Te Tuhi Hut: Relax in a world that all yours
Walk through the field, go through the gate and down the wooden path. On the door of Te Tuhi Hut are branches shaped into a heart. This small touch lets me know, I’m about to enter somewhere built with love and care. As I open the door, my suspicions are confirmed. Just beyond the beautiful kitchen is a wall that is nothing but a window with Lake Taupō in the distance. This place is without a doubt is somewhere special.
I discovered the Te Tuhi Hut through Canopy Camping. The company connects people with a collection of glamping sites across New Zealand. The hut is located 15 minutes from the main centre of Taupō but makes you feel like you have the whole world to yourself.
The Hut is owned by Emily and Joe Wilson and is located on the same property as their family home. They bought the property in 2017 and have done an excellent job of highlighting the beauty of the area.
Even though the hosts are close by their house is only visible while walking through the field to the Hut. You will have complete privacy as you enjoy all the Hut has to offer. If you’re looking for a place to relax while also being close to Taupō’s best attractions, then you can’t go past Te Tuhi Hut.
Getting to Te Tuhi Hut
Te Tuhi hut is in Kinloch, about 15 minutes from Taupō. I drove from Wellington leaving on Friday morning, at about 9 am. The drive took 5.5 hours. This included stopping to give me and my dog Meko (who was also welcome at the hut) a chance to stretch our legs.
The hut is very remote, so driving is the best way to get there. The directions on google will get you there. There is a spot at the end of the driveway for you to park your car. You’ll see two signs, one for their other glamping site, the Te Tuhi Dome, and one for the Hut.
The Hut is an easy 600m walk from the carpark. It is a farm and the field is home to sheep, cows and horses so probably don’t wear your fancy shoes.
Things to do
Te Tuhi hut is the perfect place to relax. You could spend all day sitting on the deck watching the view change. Start by opening up the roller window in the living area and enjoy a coffee while lounging in a bean bag. One of the things that makes this hut so wonderful is the sheltered outdoor kitchen and lounge. It gives you the feeling of being outside while being protected from the elements.
After your relaxing morning head off to enjoy one (or many) of the attractions Taupō
- Ernest Kemp Cruise
- Visit the Huka Falls
- Check out the Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
- Enjoy a thermal soak at Wairakei Terraces
- Visit Huka Prawn Park
After your day exploring come back to the hut and enjoy a soak in the cedar bathtub. You can keep the bathtub in the bathroom or roll it on to the deck. Finish the day by cozying up with a glass of wine in front of the fire. Then go to sleep in the comfortable and warm bedroom.
Check out Love Taupō for more ideas of what to do during your stay
Where to eat
The hut is set up with a small BBQ, gas cooktop and all the cooking utensil you could need. There are plenty of supermarkets in Taupō, to get supplies on your way if you want to make your meals.
If you don’t feel like cooking, there are plenty of places to eat out in the main centre or grab takeaways and bring them back.
Another option is to enjoy a 5-course gourmet dinner by Wild Roots. Te Tuhi Hut has partnered with them and will have 90% of the meal ready to go, in the fridge when you arrive.
What makes the Te Tuhi Hut so special
You can tell Te Tuhi Hut feel extra special. Hanging in the bathroom are super comfy robes to wrap yourself in after enjoying the open-air rain shower.
The fire is set up ready for you to light. There are hot water bottles and extra blankets to ensure you stay cozy. There are books and magazine for you to enjoy and board games to keep you entertained once the sun goes down.
If feeling like you have the whole world to yourself while also being near some of New Zealand best attractions sound like your kind of holiday, the Te Tuhi Hutt is the place for you. From the minute I opened that heart covered door time stood still and I felt like I was in a dream. This is a place not to be missed.