Part hunting and fishing lodge, part haute cabin sanctuary, this intimate retreat renovated in 2015 is ideal for nature lovers and active adventurers alike. Treetops Lodge and Estate is situated on 2500 secluded acres, in an area renowned for its trout fishing, amidst native forests, this lodge offers a range of accommodation including villas and a private cottage. Other amenities include helicopter adventures, a spa, and wilderness experiences. Don’t miss the estate’s manuka honey, and access to sister lodge the Kinloch Club’s golf course.
Approximately 20 minutes from Rotorua city centre, the 2,500 acres property, ecology inspired award-winning lodge sits nestled in this Maori
rich, thermal-centric area. Proprietor, John Saxs’ vision was to create an eco-park that had a minimal ecological footprint and preserved the
wildlife and forest; in fact, 70,000 trees were hand planted to ensure Saxs vision. The result is a property where nature takes the reigns.
DECOR & DESIGN
8 villas, 4 lodge rooms and the Pheasant cottage are available to guests. My valley view villa is comfortably spacious at 1644ft², including a
separate living room, and bedroom as well as large bathroom with separate shower, and tub. A mix of natural wood, stone and animal print convey an elegant upscale cabin charm and offers a respite of tranquillity to comfortable observe nature.
With vibrant yellow walls, accented with zebra print cushions, dark wooden tables accented with pops of gold, and giant stone fireplaces, everything is centered on The Great Room in The Main Lodge. The games room and library add a gentlemans club feel, with luxurious pin tucked leather chairs, leather couches and antler chandeliers.
Following with the renewed focus from diners on knowing the source of ingredients, Treetops focuses on an estate to plate philosophy, with many products gathered from the estate. Beginning with aperitifs and canapes served in the Great room, dinner consists of a four-course menu that changes according to the season. Breakfast in the conservatory is a lovely way to start the day; request the delicious proprietary Manuka honey on toast. Foodies will rejoice at The Chefs table experience, an intimate way to get the most of the dining experience where guests can interact with the Executive Chef for more personalized dining. A small vegetable and herb garden is located on site, allowing guests a first- hand appreciation for the harvest.
Surrounded by rugged nature, with plenty to discover, this is the place for the discerning eco tourist. Many guests who visit the lodge are avid sportsmen and women and can choose from a variety of hunting and world class fly-fishing adventures. Couples will love the secluded natural
waterfalls, while families can explore adventure several trails located at the estate on mountain bike or on foot, go on a guided horse trek, test
their aim at archery or simply explore the lakes and 800 year old forest.
WHAT CSL LIKED BEST
Hidden deep into the working estate, Treetops is ultra-secluded and a great place to recharge. In fact you probably wouldn’t know anyone else way staying at the property if you didn’t converge in The Main Lodge. Villas nestled neatly into the landscape are a sanctuary unto themselves, and a quiet place to gather your thoughts and appreciate ancient nature.
ON SITE ACTIVITIES
Up for adventure? Choose from several on-site experiences sure to reconnect you with nature.
1. The ‘Estate to Plate’ 4WD safari
Treetops’ gamekeeper takes guests on a tour of the gardens, the manuka honey apiaries and finally to view wild deer, wapiti (elk), water buffalo, wild pig, sheep, and trout.
2. Wild Food Cooking Class
Guests experience the 4WD safari, plus spend time with Treetops chef, indulge in an indigenous lunch with wine and learn Treetops recipes.
351 Kearoa Road, RD1 Horohoro, Rotorua;
+64 7333 2066;
This original hotel article first appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.