We were travelling to Waitomo the next day and wanted somewhere quiet and comfortable for the family outside of Hamilton. We arrived on a slightly overcast day and the clouds shrouded the hotel as we drove the winding road up.
We had a large family room - warm and comfortable - and the addition of a separate room with a bath tub was great for bathing our grand-daughter. The large family room was huge and had a lovely panoramic view out over the valley.
It was a very quiet time for the hotel when we stayed so I couldn't comment on times the hotel was booked for a conference or function.
The only thing that may be off-putting for those not as fit as us is the climb up the series of stairs - keeps one fit, but may be a challenge for some. We were on the main reception floor - level 2 - so two flights of stairs. However the hotel has solved this problem with a chair lift - which we were told by the lovely receptionist on the day of departure that we could have used it for out suitcases, but we managed without it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Escape the city to fresh air and tranquility. Hillside Hotel is a country retreat and eco-lodge, a Qualmark four star boutique hotel with an enviro-gold rating. Nestled amongst native forest on top of the Taupiri Ranges, Hillside offers panoramic views of iconic New Zealand landscape scenery; Every room has a view.On the main tourist route south of Auckland; 1 hour drive from Auckland Airport and just 4km off the highway makes Hillside Hotel an ideal first stop or last stop in New Zealand; lovely stop point on the way to Hobbiton or Waitomo.Situated on Hillside Station -a large working farm with 300 acres of private native rain forest reserve with easy walking trails right from the hotel grounds. Beautiful photography opportunities from anywhere in the hotel.Free Wi-fi and parking; on-site licensed restaurant (reservations essential- may close early if no bookings) and cafes nearby. Rooms are very spacious and open direct to the outside. Rooms are connected by covered walkways and stairs sheltered by native bush. ... more less
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