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East Coast and the Volcanic Zone Hotels

Country Villa

  • the beautiful villa

  • Statuary blends into the seemingly natural backgrounds

  • It was just past prime blooming season but was hard to tell

  • Anneke has spent 18 years constructing the garden from pasture

  • Anneke says this is John


  • The hosts are welcoming and sincere
  • The homemade cookies are delicious


  • It's a bit of a drive to town

Updated 02/18/2014

Fodor's Review

Morning sunshine floods through stained-glass windows in Anneke and John Van der Maat's lovely country home, which has scenic views of the lake and Mt. Tarawera. Colored friezes run at ceiling height around every room; as befits two former professional rose growers, the design emphasizes flowers. Throughout the house are mementos of the hosts' travels—a Buddha figure here, a prayer wheel there, blue-eyed dolls from Europe. An antique chandelier is suspended over the

table in the five-sided breakfast room, where the morning meal includes homemade bread plus a surprise hot dish that changes from day to day. One room is self-contained, with a separate entrance and a small kitchenette.

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Hotel Information


351 Dalbeth Rd., Rotorua, 3072, New Zealand

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Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 5 rooms
  • Breakfast

Updated 02/18/2014


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