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10 Best Accommodation in Rotorua for Foodies

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Self-catering Accommodation in Rotorua and Hotels in Rotorua with Excellent Restaurants…

… I.e. great accommodation in Rotorua for foodies! Whether you’re looking to stay in a hotel with excellent cuisine or looking to spruce up your own meals using local ingredients, we’ve laid out all of your options in this list of self-catering accommodation and hotels with great restaurants in Rotorua. From luxurious hotel rooms for couples to convenient motels for families, there’s so much on offer in Rotorua, so let’s get to it!

While you’re here, you might also be interested in The Foodie Guide to Rotorua and 15 Foods You Have to Try in New Zealand.

1. Prince’s Gate Hotel

Class and elegance ooze from the Princes Gate Hotel in central Rotorua. If youre not here to stay in one of their 50 luxurious rooms and suites with traditional decor, then at least book yourself an afternoon of high tea. If you do decide to stay, however, you’ll be treated to luxurious bathrobes, Sky TV and some suites with a kitchenette and upgraded sumptuous furnishings. In true Rotorua style, guests have the option to relax in thermally heated pools, of which there is not one but three. The cuisine at The Dukes Bar and Restaurant is modern European with a strong emphasis on French cooking, but foodies should definitely try the Taste Indigenous New Zealand degustation experience using traditional New Zealand ingredients.

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Prince's Gate Hotel© Prince's Gate Hotel

2. BK’s Rotorua Motor Lodge

For foodies looking for a private space to make their own meals, then there are more than enough motels in Rotorua to provide. An excellent choice is BK’s Rotorua Motor Lodge, offering a range of rooms from simple twin and queen suite studios to large three-bedroom suites, all of which have kitchenette facilities with a two-element hob, microwave, fridge, toaster and tea/coffee making facilities. BK’s Rotorua is conveniently located by a Countdown supermarket and within a short walk of the city centre.

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BK's Rotorua Motor Lodge© BK's Rotorua Motor Lodge

3. Rydges Rotorua

Boasting some of the largest hotel rooms in Rotorua, Rydges Rotorua certainly provides a spacious and comfortable stay in Rotorua. The 4.5-star hotel has 135 guestrooms with a modern-meets-classic decor, 95 of the rooms feature a spa bath. Families, couples and business travellers are all catered to here throughout the Superior Rooms, Family Rooms, Deluxe King Rooms and Suites available. The central meeting point and the highlight for foodies are in the airy Atrium Restaurant, offering a relaxed atmosphere and an excellent grill menu. Little ones get to eat for free here too if they are staying at the hotel. See more hotels like this in 10 Best Family Accommodation in Rotorua.

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Rydges Rotorua© Rydges Rotorua

4. Regal Palms Resort

The Regal Palms Resort boasts home comforts in their collection of suites suitable for couples and families. Each suite features a private hot pool and either a kitchenette or full kitchen facilities – ideal for nights’ in or entertaining. Guests also have access to a heated swimming pool, Sky TV, a DVD library, free WiFi, a children’s playground, barbecue area a nine-hole mini-golf course, sauna, tennis court and the list goes on! While the resort doesn’t have a complete restaurant, the Guest Bar and Lounge is an excellent place to unwind and sample New Zealand wines and spirits. If you want to order food in, you can do it through the motel that works with 10 surrounding restaurants to deliver food right to your door.

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Regal Palms Resort© Regal Palms Resort

5. Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua

With an idyllic location on the shores of Lake Rotorua, Sudima Hotel is a fantastic option for a luxury getaway. Treat yourself at the on-site spa, do a few laps in the heated pool and stay in one of the guest rooms with a sleek and modern design. Rooms are split into three categories: Superior Rooms and Superior Plus sleeping up to three people each, while the Family Room comfortably sleeps a family of four. Foodies will love the Orareka Restaurant and Bar serving Kiwi dishes along with lake views. It’s also one of the places in Rotorua where you can try traditional Maori food in the form of a “hangi”. The hotel puts on nightly Maori concerts with a hangi buffet.

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Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua© Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua

6. Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Keep it affordable in one of the Superior Rooms of the Millennium Hotel or enjoy a pampered stay in the Deluxe Rooms and Club Rooms complete with a private outdoor spa pool and soft-tone furnishings. When enjoying some downtime at the Millennium, make use of the on-site spa, fitness centre, gym and pool. Of course, make some time to wine and dine at the ultra-sleek Bar Zazu or the casual Brasserie Poolside Restaurant. For a special occasion or “just because”, we recommend their fine dining venue, Restaurant Nikau. The Millennium Hotel is another hotel in Rotorua that hosts its own Maori cultural nights complete with a hangi buffet and a show.

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Millennium Hotel Rotorua© Millennium Hotel Rotorua

7. VR Rotorua Lake Resort

A tranquil retreat on the shores of Lake Rotoiti and a 15-minute drive from the hustle and bustle of town, VR Rotorua Lake Resort is well worth considering for a romantic getaway. The lodge-inspired resort spans across seven acres of manicured gardens and includes a swimming pool, spa, sauna and 42 luxurious rooms and suites. Lake-view and garden-view rooms are comfortable with a king or twin layout, while your most luxurious offerings are the Executive Suite Spa Room and the Executive Suite. As for dining, The Grill is a must, serving award-winning beef and lamb dishes that are impeccably presented. See more accommodation like this in 10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Rotorua.

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VR Rotorua Lake Resort© VR Rotorua Lake Resort

8. RotoVegas Motel of Rotorua

Another fantastic motel offering in Rotorua, located on Fenton Street, a.k.a. the “Motel Mile”, RotoVegas Motel of Rotorua is a top choice. The modern and vibrant decor is a breath of fresh air compared to your usual motel accommodation. What’s more, each suite and apartment has either a kitchenette or a full kitchen for you spruce up your own meals. There’s something for couples in the Studio/Studio-with-a-spa-pool to large tribes in the three-bedroom apartment with a spa. Summers are best enjoyed around the barbecue area, while guests can also make use of the hot room, heated outdoor pool, mountain bike storage and wash down area, petanque course and more.

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RotoVegas Motel of Rotorua© RotoVegas Motel of Rotorua

9. Arista Capri Motel

More fabulous self-catering accommodation in Rotorua awaits at the Arista Capri Motel! The motel has 17 spacious units complete with kitchens and a geothermally-heated spa pool. The motel on Fenton Street offers studios for two up to two-bedroom apartments for families, each with a simple yet sleek design. Foodies will love the spacious barbecue area, while a unique feature of the motel is that each unit has individually controlled thermal heating.

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Arista Capri Motel© Arista Capri Motel

10. Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel

Last but certainly not least, foodies may want to consider the fabulous restaurant and design-driven hotel, the Regent of Rotorua. This 4.5-star hotel conveniently located in central Rotorua offers a chic and contemporary style from its furnishings to its food. Choose from a range of rooms from the cosy Cutie Room for couples to the spacious Two-Bedroom Executive Suite with designer furniture. A stay here includes WiFi, access to an outdoor heated pool, private mineral pool, a mini gym, DVD library, lounge and wine bar, and, of course, the Regent Room restaurant. The award-winning restaurant serves up contemporary cuisine including a wide range of sharing plates and tempting tapas. See more accommodation like this in 10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Rotorua.

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Regent of Rotorua© Regent of Rotorua

More About Rotorua for Foodies

Now that you know the best accommodations in Rotorua for foodies, see which ones made The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua.


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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