We almost had to cancel the last minute and thank god that we did not. It would be regretful if not be. We could not imagine ourselves in this part of the world where you are so close to the nature with the comfort of a home. Tim & Debbie offered us tea and biscuits upon arrival and it was so yummy that I had wanted to buy some back but unfortunately they did not have extras. We began our exploration of their beautiful area and took some awesome pictures. I will try to upload some ASAP. We also came up close personal with the Tutu sheeps. Their ducks and chickens were like guest relations officers to us, kept following us, very very cute. They also have cage birds and we could also see other birds flying around. We felt that children will enjoy this very much. The next highlight was the glow worm tour where Tim & Debbie, very proud and enthusiastic of their magical land shown us the way to where the glow worms are. We were in awe and was truly an eye opener for city dwellers where we would never ever experience such amazing and magical creatures. We could also see them up close and personal. Unfortunately our cameras were not for night photos. It could only be etched in our minds forever.
The drive up from Tauranga is about 10+km and we also managed to go to the beach easily and drove up again. The room is very comfortable for us and we borrowed some reading materials of New Zealand which was a very good read and knowledge. I also got to know a little more of Debbie whom got the great love & support of Tim and their girls fought breast cancer. And because of where they are, the environment also healed Debbie.
We slept well through the night and awoke to the beautiful sounds of the birds. The air was so fresh. Next we proceed to have our breakfast in the hall where Tim & Debbie made for us, it was lovingly set up and the breakfast was simple and good.
We left with the feeling of having a slice of heaven, rejuvenated and very happy that we made the decision to stay with Tim & Debbie. When we are back the next time, we will definitely stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
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