The SpaceEnter as strangers - Leave as friends.
We welcome you to our home, Rua Resort, which we hope you see as your home while you are here. Rua - Maori for two - or harmony, was the band name of our two eldest children who had a successful TV and recording career in Japan.
You will be impressed if you take a peek at them on youtube under the listing popsrua - warning: proud parent! (They were known as the carpenters of the East)
We are settled back in NZ now, and are ready and willing to take care of your needs. However, if you get sick of us, the 560m2 house affords you all the privacy you would like. Our quarters are on the second floor. The third floor is for our distinguished guests. We promise peaceful sleep on the best quality beds, spacious bedrooms with luxurious furnishings, and jaw-droppingly large bathrooms. The two double and the triple rooms are our airbnb discounted rooms. However for a small upgrade fee you may opt for the very private Honeymoon Suite, or the newly appointed River suite. Even with the up-grade, these two larger suites are still half price from the commercial rate. You can enjoy 360 degree views across rolling green hills, especially Mt Pirongia to the front. Take a wander over the 5 acres, where you will meet Chocolate and Licorice, the gentle alpacas, Bella and Joelle the Timor ponies and Simon and Danny Boy the Shetlands. We will prepare some sliced carrots or apples and they will all love you - albeit cupboard love! Tango, the outside Bengal cat will follow you as you go, hoping for a morsel, or a scratch behind the ears. You will also feel like the pied piper, once the free range hens and bantams spot you. Too numerous to name here, they will follow you in the hopes of you giving them something to eat other than worms and bugs. You can collect the eggs, if they are co-operating during your visit, and enjoy an organic healthy breakfast, which we rather pride ourselves in. Sorry dog-lovers, no resident dogs, as we promise a quiet sleep. No roosters either. All our feathered and furry friends live outside, so there is no concern for guests with allergies.
This heavenly country environment is just 10 minutes drive from the CBD. Company groups enjoy the spacious living area to relax in after corporate events, convention attendance, etc.
We can see the LDS Temple to the left, through the trees. So this is a nice option for Temple Visitors.
Talk to us about family and group discounts. There is no charge for children under two years of age. We can accommodate larger numbers for family reunions and youth groups, for example. Wedding parties love to stay the night before. Brides and their families or Brides and their bridesmaids appreciate the big rooms, the ample wardrobes and the many large mirrors to get dressed by. Then they like to use the property for wedding photos. The staircases and balconies and the outdoor views are superb backdrops.
We have 6 bedrooms, sleeping from 2 to 4 each. We also have REAL Japanese futons which are very comfortable as extra beds.
There is a colorful media room and a vast collection of DVD's. There are TVs and DVD players in each bedroom. You are welcome to relax in the library room and access the computer. There is wifi throughout the house.
Having run a school in Japan for two decades, we are fluent in Japanese, and have brought back lots of fun things, such as a great collection of board games and heaps of unique toys to entertain little people.
The kitchen is a caterers dream, so enjoy it. We have a trampoline outside and a BBQ for your use.
Having guided tours here for years, we have put together some great plans for day trips, using Rua Resort as your base. Secret, free hot mineral pools in Rotorua, the best sushi in the Waikato, Beach walks in Raglan, Markets in Cambridge, Antique stores in Paeroa - these are a few highlights. We can arrange highly discounted air balloon rides, farm visits, horse treks, whatever your fancy, we will be your concierge.
2 minute's drive away is Lizzie's Store, a friendly little dairy. Lizzie offers great home-cooked meals at $5 and $10 portions each evening, Monday to Saturday. Or motor back down to Dinsdale for all your shopping needs. The large Honeymoon Suite, Rua Suite, has it's own fridge and tea/coffee making facilities. Other rooms share the massive kitchen downstairs for self-catering. There will be a nice selection of Herb teas, regular tea and coffee available at all times.
For room pictures check out (URL HIDDEN) Guest AccessGuests have access to all spaces beside the owner's sleeping quarters. Interaction with GuestsWe are happy to offer suggestions and recommendations for tourist spots and eating places. The NeighborhoodThe village you drive through to get to our street is centered around the former Highschool (currently being demolished and the whole village is looking very spiffy with new housing and roadworks), and the LDS Temple. At the base of the Temple is a Visitor's Centre which is well worth a visit if you have 30 minutes to spare. The Temple grounds are all lit up in December for Christmas and it becomes a very popular attraction. There are often free concerts in the evening as the lights are turned on.