Lakeland Station - Rotorima Retreat

Lakeland Station - Rotorima Retreat

Kai Iwi Lakes, Northland

Rotorima Retreat is 30 minutes from Dargaville and 3 hours from Central Auckland. Rotorima Retreat is set on Lakeland Station - the same beautiful property as Waikaire Cabin.

Perched on an elevated hill - the escape overlooks over rolling farmland and the renowned Kai Iwi Lakes. Beyond the lakes the Tasman Sea twinkles in the distance.

The cabin has a simple yet tasteful interior design. Lined in birch ply - the space is light and calming. A kitchen and living room have large windows that frame picturesque views of the Kai Iwi Lakes. In a separate space, you'll find a cosy queen bed adorned with natural linens. Step onto the front deck to the perfectly positioned outdoor bath, and an outdoor fireplace.

Nowhere else will you enjoy such stunning views over Lakes Waikare and Taharoa. Take in amazing sunsets, sunrises and the moonlight shimmering over the lakes - all from your own private little glamping spot on the hill.

FROM $350 p/n

  • Sleeps 2

A $50 Single Night Surcharge applies on top of the nightly rate when booking a single night. You will need to add this charge during the booking process. The calendar below will specify where one-night bookings are allowed.


620 Kai Iwi Lakes Road, Omamari 0373


Lakeland Station - Rotorima Retreat is 30 minutes from Dargaville, and 3 hours from Central Auckland. 

Follow the Google Maps to Kai Iwi Lakes Road. The address above is the address of your hosts' house, with the turn off to your accommodation being just before you get to this address. Once you get to Kai Iwi Lakes Road, follow the directions in your pre-arrival email closely so you don't miss this turn-off.

Note: You will receive a pre-arrival email with your host's contact details 5 days prior to your stay. If you have booked within 5 days and haven't received a pre-arrival email shortly after booking, please email us at [email protected].

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  • eating and drinking

    Rotorima Retreat is self-catering. Just bring your own food and drink, and cook meals using the 2-burner electric hob and Weber BBQ. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.

    If you fancy a meal out, The Kaihu Pub is a 15-minute drive away. For Fish and Chips, head to Sharkeys at Baylys Beach, 35 minutes away. Over December and January, there is a food caravan at the campground at nearby Pine Beach. Hours vary, but it's generally open every day from Christmas to the end of January, then weekends through February and March.

    Other options in Dargaville (30 minutes away) include The Northern Wairoa Hotel, Blah Blah Blah CaféShiraz Indian Restaurant, Providence Café, and Pad Thai Café.

    The nearest store for stocking up on food and supplies is in Dargaville, 30 minutes away.

  • things to do

    Rotorima Retreat is a spot to kick back, relax and take in the sparkling lake views. Kayaks are available for hire to explore the lake and its stunning surroundings.

    If you are keen to enjoy the area, there's plenty to do, starting with the beautiful Kai Iwi Lakes. These are amongst the largest and best dune lakes in New Zealand. Walk, run or bike the tracks around the three lakes and enjoy a swim anywhere along the trail.

    If you're keen to explore the local beaches, head out to Omamari (a 10-minute drive) and check out Ripiro Beach – the longest driveable beach in NZ (4WD essential!).

    For keen walkers, Trounson Kauri Park is DOC’s first mainland island in Northland. It has an easy 40 minute loop track. Guided Kiwi Walk tours at night are available to book through the Kauri Coast Top 10.


  • Your hosts

    Your hosts at Lakeland Station are Lee Greer and Jemma O'Donnell, along with children, Austin, Anya and Brooke.

    Lakeland Station is a 600-hectare beef farm, with areas of forestry and native bush. The farm has been in Lee's family since the early 1980s, with Jemma and Lee moving from Auckland and purchasing the home block in 2016. The property was in a rundown state when they took it on, and they've worked hard to return it to a working farm. They take a lot of pride in seeing the improvements, particularly the environmental work they're doing in and around the Kai Iwi Lakes. They work closely with the Northland Regional Council carrying out pest control operations and working on restoring several wetland areas.

    Lee and Jemma love being so close to the coast and the beautiful Kai Iwi Lakes. Offering glamping to guests is a perfect fit with their farm and means they can share their special location with others. They now have two escapes on the same property - Rotorima Retreat and Waikare Cabin.


  • "

    Thank you very much!! You have a wonderful property in a wonderful part of New Zealand. It was a really peaceful stay.


    - 24 Apr 2024

    1 / 7

  • "

    From the cosy atmosphere to the charming cabin, my stay at Rotorima Retreat was a delightful escape! Every detail, from the lovely furnishings to the peaceful surroundings, contributed to a truly memorable experience. Can't wait to return!


    - 24 Apr 2024

    2 / 7

  • "

    We had an absolutely wonderful time; it’s such a beautiful spot. Would highly recommend.


    - 12 Mar 2024

    3 / 7

  • "

    Beautiful location and setting. Well set up accommodation and great outdoor fire and bath.


    - 19 Feb 2024

    4 / 7

  • "

    Great accommodation with amazing views.


    - 19 Feb 2024

    5 / 7

  • "

    Absolutely magical. The views were incredible and there was so much to do around the cabin while we had downtime. Also walking distance to the lakes! Couldn’t ask for more!


    - 13 Feb 2024

    6 / 7

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    Absolutely magical.


    - 15 Jan 2024

    7 / 7

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