoe. Enjoy lunch on the peak followed by the descent into the crater before returning to the vehicle for return to the Lodge.