Stayed at River Birches at Turangi for two days with another couple of adults. Turangi claims, probably rightly, to be the trout fishing centre of the universe so hence we ventured to it.
River Birches is beautifully set up. The three guest rooms are located off very spacious lounge areas and an integrated dining room. The Admiral room is very elegantly presented and the other rooms are way above average.
Gardens are splendid and the 'common areas' are anything but., the owners blending New Zealand wood with tasteful and interesting Thai decorations and design.
The place is pretty reasonably priced (and NZ pricing seems to be extremely eclectic and somewhat random) at around $NZ 300 a couple and it's absolutely worth it if you want to blend trout fishing with distinctive luxury.
As for the surrounds, there's plenty of scenery, Taupo is around 40 minutes down the road and Rotorua is a little over an hour and a half drive away.
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- Superbly located for the Tongariro crossing, fishing, and skiing getaways. River Birches is an exclusive retreat alongside the Tongariro River. Listed in Travel & Leisure Magazine’s Best of 2007. It features luxury accommodation equipped with Wi-Fi, fitness room and onsite chef. Qualmark: Five Star rated. ... more less
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