About this listing
The Lakestay is a small, ORGANIC Eco-friendly accommodation independant travellers requiring peace and affordability, NO sulphur fume. Bush setting Opposite Lake Okareka.
A Holiday Unit,with own entrance
on ground level in the front of our home.
Our Mission is to provide a clean, Eco-friendly environment that is Chemical FREE, Affordable for all to enjoy this Lake and Bush environment.
A peaceful setting to recover after a long flight or after a busy day visiting local attractions in Rotorua and Bay of Plenty. You can relax in the garden listening to the native Birdsong,have a refreshing swim in the Lake across the road, use our kayaks to explore the Tranquil lake and watch the wildlife,go fishing for trout, or use our mountain bikes to explore the many tracks in the Bush and forest a 10 minute ride away.
The Lakestay is a modern ,purpose built unit, separate from our home.
We offer a range of accommodation options that can be booked.
Tarawera room sleeps 2 in a queen size bed, and the Tikitapu room (next to Tarawera) is ideal for extra friends or family,
with a double bunk(double bottom, single top).
You can enjoy the freedom of being self sufficient ,making use of our well equipped kitchen and outdoor BBQ area. Breakfast supplies of homemade Bread and preserves are provided for you. A cooked breakfast or packed lunch can be provided at an extra cost from just $15 per person.
Cheryl uses mainly organic ingredients and produce from her garden ,where possible. Baskets of Homemade Breakfast supplies are provided so you can prepare your own at a time that suits you. Ask about our "Kiwi BBQ Pack" for an easy dinner option in our relaxed garden environs.
If there are more than 4 in your group
you can book as a Holiday unit, listed as Modern Flat/Lake Okareka Holiday unit for small groups and families, 3 bedrooms suitable for 4-6 persons.
Now only 1 group booked at a time, NO sharing space.
The Lakestay has it's own access separate from our home. The 2 rooms have access to a bathroom and toilet facilities, The kitchen, dining area opens out to the BBQ courtyard. There is plenty of room for guests to enjoy this area as it spreads out into Garden and native bush overlooking the lake.
Interaction with Guests
Be prepared for a friendly welcome, especially from "Possum" the cat! Cheryl will also be here to provide you with a home produced afternoon snack( if your timing is right). Steve will often chat with guests after work, while he is cooking our BBQ dinner or we are watering the garden, many interactions take place while I am outdoors tending to the garden . If we are inside we are easily accessible to see to all requirments.
We love this Lake and look forward to meeting you and helping you to relax and enjoy the very special environment and village settlement of Lake Okareka. The perfect place to relax at the end of a busy day or spend all day at the Lake taking advantage of the many Lake edge and bush walks,kayaks, bikes,swimming, reading a book in the garden or bird watching . You are away from all the noise and pressures of the city but the Rotorua attractions are only a peaceful, scenic 10 minute drive away. Many of the Lakestay guests come for a day or 2 and stay for several. Passing on information about all the lakes, and attractions in the area is a pleasure.
Lake Okareka is a small village community, just 8km from main highway.1km from Blue lake. Close to Buried Village and Lake Tarawera.
There is NO public transport to Lake Okareka.
Taxis are available from the airport and Rotorua.
Alternatively i am happy to pick up from Airport and Bus stop for FREE. A small charge($15) applies for extra trips into Rotorua.
Other Things to Note
We provide a Basket of homemade products for a basic breakfast. We keep our prices cheaper for those preferring to save and provide for their own meals. Because the Lakestay has a well equipped kitchen, full breakfasts are not provided, but available at an extra cost. Ingredients are homemade and mainly organic. Packed lunch and BBQ dinner packs are also available on request.
Smoking is OUTDOORS only.
NO pets .
Prefer that you arrive before dark, due to surrounds , with limited street lighting. If you are going to be arriving late you need to let me know and instructions will be provided .
About the Host, Cheryl
Steve and I have been living at Lake Okareka for almost 20 years. We love being close to the Lake and the water activities over the summer months. We have a wonderful swimming spot a short walk away and enjoy some Trout fishing on our boat.I have always been a keen vegetable gardener, although our plot here is a lot smaller now that the family are grown and left home.I love reaping the rewards from our Organic garden and processing the surplus into Jams, Chutneys, pickles etc, that you may have the chance to sample if you arrive early enough for an afternoon snack.We also love spending time with our grandchildren when possible and often have them here enjoying the lake environment,also.