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Spencer Lodge

July 2021

Sublime get away! If you are looking for an alternative Rotorua experience in your own slice of paradise with all the fun filled activities on your doorstep look no further. Angela was a great host who made us feel very welcome & surprised us with the most decadent treats. The house was fab, great decor, warm/dry, modern bathrooms with lotsa hot water to go around & very comfortable beds. Everything you would need for a relaxing getaway was provided. We all loved the hot tub with the amazing lake views ❤️. We hope to be back.


Caron, Auckland, New Zealand


July 2021

We had a great stay. A warm welcome on arrival, good location and beautiful view. Lots of amenities to make our stay fun and relaxing.



May 2021

Spencer Lodge lived up you our expectations, such an amazing place to stay, stunning lodge feel and the views are just awesome! The welcome and communication from our hosts were spot on, and the facilities were perfect for us all to enjoy! We would definitely return.

Colin, Ohope, New Zealand


Aril 2021

Spencer Lodge is a really beautiful place to stay! Amazing views and amenities- we all loved it and didn’t want to leave! The kitchen was fantastic with everything you’d need. Highly recommend this place.

Liz, New Zealand


April 2021

What a great house and location. The views of Lake Tarawera are incredible. The house was excellent. Real lodge feeling. Loved the attention to detail in the house. And the view from the spa was tops. Couldn’t recommend highly enough. 

Tony, Waikato, New Zealand


Amy Fong - March 2021

Such an amazing property. Everything you could want including a pro bean to cup coffee machine to enjoy a real coffee while watching the sun rise. Our hosts organised local chef Ryan Gregorash to come and cook us a 3 course meal which was fantastic! So awesome to be able to enjoy a brilliant meal without having to leave the house. The view from the spa pool was spectacular.
We had such a great time. And would stay again in a heart beat!


Jacky - February 2021

“Great place ! We all loved it ! Epic views, even from the spa. Such helpful hosts. Wonderful, large entertaining spaces and kitchen! Such soundproof bedrooms - perfect for my baby. All the bedrooms were delightful with really nice bathrooms. Perfect for a bunch of couples, or a massive family like ours. Loved the location. Loved the deer 🦌. Such a cute garden.”

Gary Gunning

November 2020:   "Spencer Lodge is a spectacular property. Beautiful scenery, quality accommodation and location..."

Spencer Lodge is a spectacular property. Beautiful scenery, quality accommodation and location. We had planned to get out and about but once settled in decided that we didn't need to go anywhere, the lodge was perfect for our 3 night stay. We also opted for the private chef to cater a fine dining meal on site - simply superb. Angie and David are great hosts and ensure all out needs were met. A definite 5 star stay - thanks.


Cody Gilbert

November 2020

The place is incredible, well kept after! The rooms are gorgeous and very spacious. The sauna and spa are lovely. The area is quiet and the views are insane! We were brought up some firewood for the fire places as well. 11/10 would recommend to anyone wanting to stay in the area or near Rotorua.

Jo Seagar

October 2020

Spencer Lodge has a wonderful ambience, obviously a place filled with happy memories and lots of love.

Merriedith Marshall

July 2020

We had a fantastic 3 night stay at Spencer Lodge. It was perfect for our group os 2 adults and 6 teens. Loads of space, nice warm house with amazing views. The house was beautifully decorated and in great repair (not tired or worn). The kitchen was large and had everything we needed - a great array of platter and bowls, utensils and pots and pans etc etc. We loved the log fire which was well stocked with plenty of wood, along with the outdoor fireplace which was perfect for roasting marshmallows! It was a nice bit of winter luxury and we'd love to return in the future. The hosts were very helpful and friendly, available if needed but otherwise left us to it which was perfect.

Chris Major

August 2020

Such a superb place to stay. We had a wonderful weekend - beautiful lodge and grouns (and perfectly positioned spa and sauna). Close to the superb Redwood Forest. The lodge is warm, well set up and lovely place to relax. Thank you.


June 2020

Awesome 3 night stay. Hosts are amazing. Nothing an issue. Would definitely come back.

