It is the most recently constructed Qualmark 5-star luxury lodge in the Rotorua area, and represents the very best of contemporary architecture, offering total privacy and an atmosphere of understated elegance. Wildwood caters for a maximum of only six guests, with two large well-appointed 40 sq m suites in the main Lodge and an adjacent guest house of 70 sq m with private spa pool off the bedroom. All accommodation options have well appointed en suite bathrooms, oversize showers, baggage and dressing rooms, private balconies, stunning lake views, and are set right on the water.
With a large open plan design, incorporating expansive decks, the Lodge offers a wonderful feeling of space and light providing indoor / outdoor dining and entertaining options to suit all seasons. A large wood fire and ducted central heating and air conditioning ensure year round comfort.The extensive natural timber flooring is complemented with the generous use of Persian rugs and some fine examples of genuine 18th Century English Oak furniture. We also showcase original New Zealand contemporary art and sculpture. Click here to read more about the facilities available at Wildwood Luxury Lodge, Rotorua.
As we are situated a little out of town, Wildwood offers a fully inclusive tariff. We want our guests to relax at the end of their day, hang up the car keys, and enjoy our pre dinner canapés and complimentary bar, followed by a three course dinner and a wonderful selection of complimentary wines from our 1000 bottle cellar. There are absolutely no extras on checkout.
Wildwood has been owned and operated by Simon and Cath Robertson for twenty years, and both have had extensive involvement in the tourism industry. The lodge was recently totally rebuilt to meet the highest standards of the most discerning traveller.
Wildwood Lodge, Rotorua – Facilities
As we are situated approximately 20 minutes out of Rotorua (away from the sulphur smell), Wildwood Lodge offers a fully inclusive tariff for dinner, bed and breakfast, pre dinner cocktails and an excellent selection of complimentary wines, including a number of gold medal winners, to accompany your meal. A further selection of French champagnes, highly prized and vintage New Zealand and Australian wines are available for purchase. We do not have refrigerators or coffee /tea making facilities in guest suites, rather, we prefer our guests to use our kitchen and refreshment centre as if they were in their own home, without reference or charge.
Cath is a passionate cook and attends to all catering. Meals are served in the main Lodge dining room or on the large outside deck, front lawn or privately in the guest house should you prefer and superb New Zealand fare is the order of the day. Fresh seasonal produce from our own garden is incorporated where possible and guests’ dietary preferences are catered for. A 1,000 bottle wine cellar further complements the evening meal.
Our luxury Rotorua lodge has ducted central heating and air conditioning, with individual temperature controls in the guest house and suites. There is also a large open fire which provides wonderful ambience in the cooler months.
A well stocked library with weathered leather club couches offers a comfortable retreat for those who just wish to curl up with a book, and if the urge cannot be resisted, the theatre with 100 inch screen and sky dish will allow you to catch up with CNN or your favourite news programme. A large selection of movies and music are also available
Wildwood Lodge is situated on State Highway 30, approximately 25 minutes from Rotorua central, 15 minutes from Rotorua Airport and 45 minutes from Whakatane. The Lodge is nestled on the shores of Lake Rotoehu, one of a cluster of lakes in the area. It is where, in 1823, Hongi Hika and his warriors paddled and dragged their canoes to fight the Arawa people on Lake Rotorua. A delightful, short 45 minute walk through Hongi’s Track, amongst native bush, replicating part of the journey, is only a few hundred meters from the Lodge.
Hinehopu Golf Club, is a two minute drive from your luxury Rotorua lodge and is available to green fee players. It is a delightful country course surrounded by magnificent bush and high bluffs.
Soda Springs is a totally natural, very basic thermal spring which is a two minute drive from the Lodge. The water has wonderful therapeutic qualities and is regularly used by locals and visitors.
Whakatane township, situated on the East Coast is a 45 minute drive from Wildwood Lodge, and is a delightful day trip offering miles of sandy beaches and some of the finest salt water fishing in New Zealand. It is renowned for it’s Yellowfin Tuna and Marlin fishing during the summer months. Your host is a former record holder at the local game club, and guest entry can be arranged.
Numerous rivers are within easy reach of the Lodge, either by 4WD or helicopter. Rotorua has been granted the World Fly Fishing Championships twice, the only city in New Zealand to hold this honour. This is a testament to the areas’ trout fishing. Your host is a member of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides’ Assn and has forty years’ trout fishing experience in the area. We offer remote river fishing excursions for both the novice and experienced angler. See Rotorua Trout Safaris Ltd.
White Island is an active volcano thirty miles off the East Coast of New Zealand. Helicopter flights operate scheduled daily services to the Island and a pickup can be arranged from the landing pad at the Lodge for no extra charge, which is en route from Rotorua.
One of the worlds’ finest sporting clay ranges is situated at the end of our lake and is just a short drive from the Lodge. It offers an exciting fifty bird shoot on a totally private estate and is a unique experience. Allow half a day.
Central Rotorua Activities
Rotorua is host to almost two million visitors per year and is known for its geothermal activity, bubbling mud pools, geysers and thermal springs. It is also the ancestral home of the Arawa tribe, and associated Maori cultural activities which are available to the visiting public.
Numerous lake walks, with durations from half an hour to a full day are within a 30 minute drive, but by travelling a little further there are some wonderful full day river and bush walks. All offer exceptional scenery amongst native bush, few people, and are well marked.
Other attractions include the world famous Agrodome, Hangi (Maori feast), trout springs, bungi jumps, horse treks, sky diving, river rafting and a luge. In fact, Rotorua has everything one would expect to find in New Zealand, with the exception of snow.
What people are saying about Wildwood Lodge
"It has a wonderful homey atmosphere! The beds were very comfortable, great outside fire area, wonderful choices for breakfast.
We would've given it a 5, but it's needing some updates, which they are planning very soon. Can't wait to see it when it's done!
We would definitely stay again!!"
"This hotel was FANTASTIC! From the friendly staff to the great room, we enjoyed it all. And at a great price! There were towel art swans on the jetted tub. The room layout was great. The in room jetted tub was the best we've ever used, and I've gotten them in many hotels, some that I paid a lot more for the room. The breakfast in the morning was great. They were preparing the scrambled eggs right in front of us! There is an outdoor firepit that looked very inviting, we just ran out of time to try it"
"The rooms are clean and comfortable! The breakfast choices are outstanding. The staff are professional and friendly. If I closed my eyes, I would swear I'm in a hunting and fishing lodge! All the comforts of home away from home."