Monday 15 November 2010

Skyrocketing Aussie dollar means now is the time to experience ultra luxury in remarkable Rotorua at Lake Okareka Lodge by lebua

-Live like a king at award winning Lake Okareka Lodge – for a prince's price-

With the Australian dollar at an all-time high (AUD$1 = NZ$1.27 as at 15/11/10), now is the time to enjoy the absolute pinnacle of New Zealand hospitality (and a secret of discerning travellers) – the five-star Lake Okareka Lodge by lebua.

Ideally situated a 15 minute scenic drive from fascinating Rotorua, this ultra-luxury lodge is widely recognised as New Zealand's iconic exclusive boutique property – and has been voted 'New Zealand's Leading Resort" at the World Travel Awards 2010[1], one of the "Top 10 places in the world to propose"[2], and the world's "Best Country House[3]".

Whether you're planning a romantic escape, private celebration or just an indulgent getaway, now is the time to live like a king – for about 30% less given the strength of the Aussie dollar – and experience sheer opulence amidst breathtaking natural surrounds.

Each and every guest at Lake Okareka Lodge – there are never more than nine – is treated like royalty with discreet 24-hour butler/concierge service, an internationally-trained personal chef and access to stunning private beaches, spa treatments, library/den with grand piano, climate-controlled wine cellar and onsite helipad.

Accommodation is sumptuous, with all three suites lavishly decorated and fully equipped with every conceivable amenity. The unique tastes and whims of each guest are catered for: you can enjoy formal five-course dining in the elegant dining room and play golf nearby, or enjoy fly fishing and forest walks and take your meals outdoors under the stars for a more casual ambience.

Those with a penchant for aquatic activities will be spoilt for choice. The Lodge's extensive facilities include a private jetty which is ideal for trout fishing or as a launch pad for watersports including water skiing, windsurfing, kayaking and sailing. Those seeking more of an adrenaline rush will enjoy white water rafting and jet boating on the thrilling Kaituna River.

Rotorua is the spiritual home of the Maori people, and the area offers many opportunities to learn about their vibrant culture, as well as to explore world-renowned natural geothermal phenomena including bubbling mud pools, hot mineral spring and spectacular geysers.

Alternatively, you need never leave the Lodge. Curl up with a book from the library on your private balcony with stunning lake views, enjoy a massage, meander around the lake's edge in blissful seclusion, then stroll back to the lounge for pre-dinner drinks and delectable canapés.

Fact File:

How to get there

Air New Zealand fly's direct to Rotorua from Sydney -


Suite costs start from NZ$1800 + GST per night for a Garden Suite


Tel: (64) 7362 8026
Fax: (64) 7362 8023

For more information on Lake Okareka Lodge visit

[1] Launched in 1992, the World Travel Awards recognise excellence in the international travel and tourism industry
[2] 2010
[3] World Luxury Hotel Awards 2009

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