The epitome of serenity awaits at the Tongariro river’s luxury River Birches Lodge, part of the Luxury Lodges of New Zealand collection. The private lodge rooms offer picturesque garden views, opulent ensuites and a daily cooked gourmet breakfast prepared by our talented chef—everything you need for an unforgettable stay in the region’s most tranquil retreat.
River Birches Lodge offers an architectural award-winning retreat located just metres from the Tongariro River, guests have the pleasure of waking up to the peaceful sound of rhythmic running water and soft native birdsong as the morning mist rolls over the nearby mountains.
The private premium lodge rooms are furnished with a super-king bed adorned with luxurious linens and with all the extra amenities you could hope for. Warm and welcoming, all of the suites are appointed with heat pumps and generous baths, with free Wi-Fi helping you to stay connected as you enjoy your glorious getaway.
The lodge is part of the Tesla Destination Charging programme providing two recharging stations for guests travelling in Tesla or other electric vehicles. This innovative service provides environmentally conscious visitors with a convenient travelling option when staying at River Birches in Turangi.
The owners of River Birches, Jason, and Rebeca Bleibtreu manage and host their property personally and guest feedback has been exemplary. Says Rebeca, “now we not only get to enjoy this amazing environment all the time but can also better manage the day to day activities and oversee areas where we can deliver an even higher level of customer satisfaction.”
River Birches has a reputation for excellence. Dinner at River Birches has long been a sought-after bonus given limited dining options in the area. Recently guests at River Birches have been effusive about the new full-time chef, Anthony Hollows, now working at the lodge and offering wonderful cuisine based on a wide variety of local produce.
River Birches continues to consolidate its unique position in the Tongariro/Taupo region as the ‘go to’ luxury accommodation as River Birches is the closest Luxury Lodge to the crossing. This is ideal for independent travellers, especially those undertaking the iconic Tongariro Crossing – a mountain walk that continues to attract visitors from all over the world. The lodge now proudly offers a seamless, exclusive single party door to door guided Tongariro Crossing experience, and this service remains one of the most popular attractions for guests. The lodge is also a convenient and relaxing base for those wishing to fish the mighty Tongariro River and we can provide exceptional guides to ensure guests have the best possible experience.
The Lodge is complemented by a self-contained Luxury Cottage right next door, The Cottage at River Birches. The cottage provides single party accommodation that sleeps up to 7 guests. It is self-contained, self-catering and self-servicing. Sumptuous fresh breakfast supplies are included in the overnight rate. Meals can be catered in the Cottage’s well-equipped kitchen or can be taken at adjacent River Birches Lodge by prior arrangement.
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