Pukawa Lodge – Relaxing Retreat in Native Bush

Bach or holiday home | Pukawa Bay | #4749

8.3/10 (3 ratings)
  • 9 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 6 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • Pets ok
  • No smoking


  • Short walk to lake
  • Extensive two tiered deck
  • Surrounded by native bush

Pukawa Lodge is a lovely wooden house, nestled amongst the native bush of Pukawa Bay with Lake Taupo only a beautiful 3 minute walk away.

This is the perfect base for fishing the Tongariro River, whitewater rafting, walking the Tongariro Crossing, skiing Mt Ruapehu, relaxing in the natural hot pools of Tokaanu or simply exploring the southern end of Lake Taupo.

The house is hidden by nature and surrounded by peace and quiet, with wild quails, tui and other native birds, happily visiting the house. An extensive deck reaches far into the garden with plenty of space to relax in the sun or shade, entertain others for dinner, or simply sit and read a book.

The house is located down a quiet no-through lane, so there are rarely other cars to disturb the peace. There is plenty of parking space on the back lawn for visitors behind the house and you are able to drive right round so easy access and parking for a boat and trailer.

Pukawa Bay is a beautiful 3 minute walk away, down a public pathway or the main village road takes you all the way to the boat ramp for easy access to the water. Essentially you need a car here, however there are lovely signposted walks through the native bush to neighbouring bays of Kuratau and Omori, where you will find a village shop and café.

The Bay is one of the most beautiful bays on the lake. It is completely private and has wonderful clear water. The beach of volcanic black sand means it is ideal for families and safe swimming. There are a couple of seating areas, an open space for sports and traffic is kept to a minimum. This is an ideal house for family fun, fishing enthusiasts, or couples and friends wanting to chill out for the weekend. If you love to ski, It is also ideally located for a 40 minute drive to the Whakapapa Ski fields on Mount Ruapehu. The fabulous natural hot pools are just a 5 minute drive away.

Cool in the summer and warm and cosy in the winter, means the house is available for guests all year round.

Special conditions: This is a relaxed family house in a wonderful location! Please note there is a two night minimum stay. Smoking is allowed outside only, thank you! Pets are allowed with prior approval.


  • Clothes dryer
  • Easy access
  • Freeview (TM)
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Spark
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • Shower
  • TV
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • Bedroom 1

    1 x Double bed
    1 x Mattress/Futon/Air bed

  • Bedroom 2

    1 x Double bed
    2 x Mattress/Futon/Air bed

  • Living Room downstairs

    1 x Fold-out sofa bed


Maybe booked

  • Linen: Bring your own linen.
  • Extras: Cleaning FREE (included)
  • Multi-night stay: Get 1 FREE night when you stay for 10 nights or longer. Not valid for periods where a last minute discount applies. Free night applies to lowest priced night.

  • Gifts & giveaways: 10% off Winter bookings...Skiing just got cheaper!

*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 (15)

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  • Property was exactly as described, Location was excellent and the bach itself...

    Property was exactly as described, Location was excellent and the bach itself was brilliant.

    lynsts447 100%|8x Jan 2018

  • Nice and quite place to relax, love to hear the birds sing

    Nice and quite place to relax, love to hear the birds sing. Short walk to lake. Children enjoy playing at the clear water lake. beautiful bay and lovely people. Host is very helpful, thank you for the extra effort to make our stay possible. Will definately come back to stay at Pukawa Lodge.

    bretin903 100%|4x Jan 2016

  • Nice little Bach handy to the lake and has a lovely deck...

    Nice little Bach handy to the lake and has a lovely deck no bbq so bring your own.

    BruceLi2 100%|2x Jan 2015

  • Pukawa Bay - a hidden jewel in NZ's crown with fantastic walks...

    Pukawa Bay - a hidden jewel in NZ's crown with fantastic walks and lots of native birdlife. Bach was a great base from which we did a lot of walking and swimming - thanks for the use of a great little facitilty.

    RobynMD1 100%|12x Mar 2013

  • very well appointed and comfortable

    very well appointed and comfortable

    JulieA19 100%|8x Jan 2013

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