Whether seeking to experience Maori culture, geothermal earth forces, spa rejuvenation, thrills and adventure, or any of the other natural assets such as magnificent lakes, some of the world’s best mountain biking trails, fantastic trout fishing and myriad forest walking tracks – Rotorua delivers it all! The Rotorua district has a multi-cultural population of approximately 70,000 people—some 35% are Maori. The city is located on the southern shore of Lake Rotorua, while the district includes a number of rural and lakeside communities. An international tourism icon, Rotorua is renowned as the heartland of Maori culture. There are sixteen lakes in the vicinity, many of which are fishable lakes packed with rainbow and brown trout. The lakes, all formed from the craters of extinct volcanoes, are a popular attraction for many water-based activities. From the moment visitors enter this region they know they’re somewhere quite different. Whether it’s the sneaky threads of steam finding unlikely escape routes in parks, pathways and streets, or the distinct scent of sulphur wafting through geothermal hot spots, Rotorua offers an impressive welcome.
This is a perfect hub for a great guys’ getaway, with super slopes in nearby Mt Ruapehu, home to the most awesome natural skiing and snowboarding terrain in the country with huge snow filled basins, steep chutes, drop-offs, and secret powder stashes
The Gay Rotorua Boutique Accommodations offer sophisticated luxury with exceptional value. The Lodge is one of New Zealand’s most luxurious gay-friendly boutique hotel resorts. They offer the services and amenities of a five star resort, only in a more intimate setting. Spoil yourself with gourmet food, tempting cocktails, swimming pool and a gym, while staying in luxurious rooms and suites all with unique interior design.
This gay operated property consists of executive suites, set within two and three storey buildings spilling down the hillside. Bright and airy interiors feature a large guestroom and bathroom. Enchanting views reach over the valley to the mountains and the nearby Lake Rotorua and the sacred Mokoia Island. You can choose from a Superior Room, Superior Suite, Estate Room, or Family Room.
Diva-worthy touches to the superior suite and estate room include high-thread-count sheets, flat-panel TVs, iPod docks, free wifi, and a sizable daily complimentary french breakfast. Evocative décor includes natural wood and stone finished with a palette inspired by sunshine and flowers. Sleekly designed furnishings, stylish chairs, bright rugs, and striking artwork are New Zealand in spirit and contemporary in style. Extra-spacious en-suite bathrooms include features like a deep-soaking tub with glass walled shower, and a large vanity. Colourful New Zealand fabrics add charm, and in many of the bathrooms, daylight flows through a large picture window.
Spread over fifteen acres and centered around a stylish Lodge, the hetero-friendly estate features:
Guests may take advantage of the outdoor swimming pool or relax on the extensive pool deck with grill area. Landscaped garden and chaises lounges offer privacy and shade.
The Studio offers a comprehensive fitness facility, including upright and recumbent bicycles, elliptical trainers, treadmills and free weights, stationed indoors and outdoors. The pool provides a welcome exercise in a relaxing atmosphere, with water sprinkling around.
TENNIS AND PETANQUE COURTS:
The tennis court is located adjacent to the swimming pool. It offers one tennis court available for complimentary use by guests—racquets and balls are provided. The pétanque court and the Pastis is just around the corner for a sunny afternoon. These are complimented by an en-suite massage room, croquet, Wii.
Within easy reach of the Lodge are other options for sports or active enjoyment. Croquet in the 15-acre garden, or mountain biking in the Red Woods and why not using the Lodge’s 1975 Silver Shadow Rolls Royce for your high tea in town? Imagine drifting lazily around a sparkling lake in a boat or kayak, the sun warm on your face and birds chirping merrily in the native bush lining the lakeshore. It’s summer in Rotorua and there’s no better time to experience the natural wonders that make this region one of New Zealand’s top tourist spots. Visitors flock to the lakes district, where stunning lakes offer cruising, swimming, waterskiing, kayaking, and fishing galore. There are a myriad of walking tracks, playgrounds for the kids, and secluded beaches where visitors can soak in natural hot water pools. Camping sites are dotted around the lakes, as are barbecues for public use. It’s an easy twenty minute drive from Rotorua’s city centre to the lakes. The staff will also be delighted to direct you to the best of Bay of Plenty’s sandy beaches and organise catamaran excursions, rentals, jet ski rentals, waterskiing, scuba diving, snorkeling, and windsurfing. Also available near the Lodge, on Lake Rotorua are kayaking, sailing, and sunset sails. Depart from the nearby lakeside for a variety of sport fishing activities. Just 145 kilometres from the Lodge, Mt Ruapehu offers some of the best winter skiing in the North Island. Other activities include cross-country skiing and snowboarding in a new snow park.
Round-the-clock business needs are met through 24-hour multilingual business services, from faxing and photocopying to secretarial assistance and audiovisual equipment. An airline ticketing service is available and airport or city transfers, translation services, worldwide courier service, overhead projectors, screens, and office equipment rental can also be arranged.
Le Manoir Restaurant and The Lounge and Bar offer excellent food and beverages. When you eat at the Manoir Restaurant, all the vegetables come from the estate’s organic garden and whatever can’t be sourced comes from within 100-mile of the restaurant. Views from the balcony are romantic and stunning and the dining room is tastefully designed.
Located outside Rotorua, the lodge accents luxurious comfort with vistas of mountains, Lake Rotorua and fragrant fields of New Zealand. This magnificent Country Estate is a pleasant fifteen minutes drive from the City of Rotorua and is the perfect option for the discerning gay traveller. Away from the main visitor hub, set in lush green countryside, the exclusive Lodge provides the ideal base for those wishing to experience New Zealand.
Rotorua is considered to be the heartland of New Zealand. As the spiritual home of the Maori people, there are many opportunities to experience the warm and proud spirit of the culture. And as host to some of the earth’s most spectacular landscapes and powerful natural forces, sightseeing in the region is breathtaking, to say the least.
- Cultural Maori discoveries
- Horse riding
- World renowned thermal bath, hot springs, mud pool
- Quad biking
- Fishing on Lake Rotorua
- Jetboat on the river
- Bungy Jumping
- Hiking on Mt Tarawera Volcano
- Skiing and snowboarding during the winter
Built around the Maori culture and geothermal wonders, the range of activities available to visitors is almost unlimited.
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