Akuila Hafoka

April 2020

What a wonderful experience it was to stay at the beautiful lodge. Angie and Dave cover all your needs no matter how insignificant. Attention for hospitality was amazing - this included them lighting the fire and putting on the underfloor heating so we arrived to a warm and welcoming place. The little touch of smoked trout treas was especially yummy. Thank you guys for a weekend to remember - we will be back and have no hesitation in recommending this fabulous lodge to anyone who wants a memorable place to stay.

Sharon Bilcich

February 2020

We stayed in this lodge as a large extended family. There were ample spaces for all of us to relax and enjoy the beautiful atmosphere. The attention to detail is amazing and adds a calming true traditional lodge feel to the entire place. The spa pool and sauna overlook the lake, a perfect place to enjoy an evening drink and relax after a day of exploring the lake and the many surrounding activities. There is plenty of parking for cars and boats and easy access. There are two large outdoor areas with fireplaces so no matter where the wind is coming from you can sit outside and enjoying the abiance. The host Angela is very kind, attentive and ensures that all your needs are catered for. We will definitely be back to enjoy this world class lodge.

Katie O'neill

November 2019

Spencer Lodge is a beautiful private home with the most incredible views of Lake Tarawera and amazing gardens. We cannot thank Angie and Dave (the owners) enough for helping us achieve an incredible wedding day at this property. Spencer Lodge itself formed a beauticul and private setting for our ceremony and photo's while the paddocks below catered to our marquee set up for our reception. With Jack's Hut and The Woolshed we were able make a weekend of it with family and friends. We highly recommend this property.

Brett Morris

November 2019

Had a lovely 4 night stay at this wonderful property just after New Year. The views are stunning over the lake expecially when you look out in the morning from the front bedroom. Angie and Dave are great hosts and the house is kitted out with everything you could need for your stay. With four large ensuite bedrooms and plenty of space the house can cater for large families or equally would be a perfect romantic retreat - just need a hammock on the front lawn. Would thoroughly recommend, Brett, Gerry, Kiana and Nonu.

mana sarovar

June 2021

Thank you so much for having us! What a beautiful house and the view Wow, what an amazing spot on the lake.. especially nice when lounging in the spa pool. The walkway down to the lake was fun and the view from the bottom of the track was just as beautiful as it was from the house. We loved our stay, only downfall is we wish we’d stayed longer. Thank you again, we hope to be back one day soon.

Alyshia, Auckland, New Zealand




June 2021

The house is beautiful and comfortable and the views are even better in reality. Great communication. Would highly recommend it.

Sanam, Auckland, New Zealand


May 2021

Such a lovely house, thanks for a great weekend!

Siobhan, Glasgow, United Kingdom


Beautiful views, nice new warm home with comfortable beds! Kitchen had everything we needed!

May 2021 - Dionne, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand


Fantastic place thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

April 2021 - Ashley, Pukekohe, New Zealand


Great stay thank you. We loved the location, the views are amazing. Extremely clean, beautiful spacious house. We had to shuffle around the bed set up a little as we have two young children and one of the rooms is not connected to the house which I hadn’t realised. This would be great for shared groups or for older children/teenagers. I did find one of the beds very very firm and switched rooms after the first night but that would be the only thing that I could fault.

April 2021 - Kim

Hi Kim,

You'll be happy to know that following your comment about the bed being firm we have added luxury memory foam toppers. Thank you for letting us know. 
Hope you come back soon.

Angie Mackay (property manager)


March 2021 - Darby 

Simply amazing! We love Lake Tarawera. We booked this place for my wedding. Beautiful place to get ready with my bridesmaids. Thank you!


Shirley - January 2021

“A truly wonderful place to stay – especially on a gloriously sunny Anniversary Weekend.  Once we were there we really didn’t want to leave – so my biggest piece of advice would be to stock up so you don’t have to go into town for anything (we pre-ordered and did a pickup from Countdown Fenton St but I did see a delivery truck so potentially they could even deliver). 

