Waipara Hills, by Irina Bazhanova, Russian National Geographic Traveller




Treetops is a traditional hunting/fishing style lodge set remotely in its extensive acres 30 minutes outside Rotorua.  The land around is all native bush and abundant in wildlife.  The lodge itself has a very grand main building where the lounges, kitchen and dining room are located together the a 'lodge wing' of 4 rooms.  This lodge wing is excellent for families who want to be located together and use the common lounge and kitchen area in the lodge wing.

Treetops_BedThe villas are traditional pavilion style, very spacious and very well appointed.  And the nights are still and peacful.  One night I left my verandah doors wide open to let in the sounds of the bush and was visited by a little guest who plundered my fruit bowl.  A little possum.

Rotorua is a must-see location in New Zealand with its geothermal attractions, and Treetops is an excellent place to see them from.  Wai o Tapu is only a 20-minute drive away, and if your budget runs to helicopters we have tailormade a number of days incorporating scenic helicoptering, lake cruises, hot water pool swims and geothermal hiking.


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