Tarawera Tipi

Tarawera Tipi

Lake Tarawera, Rotorua

Tarawera Tipi is set only minutes away from the edge of Lake Tarawera and 24 minutes from Rotorua.

Surrounded by native flora and towering ponga trees, this hidden gem is settled directly on Lake Tarawera's edge. The shimmering lake mirrors the changing hues of the sky, while in the distance, the sleeping volcano graces the horizon.

The traditional tipi, styled with authenticity, opens to the outside, allowing you to relax with a view. The handmade bed of lodge pole pine, adorned with gorgeous throws and rugs, adds warmth to the living space. A small indoor kitchen and BBQ are available for your cooking adventures. On the deck are bean bags for stargazing and a smokeless firepit for toasting smores. The bathroom outhouse is only metres away from the tipi via the decked walkway. Perched in an ideal spot overlooking the water, a clawfoot outdoor bath beckons.

Descending a series of steps leads to a private jetty. With temperatures reaching 22 degrees in summer, the lake is perfect for swimming, kayaking (two-person Canadian Canoe provided) and jet skiing.

Tarawera's unique mix of natural beauty, geological intrigue, and cultural heritage makes it an exceptional and cherished area.

FROM $420 p/n

Includes a Jetty and Canadian Canoe

  • Sleeps 2
            Dogs welcome
      Dogs welcome

A $50 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.


14 Te Toroa Drive, Lake Tarawera, Rotorua 3076


Tarawera Tipi 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.

Guests are welcome to bring their boat or trailer with ample parking space available, along with a private jetty available for mooring jet skis for use on the lake.

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

    Tarawera Tipi is self-catering. Just bring your own food and drink, and cook meals using the single induction hob and BBQ provided. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.

    If you're eager to explore the surroundings, your host has some great recommendations. The Landing Café is just 5 minutes and set on the edge of the lake offering stunning ocean views. You can even embark on a kayak journey from Tarawera Tipi directly to the café! 

    Eastwood restaurant 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 away. A few takeaway shops are 15 minutes away at the end of Tarawera Road.

  • things to do

    There's lots to keep you busy with a delightful array of activities right on the property!

    Inside, you'll find a selection of board games and cards and a soothing clawfoot bath on the deck outside.

    A pathway adjacent to the Tipi gently meanders its way directly to Lake Tarawera's edge. Whether you prefer a stroll around the lake or a refreshing swim in the 22-degree waters during the summer months, the choice is yours. Kayaks and fishing rods are available upon request for those seeking alternative pastimes. Guests are also welcome to bring their own boat and jet skis to use at the lake.

    During your stay, we want to ensure you have the opportunity to experience the natural wonders of Lake Tarawera to the fullest. We're excited to share that you can arrange for the Tarawera Water Taxi service, which offers a unique journey to the other side of the lake. Once there, you'll have the chance to immerse yourself in the rejuvenating experience of bathing in the natural hot pools. Whether you seek relaxation or adventure, this option promises an unforgettable addition to your stay. When you make your reservation we will provide a link so that you can book this experience if desired.

    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.

  • your hosts


    Your hosts at Tarawera Tipi 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 Tarawera Tipi, they have also created Jack's Hut, Ponga Lodge and The Woolshed.



  • "

    Such a beautiful getaway, the scenery was outstanding. We will definitely be back.


    - 24 Apr 2024

    1 / 4

  • "

    Perfect getaway to just stop and relax - beautiful scenery, lovely to hear the birds (including kiwi) throughout the night. Having access to the lake was wonderful, as was the outside bath.


    - 11 Apr 2024

    2 / 4

  • "

    Lovely views, surrounded by bush, and right on the lake. Perfect tranquil spot for a dog-friendly holiday.


    - 29 Jan 2024

    3 / 4

  • "

    Tarawera Tipi is a very special place, and we can't rate it highly enough - it was beautifully done out and so comfortable. The view and access to the lake were amazing. We used the fishing rods, canoe, fire pit, BBQ, and everything that was made available. We loved waking each morning to the symphony of birdsong. We had the best time! Thank you, Dave and Angie!


    - 15 Jan 2024

    4 / 4

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