I stayed at the Cottage at the River Birches for five days over Easter with my two sons, one of their girlfriends and a fishing buddy. We needed four rooms and the cottage accommodated everyone in style.
The well-appointed cottage is in a beautiful setting within steps of the Tongariro river, famous for it’s fly-fishing. It lived up to it’s reputation as we caught plenty of big Rainbow trout and my sixteen year old even landed a six and half pound Brown Trout! Wow, great fun. Ours was more of a family trip than fishing trip and there was plenty for us to do. The first day saw us river running and it was another “Wow” experience. Fun but safe rapids down a beautiful stretch of river without being to extreme for my eleven year old. I highly recommend this. We took advantage of the mountain bike rentals down the road and spent lots of time riding the tracks along the river and around town. One day found us at the swimming at the hot pools and yes we even found some time to just lounged around the cottage.
As an extended group wanting to do our own cooking the cottage worked very well for us. It’s well lain out and large enough that we never felt like we were on top of one another. The living room is comfortable with a great view of the grounds while the kitchen is big and easily worked by two cooks, it’s equipped with more conveniences you can think of. The bedrooms are also spacious, nicely appointed and with comfy beds. Kids being modern kids, they took full advantage of the wireless Internet connection and DVD player. I took advantage of the laundry room and did all the dirty clothes, what a good dad.
This is a great place to stay in a great location. There was plenty for us to do and it’s right on the doorstep. It was a wonderful little vacation and we’ll be staying at the cottage again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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