An Impressive B&B Experience in Rotorua, New Zealand: Tickled Trout Bed and Breakfast

My fiancé and I stayed at Trickled Trout Bed and Breakfast from 11-14 August. When we were looking for at places to stay in Rotorua, we were specifically looking at accommodations that are by lake Rotorua and in a quiet neighborhood. When we came across Trickled Trout Bed and Breakfast in, we liked the fact that they have a lot of good reviews and we thought the property is nice. However, I was hesitant on the fact that it is a Bed and Breakfast. My previous experiences with Bed and Breakfast accommodations were like being zoomed back in my dormitory days in university where I had to be in a socializing mood all the time, curfew and house rules like I’m a child again.

A picture-perfect sunrise view as I stood on the balcony of Tickled Trout B&B in the morning
A picture-perfect sunrise view as I stood on the balcony of Tickled Trout B&B in the morning

Our stay at Tickled Trout B&B was exactly the opposite of my experiences with other B&B. First of all, Sue and Collin are very kind and accommodating hosts. We had to change our booking dates at the last minute and Sue responded immediately to confirm that they can accommodate our new dates. As we drove from Auckland (generally a 3-hr ride), it took us a while to reach the place because we had to stop for breaks along the way. We ended up arriving later than the estimated time of arrival I gave to Sue but they still received us happily. Second, in terms of privacy, we barely see them around but if you need them, they’re quick to assist you. This is particularly my cup of tea because when I’m on holidays and tired at the end of the day, I find it hard to do small talks. Sue and Collin very much respected our own space. Third, they are very helpful. My fiancé loves fishing (one of the reasons why we wanted to stay near the Rotorua lake) and when we asked about fishing, Sue and Collin immediately arranged a fishing activity for us and even drove us to docks even though it was just a 5-minute walk (or less) from their house.

As for the actual property, it is beautiful! It’s a 2-story house and the 2 guest rooms and a massive living room are in the second floor. The living room opens up to a balcony facing the lake. The room we stayed at was the biggest room – I think it was the Mokoia. I highly recommend getting this room, if available, because you’ll get the beautiful sunrise with the lake view in the morning. My favorite part of the day was waking up early and watching the sunrise in the morning with a cup of coffee in the living room. In the living room, they have electric water boiler, coffee, tea, sweets, books, tv, dvd, touristic activities brochures, etc. The place is very well organized for every traveler’s needs. It was winter when we got there but for summer, I bet the place is also perfect for a quiet sit under the sun while reading and then cooling down by swimming in the lake.

Overall, I highly recommend this place for those who are looking for a by-the-lake, relaxing, comfortable and quiet stay in Rotorua.


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