South of Auckland, situated on a 2,500-acre estate, Treetops filters into outstanding scenery of waterfalls, streams and 800-year old native forest. The far-flung location does this traditional hunting lodge many favours. Outdoorsy types can strike out into expansive wilderness, with activities such as riding, mountain biking and hiking to the outrageously ethereal Bridal Veil waterfalls. Beyond this, helicopter rides can swoop over the rugged coastline to take in the country’s sheer scope while excursions lead to Rotorua village and its bubbling mud pools, steaming geysers and inherent Maori culture.
Back at the ranch, there’s few amenities, although the idea of tennis courts and conference rooms would feel incongruous among the timber beams, stone fireplaces and mounted antlers. Outside, deer roam the lawns and trout swim in the rivers, an idyllic backdrop to a great escape.
Rooms based in the main lodge feel cosy with open fireplaces and French doors leading onto estate grounds. Marble bathrooms, earthy woodland colours and kitchenettes give them a homely feel with underfloor heating a nice touch. A separate cottage used for families and groups boasts outdoor seating and barbecue facilities, while villas are worth consideration for the extra privacy and space. These standalone retreats are reached by private golf buggies which you can use at your every whim. With soaring windows, you can wake with the morning sun and enjoy full view vistas of the fern-laden forests.
The restaurant follows an estate-to-plate philosophy, serving whatever is seasonal and roaming. Homegrown gastronomy is paired with a sophisticated wine list displaying names like Chateaux Margeaux. Meanwhile, cosy libraries, a billiards room, gym and a spa are all that’s needed to revive you after a day out in the great outdoors.
Couples & romantics
Lovers of the great outdoors
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Relax with an indulgent treatment at the Forest Spa
Forage for wild ingredients and learn how to prepare them at Treetops’ culinary school
Enjoy serene contemplation of the rolling hills from your private terrace
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Traverse the fantastical wilderness on horseback
Go hiking or mountain biking through pristine forest trails
Discover the serenity of Glow Worm Falls
Take in the spectacular scenery from a different perspective on a helicopter flight
Venture out on a 4x4 safari to discover the rich flora and fauna of the region
Test your golfing prowess on some of New Zealand’s most famed courses
The idea for Red Savannah was always based on a clear market need. A small team of the most experienced travel designers, supported by the latest technology and delivered with the lightest touch. In short, a travel company redefined for the 21st century.