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The flat has its own kitchenette, bathroom, toilet, lounge & dining area. It also has a BBQ & outdoor eating area.

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The Fat Pigeon,

The Space
Room type: Private room
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 5
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Pet Owner: Dog(s)


Extra people: $28 / night after the first guest
Cancellation: Moderate


The Space

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.

On occasions we go away & rent out the top & bottom. This is a separate listing under "The Fat Pigeon Homestead"

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.

Sometimes we are away so this is set up to be an independent holiday experience with the key in a coded box. Just go in & make yourselves at home. There is your own private access to the flat.

We are usually here when guests stay & enjoy meeting them, but occasionally are off travelling & using Airbnb ourselves or are out on the boat or in town. However it is set up to be an independent stay and we dont need to be around. Just go in & make yourselves at home. This way it gives both us & you freedom to come & go as you please. We often have woofers staying with us; travellers who do 4 hours work for food & accommodation as a cultural exchange.

A quiet, safe area in a close knit neighbourhood.
Experience lake activities, hiking, biking, kayaking. The Fat Pigeon will particularly suit people who are interested in living sustainably & are interested in the natural beauty of the area. Lake Tarawera is a beautiful fresh water lake 25 mins from the centre of Rotorua. Beautiful, native forest surrounds this pristine lake with Mt Tarawera, an extinct volcano, providing a dramatic backdrop. The lake is beautiful to swim in in summer & we are right across the road from a lovely sandy beach.

There is no public transport from Rotorua to Lake Tarawera. You will need your own car to get here.

Two nights minimum unless it's for a group
We do not supply breakfast but there is a kitchen & fridge.

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.

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House Rules

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.

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Safety Features
Smoke Detector
Carbon Monoxide Detector
First Aid Kit
Safety Card
Fire Extinguisher
Lock on Bedroom Door

2 nights minimum stay

Families are welcome; trampoline for your use.

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About the Host, Liz & Mike

Liz & Mike
Rotorua, New Zealand
Member since July 2012
Response rate: 100% (past 30 days)
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