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Pounamu Lodge

Pounamu Lodge
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Just 15 minutes from Rotorua you’ll find a superb boutique Maori luxury lodge on the edge of stunning Lake Tarawera. Pounamu (Pronounced Po-naa-moo) Lodge is nestled in pristine native forest with panoramic views over the lake to sacred Mount Tarawera.

We invite you to Pounamu Lodge – to taste fresh, seasonal cuisine infused with Maori herbs flourishing in our garden; to experience a wide range of activities – private Maori cultural performances, trout fishing, guided walks and lake cruises.

Pounamu Lodge is named after the sacred greenstone of the Maori people of New Zealand. Pounamu is revered for its beauty and regarded with respect and pride. We apply these same principles when looking after our guests. We call it “Manaakitanga” – the ultimate in hosting and care for people. Pounamu Lodge has been designed around its cultural environment – Maori-inspired architecture and artworks provide a setting where you can totally relax and enjoy our cultural heritage and stories.

Comfort, quality, an exclusive environment and Maori cultural heritage are our gifts to you. "Naumai haeremai ki te turangawaewae o Tuhourangi" Welcome to the standing place of Tuhourangi. "Naumai haeremai ki aku wa kainga" Welcome to our place.

When you stay at Pounamu Lodge, Karen & David offer you:
  • Accommodation that compliments the stunning lake and mountain views
  • Total privacy and exclusive single party occupancy
  • A family-friendly stay for a maximum of 4 guests
  • Full gourmet breakfasts – continental style plus selection of cooked choices. (We also cater for vegetarians and those with gluten or dairy allergies).
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