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  • No detail is forgotten at Lake Okareka Lodge (there's even a baby grand piano).
  • Make a soaring entrance at the on-site Helipad.
  • Soothing hues paint luxurious linens + fine fabrics in the Garden Suite.
  • Lounge lavishly + take in stunning views in the Lake Okareka Suite.
  • Savor shared seclusion in the riveting Rotorua Suite.
  • Exquisite details dress-up luxe Suites.
  • Enjoy intimate evenings (<i>and</i> spaces) in the private estate.
  • Soak-in the opulence of luxe bathrooms.
  • Chilled champagne cools the steamy whirlpool.
  • Lush foliage surrounds luxurious Lake Okareka Lodge by Lebua.
  • Stunning New Zealand scenery surrounds Lake Okareka Lodge by Lebua.
  • Explore private paradise by boat.
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Lake Okareka Lodge by lebua

Lake Okareka, New Zealand

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Hotel Report

Why Stay At Lake Okareka Lodge by lebua

This schist-stone-and-timber New Zealand resort provides travelers with a tranquil, cozy retreat on the edge of the North Island's Lake Okareka, but with easy access to the highlights of historic Rotorua.

The Scoop

It would be tough to identify that one knockout detail that makes this lodge stand out. True, its remote location (accessible by helicopter and private ferry) on a peninsula jutting into fern-fringed Lake Okareka offers unequaled vistas across the rich blue waters and of towering Mount Tarawera. And the well-appointed furnishings in the three spacious suites—with their unique color palettes, hand-carved dark wood desks, silk-upholstered chaise lounges, and flat-screen TVs—provide an elegant yet homelike quality. But when push comes to shove, our money would be on the staff, whose razor-sharp service is delivered with that relaxed cheery warmth for which Kiwis are known around the globe.

Insider Tips

Request chef David Robinson's grilled rack of local lamb with eggplant ravioli to be served outdoors on the lodge's waterside terrace (and be sure to pair it with a 2001 Morton Estate Syrah from the expansive climate-controlled cellar).

Spot paradise ducks and kingfishers while strolling the 3.5-mile Okareka Walkway for an unparalleled look at the area's unique wetlands.

Preferred Airport

Arrive at New Zealand's Rotorua Airport (ROT), which is approximately 15 minutes from the lodge. The lodge offers roundtrip transfers, which are included in the rate.

103 Acacia Road, Lake Okareka, Rotorua, New Zealand

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • Private House
  • 3 Suites
  • 24-Hour Butler
  • 24-Hour Concierge
  • Private Jetty
  • Private Beaches
  • Boathouse
  • Helipad
  • Breakfast Room
  • Dining Room
  • Living Room
  • Den
  • Library
  • Lounge
  • Baby Grand Piano
  • Massage Room
  • Fitness Studio
  • Outdoor Whirlpool
  • Babysitting Service
In-Room Amenities
  • Private Balconies
  • Lake Views
  • Sitting Areas
  • Flat-Panel Televisions
  • iPod Docks
  • DVD Players
  • Music Systems
  • En-Suite Bathrooms
  • Bvlgari Bath Amenities
  • Wireless Internet Access.
Dining & Nightlife
  • Personal Chef
  • Private Dining
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Rates Include:
  • Meals prepared by a personal chef
  • Beverages
  • 24-hour butler service
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Use of recreational equipment
  • Transfers to/from Rotorua Airport
*Special Offer*
Book 5 or more nights and receive a $500 credit toward activities and excursions (fly-fishing, skydiving, spa, etc.)!
Hotel Report From the editors of: Travel+Leisure

Why We Love Lake Okareka

In the heart of New Zealand's gorgeous North Island, views of Lake Rotorua simply take our breath away.

Don't Miss

Top Attraction: In 1886, one of New Zealand's most powerful volcanic eruptions spewed heavy ash over the colonial town of Te Wairoa, almost perfectly preserving it in time. Tour the 12-acre Buried Village park to get a glimpse of 19th-century New Zealand life. 1180 Tarawera Rd.; 011-64-7-362-8287. Read More

Top Restaurant: The kitchen at Bistro 1284, a popular downtown spot, is known for carving the most tender beef and lamb dishes in town. 1284 Eruera St.; 011-64-7-346-1284; dinner for two $100.

Best Cocktail Spot: Local hot spot Seismic offers an inventive drinks list; a resident DJ performs every Friday. 1158 Whakaue St.; 011-64-7-348-2082; drinks for two $20.

Best Spa: At the Polynesian Spa, 26 hot mineral pools and a lengthy treatment menu including manuka honey-based scrubs combine to make this the spot in a city known as Nature's Spa of the South Pacific. 1000 Hinemoa St.; 011-64-7-346-1284; treatments from $64.
Nothing quite compares to the terrain of New Zealand.

Nothing quite compares to the terrain of New Zealand.

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Lake Okareka Lodge by lebua

Lake Okareka, New Zealand

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