Treetops Lodge & Estate5.0 out of 5.0
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Treetops is a bit, off the track, but once you get over the potholes in the road and rough conditions, it is worth the trip. Fabulous main lodge where your individual host (Harry, Mike or Ricki) meets you and instructs you on the history of the property, the attention to maintaining the history and Maori traditions. Villas were very roomy, excellent amenities, cozy fireplace (needed as it rained solid for two days). when it did stop raining we made the tramp to the Bridal Falls...make sure you do not stop at the first footbridge of a small falls as the REAL THING is just around the corner. Well worth the muddy tramp. Now the food, incredible! Phillipe, William and Pieter did a fantastic job, attending to every detail, explaining cooking techniques and preparation. We did take the cooking class which was worth the trip discussing all items from food selection to local garden tour and finally game cooking incredible experience. We did not get to take the estate tour due to poor track conditions, but experience was great the same.
My partner surprised me with a weekend at Treetops lodge where he proposed by the beautiful waterfall. We had the best time! The property is amazing, the staff were so helpful, friendly (in particular Michael our host) and went out of their way to accommodate for my dietary requirements (vegetarian) at the 5 course degustations. Food and wine was fantastic and our villa was beautiful. I've been raving to my friends and family about what a wonderful time we had there. I would totally recommend this magical place for any special occasion, we will definitely return for future anniversaries! Thank you to John Sax and your great team for having us!
There are newly constructed bungalows and converted cabins. We stayed in the converted cabin that had nice appointments, but certainly did not match the elegance of the main house and lobby. For what you are paying, you could be disappointed if you have one of the older cabins. The breakfast that is included is expansive- there is a buffet or you can order prepared items as well. They have hired a very attentive staff that is concerned about your happiness. Know in advance that they offer many activities on their property and make sure you have time to do them: skeet shooting, fly fishing, helicopter tours, hot tub, mountain biking, and spa services. We took the hour and a half hike that begins from their backyard to Bridal Veil Falls. That was exercise!
Check in is very personal on a couch, everything is very nice and of quality. a main lodge is hunting lodge style , a la Africa, very pretty. stay in the villas , fantastic rooms with high quality everything. deep tub, big shower, convenient TV's, small fridge, great private patio with great views. longish walk to dinner, better drive especially at night. pitch black. You eat at a common table with all the rest of guests, id never done that before, actually pleasant talking with everyone, you can ,if you care to, hunt various common and exotic animals. Get good directions or GPS this place is in the middle of nowhere. I highly recommend it , great stay!!!!
We arrived in late afternoon and were greeted by Harry. He was terrific and helped us with all our questions and was totally available to us the entire three nights we stayed. We were fortunate to have the the Owner, John Sax and his wife to dine with for 2 of those nights such a wonderful and delightful couple. We had an estate tour with David. His enthusiastic application of botany and animal husbandry were amazing and the wood burning fireplace in our suite was just what the doctor ordered! Relaxing! And the food was interesting. The Chilean Chef was very inventive. Come here it is a great experience
Treetops is an ideal location for couples or adult groups. The accommodations were beautiful as were the grounds. The service at dinner the first night was very poor. Slow. Slow. Slow. Almost to the point that they need to hire more help. The second and third night were significantly better. Housekeeping was inconsistent. We never had our coffee refilled or beverages replaced after our arrival day. Most off putting however was the charge for wines at dinner. My husband and I decided to forgo the paired wines at dinner and instead chose to continue drinking the same delicious Pinot Noir they were pouring during the "complimentary" cocktail hour. Once you sit for dinner, this same wine becomes a by the glass purchase. For the rates charged at Treetops and the caliber of culinary experience they claim to offer, having no wines, or adult beverages included with your meal unless you pay for them seems poor form. Not at all on par with the experience they are attempting to provide. At the very least, and for their prices, there should be a selection of house wines available at no additional charge.
We only stayed one night , took an hour to find someone to admit us to a room no one in sight or in the building to admit us. they wanted $ 175 each for dinner, and I ended up with bed bug bites all over my legs !! Definately not worth the price
Treetops can only be accurately described as one of the world's great resorts. Those fortunate enough to experience their superb hospitality will feel as if you are a guest in a great estate. The chefs are worthy of a three plus star restaurant except that they are also expert in game, which can be a bit tricky to get right. But since the game - deer, elk, rabbit, pheasant, duck and trout all come from the estate, as do many of the veggies, estate to table is the byword. The management and guides - fishing and shooting - are superior. The only regret is that we can't replicate some of the dinner menus or the venison sausage and salami. A Treetops cook book should be authored by their chefs!
Our two nights at Treetops was a real highlight of our three month adventure. It's off the beaten track and along a bumpy track, but has real 'wow' value on arrival. We stayed in a villa, which was really luxurious. Big double bath and shower, lovely living area and very comfortable bed. Okay there was no wifi in the room, but it was going in whilst we were there. We walked to the Bridal Veil waterfall, which despite the rain and getting soaked was beautiful and well worth doing. A real highlight of the stay was the food. Absolutely excellent. For one night we sat in the kitchen watching the chef, who provided us with loads of information both about the food and NZ in general. It might not be to everybody's taste - but we loved it! Due to a cancellation we also got to dine on our second night in the library. Books, fire, leather chairs - totally brilliant! Again the chef popped out between courses to give us the lowdown on the meal. Thank you Treetops for a very special visit....
We just loved our stay at this lodge. Our suite - Sunset- was an oasis of calm and elegance.The main lodge has such interesting furnishings and decor. We were warmly welcomed by our very gracious host, Harry. Our dinners were delicious and I very much appreciated how flexible the chef was in preparing an alternative to the main dish that was on the menu. We also appreciated how kind Harry was in organizing earlier breakfasts for us. Do take the estate tour with David, the estate manager. It was an informative hour tour - all about the animals, vegetation and the philosophy of the the Lodge and Estate. There are hiking trails ( hunters go out early morning, always escorted with a guide - so no need to worry) that are lovely to follow. We did have some trouble with the markings of the trails and did not find the Bridal Veil Waterfall, ending up at a largish pond suitable for swimming ( with the ducks). Kayaks were available to lazily tour the pond. Happily for future guests, there was a crew laying the cables for high speed internet. A good idea as it was impossible to get a signal.
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