Our days started at 5.30am when we got up to watch the breathtaking sunrise, followed by a workout or yoga on the front deck, wander down the hill for a swim at Stony Point, an adventure during the day – Lake Tarawera Falls Walk (courtesy of Totally Tarawera), a walk around the edge of the lake, hiring a jetski (courtesy of AceHydro), or the Steaming Cliffs Kayak Tour (courtesy of Paddleboarding Rotorua).  An afternoon nap in the sun, another swim followed by a soak in the spa, cooked dinner on the mega-BBQ or in the designer kitchen, soaked in the spa, watched a movie on the huge TV – and early to bed!  Truly wonderful. I suspect this is one of the best spots on Lake Tarawera……”

Steve - January 2021

“We had an excellent stay. The property is stunning and we had wonderful weather. The steps from the bottom of the garden down the cliff to the lake make it very accessible and safe swimming. Finished off by warming up in the hot tub! The open kitchen / living space is wonderful for spending time with family and friends. Enjoy.”

Fiona - November

The property and location were superb... a special setting for a special family gathering. We hope to be back one day soon and are happy to recommend the property to friends and family.

Grant - October 2020:  

Such an epic place. Very modern with amazing features! Extremely clean and tidy property. The view in the morning is tranquil, easy walk to the lake. Such a beautiful part of New Zealand.

Peter - October 2020

Great designer's house, gorgeous view with fantastic services .  One of the best place to stay at Lake Tarawera, definitely come back again .

Graham - October 2020

Wow what an amazing house, very clean, stylish and spacious.

Gareth - October 2020

Wow, amazing views, absolute lakefront. The house gets sun front and back due to glass everywhere. Plenty of space in the living/dining area. Entertainment system was easy to use, great large screen TV and internet movie viewing options; a good quality coffee machine, gas fire, incredible large hot tub: easy to use, nice and hot, more jets than Rotorua has geysers! Beds were excellent, and we enjoyed taking the kayaks out. Note that the couch beds in the middle room are suitable only for kids but too short for most adults.

Dave & Jodie - September 2020

Location and layout of the house is great, expecially for a large group and varying weather conditions. A good kitchen for cooking and entertaining. Enjoyed our stay but felt the price was quite high in comparison to other places we have stayed and booked through Airbnb. Wasn't too happy with paying the additional cleaning fee either.

Louise - September 2020

Expect the view to blow you away.

Yewon - August 2020

Fantastic! I am really glad we chose to stay here. Beautiful lake view and very clean and tidy. Couldn't have been better.

Mamoru - March 2020

An amazing place, great veiw, lovely house. We would love to come back. Great view, atmosphere, comfortalbe beds and a kind and considerate host. We would love to come back again soon.

Glamping Hut

September 2021

Birdwatchers dream! From the deck we saw so many bird species! Tui, Piwakawaka, Kereru, Touhau, Manu pango, Rosellas, but the coolest was the Ruru flying in through the deck chasing a moth, land on a fence post and giving us the morepork call! The view over the lake was beautiful! As for the accommodation, it was everything we needed, bed was comfortable and hut warm, as we had a couple quite cold days, all the other amenities were in there own areas, but this worked really well. If I had to describe in a few words, “next level glamping “! All communication was clear, didn’t meet Angela, but Dave was very welcoming, helpful and made sure we had everything we needed, like wood for the outdoor bath, which stays warm overnight for a sunrise dip. Thanks so much to Angela & Dave, your place is amazing!



August 2021

We loved our few days at Jack’s Hut. Angela and Dave were so lovely and there was lots of nice touches, including some treats for s’more making and some lovely breakfast things. The shower was nice and hot, the bed super cozy and comfortable and the outdoor bath was amazing! Everything was clean and the location was close to a reserve where our dog could run around and swim. Overall a fantastic stay and definitely an amazing spot!

Amber, Auckland NZ


August 2021

Very cute little hut with an amazing view. We enjoyed hot tub after doing a lot of sightseeing all day. It was a bit hard not having hot water in winter but overall it was great.

Miu, Auckland, New Zealand


August 2021

A fantastic place to stay, peaceful and relaxing. Definitely worth it. Will definitely be back



July 2021

A beautiful stay, exactly as prescribed. Lovely romantic getaway, private and unique. Excellent communication and support from the host.



July 2021

Jacks Hut is like no other. Such a incredible little gem! Everything you need is right there, and easy to access. Perfect for a little get away!



July 2021

This place is an absolute gem, great views, cozy warm hut, kitchen with everything in there, toilet shower, even a swing! You could really tell Angela and Dave put effort into this place. It was raining a lot and very windy during our stay, and there was also a power cut but we got cared for it all and still enjoyed it very much. The tub was probably my favourite:) thank you!

