I had stayed here 18 months ago with a large group and had a wonderful time. Our host, Lance Hodgson was a wealth of knowledge and charming to boot! The food was great! So, I was anxious to revisit Out in the Styx and also the nearby ecological reserve, Maungatautari in the dead of winter. This time there were just two of us and our visit was better than ever. Mary's food was superb and Lance was the consummate host, sharing our dinner and his wealth of knowledge about the area. The rooms are spacious and comfortable with great views of the mountain. During the summer months, the gardens are ablaze with flowers! After a sumptuous meal, good company and great conversation, my friend and I enjoyed a soak in the spa while listening to the night calls of Kiwi and Morepork on the mountain. What could possibly be better?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our family have been living here and operating as a restaurant and guesthouse for over 20 years. We don't have a menu but our guests are always satisfied with the delicious meals we prepare and the gorgeous setting. We are very fortunate to look directly up at the the forested mountains within the Maungatautari Ecological Island, a 3500 hectare pest free scenic reserve. We operate a drop-off service for hikers walking the traverse and our van can take up to 8 cycles for drop off and pickups on the Waikato River Trail. We are between Rotorua and Waitomo and our rates include a four course dinner and a two course breakfast. ... more less