Black Swan, Rotorua

This stately boutique lodge provides a slice of gentrified English countryside set against the stunning beauty of Lake Rotorua.


Black Swan is nestled on the edge of Lake Rotorua, the second largest lake in the North Island of New Zealand. Easily accessible, this sophisticated refuge lies just a 5 minute drive from Rotorua’s city center and only 20 minutes from Rotorua International Airport. The region’s famed volcanos and thermal parks are just a helicopter ride or a float plane away from the hotel’s grounds.

Your room

Decorated in the style of a contemporary English manor, the modern interiors feature plush armchairs, black chandeliers and rich wallpaper. Choose between gorgeous lake views or a room overlooking the rose gardens and sweeping lawns. There is even a secret garden grotto to explore and a croquet lawn to tempt your inner country gentleman, or woman. Each of the eight sumptuous rooms seem to have been designed for pampering and include high definition flat screen TVs, under-floor heating, monsoon rain showers and individual fireplaces. Dine fireside or under the stars overlooking the lake beyond.

Why we like it

Nothing spells tranquillity better than a beautiful lakeside manor, or lakeside anything for that matter, and the serene mirror-like waters of Lake Rotorua provide the ideal backdrop for a relaxing getaway. Add to that setting solid stone soaker baths, feather and down pillows and a glowing fireplace to curl up next to and you may find it difficult to leave.

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