A captivating city hideaway with a superb restaurant and in a great spot near Rotorua lakefront.

Regent of Rotorua dates back to a 1950s motel and has been superbly renovated in keeping with the original style, but with a luxurious and distinctly boutique feel. There’s a small pool framed by an immaculate manicured lawn with sun loungers, and the rooms are beautifully chic – think white walls, dark grey floors and modern amenities including a minibar, microwave, iPod docking station and flat-screen TV. The hotel is also only a three-minute drive from the mock-Tudor Rotorua Museum, said to be the most photographed building in New Zealand.

Head to The Regent Room and enjoy contemporary New Zealand cuisine across a wide selection of menus including degustation, à la carte lunch specials and an extensive wine list. The restaurant has a sleek black and white interior, with superb chandeliers, plush leather seats and bar stools and a beautiful indoor-outdoor fireplace, framed by a pair of striking rhino heads. During the summer you can dine al fresco out in the courtyard, or stay cosy in the winter on one of the elegant French sofas.

4.5 stars
Dec - Apr
25½ hours (not including stopover time)
Near Rotorua lakefront (10 minutes’ walk), and just a few minutes’ walk from local shops, cafés and bars
A 15-minute drive from Rotorua airport


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