Jack's Hut

Jack's Hut

Lake Tarawera, Rotorua

Jack's Hut is set only minutes away from the edge of Lake Tarawera and 24 minutes from Rotorua.

Jack's Hut is an original South Island shepherd's hut from the 1930s. With imagination and love, it's been transformed into an atmospheric getaway, perfect for two.

The interior of the hut is quaint and cosy, with just enough room for a double bed, table, and chairs. Double doors open out to the spacious, covered deck.

Just next door, you'll find the kitchen hut with everything you need to cook a hot delicious meal, with a Weber BBQ on the undercover deck. There's also an adjoining toilet unit and an al-fresco-style shower. To top it off, there's a luxurious outdoor hot tub, big enough for two, where you can soak your worries away. For a unique movie night under the stars, turn on the projector screen and enjoy your favourite film from the comfort of the hot tub.

Sip your morning coffee on the delightful swinging seat on the porch and appreciate the gorgeous lake and mountain views. You may even spot the herd of fallow deer playing in the paddock below.

As the day draws to a close, you can toast marshmallows over the outdoor fire pit and gaze up at the crystal-clear, starlit skies. It doesn't get more restful than this...

FROM $290 p/n

  • Sleeps 2
            Dogs welcome
      Dogs welcome

A $40 Single Night Surcharge applies on top of the nightly rate when booking a single night. You will need to add this charge during the booking process. The calendar below will specify where one-night bookings are allowed.


144 Spencer Road, Lake Tarawera, Rotorua 3076


Jack's Hut is set only minutes away from the edge of Lake Tarawera and 24 minutes from Rotorua.

Follow the Google Maps directions to the address.

You will receive a pre-arrival email with detailed arrival instructions and your host's details 5-days prior to your stay.

Note: If you have booked within 5 days and haven't received a pre-arrival email shortly after booking, please email us at [email protected].

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  • eating and drinking

    Jack's Hut is self-catering. Just bring your own food, and cook meals using the Weber BBQ, single induction hob and mini oven/air fryer. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.

    If you'd like to dine out, Rotorua is only 25 minutes away and offers a diverse range of restaurants. For nearby options, you can check out The Landing Cafe for brunch, or Eastwood, which serves pizza, burgers, and beer. In town, you'll find Eat Streat, an undercover dining hub with numerous al fresco options available year-round. Another great option is Capers, which offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as an artisanal and organic food shop next door.

    The nearest store for stocking up on food and supplies is in Rotorua, 25 minutes. A few takeaway shops are 15 minutes away at the bottom of Tarawera Road.

  • Things to do

    Stay cosy on cooler days by snuggling up with a movie (Netflix available), playing board games, and turning on the electric heater.

    On a fine day, you have the great outdoors to explore. Enjoy the stunning bush on the property or visit Stoney Point beach -  just a quick 2-minute stroll from the property. Go swimming, or try kayaking, and fishing with the boats and rods provided (be sure to try catching the famous rainbow trout from the jetty!).

    The area is also home to several walking tracks and a public tennis court, as well as fallow deer and sheep that you can feed and pet.

    If you're interested in learning more about the area's rich history, be sure to visit The Buried Village of Te Wairoa, which offers a glimpse into the volcanic eruption of 1886 and the local Tarawera history. Additionally, the team at Totally Tarawera provides a water taxi service for lake excursions to hot water beach, the Tarawera Falls Walk, and pick-up and drop-off services for the famous Tarawera Trail.

    To relax and unwind, guests can visit the nearby Hell's Gate Geothermal Park and Mud Bath Spa or the Polynesian Spa for a rejuvenating beauty spa and massage. For adventure seekers, The Redwoods Treewalk, located just a 20-minute drive away, and White Water Rafting are great options. And don't forget to check out Te Puia, which features the famous Pohutu Geyser that spouts boiling water up to 30 metres into the air, as well as other natural geothermal wonders.

  • your hosts

    Your hosts at Ponga Lodge are David and Angela who live at Lake Tarawera, along with their son, Ben, and dog, Spencer.

    David and Angela first met in the UK in 1989 when Dave, a West Otago boy, was on his big O.E - and it was love at first sight! After marrying in 1990, they returned to New Zealand to work on the family farm in Otago. Eight years and two children later, career opportunities enticed them to the UK. They returned to New Zealand to Tarawera in 2017.

    Captivated by the area's breathtaking lake and mountain views, lush green landscapes, and diverse wildlife - David and Angela decided to embark on visitor accommodation. In addition to Jack's Hut, they also created Ponga Lodge and The Woolshed to their collection of holiday homes.

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