10 Best Farm Stays In Rotorua, New Zealand

Anne Nicole
Anne Nicole 
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Rotorua is perched on its namesake lake, Lake Rotorua, which is one of the city’s geothermal marvels set in an extinct volcano’s crater. Since it is idyllically positioned in the Pacific Rim of Fire, it abounds with geothermal waters found in the shooting geysers and bubbling lakes. While here, indulge yourself in a healing dip in mineral hot springs and steamy mud pools. Polynesian Spa is an excellent retreat for relaxation seekers. Other natural wonders in Rotorua are Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest. Besides uninterrupted natural glory, Rotorua also boasts well-preserved Maori culture and tradition, which you can discover at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village.

Now that you have enough knowledge about Rotorua, the next thing to do is find a place to stay. To experience a tranquil countryside lifestyle, read on to find out about the best farm stays in Rotorua, New Zealand.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on November 28, 2023.

1. Charming cottage in Lake Okareka Village (from USD 81)

Set in the serene Lake Okareka Village, this charming cottage affords guests a healing break in the lap of nature without compromising contemporary tranquility. This delightful rental greets you with high log ceilings and an open-plan layout, giving you plenty of space to mull around.

Sit back and laze on the velvet couch while catching an episode from a good local show. You can also use the fully equipped kitchen to whip up your favorite dish. The cottage opens to a lawn garden bedecked with organic lemon trees, so you can step out for fresh air.

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Lake Okareka, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand
6.47 km (4.1 mi) from Redwoods Treewalk
112 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Farm stay 3 Beds 5 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 5

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the wifi was good and the tv had sky and netflix
the place was warm double glazed with heaters if necessary and easy to find and access
the cottage was comfortable and spacious which made it easier on the rainy days
very comfortable with a private outdoor space as well
and the living space and kitchen are fully equipped and well thought out
Cleanliness:
very clean and comfortable
modern clean and comfortable
the place was clean and organized
suzy's home was exceptionally clean and comfortable
the accommodation is well appointed clean and private
Host:
suzy is a great host
a great host and house
suzy was a responsive host - we would definitely stay again
friendly host and great communication
the guidebook with local tips written by suzy was very helpful
Location:
great pricing and very close to the lakes
awesome space loved the location by the lakes but still so close to town
the location was very nice just a short drive to the city and in a quite neighborhood
i really liked the location being close to the lake- just a 5min walk down the road
the layout is perfect for a small family and the location is super close to fun activities
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2. The Annex (from USD 90)

The Annex is a snug farm stay that promises to let you escape your daily mundane routines. This laid-back studio is tucked away in a rural landscaped setting but still close to the town and the airport.

Wondering how to romanticize your life while here? Begin your day by picking some fresh fruits from the orange grove to create a drink that matches your continental breakfast. On long afternoons, read a book on the window seat while sipping a cup of coffee. You can also meditate on the pergola with the chirping birds as your soundtrack.

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Tikitere, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand
9.35 km (5.9 mi) from Redwoods Treewalk
17 reviews   Wifi Available
Farm stay 2 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
clean and very tidy
Host:
communication from the hosts was superb
Location:
nice and secluded fine for four people if you are close
this place is good if you’re looking for somewhere basic
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3. Chic rental with free continental breakfast (from USD 109)

The free continental breakfast served every morning is an attestation that this chic rental is more than just a lodging space. When the weather gets chilly, stay cooped up in the heated outdoor lounge area with a fire pit. There is also a blissful spa pool where you can take a relaxing dip to brave the cold. An outdoor soaking tub heated to 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) is a huge plus for guests who love taking boiling bath bombs.

Before the sun sets, unwind on the gazebo and take in the beauty of the lake.

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Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
8.25 km (5.2 mi) from Redwoods Treewalk
170 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Farm stay 4 Beds 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 5

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
warm and cosy space with good facilities to maximise the outdoor living and an amazing view over the lake
the beds were comfy and we had an awesome time
was such a lovely little place very comfortable & tidy and the view was amazing very comfortable beds
we loved the playground and trampoline friendly farm animals breakfast outdoor heater outdoor bath firepit and marshmallows
we appreciated the extra touches like complimentary breakfast and being allowed to bring our dog along
Host:
friendly host and most welcoming approach and we just felt our own home
hosts are very welcoming and friendly
she is a lovely host and we felt well taken care of
fun outdoor spaces and thoughtful hosts
this is the place to be and the hosts are awesome
Location:
great stay so glad we chose this place
lovely private location outside of the city but only a 10min drive from the major activities rotorua offers
super close to important tourist spots and still out of town a little
what an amazing location and great value with lovely hosts
the location is perfect for those who travels around rotorua with their family & friends
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4. Spacious home overlooking the city and Lake Rotorua (from USD 182)

If you require spacious comforts for your family when booking an accommodation, this farm stay is an excellent choice. This hilltop property sits on 76 acres (30.76 hectares) of farmland, commanding scenic views of the city and Lake Rotorua.

