About Rainbow Trout Lodge

Rainbow Trout Lodge, Rotorua is set on the lake front with landscaped gardens on the shores of tranquil and historic Lake Rotoehu.

Completed in 2008 an eco house of native timbers oiled in their natural state. It represents the very best of contemporary architecture, offering privacy and luxurious elegance for the discerning traveller. Rainbow Trout Lodge caters for a maximum of eight guests, with three large well-appointed rooms in the house, including one loft room. There is a separate studio unit that has its own bathroom.
With a large open plan design, incorporating spacious decks, the Lodge offers a wonderful feeling of space and light. The extensive natural timber flooring is complemented with the generous use of Persian rugs and local examples of natural Kiwi genuine wood furniture. We also showcase original New Zealand contemporary art and sculpture. During the summer months feast on fresh produce from the abundant vegetable garden. Be fascinated by the working bee hives at the rear of the property. Reflect on the day as you sit and watch the sun set in the western sky.

The property is owned and operated by Tony and Jude Lipanovic since 2013. Tony has been visiting Lake Rotoehu since 1990 with 26 years of local knowledge fishing experience.




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An eco-house built entirely of New Zealand native timber with wooden floors, exposed beams and ceilings in wood. Each of the 3 bedrooms all facing west have stunning lake views, queen beds and luxurious cotton sheets with feather pillows. Ample wardrobe space. There is a separate studio unit which has its own bathroom, and tea/coffee making facilities.
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Dining and Kitchen

Full fridge-freezer with vegetable conditioner and ice maker. Eye level oven, microwave and dishwasher all in European equipment. Caffitaly Espresso Machine with full flavored espresso capsules. Local wood dining table and chairs with stunning lake views.

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Stress reducing Morgan leather recliners with pillow cloud comfort. 55 inch Sony Bravia TV with Bose sound system; local TV and large library of Blu-ray DVD’s. Heating available through two wood fires during winter with additional air-conditioning from two heat exchange pumps with natural air intake.
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Dining and Kitchen
Dining and Kitchen



Rates & Bookings

House rate $350 per night for 2 people. Extra adults $50 each per night. Cleaning fee $50.

Minimum 2 night stay.

Self-catered breakfast with all ingredients supplied included in your rate.

Fishing trip $350 half day; $600 full day. All gear supplied. Fishing licence extra.

Dinner fully catered $150 for 2 people. Includes complimentary wine from a great cellar. $75 per extra person.

Free airport pick-ups from Rotorua, Tauranga, Whakatane.

No pets. Children under 12 by negotiation.

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Local Activities

Waitangi Soda Springs
Rainbow Trout Lodge is situated on State Highway 30, approximately 35 minutes from Rotorua central, 25 minutes from Rotorua Airport; 45 minutes from Whakatane; and 50 minutes from Tauranga . The Lodge is nestled on the shores of Lake Rotoehu, one of a cluster of 16 lakes in the area. It is where, in 1823, Hongi Hika and his warriors paddled and dragged their canoes to fight the Arawa people on Lake Rotorua. A delightful, short 45 minute walk through Hongi’s Track, amongst native bush, replicating part of the journey, is a few minutes drive from the Lodge.

Charles P.T. Royal a local Maori man who was the New Zealand Innovative Chef of the Year 2003; Winner of the New Zealabd Cusine Magazine & Matua Valley wines Award winner for innovation and Excellence 2004-2006 is available for guided bush walks locally with Maori lunches and guided Maori food tours.

Hinehopu Golf Club, is a four minute drive from your Lodge and is available to green fee players. It is a delightful country course surrounded by magnificent bush and high bluffs.

Waitangi Soda Springs is a totally natural, well developed yet simple thermal spring with onsite local Iwi management by Chiefie and Joanne. The Springs are a minutes’ drive from the Lodge. The water has wonderful therapeutic qualities and is regularly used by locals and visitors.

Whakatane township, situated on the East Coast is a 45 minute drive from Rainbow Trout Lodge, and is a delightful day trip offering miles of sandy beaches and some of the finest salt water fishing in New Zealand. It is renowned for it’s Yellow fin Tuna and Marlin fishing during the summer months with excellent catches of Snapper and Terakihi both excellent white fleshed eating fish.

White Island is an active volcano thirty miles off the East Coast of New Zealand. Helicopter flights operate scheduled daily services to the Island from Rotorua.



Rotorua is host to almost two million visitors per year and is known for its geothermal activity, bubbling mud pools, geysers and thermal springs. It is also the ancestral home of the Arawa tribe, and associated Maori cultural activities which are available to the visiting public.

Numerous lake walks, with durations from half an hour to a full day are within a 30 minute drive, but by travelling a little further there are some wonderful full day river and bush walks. All offer exceptional scenery amongst native bush, few people, and are well marked.

Other attractions include the world famous Agrodome, Hangi (Maori feast), trout springs, bungi jumps, horse treks, sky diving, river rafting and a luge. In fact, Rotorua has everything one would expect to find in New Zealand, with the exception of snow.

Personally escorted tours for sightseeing, shopping and bushwalking can be arranged. Further information on Rotorua is available on the official website www.rotoruanz.co.nz



Contact Us

TEL: +64-7-3620808
EMAIL: stay@rainbowtroutlodge.co.nz
ADDRESS: 145 Pongakawa Valley Road, Kennedy Bay’ Lake Rotoehu
RD 4 Rotorua 3074

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