Meet your host

Vivienne Gee welcomes you to her Parkside Boutique Lodge

Although Viv was born and raised in Auckland, she came to fall in love with Rotorua, the world-famous adventure capital of New Zealand, and decided to build a bespoke lodge so she could share her love and knowledge of this amazing area with others.

During her teenage years, Viv was a keen athlete and gymnast, and her love of fitness and healthy lifestyle choices have carried through to this day.  She practices yoga, dancing, bikes, hikes, and basically is never still.  Of course, the day often finishes with a relaxing soak in one of the famous mineral-rich thermal pools to soothe tired muscles.

Viv raised her two children in a small beach settlement where she enjoyed supporting community events, boating and sailing activities.  Her love of the beach and water sports blossomed when the family business began building windsurfers and other water sport products, and some of the best times and most fun she ever had was sailing with her brother and sister at family run and sponsored windsurfing regattas.

Viv is a true outdoors woman.  If she is not mountain biking or zip-lining through the amazing and nearby Rotorua Redwood Forest, you’ll find her swimming in nearby rivers, or tramping and enjoying the lush, native green New Zealand landscape.  Viv strives to keep fit and active while living a healthy lifestyle, and to enjoy and experience all the Rotorua wonderland has to offer.

In a change from her previous career, Viv was excited to be involved in helping design and build her boutique lodge.  She enjoys meeting and serving her many wonderful guests from all around the world and sharing her first-hand knowledge of exploring the breath-taking Rotorua adventure region.

Her desire is for her guests to absorb the tranquillity of Parkside Boutique Lodge, relax, explore and enjoy the peace that surrounds them, and take away some special memories of their time there.

Viv looks forward to seeing you soon.