Stellar, Auckland, New Zealand


July 2021

Hi Guys, We thought your stay was incredibly well thought out. From marshmallows to crumpets for the fire pit, to arriving to a lite hot tub. It was so great to discover all the wonderful surroundings. The deer, water views and privacy were outstanding. We’d love to do it again. Fee n Phil

Phil, Auckland, New Zealand


July 2021

Fantastic getaway for the weekend - outdoor bath is great & everything there you need.

Rebecca, London, United Kingdom


July 2021

We had a pleasant stay at Jack's Hut. Angela and David looked after us well and they warm and welcoming. Would definitely recommend this place! Stunning view from there too.

Jaya, Auckland, New Zealand


July 2021

Beautiful location looking over the lake. Felt remote yet still close enough to the attractions of Rotorua. We had a lovely stay.



July 2021

It was a very cozy cabin with an amazing view. My partner and I loved to sit outside on their swing to eat our meals. The fire pit was great and the smores we made were delicious. Definitely recommended.

Uzair, Auckland, New Zealand


June 2021

Jack’s Hut is an absolute piece of paradise! I would highly recommended booking a stay here for an opportunity to have some quiet time away. The hut has all you need!

Trista, Hawera, New Zealand


June 2021

Hosts are a lovely couple who are very friendly and hospitable. Hot tub was lovely.



June 2021

Jack’s Hut provided us with a cosy experience. Wood fired hot tub, roasted marshmallows and a swing chair with a view. Great communication from the owners, super clean and comfy. We will 100% be back in the near future!

Jeanie, Auckland, New Zealand


June 2021

Stunning location by the lake. The hut is cozy and has an amazing view. The outside bath was amazing and lovely hosts!



June 2021

Was a great stay recommended for a couples retreat and an unwind for busy life.



June 2021

Such a lovely place to stay! There were so many nice touches around the hut and brilliant hosts. Would recommend

Madeline, England, United Kingdom


June 2021

Relaxation at its best, this little heavenly place has it all! The highlight is definitely soaking in the hot tub under the stars and the stunning view from the swing bench. The bed is comfortable and the cabin extremely warm and cozy! The hosts, Angela and Dave were warm, friendly and hospitable without intruding on our privacy. We will recommend Jack's Hut to all our friends.

Sean, Hamilton, New Zealand


May 2021

Jack's Hut is awesome. A great place to stay, with all you need.

Kendyll, New Zealand


A wonderfully relaxing place to stay, Views are stunning no matter what time of day. Outdoor hot tub was lovely and the brazer was warm and cosy to sit outside. Would definitely recommend and we will hopefully get to stay again.

May 2021 - Carolyn, Tauranga, New Zealand


Very peaceful stay! Great spot to unwind and chill out!

May 2021 - Sam, Tauranga, New Zealand


It was beautiful to wake up in the morning to excellent views and animals in such a secluded and peaceful part of the world. The hot tub and fires are a great addition to this property.

May 2021 - Chris, Ballarat, Australia


Absolutely great quirky spot to stay. me and my partner had a fantastic weekend here.

May 2021 - Jonjo, England, United Kingdom


A beautiful location! Slow mornings with coffee and a good book on the swing chair, evenings with a glass of wine and excellent food beside the brazier, and sitting in the tub under the Milkyway were highlights. Angela went the extra mile to cater to our dietary requirements. We hope to be back again.

April 2021 - Philippa, Okaihau, New Zealand


This place was AMAZING!

April 2021 - Stephanie, Auckland, New Zealand


Such a lovely place to stay! Beautiful views, surrounded by native bush, amazing birds, and very cute farm animals.

April 2021 - Abbie, Wellington, New Zealand


We had an amazing stay at Angela and David’s. They were very hospitable, quick to reply, and had the hot tho heated for us upon arrival. The location is wonderful! Would stay again :)

April 2021 - Mirka, Pennant Hills, Australia


We absolutely loved our stay here. The hut is rustic and cosy. The view and the hot tub were highlights of our stay, Angela and Dave were very helpful, Dave set up the kayak for us at short notice, thank you! We had an amazing stay, perfect for a couples getaway for a couple of nights! 

