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.
To start planning your vacation to Treetops Lodge & Estate
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.
Nestled amidst dense native forest are eight luxuriously appointed secluded villas ideal for those looking to get away from it all and enjoy the ultimate in peace and quite. With private decked terraces overlooking either the abundant wildlife filled forest or the spectacular Treetops Estate lake, staying at Treetops defines relaxation. Each villa has been designed with the ultimate guest comfort in mind and features king-size beds, under floor heating alongside a spa bath in the premium marble bathroom and open stone fire in the villas private lounge.
The Treetops Lodge and Estate villas are the ideal sanctuary retreat for couples looking to get away from it all or alternatively villas can be interconnected making them suitable for families or groups of friends traveling together.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lake Rotorua and Lake Rotoiti Full Day Private Kayaking Adventure
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.
Mountain Biking in the Redwood Forest
The Redwoods Forest has one of the oldest mountain bike networks in the country. Over 140 kms of master crafted trails offer an unbeatable blend of riding surfaces, topography and scenery.
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.
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.
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.
How to get there
Treetops Lodge & Estate is located 15-minutes from the city of Rotorua and 20-minutes from Rotorua airport. It is a 3-hour 30-minute drive from Auckland or a 45-minute helicopter flight.