Review: Down to Modern Middle-earth – Treetops Lodge and Estate Rotorua

Introduction
CX 197 HKG – AKL 343 Y
Treetops Lodge and Estate Rotorua
Exploring Rotorua
Waterfront Suites HBC Paihia
Exploring Paihia
Exploring Auckland
NZ 087 AKL – HKG 772 Y

Ranking: Location 3/5 Service 5/5 Modernity 5/5 Little things 4/5 Meals 5/5 Overall 4/5

After we arrived in Auckland it took a three hour drive past Matamata, Rotorua City and into the hotel. I have to say that the hotel was very discreet, in the middle of a forest, so discreet that it read:

TRESPASSERS PROSECUTED
DOGS SHOT

It took 20 minutes from the city centre to the hotel, and we had a long way finding our Pheasant Cottage. If Graeme wasn’t there to help us, we would never have found it.

We called Graeme from the gate, and through a old-style telecom we told him that we were here to check in at Treetops Lodge and Estate, at the Pheasant Cottage. I actually called him to ask for the way here when I was in Auckland, and he joked that it took him longer to drive from his office to the gate than it was for us to drive from Auckland.

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351 Kearoa Road

Anyway, we drove back to the entrance and noticed our cottage was right there, and we had good reason, since the cottage looked nothing like luxury.

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Wtf…?

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Cottage exterior

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Cottage exterior

Treetops Lodge and Estate Rotorua
Check-in: Sunday, February 2, 2014
Room Type: Pheasant Cottage
Room Number: Pheasant Cottage
Stay duration: 3 nights
Check-out: Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The inside of the cottage was spectacular, and had three rooms, all quite modern with hints of beige. There was a living room (in brighter colours), a porch (brown) and a kitchen (yellow) along with two toilets (white). It was easily bigger than our flat in Hong Kong.

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Door wide open

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Living room

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Living room TV

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Gives you an idea of how many rooms there are?

By now all I could say was “wow”.

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No, because the one with the handle leads to here.

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Toilet

Even the toilet was awesome, with a humongous double sink. For a downside the shower knob was REALLY fiddly.

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Double sink

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Kitchen

There was a coffee machine. Nespresso branded. Awesome.

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Cappuccino

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My bedroom

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Fridge (with high quality milk!)

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Huge cupboard in kitchen (with a door)

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Really big porch

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The lengths the porch goes to

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Around the corner

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My bed

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Driveway to the cottage

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More rooms

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Same room as above

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And the third room!

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Room (the second one)

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Other bathroom

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Other bathroom

The estate was huge, and we went to the lobby (i.e. the Lodge) for dinner.

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The Lodge

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The Lodge

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Lodge Dining Seating

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Dinner

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Dinner

By then my phone went out of battery, so I decided to not take any pictures until I returned to the cottage. What I noticed was that under the TV there was an iPhone (up to 4S) charger, and the room was equipped with an iPod!

The downside to the Lodge was that we got lost on the way back to the cottage.

I had about the best sleep I’d ever had in a hotel, then we went for breakfast the next morning, also in the Lodge.

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Taking a picture of a nearby villa

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More pictures of the Lodge

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The Lodge terrace

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Treetops Hiking Trail

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Treetops Hiking Trail

There were even glow worms we could see! (not to mention that I dropped my phone into the river below and had to climb down to retrieve it…luckily it fell on a rock and not in the water)

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Treetops Glow Worms

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Thing I liked about Treetops’ The Lodge free drinks…

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Treetops Hiking Trail

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Bridal Veil Falls Rotorua (property of Treetops)

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Bridal Veil Falls

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Back to the (second) room…

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Haunted Toilet (light tricks with my camera)

I can still picture Graeme in the morning holding a cup of coffee and going into his office. 🙂

There was a lot of attention to detail. One of the little ones were staying in our room, and we found this cute display when we came back to our cottage on Monday evening:

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Awww…

When we left, we found our way out, pressed the green button to open the gate, then drove out. At the middle of Kearoa Road we stopped and turned back since we had to take pictures of the scenery there 😛 (shown above already)

The only thing that this hotel really lacked was free WiFi. That’s a sin in the modern world, but the location might have to do with it. (Well that may actually be a good thing, as it tells me to turn off my computer and actually relax.)

Overall this was a very good hotel. I would say that the location could be slightly better but overall I loved it. If only it didn’t cost HK$14000 per night…

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