When: 8 – 11 February 2008
Who: 4 families… and one lone Canadian tag-along. .. 9 adults in total.
Why: Family vacation at a beautiful location with good fishing… with the goal of impressing my Canadian uncle.
Accommodation Details: Pohutukawa Lodge is a three-bedroom house and two-bedroom sleep out at Lake Tarawera. The house is tastefully furnished, with a modern open-plan kitchen/dining/lounge area and fantastic views of the mountain and lake. The upstairs’ master bedroom has an ensuite bathroom and a balcony that enjoys the same view. The sleepout is fairly dated and you do need to negotiate moderately-steep steps up the side of the hill to get to it, but that’s just fine if you consider how reasonably-priced this accommodation is. In my opinion $210/night (for 9 people) is extremely reasonable, especially when the house is so modern and comfortable; and if your group numbers are 7 or under ($170/night), then you will have no need to use the sleepout at all.
Access to the lake is just a short walk away, there is a reserve in front of the house, and the Otumutu boat ramp is only minutes away. The double garage is available for guests to use and has kayaks, mountain bikes, and table tennis table also for guests’ use.
This property is beautifully presented, has great views, and is an absolute bargain!
Things To Do:
- Walk to Lake Okareka
- Enjoy a meal at The Landing Cafe
- Admire the view
- Go fishing for Rainbow and Brown Trout
- Visit the hot pools at Hot Water Beach and Wairua Stream.
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The Verdict: Lake Tarawera is a holiday destination that I intend to revisit over and over again. It ticks all my holiday-requirement-boxes in terms of tranquility and natural beauty. It’s far enough away from Whakatane to feel like a real holiday, yet close enough to warrant going for just a couple of nights. And no doubt I will holiday again at Pohutukawa Lodge, perhaps with another young family the next time around.
I highly recommend Lake Tarawera and give equally ‘high props’ to Pohutukawa Lodge!