Rotorua Hideaway Lodge Review

Situated on the outskirts of Rotorua lies Rotorua Hideaway Lodge. This aptly named set of 10 quiet, self contained units is tucked away from civilisation by a row of large trees. When we had the opportunity to review this place we were both very excited, and Rotorua Hideaway Lodge didn’t disappoint.

We arrived slightly later than scheduled, around 4.30pm, and were met with a gravel driveway that bends around the aforementioned trees. On the drive in, there are some dolls dressed as humans, surf boarding, playing rugby and cycling. They are a nice touch. Mannequins aside, the first noticeable feature about Rotorua Hideaway Lodge is the peacefulness. They have 4 acres of gorgeous land and the only sounds are those of nature.


We pulled up at Reception, and I jumped out and pressed the buzzer. Fiona came out smiling and we found out that we were in Room 1A. She gave us some recommendations for food, walking routes and other activities to do in the area.

Still struggling to believe how this beautiful, serene setting can be so close to Rotorua, we took our key and approached our lodge. The decking is great and there are a table and chairs outside for those warmer nights.



The large sliding door clicked open as I turned the key, and we were hit by the warmth and lovely smell coming from inside. We stepped in and were met with a huge open plan room. The kitchen is large and has every mod con you could require, there is a dining table and chairs to the right that seats 6 and a large flatscreen TV above that. Then to the left you have 2 comfy sofas and a log burner that was pre-lit so that when we arrived the room was nice and toasty.

The kitchen was equipped with milk, eggs, butter, tea and coffee. We had trouble finding the light switch for the main room, but maybe we were just tired. We had just been dirt biking! Fortunately for us, they have a handy feature that turns a light on when you open the cupboard. We were impressed!


The bathroom was also very large, and had a spacious and powerful shower. The bedrooms were laid out as you would expect, one room had a double and the other had 2 singles. The beds were ridiculously comfy, it’s a wonder how we woke up the next morning.


They also provide a welcome booklet, which gives you local information plus information about Rotorua Hideaway Lodge, for example the WiFi code. The lodge is near OGO Rotorua, Pure Dirt Tours and Agroventures.

We awoke the next morning feeling refreshed and gutted to be leaving so early, it was the best nights sleep for a long time for us both. If you are planning to go to Rotorua, the Hideaway Lodge is the place to stay. Child and pet friendly, this idyllic retreat is great for everyone.

One night in a charming 2 bedroom unit is $155 and sleeps up to 4. For details of all other rooms and prices, please see their website. Check in starts at 2pm and check out is by 10am.

Rotorua Hideaway Lodge

436 Ngongotaha Road


New Zealand

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