Guestbook for Spencer Lodge, Lake Tarawera

Sophie at SpencerDibs and isaac Dean

February 2018. Sophie McClymont stayed at Spencer Lodge           Dibs and Isaac eloped and got married

during her wedding at the Black Barn Tarawera.                               at Spencer Lodge May 2018.

Rebekah williams

Rebekah getting ready in The Woolshed at Spencer

Lodge Estate. Married at the lake front.

Owners, David and Angela Mackay, would like to welcome you to their guest book where you can post messages or feedback. A chance to share your thoughts and experiences about your stay at Spencer Lodge.


Had a fantastic 3 night stay at Spencer Lodge. It was perfect for our group of 2 adults and 6 teens. Loads of space, nice warm house with amazing views. The house was beautifully decorated and in great repair (not tired or worn). The kitchen was large and had everything we needed - great array of platters and bowls, utensils and pots and pans etc etc. We loved the log fire which was well stocked with plenty of wood, along with the outdoor fireplace which was perfect for roasting marshmallows! It was a nice bit of winter luxury and we'd love to return in the future. The hosts were very helpful and friendly, available if needed but otherwise left us to it which was perfect. — Meredith Marshall, 21 Jul 2020
Such a superb place to stay. We had a wonderful weekend - beautiful lodge and grounds (and perfectly positioned spa and sauna). Close to the superb Redwood Forest. The lodge is warm, well set up and a lovely place to relax. Thank you 🙏 — Chris Major, 19 Jul 2020
Awesome 3 night stay. Hosts are amazing. Nothing an issue. Would def come back. — Tim Yeoman, 16 Jul 2020
What a wonderful experience it was to stay as the beautiful lodge. Angie and Dave cover all your needs no matter how insignificant. Attention for hospitality was amazing - this included them lighting the fire and putting on the underfloor heating so we arrived to a warm and welcoming place. The little touch of smoked trout treat was especially yummy. Thank you guys for an weekend to remember - we will be back and have no hesitation in recommending this fabulous lodge to anyone who wants a memorable place to stay. — Akuila Hafoka, 20 Jun 2020
We stayed at Jack's Hutt in the Spencer Lodge area and it was amazing! It was clean, quiet and has a spectacular view of the lake. The hut itself had everything we needed - along with an outdoor hot tub that was the star of the show. Highly-recommend this as a quiet, peaceful spot to stay. Thanks Angie and Dave! — Kirstin Brown, 27 Feb 2020
We stayed in this lodge as a large extended family. There were ample spaces for all of us to relax and enjoy the beautiful atmosphere. The attention to detail is amazing and adds a calming true traditional lodge feel to the entire place.
The spa pool and sauna overlook the lake, a perfect place to enjoy an evening drink and relax after a day of exploring the lake and the many surrounding activities. there is plenty of parking for cars and boats and easy access.
There are two large outdoor areas with fireplaces so no matter where the wind is coming from you can sit outside enjoying the ambiance.
The host Angela is very kind, attentive and ensures that all your needs are catered for. We will definitely be back to enjoy this world class lodge.
— Sharon Bilcich, 10 Feb 2020
What a beautiful home in a gorgeous location with stunning views! Spencer lodge was the perfect place for our two families ( 8 adults ) to spend a few days on the edge of Lake Tarawera. It easily accommodated us all giving us lots of space and plenty of facilities. Thanks Angie and Dave for being such gracious hosts.
Nicholsons ( Mt Maunganui) and Bakers (UK)
— Claire Nicholson, 14 Jan 2020
The Spencer Lodge is a beautiful private home with the most incredible views of lake Tarawera and amazing gardens.
We cannot thank Angie and Dave (the owners) enough for helping us achieve an incredible wedding day at this property. Spencer lodge itself formed a beautiful & private setting for our ceremony and photo’s while the lower land catered to our marquee set up for our reception. With Jacks Hut and the woolshed we were able to make a weekend of it with family and friends.
We highly recommend this property.
— Katie O'neill, 11 Jan 2020
Stayed for 4 nights January 2019 and had a great time.
Dave and Angie were perfect hosts making us feel very welcome. The house is beautifully equipped and the sitting room is a delight.
Fantastic views out over the Lake and what a wonderful view to wake up to in the morning.
Thoroughly recommend the Lodge.
Brett, Gerry, Sophie, Kiana and Nonu
— Brett Morris, 09 Jan 2020
Lovely stay, thank you! — The McCanns, Seattle, WA, USA, 13 Apr 2019
Hi Angie and Dave,
Thank you again so so much you both are the most lovely people and our stay was beyond amazing. We will always have a special place in our hearts for your place!

— Rebekah Williams, 09 Apr 2019
Thank you for a wonderful stay, The Benjamins. Thankyou! — Benjamins, 27 Mar 2019
It’s hard to think of a more serene yet authentic location to relax and enjoy so much that North Island has to offer. With its stunning views and luxurious furnishings, Spencer Lodge was an ideal place for us, a family of 5, to base ourselves. The lodge is extremely well equipped and exceptionally comfortable and the view from the hot tub is simply to die for! Easy day trips to the sights of Lake Taupo, Rotorua and Mount Maunganui kept us busy not to mention the local attractions such as the hot water beach and the Buried Village of Te Wairoa. We would definitely recommend Spencer Lodge and can’t wait to go back again!
Chantall R J (Thrapston, UK)
— Chantall R-J, 22 Mar 2019
"Had an amazing time at Spencer Lodge. Spa bath under the stars, dinner on the deck and only minutes away from the lake - couldn't ask for anything more. Dave and Angie were very friendly and accommodating. the lodge is amazing and in one of the best spots in the country!" — Justin Kimberley, 31 Jan 2019
"Fabulous stay, awesome place!! Will be coming back! Thanks". — Nichola and Clint - Hamilton, 28 Jan 2019
Had an amazing time at Spencer Lodge. Spa bath under the stars, dinner on the deck and only minutes away from the lake - couldn't ask for anything more.

