This was undoubtedly the best accommodation we stayed in during our trip of NZ's north island.
The rooms are called Whares that are like mini cabins with en suite bathrooms and little terraces with a table and chairs to enjoy the sunshine during the summer.
It costs $120 + GST (15%). For the price you get breakfast which consists of a full fried breakfast as well as cereal, toast, tea, coffee and fruit. You can choose what time you have your breakfast, the owners are very accommodating. It also includes a glow worm tour after dark. We were able to choose the time we took the tour but maybe that was just because it was off-season. They also take you on a tour of their property which is huge with a lot of bush area and a sheep paddock where you can feed the sheep. Wifi is also free but it's extremely slow and frustrating to use.
The couple who own the place are eco warriors and seem really passionate about trying to be self-sufficient out on their land on the hillside. Their land is quite big with a lot of bush land and a mini forest which the owner will take you around.
It is such an interesting place. The glow worm tour was so unique. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and would recommend it to anyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay in an enchanting "Bush Whare" with en-suite at an Eco-Lodge and Nature Retreat. Guests receive hearty breakfasts, evening Glow-Worm tour, Rainforest tour (included in tariff), and feed Mount Tutu sheep. Enjoy woodland/water gardens, Rainforest Bird Sanctuary, and awaken to bird song. Protected (QEII National Trust) paradise, with trees over 500 years old. Free Wi-Fi for email in Guest Lounge and some rooms. MICROWAVE & FRIDGE in Guest Lounge close to rooms, BBQ available. SPECIAL NZ$69.00 DISCOUNT WHEN STAYING SECOND NIGHT, PLEASE ENQUIRE. NO PHOTOS HAVE BEEN PHOTO-SHOPPED AND ARE A TRUE REPRESENTATION. We offer a rustic and authentic experience with the charm and hospitality of yesteryear. Accommodation is built using recycled materials (1970's retro decor) providing cosy and comfortable Whare (cabins) with ensuite and Family Room with separate private bathroom. ... more less
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