April 2021 - Kate, New Zealand


Incredible getaway - highly recommend to anyone wanting to get away from it all. Amazing and welcoming hosts and a wonderful location.

April 2021 - Andrea, Auckland, New Zealand


This is a rare find! Our first experience of ‘glamping’ and it was truly magical. It’s rustic but luxurious! So many special touches that should be kept secret so they delight you as they did us. The view is unparalleled. This was the perfect place for a grown-up weekend stay without the kids. So much better than a cookie-cutter hotel room. Lots to do locally but if you wanted to just hang out and walk/ swim from the Hut that’s that would work too. We will definitely be recommending this to all our couple friends!

March 2021 - Kiri - February 2021


We highly recommend jacks hut. Beautiful surroundings. The hosts have put a lot of thought into this. It’s a must stay!

Phillipa - January 2021


If you want a total escape and a ‘hut’ experience but still with some comforts - then this is your place. Jack’s Hut comes with a story. You can read about Jack Mackay’s life while sitting on the balcony in a swing chair watching the deer and fawn run around with Lake Tarawera and Mt Tarawera as the backdrop. A super breakfast was a lovely surprise, especially the marshmallows there to toast on the fire pit - not to mention the fire heated hot tub. With the lake walking distance and amazing world renowned mountain bike trails a pedal away - you can unleash your inner bush man or enjoy a peaceful coffee while reading your book on the deck.

Fairleigh - January 2021


Stunning little spot. Can’t recommend it highly enough. Absolutely loved our stay. Thank you!

Philippa - January 2021


“If you want a total escape and a ‘hut’ experience but still with some comforts - then this is your place. Jack’s Hut comes with a story. You can read about Jack Mackay’s life while sitting on the balcony in a swing chair watching the deer and fawn run around with Lake Tarawera and Mt Tarawera as the backdrop. A super breakfast was a lovely surprise, especially the marshmallows there to toast on the fire pit - not to mention the fire-heated hot tub. With the lake walking distance and amazing world-renowned mountain bike trails a pedal away - you can unleash your inner bushman or enjoy a peaceful coffee while reading your book on the deck.”

Andrew - December 2020


“Amazing place to stay!”

Junko - December 2020


“We really loved our stay here at jack’s hut! One of the best place we have ever stayed at via air b&b. Stunning views, amazing hot tub, cozy little cute room...we would love to come back again! Thank you very much Angie and Dave:)”

Ronnie & Graeme - December 2020


Omg, thank you for our stay! We absolutely loved Jack's Hut. We absolutely loved everything and definitely will be staying again. It was magical.

Jay - December 2020


“My partner and I were lucky enough to stay in Jacks hut for two nights. We were treated to one of the romantic hideaways we have ever experienced. Nestled on the hillside over looking the lake and a paddock of deer. Dave had the wood fire hot tub lit for us before we arrived so we could jump straight in and enjoy a glass of wine and relax in the tub. The fire was ready to go with skewers and marshmallows to add to the experience. Both Dave & Angela were fantastic hosts recommending local experiences for us to do and respected our privacy. I would 10/10 recommend any couple to stay and get away from the city for a romantic retreat!”

Natalia and Alex - December 2020


“What an incredibly beautiful, peaceful and charming place to spend the weekend. The space was very cozy, full of thoughtful touches, the view from the deck was spectacular. Who doesn’t enjoy an outdoor shower while admiring a shimmering volcanic lake? Thanks so much for the great stay!”

Te Aiorangi - December 2020


This place is amazing!! From the actual hut itself to the lodge grounds surround it, the lakes nearby and awesome scenery, beautiful birds flying about. It was truly like a fantasy! Thank you Angela and David for the beautiful stay. It was the most wonderful spot to have a little romantic getaway.

Thomas - November 2020


Jacks Hut was amazing. Can’t fault any of our stay. From the view, to the hot bath tub and the hut, we enjoyed every minute of our stay! Thank you so much.

Elesha - November 2020


Such a beautiful place to stay! Comfortable bed, stunning views, just a delightful place to be.

Maria - October 2020


The cutest hut! This place is cosy, I stayed by myself and it was perfect. All you need is available and the lovely owners just up the hill.

