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Life Lived Well

Life at Lara Lodge Care Home isnt about retiring from life - its more about moving into a Home that you can really call your own, getting the support, assistance and care that you are looking for. 

The location of Lara is less than a ten minute drive into the town centre,  tucked away in an attractive cul-de-sac with great neighbours that we have a good repoire with.

On the acre of grounds we have a variety of established rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas. The surrounding gardens are also home to a variety of colourful flowering plants, shrubs and trees that showcase the seasons.

We embrace the garden to table ethos, planting our own vegetable, herb & fruit gardens to ensure our meals have spray free goodies included in our chefs creative menus. 

Whether you or your loved one is looking for a short stay or a new home, we welcome you to come for a visit, meet the staff and those that live here. Take all the time you need to look around, enjoy a cuppa and be free to ask all the questions you need to.

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Live Lived Well

Lara Lodge Care Home offers the best of residential care in a stand alone Home in Rotorua.

While offering a warm, secure, clean and comfortable environment, we aim to provide options that are not one-size-fits-all.



Lara Lodge offers you the comfort, style, atmosphere and values that you would hope to find in a loving, caring and friendly home. Excellence of care is paramount to the team that work together to ensure that your needs are well taken care of 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Staff are passionate about the areas that they serve in, whether cleaning, cooking, gardening, activities, admin, maintenance, care-giving or nursing. Each person loves what they do and they encourage one another to go the extra mile in our service here.
Certification by the Ministry of Health NZ ensures we are able to provide the level of residential care needed.  

For more information, give us a call today.



Who comes here and Why

There are a variety of reasons a person would choose to come to Lara Lodge Care Home and this may be because an illness or disabiliity has bought limitations. Perhaps it is the later years of life that has seen challenges that require a modifying of decisions and actions. Loneliness and social isoloation may have precipated such a move.  

Lara Lodge is a family owned and operated Care Home that has been available as such for more than 4 decades. From the early days when 6 bedrooms were offered for full time permanent care through the time of massive redecelopment to become a boutique style residence, more along the lines of a private family style home B&B Hotel.

The current owners Walter and Teresa purchased Lara Lodge in early 2017 with a desire to embrace and build into that original vision.

A rather remarkable dedicated team of staff are well equipped to provide excellent care. They listen to the needs of each resident in order to understand how the best possible support and assistance that is specific and appropriate to each undividual can be given. 
The Home itself has generous sized  individual bedrooms most with a semi en-suite bathroom.  There are 2 large separate lounges, a sun and fun filled activites room, large dining room along with the kitchen.  An extensive rear north facing deck faces the rear private garden. The clinical office area houses the nurse station along with  administration.

Nurses and 24/7 care  staff along with the kitchen, cleaning, gardening and maintenance team are here to ensure that living life well is for real.


Living and Thriving

To live and thrive in a healthy, comfortable, clean environment means more than just a building - we need a home. Its the things that take place inside and out that contribute to health and well-being. That might be something as simple as fresh flowers on the tables each week or time spent over a cuppa together. With an emphasis on joyful activities, good food, great care, less waste with the aim to live, do and bring life.


Everyday People doing the Extraordinary

It’s comforting to know that you’re not alone when you need assistance. The dedicated staff at Lara Lodge Care Home are on call 24/7 in order to serve our residents’ needs. Whether it’s an unusual medication schedule or there’s a health emergency in the middle of the night, our well trained staff are able to handle things well.

We have a Team & Family approach to what we do and a genuine "work in with each other ethos" along with the guiding statement "would we do this for our own mother or father" to ensure that we get things as right as we possibly can. 


 CARERS - Personal Health Care Assistants



Experienced, educated, professional, caring, enthusiastic, believably good only begins to describe this outstanding group of people. 

Wendy, Anju, Denise, Debbie,  Mellisa, Lisa,

Lorraine, Kuljit, Keshar, Cheryl, Jenny, Angela. 

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Loren Willetts Clinical Lead RN

Mellisa TeRauna EN


Mellisa has worked at Lara since the end of 2016 and has decades of experience in aged care. She has a big heart and a beautiful voice and lucky for us we often get to enjoy her singing and her hugs! Mellisa continues to learn and she is a study leader at Lara, inspiring and encouraging others to continue on their existing or a new path of ongoing upskilling and learning. Mellisa is a doting wife, mum and grandmother that is the glue to her whanau (dogs included!).

Loren joined the team in 2022. A long time RN with many years experience in aged care there is no doubt we are privileged to have her expertise. Loren is a conscientious and also colourful person with a retro approach to life which makes her fun to work with. Her gentle approach to residents along and her clinical compentency makes her ideal for her role. Loren is a caring mum and grandmother that is very involved in her families lives.   

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Teresa, Bronwyn, Janice, Jackie, Walter

supported at times by Lisa & Jenny

Hydration Assistants

Kelly and Bailey

Walter and Teresa have a passion for good nutrition believing that begins in the garden! Specifically the condition of the soil. Both have come from families of avid gardeners and cooks which has contributed to their mutual ethos. Walters early years of training saw him equipped to work in established hotel restuarants in Europe and South Africa before his first role in NZ at the THC in Waitangi. Years of catering exerpience together has honed their passion and creativity for preparation and delivery of food.

As a team a non rotating menu is worked on together which ensures that new meals along with favourites are included on the menu. Each person has their own strength that is incorporated into who we are and what we do. Janice boasts the title of being the longest serving staff member at Lara and celebrated her 21st year here early 2022.  Bronwyn worked for many years in a catering/cooking role and she brings a wealth of experience and creativity to her work. Jackie came recommended and is the newest member of the team.

Our hydration assistants ensure everyone is well watered! 


Cheryl, Tetibe, Jackie, Lisa.

With a eye for detail and a top to bottom approach to cleaning. The girls take a holistic approach to all aspects of home grooming and deep cleaning, they know that what they do makes a difference in the day to day lives of each resident and thats the approach they take to the big and little things. Infection control is a priority with all our staff including the housekeepers.

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Wellness Co-Ordinator and Activities Supporters


 Jenny,  Angela, Lisa

Brain games and exercises start the day off after morning tea which is followed up whatever the activities calendar is promoting.

Current affairs, story telling, crafts, games, outings, Happy Hour, movie times. Art and music along with a lot of laughter ensure that the days are anything but boring.

Keshar hails from Nepal where he trained and worked as a physiotherapist. His systematic and 'lets keep moving approach' to the days acitivities provide plenty of stimulation to mind and body assisting strength & balance in both areas.


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Walter and Teresa Scheer

They say opposites attract and this couple agree. Decades together has taught them a few things about getting on with & in life. They say its their differences that bring about a synergy that aids them to live out their ethos and passion to serve with excellence. They uphold the values of servant leadership and believe in bottom up not top down! 

Get In Touch

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards”

Soren Kierkegaard



4 Pegasus Dr, Sunnybrook, Rotorua 3015, New Zealand

07-347 7604

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