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“Homely guesthouse with the supremely magical Maungatautari in its backyard”

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Out in the Styx Guesthouse
Ranked #1 of 1 Pukeatua B&B and Inns
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Konstanz, Germany
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“Homely guesthouse with the supremely magical Maungatautari in its backyard”
Reviewed January 13, 2012

A school trip to NZ brought us to Out in the Styx, and my initial impression was a homely guesthouse set in pretty countryside that looked not much different from the UK or Germany. The dining area was cosy (with free wi-fi - just ask Lance for the password), the outdoor seating area afforded views of the rolling countryside and their beautiful garden.

My room had a double bed and two single beds and an attached bathroom. It was done simply, but adequately. Towels, toiletries are provided. I slept well enough, though I woke to the sound of others walking by as walls are thin and the rooms are not entirely soundproof. Bring ear plugs if you're a light sleeper.

Other than that, the stay at Styx was fantastic. Dinner was sumptuous with beef casserole, beans, baked carrots (delicious), starters of bread and various dips were all homemade and delicious, dessert - we had homemade passionfruit and pepper ice cream (hmm!), and the best bit - three different NZ cheeses with NZ cherries and fruits. I enjoyed that a lot.

There isn't cooked breakfast but great homemade jams with the toast, and musli, yoghurt, fruits. Lunch was a simple cooked noodles in soup.

The best bit of Styx is that it is located just 2 mins drive to Maungatautari Reserve, all 47km encircled by a predator proof fence, and populated by kiwis, kakas, hihis, takahes... We set out for the night walk at about 8.45pm, at dusk, and it was magical. When we got to the tower, we waited for kiwis' calls and were not disappointed. The walk back - admittedly, quite dark but we simply used our digitalcamera's 'play' function to illuminate our path (a torch would have been too bright) - was out of this world, with the silhouettes of the forest and glow worms lighting our path. Magical!

In the day, Maungatautari was just as beautiful, if not even more. The forest were all ferns and towering trees, and punctuated by many birds' calls. It was what I imagined NZ to be, and it surpassed my expectations. I came across a pair of Takahes, calm and cute as they are, foraging for food. Kakas flew overheard, and came very close to me. A pair of volunteers helped to feed the Kakas at an area close to the tower (food stands), and I was treated to many different birds feeding - Hihis, the NZ pigeon, many Kakas... even the Takahes came to feed on apples dropped to the ground.

Would definitely return - and next time I'd try to make it to the peak.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
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Marina del Rey, California
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Reviewed January 13, 2012

A scientific colleague of mine turned me on to this place, and the whole experience turned out to be the highlight of our family's trip to NZ (including three 17-23 year old sons who wanted "action"). The preserve is a really amazing chunk of native bush. We went on a stormy day and stayed pretty dry under the canopy and saw many native (and rare) birds in the trees and on the ground. They have plenty of kiwis (rare outside the preserve system) that you can see on a night tour (cool!). Very cool platform and open (feeding) area for a closer look at the incredible birds you are hearing all around. The sounds had to be inspiration for Star Wars. The hosts are great; friendly and informative without being too intrusive. The food was really good (and the best value we found in NZ), and Mary perfectly accommodated our rather demanding food allergy issues with grace. The rooms are basic, but in excellent condition and quite comfortable. The hot tub a must after a long day.

Room Tip: Older kids went in the bunks with shared bath; adults in the nicer rooms. I would keep younger kids...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed December 14, 2011

Our birding group stayed at Out in the Styx during our three-week journey around NZ. The hospitality, rooms, and meals were all stellar. We especially enjoyed speaking directly with Lance, learning about his continued efforts at the Maungatatari Eco Sanctuary. We could hear the cries of the kiwis from our rooms douwn the hill from Maungatatari. Great place!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Auckland
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Reviewed November 27, 2011

18 Thumbs Up Adventure Club members stayed last Saturday night at the guesthouse and could not fault the service, rooms, food and hospitality. What a lovely place to stay. We will make this an annual event from now on. Could not fault anything - food was amazing.

Very interesting talk by Lance about the Trust running the Maungatatari Park. The highlight was sitting in the peaceful bush watching two beautiful Takahe's feeding right in front of us.
Perfect weekend away from Auckland.

Loved the gardens.

Room Tip: Rooms round the back of the complex are better as less road noise.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed November 6, 2011

What a fabulous setting for a group weekend away. 32 ladies enjoyed 2 nights with nibbles, breakfast and dinner served in a lovely setting with pretty gardens and a varied choice of sleeping accommodation. Marys home cooking had us all looking forward and guessing to the next meal and Lance entertained us with his whistle blowing and an insight into the Maungatautari Mountain and the work of the trust and volunteers. Highlight was seeing 5 kiwi being transferred from there to Taranaki. Book a holiday its a great place to stay!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Pacific room...very nice.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Reviewed July 19, 2011

I visited Out in the Styx with a group of students from the U.S. and we had a terrific experience. The accommodations were excellent (the hot tub under the stars in the Southern sky was very memorable); the meals were out of this world! The food was the best we ate in all of New Zealand. The hosts were helpful and informative and taught us a lot about the uniqueness of Mt. Maungatautari which we hiked to the next morning. I highly recommend this place and intend to tell any friends planning to travel to New Zealand. It's an experience you won't want to miss!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Reviewed July 15, 2011

We had a great time at Out in the Styx. The manager got to know us, the food was amazing, the rooms were clean and cute, the view was beautiful. It's the kind of place you'd want to spend a month if you had time :)

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Out in the Styx Guesthouse
Address: 2117 Arapuni Road | Waikato, Pukeatua 3880, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Pukeatua
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Pukeatua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Out in the Styx Guesthouse 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our family have been living here and operating as a restaurant and guesthouse for over 20 years. We don't have a menu but our guests are always satisfied with the delicious meals we prepare and the gorgeous setting. We are very fortunate to look directly up at the the forested mountains within the Maungatautari Ecological Island, a 3500 hectare pest free scenic reserve. We operate a drop-off service for hikers walking the traverse and our van can take up to 8 cycles for drop off and pickups on the Waikato River Trail. We are between Rotorua and Waitomo and our rates include a four course dinner and a two course breakfast. ... more   less 

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