Ben - October 2020



Hamish - October 2020


A very unique place! So quaint and quiet, so many beautiful finishing touches and things that made the stay relaxing and enjoyable. Dave and Angie were superb with communication and offers of help. For anything we needed. Firebath was a delight!

Marina - September 2020


We stayed here over the weekend, and it was one of the best Airbnb's we have stayed at. Lovely, thoughtful touches throughout the entire space. The hot tub was exceptional and the views stunning. We would recommend this place to travelers and would love to come back again!

Kate  - September 2020


An amazing long weekend away. Enjoyed all the personal touches to the hut and beautiful views even in the rain.

Sammy - September 2020


You need to stay here, you won't regret it! Lovely hosts, wonderful place and beautiful spot.

Brook - September 2020


Awesome spot. Amazing hot tub.

Emma - September 2020


We couldn't recommend this place enough. It exceeded our expectations: beautiful, functional, romantic, warm, private. Go see for yourself!

Stacey - September 2020


Amazing stay. Such a special spot.

Stefan - August 2020


We had a lovely stay and the location by the lake is absolutely gorgeous. Had a bit of bad luck with the weather and it rained most of the time but sitting in the hot tub in the rain and watching the little lambs playing on the grass was fantastic. Quick responses from the hosts to any of our questions and definitely look forward to coming back for another visit.

Becky - August 2020


Gorgeous location and accommodation. Very unique and relaxing! Would highly recommend to anyone looking for something a little bit different.

Judith - August 2020


We absolutely loved our weekend at Jack's Hut. Everything was sparkling clean. The outdoor bath amazing, brazier and marshmallows, bbq and a comfy, warm bed wrapped up in a delightful little hut. Friendly hosts and great communication with little extras included. Watching the deer play at dusk was lovely and the newborn lambs an added bonus.

Mathew - July 2020


Our stay could not have been better. The place itself was clean and well set up with the sunrise views each morning completely stunning. We'll be recommending this one to friends.

Greg - July 2020


Cosy hut in a great location! Perfect for a weekend getaway. Great hosts and helped set up the spa pool in our absence.

Tim - July 2020


Such a beautiful little spot! Had a great weekend at Jack's Hut, would definitely recommend for a nice getaway,

Leena - June 2020


This tiny hut is very cute but I can only judge it from my experience. Our hot tub did not heat up, even after 3 hours of burning the wood - my partner is also quite experienced in dealing with fires and it just wasn't working. the primary wood for the tub was soaking wet. The wifi wasn't coming up for either of us so we struggled to contact the host. The hosts were nice enough to offer us their personal tub the following morning. But overall I believe there could have been better communication and information about the tiny hut, especially because it was quite expensive. Maybe you'll have better luck than us!

Isobel - June 2020


We loved our stay here for a long weekend away. The hut was cosy and cute, the deck has lovely views and the outdoor bath tub was the cherry on top! Would definitely recommend staying here.

Breanna - June 2020


Wonderful spot with gorgeous views. Lovely sitting by the brazier and enjoying the hot bath under the stars.

Nicole - June 2020


This oasis was just perfect for a couples getaway. The hut is warm, cosy and comfortable with everything you need. The wood-fired spa with lake view was absolutely perfect. Can't wait to stay again.

Jordan - June 2020


WE LOVED OUR STAY SO MUCH! The tiny home has everything you need and was a beautiful lil home away from home for the weekend! The hot tub was amazing on arrival! We can't fault anything! Absolutely loved our stay! We will definitely be back soon!

Marion - May 2020


My friend and I had an amazing stay at Jacks Hut. It is a perfect getaway for summer days as well as colder days. When we went there it was pouring rain but we still enjoyed it very much despite the fact that toilet, shower and kitchen are outside. The bath tub helps a lot and adds a great touch. I highly recommend that place!

Scott - May 2020


Fantastic location and hosts very accommodating!

Alexandrea - May 2020


This place is a hidden gem! Decided to come here after level 2 lockdown was announced in time for our anniversary. Dave and Angie were great hosts and had everything that we needed to make the stay enjoyable. The bedroom hut is cosy and warm and the bathtub under the stars is something else. Everything was nice and tidy too. Worth every penny!

