Treetops Lodge & Estate

Rotorua, Central North Island, New Zealand

At a Glance

  • Treetops Lodge's location is truly unique, amidst thousands of acres of native New Zealand forest

  • The private cottages in the woods are styled to reflect the stunning native forest surrounds

  • Cuisine is a real highlight of any stay at Treetops - try and enjoy a meal at the chef's table one evening

  • The owners and rangers are passionate about their environment, be sure to explore the forest with an expert guide

  • You will feel miles from the hustle and bustle of daily life, but you are only a short scenic drive from the heart of Rotorua

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The climate in New Zealand is incredibly pleasant, with warm and balmy summers and cold crisp winter months with wonderful clear, blue skies. The warmer high-season months of November to April are perfect for outdoor exploration. The colder months of June to August are the best time to ski.

Both North and South Islands are drier on the east coast, rather than on the west, where mountain ranges act as a trap for the moisture-rich winds from the Tasman Sea. It is also worth remembering that it is usually a few degrees cooler on the South Island than the North Island and as New Zealand has a maritime climate, the weather can change rapidly.

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Insider's View

Sitting at the chefs table is a wonderful experience at Treetops, allowing you to witness the culinary finesse of the resident chefs who prepare amazing seasonal produce right in front of your eyes - a lot of it from the estate itself.

Organise a morning wildlife safari. The game reserve manager will help you spot wild deer, water buffalo, wild pig, partridge, geese and many more wonderful animals. It certainly makes you appreciate how much hard work it takes to run such a stunning estate.

Try your hand at archery for a fun and uniquely energetic activity.

Make sure you take a tour of the grounds in their jeep – the staff are hugely knowledgeable and it’s fascinating to see all the wildlife and get a real sense of the size of the grounds!

Opt for a Valley View Villa as they really do offer the 'wow' factor when you step through your front door.

Call us on 858 345 1762 to start planning your vacation to Treetops Lodge & Estate or take a look at our itineraries to Central North Island

Description

A sanctuary within 2,500 acres of secluded native forest and game reserve, the luxury Treetops Lodge has seven trout streams, four lakes, over 70km of hiking, biking and riding trails and is the ultimate in tranquillity and splendour.

Nestled amidst magnificent native forests and valleys, Treetops Lodge & Estate offers a uniquely New Zealand experience. The Lodge's elegant architectural style is derived from this country’s pioneering past and timber and stone finishes echo the beauty and simplicity of the great outdoors and the vast, private wonderland in which the lodge is so exclusively located.

Treetop Lodge's communal areas are welcoming and comfortable, enjoy breakfast in the light sunny conservatory or delve into a book in front of the fire in the magnificent Great Room or cosy wood panelled library. The lodge has been designed as a warm, shared space and guests can chose to take a section of it with friends and family, with their own exclusive kitchen and living areas, or alternatively it is the perfect place to meet other travelers over an evening drink or dinner and share experiences.

Cuisine at Treetops is very central to your stay and not only are the finest dishes and accompanying wines served, but the lodge also offers a private 'wild food cooking experience' which includes a 4WD excursion deep into the bush to discover the magnificent wildlife population or birds, mammals and fish. A one hour stroll follows to collect indigenous herbs and spices and on return to the lodge's kitchen you learn the art of indigenous dishes with the lodge's Maori chefs.

All suites, whether within the lodge building or in one of the more private villas are the ultimate in warmth and comfort, with no expense spared to satisfy your senses. A visual splendour spreads before you with luxurious fabrics and furnishings and each room has its own unique character, individual style and design with a beckoning, bubbling spa bath.

Rotorua is New Zealand’s own adventure playground and Treetops is ideally placed within easy reach of this geothermal wonderland, spectacular Lake District and the Bay of Plenty. Treetops offers a 'sophisticated safari’ with an unparalleled range of activities and exhilarating experiences from thrill seeking adventures to relaxed waterfall walks. Trout fishing, horse riding, hiking, mountain biking and eco safaris are just a few of the activities available and for children additional adventures and activities have been devised to excite, educate and enthral.

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Accommodation

Although the secluded Villas Suites are perfect for couples, Treetops is perfect for groups of friends and families with a home away from home feel, with luxury rooms in a communal atmosphere. Its four Owners Retreat can be booked separately or can be taken together with its own kitchen, living and dining area and four beautifully appointed Suites.

Childcare

Children are very welcome at Treetops who have purposely created a family friendly lodge. Many of the adult activities can be tailored for children and specific activities arranged for children include magical teddy bears picnics, baking, archery, weaving, tree planting, treasure hunting with a GPS, riding and mountain biking. Children's meals can be provided as can cots and babysitting.

