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Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary

1190 Ohauiti Road Rd 3, Tauranga 3173 New Zealand
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#12 of 61 Specialty lodging in Tauranga
Stay in an enchanting "Bush Whare" with en-suite at an Eco-Lodge and Nature Retreat. Guests receive hearty breakfasts, evening Glow-Worm tour, Rainforest tour (included in tariff), and feed Mount Tutu sheep. Enjoy woodland/water gardens, Rainforest Bird Sanctuary, and awaken to bird song. Protected (QEII National Trust) paradise, with trees over 500 years old. Free Wi-Fi for email in Guest Lounge and some rooms. MICROWAVE & FRIDGE in Guest Lounge close to rooms, BBQ available. SPECIAL NZ$69.00 DISCOUNT WHEN STAYING SECOND NIGHT, PLEASE ENQUIRE. NO PHOTOS HAVE BEEN PHOTO-SHOPPED AND ARE A TRUE REPRESENTATION. We offer a rustic and authentic experience with the charm and hospitality of yesteryear. Accommodation is built using recycled materials (1970's retro decor) providing cosy and comfortable Whare (cabins) with ensuite and Family Room with separate private bathroom.
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Free parking
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Free breakfast
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Non-smoking hotel
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We had the pleasure of spending 2 nights at Mt Tutu Eco-lodge in January of 2020. We were absolutely delighted with this charming, environmentally conscious lodge set in a gorgeous, mountain, cloud forest just 20 minutes from Tauranga. Tim and Debbie are delightful hosts. Our bungalow was roomy and comfortable with a deck from which to sit and sip coffee and enjoy the bird filled gardens. They serve a delicious full breakfast and there is always coffee, tea, hot chocolate available. Their reserve is open for exploration on your own but if you stay 2 nights, they will take you on a fascinating hike through their working farm and surrounding forest, identifying numerous plants, trees, birds and insects. They are wonderful, knowledgeable stewards of the environment. After dark we donned our gum-boots (supplied by Tim and Deb both for the protection of the client’s feet and especially to prevent the inadvertent introduction of plant pathogens such as Kauri Die-back disease into this fragile ecosystem) and headed into the forest to see their “River of Light” –an unusual streambed whose banks are filled with glowworms! We had been to caves with glowworms before we got to Mt Tutu Eco-lodge but nothing prepared us for how enchanting this would be. We were right next to the glowworms and there were so many we could see each other in their light. Listening to the morepork (owls) calling and watching the reflections of the glowworms sparkling in the stream in this private reserve was one of our most magical moments in New Zealand. This is truly a special place!
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Tim and Debbie are the real deal! They are committed and passionate about their sanctuary. Staying with them was rejuvenating, peaceful and a joyous experience. We learned so much about the flora and fauna of the area while relaxing at an unhurried pace. In addition, Tim and Debbie are kind-hearted souls. We feel blessed to have shared their slice of heaven!
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This review is overdue, but I still wanted to write! Tim and Debbie are wonderful hosts!!! They are inspirational in their knowledge of and care for the environment. The Glow Worm guided tour is a must!!!! Up close and personal - doubt you'll get as close to the Glow Worms elsewhere. We also enjoyed seeing the Farm Animals and Mount Tutu Sheep. From the great food to the peace and serenity of this Sanctuary, Donald and I LOVED our stay here and will return!!!!
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The reviews that say this is miles down a dirt road are inaccurate as the main road has been paved. The hotel is a few hundred meters down an unpaved driveway, There are great views of the bay which are easier to appreciate on way out. My GPS stopped about a KM too early, the driveway is on your right and is numbered, so be sure to note it. the setting is definitely beautiful, incredible views over the fields. I saw some cattle, but not the big-horned sheep. I have never heard so much birdsong as I did at close to sunset. Just peaceful and special. The property has been put into a national covenant and cannot be developed further. The really amazing thing was the walk to see the glow worms. Tim lent me a pair of Wellington’s and a headlamp and we walked down into the stream-bed. It was dark, but not difficult, and the return was an even easier hike. The glow worm colony is extraordinary. You can get incredibly close and see them and their webs. With Tim’s light, I even got some descent photos. With lights off, it looked like the night sky. Incredible. Tim was also nice enough to point out the Southern Cross when we got back. The accommodations are rustic but very pleasant. The basic feel of being in the bush but still having a comfy bed, electricity and a hot shower. Debbie greeted me with a slice of freshly baked banana cake. Breakfast included eggs from their hens and field mushrooms. I had a marvelous time and will remember the birdsong and the glow worms forever. Hopefully, I’ll also remember how to find the Southern Cross next time I’m in this hemisphere
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Wonderful overnight stay in tucked away lodge. Warm muffins on arrival were very welcome. The glow worm walk in the dark was a delight. Tim was an excellent and knowledgeable guide. Lovely hearty breakfast. Thank you.
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$100 - $114 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandNorth IslandBay of Plenty RegionTauranga
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary
Which popular attractions are close to Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary?
Nearby attractions include Kaiate Falls (4.4 miles), Johnson Reserve (4.8 miles), and Game On Activities (2.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, free parking, and kids activities.
What food & drink options are available at Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary?
Many travelers enjoy visiting The Elms (8.8 miles) and Gate Pa Memorial Reserve (6.7 miles).