Peppers on the Point, Rotorua
This historic family mansion has been converted into a superb luxury lodge boasting spectacular views over Lake Rotorua and towards Mokoia Island. Donkeys, miniature ponies, sheep and an alpaca roam the tranquil gardens and make it hard to believe that the city of Rotorua is less than a ten minute drive away. Famous for its traditional Maori culture, Rotorua is home to bubbling mud pools, geysers and hot thermal springs.
There are plenty of activities at the lodge to keep you busy. Challenge your partner to a game of tennis, burn some calories at the fitness centre, go boating on the lake or fish for rainbow trout off the private beach. Or you can simply relax and soak up the natural beauty and serenity. Unwind during a therapeutic massage at the spa, curl up with a good book in the library or relax around the open fireplace in the communal lounge. Meal times are a delight, with home-cooked meals, accompanied by wine from the lodge's cellar, served in the main dining room, the private dining room (reservation required), in the privacy of your room, or on the terrace overlooking the lake.
The classic suites each feature cosy underfloor heating, a living area and a large bathroom with spa bath. The Lodge Suites are located in the main house and all but one have lake views. Main Suites have panoramic views over the lake, a large lounge and dining area, and a spacious balcony. Lake Cottage Suites are set back from the lodge, offering more privacy, and they feature an open-air hot tub on a deck overlooking the lake.