Anna - March 2020


What a great little slice of paradise! If you are looking for some rest and relaxation you won't be disappointed.

Kieran - October


An amazing secluded spot with everything you need for a relaxing getaway. Stunning views and the woodfired hot tub was perfect! Angie was very accommodating and provided helpful tips about local attractions suitable to our needs. We will definitely be recommending this spot to our family and friends.

Naomi - October 2020


We loved our stay at Jack's Hut and especially enjoyed the use of the hot tub and the log fire. There were lots of thoughtful touches and made for a lovely 1st wedding anniversary getaway!

Kate - September 2020


Incredible and very magical space. Thank you for the stay. Truly amazing

Jenny - August 2020


Beautiful secluded romantic getaway! Such a relaxing weekend and the hosts are so lovely! Definitely will be back!

Zoe  - July 2020


We had a fab time at this gorgeous cabin with great hosts. Everything we could have wished for... even in the rain! Thank you both :)

Kirsten - July 2020


We had such a wonderful holiday here! The view is really special, and Angie and David have added so many thoughtful touches. The pre heated hot tub on our first night and the swing seat were definite favourites! The hut is really cosy with a huge comfy bed and its history is really cool. Thank you so much for a lovely stay.

Logan - June 2020


Picture perfect location with an awesome host! Have already recommended it to many friends =)

Freek - March 2020


Nice place with beautiful views on the stock, the lake and the mountains. The Hut itself is modest, but the outdoor veranda and kitchen/toilet/shower/tub make it quite spacious altogether. Friendly and helpful hosts.


Wright House

July 2021

A wonderful idyllic spot with lots to keep the kids entertained. Beautifully warm and cosy home.





June 2021

Amazing property, especially for a large group. We had 8 adults and 2 children (4 and 6 years old), and the house had ample space to accommodate everyone - there was a separate living area that was filled with entertainment for the kids - books, puzzles, toys. The kitchen had everything we needed to make cooking comfortable and easy. There was plenty of space for the 10 of us - with 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 4 toilets. The main living room and dining area was more than enough to accommodate all of us comfortably. We were there on a wet and rainy weekend, so didn’t get a chance to use the outdoors - but they looked beautiful and well maintained. We will be going back!




May 2021

The house and surrenders is so beautiful that you will not want to go any other place during your stay!!




He rawe tenei whare! This is an awesome house! We are a group of 5 professionals who stayed for a business retreat and the house was incredible. The fireplace warmed the whole house, the flatscreen was helpful for projection from our devices and the spa pool was a treat! We really enjoyed the well-equipped kitchen and felt the bedrooms gave us enough space for separation and privacy. We enjoyed our time so much that we will be booking again for a future date! Thank you Angela and team. See you again soon.

August 2020 - Cian, New Zealand



The house is in a beautiful position, fantastic for large groups with separate living and sleeping areas. Amazing access to the lake and all the amenities you could ever need. Highly recommend.

March 2020 - Sarah, New Zealand


Awesome location, fabulous house, wonderful facilities. Every part of the home was immaculate. Thank you we had a wonderful stay.

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January 2020

The Wright House is a great place to stay. Perfect location, the lake is beautiful and great for swimming and kayaking. The kitchen was well equipped. Great size for multiple families with different options for living areas inside and out. The outdoor spa was an added bonus. We will visit again (hopefully).


January 2020

The Wright House was beautiful inside and out, views were stunning. It was great for our group with plenty of outdoor space fo the kids and easy access to the lake. We would definitely stay again. Thanks for having us.


The Woolshed

Jack - March 2021

Delightful stay.
So close to stoney point reserve.
Amazingly powerful aircon. Great dishwasher. Comfy, clean beds. Cutie deer you can feed. Lovely styling of the place, such a nice feel. Adored the sweet succulent gardens. Suuuch helpful and agreeable owners. Thanks so much for the great stay and help with the car and dogs etc. We shall be back :)




Summer - March 2021

Great stay lovely hostsGreat stay lovely hosts

Charles - February 2021

Great location and place, nice little touches with everything you need available. The kids loved feeding the deer and the hot tub was great. Perfect base for our lake weekend. Thanks again.