Facilities

Fine cuisine is integral to the Treetops experience and the hotel have a cooking school as well as a program to educate guests in indigenous cuisine. A living room, library, games room with billiards table, day room with sofas, welcoming kitchen, conservatory and dining room make up the main lodge where guests can relax and enjoy the lodge's fine food, wines and hospitality.

Activities

Complimentary activities include hiking and jogging trails, nature walks and unguided trout fishing in the lakes. From December to February all guests can enjoy two one-hour complimentary guided nature activities each day including learning about the star constellations, waterfall visits and bird watching. There is also abseiling, archery, clay target shooting, eco tours, fly fishing, hunting, riding, mountain biking, sailing, 4WD experience, 4WD motorbiking and kayaking onsite or nearby.

Reviews

4

Charlotte Winter (Staff)

Treetops Lodge & Estate is without a doubt a haven for those with a love of the great outdoors. Set amongst 2,500 acres of lush native forest, there is a huge amount for guests to get involved in, from horse riding to 4WD tours, archery lessons to fishing. There are a number of accommodation options on the estate, but I would certainly recommend one of the private villas. With a roaring log fire, large en suite bathroom, and spectacular views across the valley, it makes for a very relaxing getaway. The lodge itself is vast with high ceilings, timber beams and a large central lounge area to enjoy a glass of wine and canaps after a day of outdoor activities.

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Anna Chaplin (Staff)

As you enter through the main gates toTreetops and up the long drive to the main lodge, you realise quite quickly you have arrived somewhere very special indeed. Situated in 2500 acres of bush, you feel like youve entered a little bubble from a time gone by. Whilst the main lodge is quite modest in size, it feels very grand from the moment you walk in. One aspect that I really liked, was that most of the food and produce served at Treetops is sourced from the land around you including their very own Manuka honey which is harvested from Manuka trees which can be seen whilst on the tour of the grounds, something I would highly recommend doing! The interior of the main lodge harks back to hunting lodges of Scotland and the whole stay feels like an experience in itself.

5

Sarah Rowan (Staff)

The setting of Treetops Lodge is incredibly picturesque, set amongst 6,000 acres of land, with dense forest and lakes. You can get there via a short drive from Rotorua Airport, or by taking a helicopter from Taupo (c. 20 minutes) or Auckland (c. 1 hour). There are 8 villas on the property; 4 with Valley Views and 4 with Forest Views. While the Forest Views are incredibly tranquil and private, so ideal for honeymooners, my personal favorite are the Valley View Villas. Waking up to that outlook is pretty spectacular! Treetops is a haven for people with a passion for all thinks country and outdoors. The activities range from archery, fishing, horse-riding, deer hunting, clay shooting, mountain biking and plenty more, all brilliantly run with the help of the estate manager Dave, who has incredible passion and knowledge. The staff are warm, friendly and engaging, so make the place personal, whilst maintaining a high level of service. The taxidermy in the main lodge is pretty impressive, but perhaps not for the fainthearted.

5

Katie Kennard (Staff)

This place is a haven for the outdoorsy types. Its most suited to people who want to get stuck into the activities, whether or not they have tried them before, ranging from waterfall walks, horseback safaris, all of which are great for the whole family. There is an endless list of options from artery, fly fishing, horse riding and stalking. From the moment you drive through the gates, the adventure begins. The drive firstly has more testing options for those who want the adventurous, practically vertical track. You will arrive at the impressive lodge and be welcomed by their enthusiastic team and instantly know you are in for a treat. The villas have views across the valley which stretches for miles and miles. The main lodge is large yet incredibly welcoming and the managers are incredibly entertaining. They will look after you impeccably, whether you want to spend the day out hunting or just pottering around enjoying the scenery.

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(Press)

Surrounded by 2,500 acres, incorporating four lakes and a game reserve, Treetops has four bedrooms in the Lodge Wing and eight villas in the grounds. Local produce and game are served in the restaurant; the cellar has an extensive collection of New Zealand wines.

X-factor Guests can fish in one of seven trout streams, hike over 70km of trails, and go mountain-biking, hunting and riding. In-room spa treatments, wine tastings, guided bird watching and horseback safaris are also available.

5

Olivia Smith (Staff)

Having driven off-road for a while, I came across the gates for Treetops amidst rolling hills and farmland and rang the buzzer. ‘Good morning Miss Smith and welcome to Treetops. Are you feeling adventurous this morning?’ I of course said yes. ‘Well, then may I suggest taking the bush route rather than the estate road which is more of a tame road to the property’. So I did. In my tiny little hatchback on a very frosty morning, I tackled the near vertical, winding tracks through the beautiful bush, constantly being encouraged by thoughtfully placed signs telling me I was nearly there. 5 minutes later, I was there, being greeted with a smile by the utterly charming staff and welcomed in to the Great Room of the Lodge with its warming fire and cosy atmosphere.

