istoric, natural hot springs
The Okoroire Hot Springs Hotel, a proud New Zealand property dating back to 1889 and listed with the Heritage Association of New Zealand, has had a significant refresh. The hotel’s vast land occupies 70 plus acres of natural beauty, including a wonderful country style nine-hole golf course, also our onsite historical and natural hot springs. There are many facilities available in our 21-room property catering to singles, couples, families, or friends travelling together including our 100 seater restaurant, saloon and private bar area both with Sky access, complimentary wifi in all rooms and most public areas for the convenience of our guests. We provide boutique style conferencing facilities, breakout areas, a large covered outdoor dining area with marquee and BBQ and the beautiful deck area off our main bar overlooking the golf course. We are immersed in history, character and New Zealand charm with a unique location and experience, which cannot be rivaled. Ninety per cent of our team are all from the local areas of Tirau, Putaruru, Tokoroa and Matamata – to add to this genuine New Zealand experience. Okoroire Hot Springs Hotel is located in South Waikato, only 45 minutes drive from Rotorua, Tauranga and Hamilton, 60-minutes from Taupo, 20-minutes from Matamata and Cambridge or two hours drive south from Auckland Airport. There are many iconic attractions you can visit within an hour’s drive from the hotel. These famous places of interest include Hobbiton (20-minutes drive), The Blue Springs (10-minutes drive), TePuia or Tamaki or Mitai Maori Villages, Hellsgate Geothermal Park, Agrodome, Skyline Rotorua, Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton Casino (all 40 to 50 minutes drive). The general manager Luke Harley has come from a large range of high end properties in Australia, Bali and The Maldives including six years at Palazzo Versace, three years on Hayman Island in the Whitsundays, Huvafen Fushi in The Maldives and two hotels in Bali, namely Karma Jimbaran and The Bale Nusa Dua, with most recently Treetops Lodge just outside Rotorua. All properties have been Leading Hotels of the World, Small Luxury Hotels or Virtuoso aligned, so for him it is all about providing the best possible guest experience regardless of star ratings. He is supported superbly by Cushla Wood as hotel manager, who has been at the hotel for 15 years and in her own right also has wonderful hotel experience, not just domestically but also from her time on the Gold Coast in quality products before returning home to Putaruru. No one knows the property, the people or the area better than Cushla and her respect among the local community is paramount to Okoroire’s success. James Loughnane as executive chef is also a proud Kiwi who too has returned home. He began in September 2015 to rebuild the dining experience from his time at Cable Beach in Western Australia, the Daintree in North Queensland, as well as recently at Fiordland Lodge. Creating the most genuine New Zealand menu possible using New Zealand ingredients cooked by a Kiwi, is what’s important to James and team to keep Kiwis proud and attract the international market to something that is traditionally Kiwi. In general throughout the property from housekeeping to kitchen to food and beverage operations, to management, it is delivering a true New Zealand experience from a local team, which is why having 90 per cent of the team being from the local area paramount to deliver this. We may not have the most experienced team around, but they all have heart and that wins over experience any day of the week. To assist Okoroire Hot Springs Hotel with sales and marketing, the hotel has employed the services of Mitchell Corp and joined Mainstay Hotels. This is enabling the hotel to build a solid business platform and profile within the tourism and hospitality sectors, as well as help with increasing FIT, group tour, weddings, conferencing and event business. Okoroire Hot Springs hotel is a wonderful property to relax, unwind, be as active or inactive as you like and allow a getaway from big city life, while giving an insight into the unique lifestyle that is New Zealand.