Welcome to New Zealand at its Best

“Congratulations on publishing the 2015-16 edition of Organic Explorer. 

The book is a terrific collection of New Zealand eco travel experiences ranging from well-known major operators to hidden gems throughout the country.

It’ll be a great travel companion for anyone exploring New Zealand and wanting to hunt out the best eco experiences on offer. 

I wish you every success with your book”.
Kevin Bowler
Chief Executive, Tourism New Zealand 

The Fat Pigeon

The Fat Pigeon
larger imageMove mouse over the image to magnify
444 Spencer Rd, Rotorua RD5
07 3628608
Lake Tarawera is a beautiful fresh water lake 25 mins from the centre of Rotorua.  Beautiful, native forest surrounds this pristine lake with Mt Tarawera, an extinct volcano, providing a dramatic backdrop
The Fat Pigeon ecostay is  a three bedroom self contained flat on the ground floor of our house. We live upstairs. The cost is $40 pp per night..There are two double rooms & the third room has 3 single beds. Also can be rented as the whole three bedroomed flat for a family or group of friends. Special rates for this depending on high or low season. 
The Fat Pigeon has its own kitchen, bathroom, toilet, lounge & dining area. It also has a BBQ & outdoor eating area. 
There is wireless internet, TV & selection of DVDs. There are kayaks & bikes to use free of charge. You can fish for trout in the lake & are welcome to use our rod. You will need to get a fishing licence.

Use our fresh herbs straight from our garden. We have a solar oven that you are welcome to use. 
There are no shops in this area, so you will need to bring all your own food & beverages including breakfast food, tea and coffee.  
At times, we will be away, but  this can be an independent holiday experience with the key in a coded key box etc.

We use grid connected solar power for our electricity. The first place at Lake Tarawera to do this. There is no public transport from Rotorua to Lake Tarawera. You will need your own car to get here or we can collect you from Rotorua. We do come & go from Rotorua frequently, but if we need to make a special trip it will cost $15.

We have a covered luxury pontoon boat that we use to explore the lake & guests particularly enjoy the trip to hotwater beach & a secluded hot pool only accessible by boat or a 3 to 4 hr wolk. We give a big discount to guests; $50 pp for a 2 1/2hr trip. Need at least 2 people or a $100 minimum. We can also take you rock jumping & swimming from the boat for a small fee eg $10.Around this area you can swim, fish or hike.  Bikes & kayaks for guests to use.
Awake to bird song. This is a renowned area for native birds. The fat pigeons are the big, native pigeons which are becoming threatened in N.Z. However Lake Tarawera has an abundance of them.

The Fat Pigeon is a great base to explore the lakes & Rotorua.

Environment Friendly Action

We conserve heat We reduce/limit oil/gas carbon emissions We employ alternative energy resources: wind/solar/water We recycle where possible We compost food waste We use sustainable toilet/grey water waste disposal We use bio-degradable cleaning agents We instruct staff in green practices We mention green/eco issues on our website We conserve/care for wildlife in our area/ natural pest eradication We participate in community environmental initiatives We use principles of permaculture and/or biodynamic method of farming

Other Environment Friendly Initiatives

Solar power, solar hot water, permaculture gardens, solar oven

Dietary Selections: We offer

Home-grown spray-free produce

Organic Meals

By request and if convenient for me, can provide a meal for $15pp. When in season, food is straight from our garden.


three bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom, toilet, lounge-dining area,laundry,linen,bikes,kayaks,BBQ,outdoor eating area,

Total Capacity



Phone & Broadband Satellite TV


Feel free to use our herbs straight from our garden.


The address is 444 Spencer Rd, Lake Tarawera. 25 minutes drive from the centre of Rotorua. You will go east from Rotorua on Te Ngae Rd & then turn right at a big roundabout onto Tarawera Rd. Follow this past The Blue Lake & The Buried Village & then the same road goes right onto Spencer Rd. We have a sign at the road frontage saying boat trips & accomodation.
Email A Booking Enquiry

User Reviews