“We loved our stay at this amazing lake house. Beautifully designed, super comfortable and fully equipped. We could watch the view all day out the large windows! Very convenient to Rotorua- I would stay here rather than in town any day. ”
Gillian's reviewsAs a host (7)
“Gill's house is beautifully located overlooking the lake. The house is very stylish and a joy to spend time in, even in spring when the weather was changeable. It's a great place for seeing Rotorua. Gill provided us with very helpful instructions. Thoroughly recommended.”
“One of the many highlights during our roundtrip at New Zeeland was coming to Lake Tarawera. Maybe even the best! The wiew from the balcony over the lake and the volcanoes and the turqoiseblue waters was amazing! Everything was in perfect order in the house with instructions of how to use everything needed. Even a welcome gift on the table when we arrived. Thank you! Perfect communication with our hosts before, during and after our visit made everything easy. The stairs through the lush greenery brought us down to the jetty for a morningswim in the warm and clear water. Picking blackberries from the bushes during our strall on the walkway around the lake. So much fun to experience and do! We went on the Ducky Tours, just do it! Great fun! And went to the Devils Bath and indulged in mud and took the walk in the spectacular landscape. Also visited the Maori settings and were introduce to the haka. The city gardens with all the bubbling ponds and free footbath was a wonder. Beautiful landscape and the smell in the city from the sulphur reminded us of home since it is a bit like the Swedish traditional fermented herring. The house is absolutely amazing and we loved our stay and are so thankful to our hosts for letting us use their house in wonderful Tarawera. We think this is as close to paradise you can come for a Swede from the cold north. Thanks for a wonderful wonderful stay forever in our hearts!”
“Gill and Wayne's lake-side home looks amazing in these photos, but nothing compared to the real-life experience, with its jaw-dropping, ever-changing views of the water and volcano beyond. The house itself is spotlessly clean, stylish and spacious. Gill and Wayne were delightful hosts. They left us clear instructions about the house, tips for excursions and a delicious bottle of red wine. Warning - once you get to Tarawera, you may never want to leave.”
“Great place to spend some relaxing time by the water and exploring the area. We really enjoyed kayaking on the lake in the beautiful hand crafted kayaks. It was lovely sitting on the decks with the fantastic views of the lake. The guitar to play was a nice surprise. Thanks so much for sharing your home with us! Donna and Doug”
“We would like to say a huge thank you to Gill and Wayne for their hospitality during our stay in New Zealand. This was the second property that we swapped with them and were blown away by our location and views! The lake house is situated just 20 minutes outside of Rotorua, but feels wonderfully remote as literally all you can see is Lake and Mount Tarawera from almost every window! The house is brilliantly set up with a wonderful FULLY stocked kitchen (Gill is a domestic goddess and has everything) it is also spotless and perfectly neat. Throughout our booking process and even during our stay Gill and Wayne were excellent with their communication and helped us arrange our itinerary to suit our needs. They even allowed us to arrive a night early due to an unforeseen circumstance. They were also kind enough to go the extra mile and leave a bottle of wine on the table and had set a fire for us to light! If you are looking for a swap in New Zealand, contact Gill and Wayne, you will not be disappointed! Thanks again guys, lovely to meet you and look forward to seeing you again one day! Love the Prince family. ”
“An ideal holiday retreat to unwind and soak up nature. Be aware it is 19 kilometres from town, shops and restaurants, so you need to appreciate quiet spots with spectacular views and plan ahead. Gill and Wayne were the perfect hosts it is a pity we could not meet them. They have built themselves a little holiday paradise and we were fortunate to be able to share it. John and Caty ”
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