The Fidgety Fantail Holiday Cottage, Lake Tarawera

Bach or holiday home | Lake Tarawera | #23096

9.4/10 (100 ratings)
  • 9 Guests
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 5 Beds
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • Pets ok
  • No smoking


(For a virtual tour, search "Fidgety Fantail" in youtube)

Fully self contained log house in a garden setting next to a reserve (which has a new playground) and close to boat ramp and a good swimming beach. Dog friendly. Perfect for children. Sheltered,sunny and quiet with a large, grassy section. There are 2 bedrooms inside the main house, plus 2 sleepouts close to the house. One sleepout has a double bed and the other a set of bunks. In addition to the main bathroom in the house, there's a cute semi outside bathroom between the sleepouts where you can shower with the possums!. Has a verandah, a large deck and carport in a garden setting. Mature fruit trees, grape vines, feijoas, rasberries etc.Swing and climbing frame.Well behaved and house-trained dogs welcome. There are two Kayaks available and bikes supplied. Heat pump for winter. 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.

There's room for a boat and lots of space for children to run around and play in the garden and reserve. There are also board games, lego, cricket set etc to use.

Portacot provided.

TV and phone.

Use this home as a base to see Rotorua sights as well as using the lake environment. Large fenced area for safety for children (and dogs)

"Thank you, a fabulous place to stay. This is a perfect place to retreat to. Quiet and so well set up with everything we needed.The garden setting, the art work and the extra, quirky outdoor bathroom means this place has the X factor.

We'll be back, Roger, Anne and Eliza

Our friends have a pontoon boat for trips on the lake and they offer a 20% discount for guests.

Set in a mature garden; close to nice swimming spot and boat ramp. Will suit anyone from families, couples to the older set

Special conditions:

We ask that visitors leave the property clean and tidy.

Extras: Cleaning (Required, NZ$50.00 per stay); NOTE: Under Kiwi bach tradition you are expected to: Bring your own linen (towels/sheets/tea towels); Obviously for overseas visitors, linen can be provided.


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Fridge
  • Heat pump - Aircon
  • Highchair
  • Kayak(s)
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Telephone (local calls)
  • TV
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • 1 double

    1 x Double bed

  • 1 Queen

    1 x Queen bed

  • 1 single over double bunk

    1 x Single bed

  • 1 Twin

    2 x Narrow single bed


Maybe booked

*Pricing may vary depending on the dates you choose and the number of guests. Additional charges (extras) and minimum stay criteria may also apply. Service fees may also apply.

Reviews (102)

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  • Great place for two families to enjoy Lake Tarawera and Rotorua

    Great place for two families to enjoy Lake Tarawera and Rotorua. Clean, tidy and the kayaks were an extra (much loved) bonus. The flat section with reserve next door was perfect for kids. Warm, well-equipped and functional. Many thanks :-)

    Samantha H. Oct 2018

  • If you're looking for a tidy and quiet little place

    If you're looking for a tidy and quiet little place...this is it

    Isaac R. Oct 2018

  • House and yard are very dog friendly

    House and yard are very dog friendly. House has two steps at the front and only one at the rear which leads onto the fully fenced, level back yard. Sliding glass door access to the backyard from the main bedroom was also a bonus. Reserve was next door and some short walking tracks around the lake edge were very close. Yes, it is a bit out of town if you want to party. But, if your priority is a relaxing break for you and your dogs this bach is worth the short drive.

    SteveKa2 100%|6x Jul 2018

  • Excellent property, beautiful sun filled deck :) would definitely recommend to families,...

    Excellent property, beautiful sun filled deck :) would definitely recommend to families, yard is fully fenced and safe

    BZBuckley 100%|1x Apr 2018

  • Great place to stay

    Great place to stay. Really nice to see the place has been maintained/upgraded and now has a new fence out the back and new areas in the garden for the kids to explore!

    JamieS4 100%|3x Apr 2018

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