Mokoia Downs Estate B&B – So Much More Than a Place to Stay

Mokia Downs Estate is a new, boutique Rotorua B&B situated on 5 acres of beautiful farmland with small scenic lake. Whilst situated in an idyllic, enchantingly peaceful and sulphur-free setting, Mokoia Downs is just a short drive from central Rotorua and close to all main attractions. Lake Rotorua is just across the road, and there are delightful picnic spots within the estate’s grounds as well as a pleasant 15 minute stroll away.

The traditional Lockwood built country lodge is 35 years old and has been extensively renovated and extended in harmony with its surrounding environment. It has all the facilities that the discerning traveller would expect in a high quality B&B, and an ambience perfectly suited for leisure and relaxation.

Heritage Artifacts

A highly distinctive feature of Mokoia Downs is a collection of heritaage artifacts, including a Challenge Windmill (made in Batavia, Illinois) which aerates the lake, a vintage Europa petrol pump in the car parking area, parts of the railway track that once ran through the land, and nineteenth century farm machinery. These artifacts help to give Mokoia Downs Estate a unique character, and whilst reinforcing a sense of timelessness contrast pleasantly with the modern, stylish comfort of the main lodge.

Warm Hospitality In An Idyllic, Timeless Setting

Over the years the five picturesque acres of Mokoia Downs have been home to horses donkeys, sheep, deer, and rabbits as well as an abundance of wildlife. The wildlife includes visiting peacocks, ducks that glide up and down the small lake which winds around the lower half of the estate, and native birds such as the Tui, Pukeko, Fantail and Bellbird.

Wake up to the melodic sound of native birdsong, smell the home-baked bread and freshly brewed coffee, and then perhaps take a swim before enjoying a memorable breakfast that will set you up for the whole day.

A perfect choice for a romantic break away from it all, Mokoia Downs also offers accommodation and facilities to suit the needs of families, including a children's library and separate indoor play area.

From the moment you arrive and are welcomed with a refreshing drink and freshly baked treats, enjoy warm hospitality in our beautiful, stylishly furnished home. We will use our expert knowledge of the area to help you plan your itinerary to ensure that you enjoy the very best that Rotorua and the surrounding area has to offer.

Your Hosts

Your hosts Mick and Teresa decided to establish this boutique Rotorua B&B after visiting New Zealand nearly a decade ago and falling in love with the country, its culture and way of life. We were attracted to Rotorua in particular as it is a picturesque, vibrant and absolutely unique provincial city situated in the heart of majestic countryside dotted with beautiful lakes and forests. Since 1999 Rotorua has won the accolade of being New Zealand's most beautiful city on no less than 6 occasions, most recently in 2010.

Our Philosophy

Our philosophy has been informed by our own extensive travelling, and in particular by observing the difference that the unstinting commitment and enthusiasm of the host makes to the guest experience. Our travels have not only inspired us but also given us a greater understanding of your needs and, above all, a determination to provide you with a level of hospitality and service that will help to make your visit to Rotorua a memorable one.

We enjoy what we do so much that sometimes we almost feel guilty being paid for it! Our motive is not to make lots of money, but to enjoy a more sustainable lifestyle which allows us to meet and spend time with guests from all over the world.

Things To Do While You Relax At Mokoia Downs

When not out and about around Rotorua and the Bay of Plenty you can:
-Explore our extensive book, film and music libraries
-Relax in our reading room, main lounge, conservatory, bar, or on your own private deck
-Watch a movie in our cinema studio or lounge
-Make use of our indoor play / recreation area for children
-Pick your own herbs and in-season vegetables to accompany your BBQ
-Stroll around the beautiful grounds, relax by the pool, or park yourself on a bench in a gladed area and just soak up the sounds and rhythms of nature in this most private and secluded of settings
-Find out more about the history of Rotorua from Teresa, who is a volunteer guide at the local museum

Breakfasts To Remember

Breakfast is a speciality of Mokoia Downs, and is a sumptuous yet relaxed and leisurely affair. It is served either inside in the main dining area, or outside on the large deck looking out on to gardens, farmland and the small lake which wraps around the lower half of the estate.

There is no set time for breakfast. As it’s your holiday, we figure that breakfast should be at a time that suits you.

Your breakfast will include:
-Freshly made smoothies using only the finest seasonal fruit, home-grown where possible
-Home-made muesli, fresh-fruit salad and home-made yoghurt
-Fresh home-baked bread
-A hot "meal of the day" from the hob or continental style selection
-Tea or freshly made coffee with toast and a variety of home-made jams and marmalades

Enjoy complementary afternoon tea and cakes as well as a drink from our bar each evening, and as an alternative to eating out you will be welcome to use our facilities to cook your own Kiwi BBQ.


The Taranaki Suite is a one bedroom suite with a Queen bed (an additional bed can be provided on request for a baby / small child), and has a bath as well as a shower.

