Rotorua is a city on the southern shores of the lake of the same name, in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island of New Zealand. It is a major destination for both domestic and international tourists and the tourism industry is by far the largest commerce in the district. The city is known for its geothermal activity, and features geysers—notably the Pohutu Geyser at Whakarewarewa—and hot mud pools. This thermal activity is sourced to the Rotorua caldera, on which the city lies. Thermal activity is at the heart of much of Rotorua’s tourist appeal. Geysers and bubbling mud-pools, hot thermal springs, and the Buried Village (Te Wairoa)-—so named after it was buried by the 1886 Mount Tarawera eruption—-are within easy reach of the city. In Kuirau Park, to the west end of the central city, hot bubbling mud pools dot the park. Visitors can soak their feet in hot pools.
The Rotorua region has seventeen lakes for fishing, waterskiing, swimming, and other water activities are popular in summer. The town is also home to botanical gardens and historic architecture. Known as a spa town and major tourist resort since the 1800s, many of its buildings hint at this history. The Government Gardens, close to the lake shore at the eastern end of the town, are a particular point of pride.
Just fifteen minutes drive south of Rotorua, Astelia Lodge is a custom designed Lockwood house with two guest suites looking out onto the dramatic Horohoro Bluffs. They offer guests comfortable, tastefully furnished rooms, good food, and the promise of warm hospitality. If you are touring New Zealand and want somewhere to stay that feels a little bit like home, has wonderful views, great breakfasts, and all the comforts you’d expect in luxury accommodation, then Astelia Lodge is a place you won’t want to leave.
The rooms are furnished in pine, the beds are sumptuously comfortable, and the en-suite features an open shower with toiletries specially made for the Lodge by the nearby Lavender farm. There is a selection of teas and coffee of course, and each day a sample of delicious home baking to fill that mid afternoon gap. Wireless Broadband is everywhere in the Lodge and Sky TV in your room, though some guests prefer to just gaze out at the view, with a complimentary glass of wine in hand, and leave the rest of the world behind. In addition there are free mountain bike rentals and decks for sitting outdoors.
The day begins with a healthy, freshly prepared breakfast, from fresh fruit salads with organic yoghurts and freshly baked bread, to eggs benedict or roasted mushrooms with lemon crème fraiche. Or maybe something simple like croissants with home made preserves. The choice is yours, so enjoy your breakfast at leisure and have as little or as much as you want.
Part of the owner’s vision for Astelia Lodge is to grow much of their own food so that they can offer guests a fresh ‘taste’ of New Zealand. What they do not produce themselves, they endeavour to source locally. Plus if it’s meat and eggs or dairy, they try to buy organic or at least free range.
Sample Breakfast Menu:
- Oat pancakes with seasonal fruits.
- Roasted mushrooms with lemon and tarragon crème fraiche.
- European continental breakfast.
- Bacon & eggs.
Dinner at The Lodge:
If you are thinking of staying in one night for an evening meal there is a two course evening meal by arrangement. Prices and options vary by the season, so please contact them a few days in advance and they will send you the current menu. A main course with dessert is approximately $55 per person and includes an after dinner espresso or selection of teas.
Sample Dinner Menu:
- Dukkah crusted Rack of Lamb with Falafels and Vanilla Pumpkin puree.
- Roasted salmon with Lemongrass and Celeriac mash and lemon butter.
- Aubergine stack with Mushroom, roasted Peppers, topped with Creme Fraiche and Parmesan.
In addition to your complimentary bottle, they keep a small selection of fine New Zealand wines for you to try. They will include a description, with tasting notes and prices, when they send you your Dinner menu. There is no obligation to purchase of course.
- A choice of breakfast
- A complimentary bottle of premium New Zealand wine
- A bowl of fresh fruit each day
- Flowers in your room
- Home baked pastries
- Free use of two mountain bikes
- Goods & Services Tax
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