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Why we like it
- Perfect place to relax and rejuvenate
- World class Rainbow Trout fishing
- Nine luxury suites with panoramic views
- Hot water beaches and thermal pools access
- Excellent wild cycle trails to geothermal sites
With each exquisite dinner make sure to sample the abundance of local wines, ask your host for the details as each meal will be individually complimented by a complex New World grape.
First experience with A&K. Intended to ask various travel companies for quotes but Vicky (Hamlin) was so good with her suggestions that we did not seek alternative quotations the suggested itinerary was excellent and helped us decide on a balanced and interesting holiday.
- GD, Windermere
Solitaire Lodge is one of the most beautiful lakeside retreats in New Zealand. The lodge nestles on an elevated promontory that provides breathtaking views across Lake Tarawera. Enjoy the simple pleasures of the lake-swimming, sailing and fishing or visit the hot springs at nearby Rotorua.
The Lodge has completed an extensive refurbishment in which they refreshed the property's nine generous suites, reception area, guest lounges as well as the inviting entranceway, which is now framed by vintage timber beams previously used as bridge supports in the Mangaroa Valley. They have successfully brought the feeling of the outdoors in, so you can unwind and enjoy the peace and iconic lake vistas and lush volcanic landscape. Each comfortable suite features stylish soft furnishings, luxurious linen, bedding and amenities. With 100% New Zealand wool carpet underfoot, the feeling is to settle in, snuggle up, and relax. The newly expanded bathrooms, mean you can now literally 'soak up the view' with the Executive Suites and the Villa Suite equipped with wonderful, deep, freestanding bathtubs overlooking the lake.
Best time to be there
Summer on the north island (December to February) is ideal for outdoor pursuits with mild temperatures and hours of sunshine. Venture to the numerous ski slopes and warm up close to a crackling fire during the winter months in June to August.
Auckland (Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti Nui, daily)
26 hours, one stop
GMT +12 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area
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