Prince's Gate Hotel
Prince's Gate Hotel

10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Rotorua

© Prince’s Gate Hotel

Romantic Hotels and Honeymoon Accommodation in Rotorua

If you’re travelling around New Zealand on your honeymoon or perhaps are seeking a romantic weekend away then Rotorua is definitely going to want to be on your itinerary. The soothing warm mineral waters created by the city’s geothermal activity provides some of the most romantic hot pool complexes of the country. Plus, the motels, hotels and resorts harness it too. With that in mind, we’ve put together this list of romantic accommodation in Rotorua with accommodation featuring soothing spa pool and hot pool facilities, as well as options to suit a variety of budgets.

While you’re here, you might also be interested in New Zealand in Two Weeks: Honeymoon Itinerary and The Honeymoon Guide to Rotorua.

1. VR Rotorua Lake Resort

A tranquil retreat on the shores of Lake Rotoiti and a 15-minute drive from town, VR Rotorua Lake Resort is well worth considering for a romantic weekend away. The lodge-inspired resort spans across seven acres of manicured gardens, including a swimming pool, spa, sauna, dining room and 42 rooms and suites. Lake-view and garden-view rooms are available with a king layout for couples, while your more luxurious offerings like the Executive Suite Spa Rooms and the Executive Suites are also worth considering. Not only can you enjoy quiet days together playing giant chess on the lakefront or unwinding in the spa pools, but the dining at The Grill is a must with award-winning beef and lamb dishes that are sure to impress your loved one.

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VR Rotorua Lake Resort© VR Rotorua Lake Resort

2. Emerald Spa Motor Inn

The perfect retreat for couples, Emerald Spa Motor Inn is Rotorua’s more luxurious motel offering which features Romance Packages and irresistible spa rooms. Each unit has kitchenette facilities should you want to indulge in a quiet night in, as well as conveniences like free WiFi and Sky TV. Outside, you’ll find a heated pool, mountain bike storage and wash-down facilities. While the motel is a little out of town, it’s just a few minutes from the acclaimed Redwoods Forest – a great place to adventure together!

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Emerald Spa Motor Inn© Emerald Spa Motor Inn

3. Prince’s Gate Hotel

If your idea of romance involves a touch of class and elegance then set your sights on the Prince’s Gate Hotel in central Rotorua. Stay in one of only 50 luxury rooms and suites with traditional decor, luxurious bathrobes, Sky TV and some with a kitchenette and upgraded sumptuous furnishings. In true Rotorua style, guests have access to thermally-heated pools, as well as a private hot pool and sauna. The food is an event here with The Dukes Bar and Restaurant serving modern European cuisine with a strong emphasis on French cooking. The restaurant also offers a “Taste Indigenous New Zealand” degustation experience, as well as high tea. For more hotels like this, see 10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Rotorua.

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Prince's Gate Hotel© Prince's Gate Hotel

4. Regal Palms Resort

The Regal Palms Resort combines romance and home comforts in their collection of suites, each with a private hot pool. Suites also have a kitchenette or full kitchen facilities should you want to impress your loved one with your cooking skills. You’ll also have access to a heated swimming pool, Sky TV, a DVD library, free WiFi, a barbecue area, a nine-hole mini-golf course, sauna, tennis court and the list goes on! Another way to spend your downtime here is relaxing by the fire in the Guest Bar and Lounge or sitting outside on the patio in summer while sampling New Zealand wines and spirits.

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Regal Palms Resort© Regal Palms Resort

5. Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort

Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort is the place to rejuvenate together, boasting a fabulous day spa complete with treatments, Jacuzzis, a plunge pool and a sauna infused with native herbs. Stay in either the Deluxe Room which opens up onto the resort’s swimming pool or indulge in the Superior Suite with a private balcony and double Jacuzzi bath. Contemporary fine dining can be experienced at the award-winning Mokoia Restaurant serving Pacific Rim cuisine, as well as a Rotorua speciality, “grill dining”. For more resorts like this, see 10 Best Accommodation in Rotorua for Foodies.

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WaiOra Lakeside Spa Resort© WaiOra Lakeside Spa Resort

6. RotoVegas Motel of Rotorua

While the name doesn’t exactly evoke romance, RotoVegas Motel of Rotorua is actually a top choice for couples. The modern and vibrant decor is a breath of fresh air compared to your usual drab motel accommodation. What’s more, each suite and apartment has either a kitchenette or a full kitchen for you to enjoy your own private meals together. The Studio or Studio with a spa pool present some of the best rooms for couples, but should you want to explore the motel some more, there’s a barbecue area, 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

7. Sport Of Kings Motel

Affordable, peaceful and romantic, Sport of Kings Motel is well worth considering. The 4.5-star motel situated just of Rotorua’s main street is in a convenient central location but feels miles away from the hustle and bustle. The newly-refurbished motel offers a range of stylish studios and apartments, the best being the King Studio and the One-Bedroom Spa Apartment. While not all rooms feature a private spa, the geothermally-heated outdoor pool has a gorgeous setting among native plantings. While you’ll have access to your own kitchen, a cooked and continental breakfast is available to be delivered straight to your door. On arrival, you’ll also receive a freshly ground coffee.

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Sport of Kings Motel© Sport of Kings Motel

8. BK’s Rotorua Motor Lodge

For couples looking for a private space to perhaps make their own meals, then another excellent choice is BK’s Rotorua Motor Lodge. The motel offers a range of rooms from simple Queen Suite Studios to more luxurious and spacious Deluxe Queen Spa Studio Suites, all of which have kitchenette facilities. BK’s Rotorua is conveniently located by a supermarket and within a short walk of the city centre.

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BK's Rotorua Motor Inn© BK's Rotorua Motor Inn

9. Rotorua Motel

Couples can’t go too far wrong with the modern furnishings and spa bath accommodation of the Rotorua Motel. Most rooms come with either a spa bath or spa pool and small-yet-modern kitchen that you’ll find a joy to cook in. You also have the choice of bathing in the outdoor thermal pool or spa pool, as well as conveniences like free WiFi. The motel is a short walk from the supermarket and from the city centre.

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Rotorua Motel© Rotorua Motel

10. Rydges Rotorua

Finally, if you’re more into romantic hotel accommodation then take a look at Rydges Rotorua. The 4.5-star hotel has some of the largest hotel rooms in the city, each with a modern-meets-classic decor and 95 rooms featuring a spa bath. The Superior Rooms, Deluxe King Rooms and Suites are the best options for couples, while you might want to enjoy some romantic meals in the airy Atrium Restaurant or a drink in the relaxed Mezz Bar.

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Rydges Rotorua© Rydges Rotorua

More About Rotorua for Couples

Now that you know the most romantic accommodations in Rotorua, 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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