Dave and Angie were very friendly and accommodating. The lodge is amazing and in one of the best spots in the country.

Justin (Auckland)
— Justin Kimberley, 14 Jan 2019
"My family and I had wonderful time here. We hope we can stay few more days...." — Peipei Chang (Taiwan), 06 Jan 2019
"Very special place, highlight of our trip around New Zealand." — Noriko (Japan), 01 Jan 2019
"Hello Angela and David,
Thank you for letting us film at Spencer Lodge when we were down in Rotorua, it is much appreciated".
Kyrie MacTavish
Location Coordinator
‘Runaway Millionaires.
— Fearless Productions, 12 Dec 2018
Five stars are not enough for Spencer Lodge! Angela and Dave are lovely and fun and provided warm Kiwi hospitality at its finest! Their gorgeous home has special touches like heated floors and towels, and the sunrise over the lake is worth getting up for! ” — Barbara C-D, 14 Jul 2018
We loved the location and the stunning views from Spencer Lodge. The lodge itself was beautiful, combine this with the wonderful hospitality and it gave a real sense of being a home away from home. The breathtaking views of Lake Tarawera made it an excellent escape from reality. 5 stars. — Harriet Beeby, 07 Jul 2018
Hi Angela and Dave It was a pleasure to stay in your beautiful lodge and thanks for sharing your place with us. You both were great and very thoughtful especially with the birthday cake for my wife. Lodge facilities were great especially heated floors and your book selection. We both loved the interior of the house especially the riverstone fireplace. This will be not our last time, we will see you again in future. :) :) — Amardeep, 16 Jun 2018
70th birthday celebration with family. Great stay thanks, loved the changing views of the mountain and lake. Boat trip was great too.
— Bob & Faye Gillon, 25 May 2018
There couldn't have been a more perfect location for our secret wedding. A dream come true! The wine and flowers on arrival were such a beautiful thought and made for a great last minute bouquet. We couldn't be more grateful for being allowed to enjoy such a precious space for our special day. Many thanks again, Dibs, Isaac and Attie. — The new Mr & Mrs Dean, 19 May 2018
Thanks for letting us stay at Spencer Lodge, it is a very nice house.
— Shumin Liang, 11 May 2018
Hi Angie and Dave,
Now that our lives are returning to normal we just wanted to say thank you so much for allowing us to stay in your fabulous home. We loved it! It offered us all the options that we needed. The views were fantastic and it felt like a beautiful sanctuary. Only wished we could have had another week to actually take it all in. It is such a magical spot and your generous spirit added to the experience Hope to see you again one day.
Take care, kindest regards, Susan.
— Susan Lockwood, 04 Apr 2018
We loved our stay at Spencer Lodge during our wedding at the Black Barn. Sophie McClymont.

— Sophie McClymont, 12 Feb 2018
Dear Angie and Dave,
A massive massive thank you for letting us stay at your beautiful property. We could have stayed for weeks! We have so many amazing memories from our trip to NZ and especially of our time at Spencer Lodge.
Thanks again,
— Chantall Ridd-Jones, 03 Feb 2018
We had hired a camper van but unfortunately it was'nt the one we wanted and was a tight squeeze. It was stormy and we wanted somewhere comfortable to stay when we came across Spencer Lodge at Tarawera. It was beautiful with amazing views. Thanks, Fredy and Carmen. — Fredy & Carmen Schneider, 28 Jan 2018
Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us. We had such a lovely weekend in what is a stunning setting.
Spencer Lodge was just perfect for us all and the views were amazing as was the birdlife and especially the wood pigeons.
Breakfast on the deck a great way to start the day after a swim in the lake.
We would certainly recommend a stay here and we will be back to enjoy this slice of paradise.
Kind Regards,
Kay Moir.
— Kay Moir, 28 Nov 2017
Wonderful home and garden. Admired your house so much. So comfortable and relaxing. Excellent. Thank you. — K K Wong and family, 29 Jul 2017
Despite the storm we had a really nice time because the house was so comfortable and the outlook always enjoyable. The great bird life was a bonus. — Peter Napier, 18 Apr 2017
Fantastic birthday weekend with family, very relaxing and a memorable time, thanks. — Andrews family, 10 Mar 2017
Lovey welcoming home, great furniture and amazing views. Thank you for the stay. — Jasmit Singh, 18 Nov 2016
We loved the views, fresh air, birds and had a great relax and rest. — Dorothy Davies, 28 Sep 2016
Awesome house, lovely weekend. Thanks. — Fiona Frizzell, 06 Aug 2016
Dear David and Angela,
Thank you very much for the use of your wonderful home and the welcome cocktails. We had a wonderful time and hope to be back soon. Hope you enjoy this little gift from all of us.
— Paul Charteris, 08 Feb 2016
I simply can't recommend Spencer Lodge, Lake Tarawera highly enough. We've totally felt at home and very comfortable the whole time we've been here. Thanks Angela and David, it's been a privilege to have rented your gorgeous piece of paradise.
— Victoria Helps, 07 Apr 2015