Main house (left), sleepout (right)Sleepout Toilet Where the Possums Shower (don't worry there's also one in the house!)

Entire home/apt

9 guests

4 bedrooms

7 beds
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About this listing

Located 5 mins walk from the pristine waters of Lake Tarawera, just 20 mins from Rotorua, The Fidgety Fantail is a fully self contained log house in a garden setting surrounded by bush and bird song!

The space

Welcome To The Fidgety Fantail -

For a virtual tour of the house and Lake Tarawera please search "Fidgety Fantail" in youtube.

Your Accommodation
Your accommodation features 2 bedrooms inside the main cabin, plus 2 bedrooms close to the house. One bedroom has a double bed and the other a set of bunks. There is also a cute semi outside bathroom between the outside bedrooms.
(Just a quick note when looking at the pricing - the total cleaning fee is made up of a $50 cleaning fee plus $25 per person per stay for linen and towels. Currently this defaults to 6 people but if there are less than 6 staying, we will adjust this charge accordingly for you.)

There are plenty of places to relax and there is also a verandah, large deck & carport in a garden setting. Mature fruit trees, grape vines, feijoas, rasberries are throughout the property.

Kayaks & bikes are supplied supplied and there is also a heat pump for winter. There is even room for a boat!

If you have children a portacot is available, along with plenty of board games, lego, cricket set etc to keep them entertained. The property has a large fenced area for safety for children (& dogs)

Located next to a reserve (which has a new playground) & close to boat ramp and a good swimming beach, this is the perfect location for your next family holiday. Well behaved & house-trained dogs welcome!

The Cheeky Tui holiday home right next door is also owned by us, making it ideal for 2 families who are friends to rent one each. Please see my other listing on Airbnb if you are interested in this option.

Guest access

Entire property

The space
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 4
Beds: 7
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: 15 / night after 6 guests
Cleaning Fee: 151
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds
Bedroom 3
1 bunk bed
Bedroom 4
1 double bed

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 2PM

Please note that the total cleaning fee is made up of a $50 cleaning fee plus $25 per person per stay for linen and towels. Currently this defaults to 6 people but if there are less than 6 staying, we will adjust this charge accordingly for you.

TOILETRIES Please bring your own; eg soap,shampoo,toilet paper etc (we supply a few toilet rolls)



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.

2 nights minimum stay

14 Reviews

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Colm User Profile
June 2017
Lovely cabins close to the lake with great outdoor space for the kids. Perfect.

Catherine User Profile
April 2017
Lovely quiet spot, nice and clean with lots to do locally. Definitely coming again!

Susan User Profile
March 2017
Martin's place is perfect for a family holiday. There are games, movies, kayaks provided and the lake is just a short distance away.

Emma User Profile
March 2017
Can't wait to get back there! Nice and secure/safe for the toddlers and they loved the grapevine!! Reserve next door has swings in addition to the tramp and other outdoor play stuff at the house. Beautiful.

David User Profile
December 2015
Great quiet location and an ideal Bach for the family. The highlight was the outdoor shower area...very cool. The local Airstream cafe was very friendly and great for lunch.

Rean User Profile
November 2015
The Fidgety Fantail holiday house was really awesome. Extremely relaxing environment - a real holiday feel. Everything was ready for us - nice and clean - as promised. We will definitely recommend this beautiful gem of a place.

Cliff User Profile
October 2015
The property was as described. Remote and very peaceful. Was fun finding the place in the dark. Nice local cafe or two as well. Lots of things to do but unfortunately we didn't get time.

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Auckland, New ZealandJoined in January 2013
Martin User Profile

Hi Everyone, I’d like to take the opportunity to introduce ourselves. My Wife Caroline and I are originally from the UK and were first introduced to the pristine area around Lake Tarawera when we visited New Zealand in 1999. Now, many years later, we live in Auckland and along with our children, Andrew, Michael and Juliet. It’s wonderful to have our own spot by he lake to visit and enjoy with our children, friends and family!
It would be wonderful to be able to share our slice of paradise with you - we also have another cabin next door called the Cheeky Tui for extended groups of travellers.
Kind regards, Martin, Caroline, Andrew and Mikey

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