The Tarawera Suite is a two bedroom suite with private shower room. The first bedroom has a large Queen bed (an additional bed or cot can be provided on request for a baby / small child), and the second bedroom has an extra-large Super-King bed which can be re-configured as two singles if required.

Each suite has its own private deck with private access. Suite facilities include:

-Exceptionally comfortable beds
-Finest linens, towels and bathrobes
-Tea and coffee making facilities
-Fridge / mini-bar
-Reading lamps
-Hair dryer
-Heater / fan
-Wireless internet
-Table and chairs on private deck

Within the main lodge facilities include:

-Extensive book, film and music libraries (book library includes a children’s section)
-Library / reading area
-46” widescreen TV in main lounge
-iPod docking station / player in main lounge
-Wireless headphones
-Bar area
-Laundry room

Outside the main lodge facilities include:

-Swimming pool / entertainment area, with fridge and BBQ facilities (mainly in use November – April)
-Indoor play / recreation area for children
-Cinema Studio, with tea / coffee making facilities and fridge
-Bench seating and picnic tables around the grounds
-Additional BBQ facilities on patio adjacent to indoor play area / cinema studio
-Safe and secure car parking and storage facilities

Our Guest Rate Includes:

-Tea, coffee or soft drink and home-baking on your arrival and each afternoon of your stay with us
-A drink of your choice from our bar each evening
-Sumptuous breakfast at a time to suit you
-Landline calls to anywhere in New Zealand on request
-Tea and coffee in rooms
-Wireless internet throughout the main lodge and on all decks
-Use of BBQ facilities
-Use of Swimming Pool
-Use of indoor play / recreation area
-Use of cinema studio
-Flexible check-in / check-out times and arrangements
-Expert help with itinerary planning
-Use of all the facilities in the main lodge described above


Mokoia Downs Estate B&B offers warm hospitality, exceptional value for money, and an absolute commitment to “going the extra mile” to ensure that your stay in the Rotorua area is a memorable one.

Activities and facilities

  • BBQ facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Non-smoking property
  • On-site parking
  • On-site secure undercover parking
  • Outdoor pool - unheated
  • Self service laundry facilities
  • Wifi access

Business facilities

  • Wireless internet throughout main lodge and on all decks
  • E Mail
  • Photocopying and scanning
  • Use of office on request
  • Free landline calls on request to anywhere in New Zealand
  • Skype conferencing
  • Headphones
  • Stationary
  • Projector / large screen


64 Mokoia Road, Rotorua 3097 BAY OF PLENTY New Zealand, (Idyllic rural setting just 10kms from central Rotorua and close to Lake and all main attractions)

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Mokoia Downs Estate B&B

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Check In 1400hrs
Check In Instructions On arrival at Mokoia Downs go to main lodge, where you will be met by Mick or Teresa.
Check Out 1100hrs
Getting There From the North (including from Auckland / Auckland Airport, and Hamilton airport)

Head for SH5 from SH1 towards Rotorua. From Tirau drive c 28 kms on SH5 and then turn left into Otorua Road. Drive 14kms to end of Otorua Road. Turn left on to Hamurana Road and then sharp right into Keith Road. Go to top of Keith Road and turn right into Mokoia Road. The driveway entrance for Mokoia Downs B&B is about 200 metres along on the right-hand side.

From the South (including from Rotorua airport)

Head for Rotorua and take the SH5 (Fairy Springs Road) out of Rotorua towards Hamilton. After c. 4 kms go straight over roundabout onto the SH36 (Ngongotaha Road). Drive through the village of Ngongotaha and along the Hamurana Road (still the SH36) for c. 3kms before turning right into Keith Road. Drive to top of Keith Road and turn right into Mokoia Road. The driveway entrance for Mokoia Downs B&B is about 200 metres along on the right-hand side.
Parking Off-street, secure parking available. On request indoor parking facility for small boats available.
Things To Do There is a vast choice of things to do and places to see in and around Rotorua. These include:

Spectacular geo-thermal scenery in a number of locations
Maori cultural events and dinner concerts
Maori cultural tours with local guide
A first-class local museum
Beautiful walks and cycling trails around lakes, in native bush or through redwood forests
Fishing and hunting (guides arranged if required)
Sheep shearing / farm tours
Helicopter rides (with helicopter pick-up from Mokoia Downs if required)
Arts and crafts venues and markets
Thursday night street market
Chartered cruises on Lake Rotoiti
Scenic gondola rides
Lion feeding
Downhill luging
Trips and dinner cruises on Lake Rotorua

Due to its central location Rotorua makes an ideal base for exploring central North Island, and popular locations such as Hamilton, Cambridge, Tauranga, Mount Maunganui and Taupo are all between 45 and 75 minutes drive from Mokoia Downs and so perfect for day trips.

There is a very wide choice of places to eat in Rotorua, as well as some in Ngongotaha, just 3 kms from Mokoia Downs.
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