The Lodge is decorated in a really country, outdoorsy style, with lofty ceilings and amazing floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the most beautiful views of the surrounding forest. My Forest Villa (tucked away amongst the giant ferns and native trees, away from the main lodge) was enormous and beautifully furnished. The fire was roaring, my suitcase thoughtfully stowed and I settled happily into my surroundings, absorbing the utter peace and tranquillity of the forest. The food is also sublime, most sourced from the estate itself, including my delicious venison carpaccio, washed down with some wonderful New Zealand wines. If you are after a quintessentially Kiwi experience amidst some of the most beautiful forests on earth, coupled with stunning service and amazing activities, I would thoroughly recommend a stay at Treetops.

Experiences

  • Cruising Lake Rotoiti onboard Tiua

    Enjoy a luxury eco cruising experience aboard Tiua – a luxury 53ft catamaran, moored on the idyllic shores of Lake Rotoiti.

  • Discover the Waitomo Glowworm Caves

    Sail under a canopy of the thousands of tiny glow-worms that illuminate the Waitomo Caves, their incredible luminescence creating a magical serenity as you glide through the waters of the Waitomo River.

  • Helicopter to White Island

    Words cannot express the experience that is walking on the active crater floor of White Island, an active volcano 52km off the Bay of Plenty coastline. This unique lunar landscape is an integral part of the Pacific ring of fire.

  • Horse riding safari at Treetops

    Ride through thousands of acres of stunning native New Zealand forest with an expert horse master and guide.

  • Maori Food Trail

    Your Maori guide will lead you through the forest and show you many of the traditional plants that were utilized. Stop at a picturesque spot in the forest for a delicious Maori-style lunch cooked by your guide.

  • Mountain Biking in the Redwood Forest

    The Whakarewarewa Forest has one of the oldest mountain bike networks in the country. These master crafted trails are an unbeatable blend of riding surfaces, topography and scenery.

  • Private Rotoiti Kayaking Full Day Tour

    The waters of Lake Rotorua and Lake Rotoiti are yours to explore by kayak as you spend a full day in the scenic surrounds of the lake with your private guide.

  • Pure Rotorua Experience

    Experience the best of Rotorua, with a scenic helicopter flight, immersive encounter with a Maori community and a flight to the lunar landscape of the White Island, topped off with a luxury sailing trip to soak in the geothermal waters of the hot pools.

  • Rainbow Springs and Kiwi Encounter

    Rainbow Springs is set in 22 acres of beautiful native trees and streams and is home to a huge variety of New Zealand’s wildlife, particularly the shy but iconic Kiwi. This is the place to come face to face with New Zealand's famous avian inhabitant.

  • Te Po Evening Experience at Te Puia

    Immerse yourself in Maori culture with an evening of storytelling, food and entertainment, as well as a chance to visit some of Rotorua’s stunning natural sights.

  • Te Puia Daytime Experience

    Home to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, Te Puia is a cultural center just 5-minutes from the center of Rotorua. Immerse yourself in Maori culture and visit the Pohutu Geyser during your visit to the Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley.

  • Tongariro Crossing

    Often described as the best one day hike in New Zealand, the Tongariro Crossing provides an opportunity to experience some of the most scenic, volcanically active areas of New Zealand, to the saddle between the Tongariro and Ngauruhoe mountains.

  • Tour of Hobbiton - A Tolkien Day Out

    Enter the world of Tolkien and discover the magical setting made famous by The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit. Once quoted by Peter Jackson as being 'a slice of ancient England', discover the hobbit holes on a guided tour of the movie set.

  • White Island - Mount Tarawera Active Volcano Tour

    The incredible colors of the Wai-O-tapu and Waimangu geothermal valleys unfold below as you fly over this volcanic region to the active Whakaari to explore its moon-like landscape on foot.

Vacation Ideas

  • Best of New Zealand

    Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch, Franz Josef, Queenstown

    from $6900 pp 10 nights

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    • Delicious breakfasts with a different flavour smoothie each morning
    • Iced water in cool boxes for every couple on the beach
  • New Zealand for Families

    Hong Kong, Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Abel Tasman & Queenstown

    from $8700 pp 17 nights

    • Impeccable and friendly service
    • Delicious breakfasts with a different flavour smoothie each morning
    • Iced water in cool boxes for every couple on the beach
  • New Zealand Honeymoon

    Bay of Islands, Waiheke Island, Rotorua, Nelson, Kaikoura & Queenstown

    from $19100 pp 16 nights

    • Impeccable and friendly service
    • Delicious breakfasts with a different flavour smoothie each morning
    • Iced water in cool boxes for every couple on the beach

Location & directions

Rotorua, Central North Island, New Zealand

Located in the heart of New Zealand’s thermal region, Rotorua. Set within 2,500 acres of secluded native forest and game reserve, 7 trout streams, 4 lakes and over 70 kilometers of hiking trails.

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