You can rent a room for $40 pp in " The Fat Pigeon"( a three bedroom self contained flat on the ground floor of our house. We live upstairs.) .There are two double rooms & the third room has 3 single beds. You can also rent the whole flat. Price on application. Great for a family or group of friends. Children are very welcome. We have a trampoline & some books & Lego to keep them happy.
The flat has its own kitchen, bathroom, toilet, lounge & dining area. It also has a BBQ & outdoor eating area.
There is wireless internet, TV & selection of DVDs. We have many mountain bikers stay with us & use the famous Redwood Forest tracks. We have room for you to store your own bikes on our property.
There are no shops in this area, so you will need to bring all your own food & beverages including breakfast food, tea and coffee.
At times, we will be away, but this can be an independent holiday experience with the key in a coded key box etc.
We use grid connected solar power for our electricity and try to live as sustainably as possible with recycling, composting facilities & even have a solar oven guests can use.
There is no public transport from Rotorua to Lake Tarawera. You will need your own car to get here.
You will notice that The Fat Pigeon is advertised twice. This is because with Airbnb we need to advertise separately for the amount of rooms.
We have a covered luxury pontoon boat that we use to explore the lake & guests particularly enjoy the trip to hotwater beach & a secluded hot pool only accessible by boat or a 3 to 4 hr wolk. We give a big discount to guests for a 2 & 1/2 hr trip Need at least 2 people or a $100 minimum. We can also take you rock jumping & swimming from the boat for a small fee eg $10. Can include a meal on the boat too.
Around this area you can swim, fish or hike. Bikes & kayaks for guests to use. Awake to bird song. This is a renowned area for native birds. The fat pigeons are the big, native pigeons which are becoming threatened in N.Z. However Lake Tarawera has an abundance of them. The Fat Pigeon is a great base to explore the lakes & Rotorua.
Other Things to Note
When driving here, don't just rely on your GPS as some people have problems with it. GPS usually gets you to the start of Spencer Road & often no further. Keep going right along Spencer Rd until you come to 444 Spencer Rd. It is about 10 minutes past the Buried Village & we have a sign saying "The Fat Pigeon" etc on the roadside.
Welcome to "The Fat Pigeon". We hope you enjoy your stay.
You will need to bring your own food & supplies, including breakfast, tea, coffee & milk as there are no shops at Lake Tarawera .
Rotorua city is approx 25 minutes away
BOAT RAMP The closest is either on Bay Road towards the end of road, or at Stoney Point
SWIMMING A great swimming spot is at Cliff Rd ; there’s also a nice little “beach” there for children.
We have recycling bins. There is a compost bin in kichen for food scraps, & compost bins ouside by the clotheslines.
HEAT PUMPS Please conserve energy, & only use the heat pumps if really cold or until the fire is lit.. Shut doors of rooms that you’re not using. Please switch them off as soon as you’re warm!!!! Don’t leave on overnight or when you leave the house.
MOBILE PHONES can work on the lake, or at the end of Spencer Rd , which is a few minutes drive away.
PHONE We have a plan that enables us to ring landlines NZ wide. Please use a phone card for calls to mobile phones or overseas. The phone number here is (phone number hidden)
Enjoy this beautiful area, the lake, the walks & the bird life. There are many wood pigeons, tuis, fantails (piwakawakas), pukekos, and the occasional kingfisher & at night you can often hear moreporks.
No smoking please.
Mike and Liz are a very nice and easygoing couple. They helped us a lot with the staying. The lemons which planted there are very delicious. And the house is on the halfway of the mountain and near the lake so the surroundings are quiet and elegant.
A quiet place on a beautiful lake. Liz and Mike made our stay very comfortable. Thanks for getting us to the boat trip&pools.
Both Liz and Mike made us feel very welcome and we really enjoyed their company! They provided kayaks and bikes and we took full advantage of them! The lake is within easy walking distance and there is a nice road to ride bikes on.
We absolutely loved being able to go with them on their boat for a trip to the hot pools and dinner on the water. Liz is a terrific cook! We think this boat trip is a must! It is an extra charge of $50.00 per person for the boat trip and an additional $15.00 per person for the dinner which includes a delicious main course, salad, dessert, lovely homemade lemon water and a glass of wine! WE thought this was not only a great experience but also a terrific value for the expeirence!
We had the entire basement flat to ourselves which was a real bonus. If the entire basement flat had been full of people in the other three bedrooms, with only one bathroom and a very tiny kitchen, our experience might have been very different. Note to people considering this listing as a place to stay: you are on your own for breakfast and you are a half hour drive away from town so be sure to bring your own food. Liz and Mike are very generous about allowing you to pick vegetables and herbs from their garden, but that will not be enough to feed you for dinner and you will need to provide your own breakfast.
I stayed at the Fat Pigeon for 5 nights. Liz and Mike were both so welcoming and friendly. It is great to have a kitchen area to prepare your own food. Plates/utensils/cooking ware/ etc is all available for you to use which was great. If you have an opportunity to go out on their boat (for a very reasonable extra charge), I would highly recommend it. They took me out onto beautiful Lake Terawera and to some amazing spots where we were able to soak in natural hot water pools. Beautiful. Liz would tell me amazing facts and about the history of the area which was so interesting. That afternoon trip out on their boat ended up being one of the most memorable and fun parts of my trip. Thank you to Mike & Liz for your warm hospitality!
The Fat Pigeon is a wonderful hidden gem in the quite to relax and enjoy the nature around Rotorua. Liz and Mike are warm and very welcoming people who went the extra mile to make our stay a special one. We can highly recommend the boat tour with swimming in hot pools and a BBQ on the lake - simply so much fun! Thanks for everything guys, you are true stars.
Excellent stay. Great value for money. Very nice hosts. We loved the boat ride and hot pool dip.
I loved my stay and Liz and Mike's Fat Pigeon. The area around Lake Tarawera is absolutely stunning! Liz and Mike took us to their nearby community garden for tea and I met a lovely Australian couple during my stay there.
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Come and explore the Bay of Plenty. We live locally and enjoy meeting the different guests we have come to stay. We have hosted people for many years; we have travellers on a cultural exchange as well as own & run holiday homes. We travel extensively & just this year we used Airbnb in Europe & loved it. Cant wait to use it again. It also gives us an insight to what travellers need & like.