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 (email hidden)
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).
Facilities are often guest shared with 1-2 guests maximum. You can enjoy the freedom of being self sufficient ,making use of our well equipped kitchen and outdoor BBQ area or we are happy to provide breakfast ,lunch or dinner options for you, from just $10pp.
Cheryl uses mainly organic ingredients and produce from her garden ,where possible.Baskets of Homemade Breakfast supplies can be 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.
The Lakestay has just 3 rooms. We can cater for doubles,singles, triples per room,
OR 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 .
The Lakestay has it's own access separate from our home. The 2 rooms have access to bathroom and toilet facilities, that are guest shared. Only sharing space with max. 2 persons. The kitchen, dining area is also a guest share area , that opens out to the BBQ courtyard. There is plenty of room for guests to enjoy this area and share with other guests 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
Because the Lakestay has a well equipped kitchen, breakfasts are not automatically provided. We keep our prices cheaper for those preferring to save and provide for their own meals. If you prefer to have a breakfast provided you can ask for a quote including breakfasts. Prices vary from $7.50- $15 per person/ day .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.
We had the whole Apartment for ourself, that was really great!! :)) Anyway, it's a wonderful stay.
Steve and Cheryl were great hosts, they have a bed and breakfast next to the lake and a beautiful garden where we ate dinner and watched the stars.
It was a fantastic experience. Thank you
Thank you Cheryl
She is a great host. Location is very closer to blue lake and we truly enjoyed our stay there.
Very good - Cheryl was very friendly and helpful.
She provided a lovely breakfast and lots of information about the area - will definitely come again!
Thank you Cheryl for a very warm welcome. We enjoyed our time in Rotorua. Our stay was very busy and we were amazed at the natural beauty of the area. All the best with your sea change.
We had a great stay, it was spacious, clean, comfortable and everything was provided that we needed. Cheryl was very welcoming and friendly and we liked her Eco credentials ! The position of the stay was glorious, quiet, scenic and there was the option of hiring equipment for the lake. Highly recommended and good value.
Cheryl is very welcoming. The Lakestay is a good place to stay. Me and my boyfriend enjoyed It very much.
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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.