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Otumutu Lagoon Cottage – Lake Tarawera, Bay of Plenty

Where: Otumutu Lagoon  Cottage, Lake Tarawera, Rotorua, New Zealand

When: 28 February – 5 March 2011

Who: Malcolm and I, and the kids; Nana and Papa Thomas; Aunty Paula and Uncle Barry (all the way from Canada!)… 6 adults and 2 children in total.

Why: Showing off for the Canadians again 😉

Accommodation Details: $220/night.

Otumutu Lagoon Cottage is a three-bedroom lockwood house with a sleepout.

  • Master bedroom: King-sized double with awesome view of the lagoon and ranchslider access to the deck.
  • 2nd bedroom: Queen-sized double with awesome view of the lagoon and ranchslider access to the deck.
  • 3rd bedroom: 2 sets of single bunks, 1 single bed and a portacot. Access to the third bedroom is out the back door, and via a covered laundry area.  Pretty basic and not nearly as nice as the master and 2nd bedrooms, but comfortable enough. Great room for the kids. There is also a second bathroom (shower and toilet) in this covered laundry area, adjacent to the third bedroom.
  • Sleepout: bunk (single over double) – please note this bed is not very comfortable for adults, but my Dad managed to find a plank of plywood to put under the mattress to give a bit more support.
  • Bathroom with bathtub and shower.
  • Good-sized lounge room with great views of the lagoon and access to the deck.
  • Small kitchen which opens out into a small dining area. Please note, the espresso machine is mine – I can’t live without espresso coffee 😉

The cottage is a fantastic family property with direct access to the lake. It is set on a large, attractive section with mature trees and a gorgeous view of the lagoon.  $220/night really is a great deal considering the gorgeous location and all the facilities the property boasts. Here’s a sample of what’s on offer:

  • Jetty and private beach in front of the house (just a short and easy walk down the hill – awesome lookout points on the way)
  • Drive-in, fully secure boatshed – apparently you can catch trout from the boatshed
  • Sailing dinghy with outboard
  •  Trout fishing gear
  • 2 x puffin sea kayaks
  • Wakeboard and waterskis
  • Tennis racquets
  • Mountain bike
  • Trout smoker
  • Lifejackets
  • Outdoor pizza oven
  • Outdoor fish-cleaning bench
  • Gourmet BBQ
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Windsurfer
  • Treehut and rope swing
  • Large deck, which runs the length of the whole house,  and plenty of deck furniture
  • Bring own linen or by arrangement (I would suggest bringing your own – the dryer door kept falling off and it’s just easier to take your own linen home with you, rather than rush around washing and drying the property’s linen before you go).

Things To Do:

  • Kayak
  • Swim at the propery’s private beach
  • Walk to Lake Okareka
  • Enjoy a meal at The Landing Cafe
  • Eat your meals outside on the deck
  • Admire the view
  • Go fishing for Rainbow and Brown Trout
  • Visit the hot pools at Hot Water Beach and Wairua Stream (see my previous Lake Tarawera posts for directions to the hot pools)

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The Verdict: On examination of the house’s guest book, it appears there are families and friends that have returned to the cottage time and again, and I can definitely see why. It has a lovely “homey” feel, it’s functional, has easy access to the lake and fishing, and lots of great facilities.

There are a few improvements I could suggest:  a new bed in the sleepout; the property could do with a good clean, as it was musty and dusty on arrival… but those are fairly cosmetic issues. Otumutu Lagoon Cottage really is a fantastic place to come for a holiday.

Helpful Links: The Landing Lake Tarawera; Lake Tarawera Scenic Reserve; Rotorua; Destination Rotorua ; Otumutu Lagoon  Cottage


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Pohutukawa Lodge – Lake Tarawera, Bay of Plenty

Where: Pohutukawa Lodge, Lake Tarawera, Rotorua, New Zealand

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:

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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!

Helpful Links: The Landing Lake Tarawera; Lake Tarawera Scenic Reserve; Rotorua; Destination Rotorua ; Pohutukawa Lodge

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