Wildwood Lodge

Rotorua, Central North Island, New Zealand

At a Glance

  • Located just outside Rotorua, discover this fascinating geothermal area

  • Just 15-minutes away from the airport, you can enjoy the tranquil setting in no time

  • Breathtaking views over Lake Rotoehu

  • Hiking Hongi's Track, fly fishing and golf are just some of the nearby activities guests can enjoy

  • Curl up by the fire and enjoy both outdoor and indoor dining here

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The climate in New Zealand is incredibly pleasant, with warm and balmy summers and cold crisp winter months with wonderful clear, blue skies. The warmer high-season months of November to April are perfect for outdoor exploration. The colder months of June to August are the best time to ski.

Both North and South Islands are drier on the east coast, rather than on the west, where mountain ranges act as a trap for the moisture-rich winds from the Tasman Sea. It is also worth remembering that it is usually a few degrees cooler on the South Island than the North Island and as New Zealand has a maritime climate, the weather can change rapidly.

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Insider's View

If you're keen to try your hand at some fishing make sure you book in a session with Simon!

Ensure you arrive to dinner with an appetite as Cath cooks up a seriously delicious three course meal, accompanied by local wines picked out by Simon.

Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday to Wildwood Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Central North Island


Set in five acres of landscaped gardens, Wildwood Lodge is a contemporary lodge offering understated elegance and luxury. The lodge, which can sleep up to six, features fantastic lake views and is a fantastic base for exploring Rotorua.

Nestled in New Zealand's thermal capital, Wildwood Lodge boasts a charming location overlooking Lake Rotoehu. The lodge is a great base to explore the many geysers and thermal parks of Rotorua along with numerous lake walks, fly fishing and golf making it perfect for guests wanting to experience New Zealand's great outdoors.

The lodge, which sits right on the water, has been lovingly cared for by its owners for over twenty years. Catering for a maximum of six guests, Wildwood is made up of two suites in the main building and an adjacent guest house which features a private spa pool. Each room has an en suite bathroom, dressing room and private balcony with views onto the lake.

The décor at Wildwood is contemporary and understated with ample space to relax. With an all inclusive option, the lodge really is a home away from home. After a day exploring dine on the delicious pre dinner canapés before sitting down to a delicious home cooked meal. There is both indoor and outdoor dining to choose from and a large wood fire makes for a perfect spot to curl up and enjoy some after dinner drinks.

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There are just two suites and one cottage at Wildwood Lodge, making it an intimate stay. The lodge can sleep up to six guests.


Children are welcome, but please be aware there are no specific facilities available for them.



Charlotte Winter (Staff)

Staying at Wildwood Lodge was like staying with long lost relatives. Cath and Simon who run the lodge are absolutely delightful and really do make your stay here a memorable one. The lodge is made up of just two suites and one cottage, so takes a maximum of 6 guests at any one time, making it a very intimate stay. For families, this would be a super choice as you can arrange exclusive use of the entire lodge. Cath's cooking at the lodge is absolutely delicious and a real highlight of a stay here. In terms of activities, the lodge is located directly on the lakeside so there are plenty of opportunities for fishing. The property is also just a 10 minute drive from the centre of Rotorua so you're close enough to get involved in lots of great experiences in town.


Anna Chaplin (Staff)

From the moment I arrived at Wildwood Lodge I felt welcomed and at home straight away. Cath and Simon looked after us so well and were very attentative. They cooked the most delicious and homely dinner, it was truly like staying with a long lost aunt and uncle. The lodge is warm and inviting and the main communal areas provide the perfect setting to relax with a glass in hand. The views out from the lodge across the lake are beautiful and you feel very at peace and one with nature!


  • A private tour of Hobbiton - A Tolkien Day Out

    Enter the world of Tolkien and discover the magical setting made famous by The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit. Once quoted by Peter Jackson as being 'a slice of ancient England', discover the hobbit holes on a guided tour of the movie set.

  • Cruising Lake Rotoiti onboard Tiua (Shared)

    Enjoy a luxury eco cruising experience aboard Tiua – a luxury 53ft catamaran, moored on the idyllic shores of Lake Rotoiti.

  • Discover the Waitomo Glowworm Caves (Shared)

    Sail under a canopy of the thousands of tiny glow-worms that illuminate the Waitomo Caves, their incredible luminescence creating a magical serenity as you glide through the waters of the Waitomo River.

  • Lake Rotorua and Lake Rotoiti Full Day Private Kayaking Adventure

    The waters of Lake Rotorua and Lake Rotoiti are yours to explore by kayak as you spend a full day in the scenic surrounds of the lake with your private guide.

  • Mine Bay Rock Carving Tour (Shared)

    Beginning in the sheltered waters of Acacia Bay, explore the secluded Rock Carvings at Mine Bay in the heart of Lake Taupo.

  • Mountain Biking in the Redwood Forest (Private)

    The Redwoods Forest has one of the oldest mountain bike networks in the country. Over 140 kms of master crafted trails offer an unbeatable blend of riding surfaces, topography and scenery.

  • Pure Rotorua Experience (Private)

    Experience the best of Rotorua, with a scenic helicopter flight, immersive encounter with a Maori community and a flight to the lunar landscape of the White Island, topped off with a luxury sailing trip to soak in the geothermal waters of the hot pools.

  • Rainbow Springs and Kiwi Encounter (Shared)

    Rainbow Springs is set in 22 acres of beautiful native trees and streams and is home to a huge variety of New Zealand’s wildlife, particularly the shy but iconic Kiwi. This is the place to come face to face with New Zealand's famous avian inhabitant.

  • Te Po Evening Experience at Te Puia (Shared)

    Immerse yourself in Maori culture with an evening of storytelling, food and entertainment, as well as a chance to visit some of Rotorua’s stunning natural sights.

  • Te Puia Daytime Experience (Shared)

    Home to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, Te Puia is a cultural centre just 5-minutes from the centre of Rotorua. Immerse yourself in Maori culture and visit the Pohutu Geyser during your visit to the Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley.

Holiday Ideas

  • Grand Tour of Australia and New Zealand

    Waiheke Island, Rotorua, Kaikoura, Queenstown, Sydney, Whitsundays, Cairns and Uluru

    from £16000 pp inc flights & transfers for 18 nights

    • The most luxurious and exclusive way to discover the highlights of the Antipodes
    • With spectacular weather, this itinerary is a great option for Christmas holidays, either just for a couple or for a family with children over 6
    • Discover the marine giants of New Zealand with a whale watching trip in Kaikoura
  • Highlights of New Zealand

    Auckland, Napier, Rotorua, Wellington & Queenstown

    from £7400 pp inc flights & transfers for 8 nights

    • Enjoy the diversity of the spectacular New Zealand landscapes, from dense native forests to loft snow capped mountains
    • Explore each area in a different way, by foot, by boat, on horseback or by helicopter
    • Indulge in the local, seasonal produce in each destination, from the crayfish of Kaikoura to the traditional Maori foods at Treetops

Location & directions

Rotorua, Central North Island, New Zealand

Perched on the edge of Lake Rotoehu, Wildwood Lodge can be found approximately 20-minutes from the heart of Rotorua on New Zealand's Central North Island.

How to get there

Fly into Auckland International Airport. From there Wildwood Lodge is a 3-hour drive away.

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