Where to Find 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 provide some of the most romantic hot pool complexes in the country. Plus, the motels, hotels and resorts harness it too. With that in mind, we’ve put together this list of the most romantic accommodations 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 the 12 Most Romantic Things to Do in Rotorua for Couples and The Romantic Getaway & Honeymoon Guide to Rotorua.
1. Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel
A stylish retreat on the shores of Lake Rotorua, Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel is well worth considering for a special occasion or “just because”. Bask in the views and enjoy elegant spaces throughout the property. The one acre of manicured grounds consists of rose gardens, sweeping lawns, an outdoor pool, a “secret grotto” and a sandy beach with a private jetty. As for your room, enjoy modernly appointed “Lakeview Suites” with full glass sliders to bask in those views or perhaps opt for more space and added tranquillity in one of the “Garden Suites”.
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- Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel on Booking.com
- Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel on Trip.com
- Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel on Expedia
2. Geyser Lookout BnB
This gorgeous B&B on the outskirts of Rotorua, right by some of the town’s best geothermal attractions, is one of the most affordable yet romantic accommodations in Rotorua! Book this popular spot early before it’s gone! Geyser Lookout BnB offers two double guest rooms in the main house and a self-contained apartment for two. Enjoy the views of geothermal steam across the town and valleys from the B&B’s wraparound balcony. Just some other glorious extras include a spa pool, landscaped gardens and free breakfast. Discover more affordable stays like this in the 20 BEST Budget Accommodations in Rotorua.
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3. City Lights Boutique Lodge
On the slopes of Mt Ngongotaha, City Lights Boutique Lodge offers one of the most luxurious B&B accommodations in Rotorua. There are three guest rooms available with lavish shared spaces, especially the spa pool on the expansive deck with million-dollar views of the Rotorua countryside. Otherwise, there is also a self-catering cottage available. Other features of the boutique accommodation include a sauna, gym and lounge with a computer and other facilities to help organise a spectacular trip.
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- City Lights Boutique Lodge on Booking.com
- City Lights Boutique Lodge on Trip.com
- City Lights Boutique Lodge on Expedia
4. Ngamihi Lodge
Escape to Rotorua’s nearby Lake Okareka by staying at Ngamihi Lodge. There are three inviting suites at this designer B&B. When you’re not relaxing at the elegantly styled lodge or dining on Kiwi cuisine cooked up by your local hosts, said hosts can arrange a number of exclusive experiences for you, from boating to making use of the available bicycles and kayaks. As one of the most memorable B&Bs in the area, we had to list it in the Where to Stay in Rotorua: 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua.
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5. Regent of Rotorua
Couples may want to consider the fabulous design-driven Regent of Rotorua. This 4.5-star hotel conveniently located in central Rotorua offers a chic and contemporary style from its furnishings to its facilities. Choose from a range of rooms from the intimate “Cutie Room” for couples to the spacious “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, as well as the Regent Room restaurant serving sharing plates and tempting tapas.
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6. Solitaire Lodge
For a special occasion or simply to go all out, choose the most prestigious luxury lodge in Rotorua. Solitaire Lodge boasts a premium position on the shores of Lake Tarawera surrounded by native bush and volcanic vistas. Your all-inclusive stay doesn’t just include lodging in one of the elegant guest rooms but a complimentary mini bar, a full country breakfast, a light lunch, pre-dinner drinks & canapés and a five-course evening meal. You’ll certainly find a reason to work up an appetite with the arrangement of a private catamaran excursion on the lake or to some secret hot springs, paddling with the lodge’s supplied kayaks and dinghies, or blissfully doing nothing at all…
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7. 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 the 18 Best Luxury Accommodations in Rotorua.
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8. Regal Palms Resort
The Regal Palms Resort combines romance and home comforts in its 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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9. Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort
Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort is the place to rejuvenate together, boasting a fabulous day spa complete with treatments, spa pools, 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 spa 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 delectable dining venues for date night, check out The Food Guide to Rotorua: Places to Eat & Food Tours.
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- Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort on Booking.com
- Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort on Trip.com
- Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort on Expedia
10. Sport Of Kings Motel
Affordable, peaceful and romantic, Sport of Kings Motel is well worth considering. The 4.5-star motel situated just off Rotorua’s main street is in a convenient central location but feels miles away from the hustle and bustle. The modernly 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 freshly ground coffee!
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- Sport of Kings Motel on Booking.com
- Sport of Kings Motel on Trip.com
- Sport of Kings Motel on Expedia
11. 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 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 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 on Booking.com
- VR Rotorua Lake Resort on Trip.com
- VR Rotorua Lake Resort on Expedia
12. 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 Whakarewarewa Redwoods Forest – a great place to adventure together!
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13. BK’s Rotorua Motor Lodge
For couples looking for an affordable 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. See more excellent self-catering choices in the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Rotorua.
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14. 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 a 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. See how this compares to the 20 Best Motels in Rotorua.
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15. Arawa Park Hotel
If you’re more into romantic hotel accommodation then take a look at Arawa Park Hotel. 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. See how this compares to Rotorua’s other hotels in the 20 Best Hotels in Rotorua.
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[CLOSED] RotoVegas Motel of Rotorua
[Update: This motel is now an emergency housing venue in Rotorua and is no longer a tourist accommodation].
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.
More Romantic Accommodations in Rotorua
Now that you know the most romantic accommodations in Rotorua, check out what awesome things there are to do, as well as alternative accommodations:
- The 50 Best Accommodations in Wellington
- 25 Best Things to Do in Rotorua
- The Food Guide to Rotorua: Places to Eat & Food Tours
Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Romantic Getaway & Honeymoon Guide to Rotorua.