This secluded home is awash in sunshine, thanks to the vast windows surrounding the place. An indoor spa bath is available in case you want to relieve your muscle tensions after a hard-strength day. Once the temperature drops outside, get cozy next to the indoor fireplace in the airy living area.

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Rotorua, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand
2.05 km (1.3 mi) from Redwoods Treewalk
317 reviews   Wifi Available
Farm stay 4 Beds 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
nice lake view from the room
the view is fantastic from every room
the views from all the rooms were amazing
other minor inconveniences mentioned in the previous reviews like no wifi in the bedrooms did not bother us
we enjoyed the huge living space with a cozy fireplace and amazing views over the lake and town
Cleanliness:
clean rooms well furnished
the place was nice clean and spacious
the 3 bathrooms are so clean and comfortable
nice clean bedrooms and friendly landlord
the home is modern clean and has a great spot to hangout with spectacular views
Host:
perfect hosts with a perfect home
hosts were friendly and accommodating
the hosts were warm and welcoming
gavin and rena were lovely hosts
hosts are very kind and accommodating
Location:
the location was fantastic for everything we wanted to see
the place is a nice play to stay and city is very close to it
location of the property is awesome being right on the edge of town and redwoods with exceptional views
close to town soaking tubs kiwi breakfast and lambs would definitely stay here again
we would recommend this stay for anyone looking for a unique place to stay in rotorua
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5. Cheerful abode with an outdoor hot tub (from USD 137)

Remote-working guests who need to stay productive will find this cheerful abode a great catch. With a dedicated office area and free high-speed internet, this property ensures that you are on track with your deadlines while providing you with a change of scenery.

Once you have accomplished a day’s worth of deliverables, reward yourself with an aromatic soak in the outdoor hot tub while drinking a glass of wine. This rural home also hosts an expansive deck overlooking the lush greenery should you need to breathe between work hours.

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Ngongotahā Valley, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
12.79 km (8.0 mi) from Redwoods Treewalk
44 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Farm stay 3 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the rural views were lovely and the place was comfortable and relaxing
the space was well set up with everything our young family needed to be comfortable
Cleanliness:
clean cozy house beautiful view
nice clean and tidy place to stay with nice country views
neat and clean cosy and warm with fire to add to the ambience
Host:
accommodation and owners highly recommended thank you both of you ;-))
Location:
the location was great
nice calm place away from city
we enjoyed our stay and found the location to be peaceful and enjoyed the beautiful views
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6. Restful Airbnb with free parking (from USD 152)

Arriving with a car? This restful Airbnb is one of the few properties near Rotorua with free parking on the premises. Every morning, you will wake up to a delicious breakfast carefully prepared by the host, such as the Eggs Benedict specialty. Consume your morning meal while gaping at the stunning nature sightings.

You will be sleeping in the pool room, which is nicely appointed with a plush bed and an ensuite bathroom. It also features a coffee table and a flat-screen TV. What’s more, free Wi-Fi is available so you can stay connected with your loved ones.

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Ngongotaha , Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
13.18 km (8.2 mi) from Redwoods Treewalk
42 reviews   Wifi Available
Farm stay 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the natural setting of their property and the comfort of the room both exceeded my expectations
quite and relaxing stay in comfortable property with outstanding views
the apartment is in a great spot with great views 360 around the area including lake rotorua
pauline's breakfast spread was delicious and we left completely full
i also cant rave about paulines eggs benedict enough her breakfast spread is amazing
Cleanliness:
apartment itself was clean comfortable
the best was comfy everything was really new and clean and the setting is really pretty
Host:
the hosts were a delight
really great hosts and love their company
excellent hosts who also provided us with delicious breakfasts
she is a very accommodating host and is great to talk to
they are warm and welcoming great hosts
Location:
great location on a beautiful property
super quiet location yet close to town
authentic new zealand farm experience close to forest walks and rotorua and geothermal attractions
great location and awesome view
the room was super comfy and the entire place in a stunning location
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7. Twisted Twig Glamping Retreat

A stylish camping experience awaits at the Twisted Twig Glamping Retreat. This serene hideaway is perched atop 15 acres (6.07 hectares) of unspoiled native bush on a working dairy farm. With its idyllic countryside location, it makes a perfect spot to disconnect from the bustling city and immerse in nature.

Camp in style and wallow in romantic candle-lit baths in the clawfoot tub outdoors. At night, you can roast some s'mores in the fire pit while spending intimate moments with your significant other. A complimentary breakfast is also available for added convenience.

