Now I am a little biased about this hotel because I didn't have to pay to stay there. Our son & his girlfriend shouted my husband and I a night's stay, with dinner, drinks and breakfast included. However, in saying that, this resort is so worth a review. The hosts are lovely! The rooms are divine, we had the MacIntosh Suite which included a spa bath and separate lounge. The restaurant meals are superb and the views out over Hamilton and surrounding areas is wonderful! If you want a night away from the hustle and bustle then this is the place to stay. You can do some forest walks or just sit on your balcony (weather permitting) and enjoy a glass of wine/bubbles or whatever you fancy. Do as little or as much as you want. The resort was fairly quiet guest wise so that was nice too but I can imagine it could be really busy if a function was being held there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Escape the city to fresh air and tranquility. Hillside Hotel is a country retreat and eco-lodge, a Qualmark four star boutique hotel with an enviro-gold rating. Nestled amongst native forest on top of the Taupiri Ranges, Hillside offers panoramic views of iconic New Zealand landscape scenery; Every room has a view.On the main tourist route south of Auckland; 1 hour drive from Auckland Airport and just 4km off the highway makes Hillside Hotel an ideal first stop or last stop in New Zealand; lovely stop point on the way to Hobbiton or Waitomo.Situated on Hillside Station -a large working farm with 300 acres of private native rain forest reserve with easy walking trails right from the hotel grounds. Beautiful photography opportunities from anywhere in the hotel.Free Wi-fi and parking; on-site licensed restaurant (reservations essential- may close early if no bookings) and cafes nearby. Rooms are very spacious and open direct to the outside. Rooms are connected by covered walkways and stairs sheltered by native bush. ... more less
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