Rotorua is full of romantic hotels perfect for a honeymoon, anniversary, birthday, or, just a spontaneous romantic couples getaway. You really don’t need a reason. There’s so much on offer for couples from private hot pools and mud spas, to thrills rides like jet boats, the luge or the Zorb. Active couples love the mountain biking, rafting, kayaking and hiking. While others will enjoy the bars and restaurants and Rotorua’s famous geothermal sites. So, grab your lover, and book a romantic hotel with a spa in room. You’re guaranteed to love it.
Romantic Hotels in Rotorua
Peppers On The Point Lake Rotorua
Take some time out together and enjoy this beautiful beachfront property set in a 1930’s mansion. The rooms are cosy, even in the cooler months thanks to underfloor heating and the views over the lake are incredible.
Indulge in a romantic massage or treatment at the day spa and enjoy beautiful cuisine in the restaurant. All bathrooms come with a spa bath and massage jet shower so you don’t even need to leave your room for some pampering!
Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort
A nice quiet romantic getaway spot on the Rotorua lakefront, but still close enough to the major attractions. Couples can enjoy the day spa, hot pools, steam room and outdoor pool in warmer months.
The staff here are fantastic. We recommend wandering the lake front and watching the sunsets. Reviews suggest the restaurant is now Asian cuisine, rather than what is currently advertised on their website, but most have enjoyed the meals. It’s an excellent affordable romantic hotel in Rotorua.
Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel
For couples who enjoy a quieter location, Black Swan Boutique Hotel is located on the lake front, five minutes drive from the city centre. The rooms have tranquil views over the lake, solar heated pool, or rose gardens. Enjoy the spa, have a game of petanque or croquet, or book yourself a helicopter tour over the local volcanoes and geothermal parks.
Each room comes with it’s own fireplace and free a la carte breakfast. It is one of the most romantic hotels in Rotorua. The reviews are wonderful and the service is attentive so this would be the perfect spot for a romantic getaway or a honeymoon in Rotorua.
Treat yourselves to some time away at romantic Hamurana Lodge. It is in a peaceful and quiet location with 15 acres of landscaped gardens to relax in. It is 15 minutes drive from the city so better suited to getting away from the hustle and bustle. There are views over Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island, an outdoor swimming pool, bar, guest lounges and pool table.
The staff at Hamurana Lodge are friendly and accommodating, the rooms are spacious and warm, and continental breakfast is included. This is a great hotel for couple in Rotorua.
Ibis is located close to the city and Lake Rotorua, perfect for a weekend exploring central Rotorua. It is a short walk to the Polynesian Spa, or reviews suggest you can use the pool and geothermal spa next door at the Novotel. The restaurant does a full English breakfast and dinner and there is also a bar on site.
The hotel is fully air conditioned, staff are friendly, and the rooms are clean and comfortable with views over the lake, city or gardens. Free private parking is available as well. A great base for couples who are out and about during the day. It is an excellent option for a cheap romantic getaway in Rotorua.
VR Rotorua Lake Resort
VR Rotorua Lake Resort is perfect for a romantic getaway or a honeymoon in Rotorua. The property is six acres of land situated on the shores of Lake Rotoiti and the rooms have views over the lake or gardens. It is only 15 minutes drive from Rotorua city centre. They have bikes to rent if you enjoy exploring slowly, and a private boat to take you out fishing or for trips to the Manapouri Hot Pools. Free transfers are available to and from Rotorua Airport, or there is free private parking.
The hotel has an outdoor pool and two hot tubs, a sauna and a tennis court. The Grill Restaurant serves breakfast and dinner, and you can sit in front of the lounge fireplace for pre-dinner drinks on cooler nights. VR is perfect for couples looking for a secluded romantic hotel near Rotorua.
Couples rave about Karanda Bnb. It is a relaxing and peaceful spot for a romantic getaway with amazing views over Rotorua and the lake. The hosts are exceptionally friendly and welcoming and the furnishings are elegant. Rooms are spacious and clean and there is a large garden to relax in. I hear the coffee is amazing, the breakfast is lovely and there is excellent wifi and smart tv. They also offer free airport shuttles. Definitely worth a look for a secluded romantic weekend getaway in Rotorua.
A premier luxury lodge on the shores of Lake Tarawera, Solitaire Lodge is the perfect honeymoon destination. Each of the nine suites have romantic lake views. The modern New Zealand cuisine and wine matches are superb and the service is friendly and professional.
The ultimate relaxed luxury, with large clean rooms and plenty to do, including kayaking, fishing, biking and a private 15 minute boat ride to the Tarawera Thermal Springs where you can soak, and hike to the falls if you wish. Easily one of the most romantic hotels near Rotorua.
Treetops Lodge & Estate
Treetops Lodge is incredibly romantic. Set in a private native forest, the luxurious suites and villas each have a magnificent spa bath. There are outdoor mineral hot tubs surrounded by ferns, it’s an incredibly sensual experience. The service is wonderful, as are the gourmet meals created from local game and produce. Other facilities include spa treatments, games room, a library, and a bar.
Other activities offered include hunting, fishing, forest hikes (one with a waterfall, and a night one with glow worms), and mountain biking. This is a magnificent place for a honeymoon in Rotorua.
The romantic Pullman Rotorua is located in the city, minutes walk from the lakefront and eateries. The rooms are clean and comfortable and the service is friendly and professional. It has valet parking, a gym, restaurant, bar and meeting rooms. There is no pool, but it is within easy walking distance to the Polynesian Pools. Couples love this hotel for the luxurious rooms and great views from the upper floors.
This stunning romantic lodge is located at Lake Okareka, only 20 minutes drive from Rotorua. It has three 2-room suites, a wrap around deck, and the lake is just a short walk down the road. It is a peaceful and luxurious spot to relax and unwind with that special someone. Make use of the free bicycles, or explore the Buried Village which is only 4km away. The views over the lake are spectacular. Ngamihi Lodge is an excellent hotel for couples near Rotorua.
Prince’s Gate Hotel
Prince’s Gate Hotel is a beautiful vintage style hotel in a historical building that dates back to 1897. It is in the centre of Rotorua, near the lakefront and adjacent to the Polynesian Spa and the romantic Government Gardens. The staff are friendly and helpful and the large lounge is warm and inviting with open fires. There is a restaurant and bar and high tea is also available. Relax in the three thermally heated pools and sauna after your day out. This is an excellent hotel for couples in Rotorua, perfect for a romantic weekend away.
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Why choose Rotorua for Romantic Getaway?
Rotorua is one of New Zealand favourite destinations for a dirty weekend. It’s central location means it draws couples from all over the north island. The town and surrounding lakes and streams have all manner of romantic hot pools, so regardless whether you prefer a skinny dip in kerosene creek at 2am or a thermal mud spa, or just a relaxing afternoon soak at the polynesian spa, there’s a hot pool for every couple.
There are plenty of great restaurants to enjoy in Rotorua as well, the Stratosphere restaurant at the top of the Gondola is a great place to start, or just wander down Eat Street and find a casual bite.
Active couples will love the hiking and mountain biking on offer in Rotorua, either at Redwoods or Skyline (both are fantastic).
But most of all couples love the romantic accommodation in Rotorua. Exclusive Lodges offer a top end romantic weekend away, Tree Tops Lodge, or Solitaire Lodge are both exceptional. There are many romantic hotels for couples in Rotorua as well. Rotorua also has some of the best motels for couples, many of which offer private hot tubs perfect for a dirty weekend in Rotorua.