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Rotoma, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand
34.36 km (21.4 mi) from Redwoods Treewalk
136 reviews   Wifi Available
Farm stay 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
every part of the hut is filled with thoughtful touches which makes for such a comfortable stay
Cleanliness:
amazing setting very clean and tidy - thoroughly enjoyed our stay would highly recommend
neat tidy and lots to do in the cabin
Host:
shelwyn is an amazing host
shelwyn is a great host
shelwyn is a wonderful host
shelwyn was an excellent host
everything was more than perfect such a kind host that really cares about your stay
Location:
amazing location nestled away from everything
such a cool location off the grid
all the little extra touches are what makes this place truly incredible
we had a wonderful night away at shelwyn’s place
great place so nice definitely go if you need to get a away very private and calm
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8. Comfy accommodation near a Tawa forest (from USD 113)

Feel free to bring your horses to this farm stay because there are many spaces to accommodate them. Get the chance to meet friendly horses, hens, and goats during your stay too. This comfy accommodation sits adjacent to a Tawa forest, so you can take leisurely walks on balmy mornings. Then, luxuriate in the private hot spa for a bubbling bath to ease your tired feet afterward.

Further, this studio-style rental sports a well-stocked kitchen with a brand-new coffee maker, so you can easily get your caffeine fix whenever you want.

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Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
20.42 km (12.7 mi) from Redwoods Treewalk
61 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Farm stay 2 Beds 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the interior of the accommodation is so lovely with all new furnishings and a full functional kitchen
the chair was wonderful for a couple to snuggle up while watching a bit of tv
all new mod cons with a brilliant shower and huge tv
it’s warm comfortable and very homely
Cleanliness:
we really enjoyed our stay - quiet clean and baby-friendly
the accommodation itself is modern clean and we found everything we needed
the airbnb itself is warm comfortable and extremely clean
Host:
really amazing host highly recommended
the hosts sally and max are friendly knowledgeable and accommodating
sally and max are such great hosts
lovely place and lovely host our daughter truly enjoy to feed the animals
sally is a wonderful host the place was tidy and exceeded our expectations
Location:
we enjoyed the delicious breakfast followed by a nice walk in the forest
the parking was great - right close to the entrance to the space
this place is very peaceful it has its own bush walkway and cute aniamles
i would definitely come back to this place
had a wonderful winter stay here a perfect place when you need a relaxing break away
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9. Pet-friendly lodge with complimentary Wi-Fi (from USD 74)

Fur parents will be glad to know about this pet-friendly lodge. Share this property with your furry friends to make your trip to Rotorua more memorable. This log accommodation rests on a working farm and is ideal for couples and solo travelers alike.

As soon as you set foot inside the house, high wood ceilings will give you a nod, providing a rustic feel to the place. Dose yourself with vitamin D on the outdoor patio in the morning and then chase the evening sun before the night falls.

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Hamurana, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
18.27 km (11.4 mi) from Redwoods Treewalk
57 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Farm stay 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
very comfortable stay with adequate heating
Cleanliness:
dog friendly clean and tidy modern bathroom and kitchen facilities and heating
amazing place to stay very clean and spacious
very clean and very private and quiet
the place is neat clean and relaxed
it's very quiet clean and tidy
Host:
she was a great host to us
wonderful hosts all round
really sweet host
chrissy is a great host who went the extra mile for us
we had such a lovely stay here wonderful host super lovely little cottage
Location:
excellent location and amazing surroundings
we stayed for a night very peaceful private location
chrissy's airbnb is a great place to stay
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10. Tranquil farm stay close to the town (from USD 77)

This tranquil farm stay puts you close to the town but still far enough to relish the countryside atmosphere. To make the most of your stay, you can spend your free time feeding chickens in the paddocks and harvesting their laid eggs. Take advantage of the barbecue facilities on the outdoor patio if you are in the mood for cookouts. You can also enjoy al fresco dining here while admiring the spectacular rural views.

On frigid temperatures, indulge in a steamy plunge in the fire bath outside while gazing at the starry skies.

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Hamurana, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand
15.33 km (9.6 mi) from Redwoods Treewalk
204 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Farm stay 5 Beds 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
thanks to the air conditioner our stay has been very comfortable
highly recommend be prepared though no wifi and our phones (2degrees) didn’t work well out there either
the quiet and relaxing environment is the most comfortable element
the beds were so comfortable
although we go in winter it's nice and warm and plenty of bedding blankets
Cleanliness:
the unit was clean and tidy
comfortable and clean
the house was so clean tidy and spacious
the house was really clean and was more than a better what i was expecting
great spot nice an quiet great value for money clean an great ammenities
Host:
hosts are very friendly
hosts gave local tips and checked in to make sure everything was going well
nice farm stay knowledgable and hospitable host
quiet and relaxing environment with very attentive hosts
lovely helpful hosts with fantastic communication highly recommend
Location:
great little stay close by rotorua
really enjoyed the stay and location
loved our stay there nice and cosy and close to all we needed
a lovely quiet spot with everything you need for a break away
great place to get away to relax and recharge
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Relax in the geothermal wonderland

As a geothermal wonderland, Rotorua is an ideal destination for a relaxing getaway. Wallow in the therapeutic waters and soak in nature scenes on a farm to spend the healing break you deserve. With so much unspoiled rural beauty, why stay cooped up in a downtown accommodation when you can settle and breathe fresh air in a countryside lodging? Book one of the best farm stays in Rotorua, New Zealand.

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Anne Nicole, a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, worked as a travel writer for Trip101. Alongside her role as a literary editor and ESL...Read more

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