Kris - January 2021

Absolutely loved it. Amazing location the Lake is stunning.One of our favourite family holidays such a peaceful rural type setting but so close to all the fun stuff Rotorua has to offer. Dave and Angela were awesome made us feel very welcome. We will definitely be back, didn’t want to leave!

Jackie - January 2021

“10/10. Wonderful time. Clean. Great amenities. Beautiful location. Loved the deer. Wonderful and quick responses and so helpful. Better than expected. LOVED that powerful aircon. Comfy beds. Much thanks !”

Kris - January 2021

“Absolutely loved it. Amazing location the Lake is stunning and close enough to all the extra fun stuff in Rotorua. One of our favourite family holidays, such a peaceful rural type setting but so close to all the fun stuff Rotorua has to offer. Dave and Angela were awesome made us feel very welcome. We will definitely be back, didn’t want to leave!”

Jonelle - New Year 2021

“Such a great place, exceeded our expectations. The Woolshed was cosy and had tons of character. Kids loved feeding the deer in the paddock next door and the hot tub was a highlight for us all. Location was excellent, across the road from Stoney Point reserve and boat ramp. Hosts were awesome. Recommend this place!”


The Moore Family - December 2020

“We really enjoyed our stay at The Woolshed! Angela and Dave were great hosts and very helpful. We loved exploring the area surrounding Lake Tarawera and found the info file very helpful. Thank you and we hope to visit again someday! The Moore Family - originally from South Africa now Auckland based.”

Kate - November 2020: 

"Amazing place! Will be back again".

Georgina - October 2020

Great hospitality and location. Private and Safe area.

Franco - October 2020

Everything was better than we expected. Beautiful, quiet and private spot to relax. Awesome wood fired hot tub. Cute views of the sheeps and deers around. Definitely recommend this place, specially for a couple.

Spencer - October 2020

What a gem of a place. Great for families Our two year old love watching and feeding the sheep and deer and splashing in the hot tub. Beach and playground are short walk. Lovely for adults when kids are asleep too - great to lie in bed and see sunrise over Tarawera. Angie’s grazing platter was out of this world and highly recommended particularly if you’re arriving later in the day!

Gareth - October 2020

Angela and Dave are wonderful hosts and made us feel very welcome during our stay. The Woolshed is a real gem, tucked away a short walk from Lake Tarawera. Very clean, beautifully done up and with a superb wood-fired hot tub, we will definitely stay here again. We were given great recommendations on things to do with our two boys.

Louisa - September 2020

Cannot fault this beautiful property for a relaxing escape away from it all. Super friendly hosts with exceptionally responsive communication. So many thoughtful and unique touches throughout the stylish property. The hot tub was fantastic and really enjoyed using the kayak. Highly recommended!

Kirsty - September 2020

Gorgeous setting, gorgeous place and attentive hosts. Would highly recommend.

Emma - February 2020

The Woolshed was stunning, set up a private driveway we rarely saw people, only the resident sheep! The Cedar Hot Tub was incredible and the perfect spot to star gaze. The house itself had everything we needed and was located just across the road from the perfect lake swimming spot. Will definitely be back one day!


David - February 2020

A very relaxing and well appointed ‘property’ to stay for a few days. Nothing is lacking. From the moment we drove up the driveway past the grazing sheep, and went inside, we knew that this would be a great place to stay. Add in the fact that the great swimming of Lake Tarawera is essentially across the road, this is a great place to rest and access what the Rotorua area has to offer.

Janka - January 2020

We had a lovely stay with our friends at the barn. It's only a short walk to the beach and we loved hopping in the outside spa pool on stary nights. Thanks for lending us a fishing rod, too!

Helen - February 2019

This is fabulous stylish house with both comfort and character. Dave and Angie made us feel really welcome. It is a great place to explore the region from would highly recommend.

John - February 2019

A great space well located for those who like a little peace and tranquility.

Neil - January 2019

What an amazing and tranquil place adjacent to the lake and boat ramp. The quality of the decor and furniture is really good, all the necessary equipment required for a comfortable stay was provided. Plenty of space for the boat. The owners are exceptionally friendly and accommodating. We can't wait to return.

Jules - December 2018

The Woolshed is a very cool, unique place to stay. The owners have gone out of their way to make it an interesting set up with fabulous interior.