Underhill

Underhill

Waikato

Maybe you've just completed a North Island tour of the magical Hobbiton movie set or Waitomo glow worm caves - or maybe you just want to escape the modern world for a bit. In either case - we have just the thing...

Step out of the hustle and bustle of your real life, and straight into a fairytale, with a stay at the enchanting Underhill Valley. Built into the hillside, this hobbit-style accommodation has been beautifully hand crafted with rustic native timbers and ironwork, to create a sustainable and authentic space. Created over 15 years ago, Underhill has remained a closely guarded family secret - until now.

Underhill Valley is the perfect, romantic, glamping retreat for couples. Huge timber doors open wide to overlook a picturesque pond and farmland beyond. You’ll enjoy the warmth and ambience of an old coal range... the soft glow of candlelight... a glass of wine on a seat by the pond, under the stars. Or just snuggle into the luxurious, specially shaped bed - with pure cotton linen, comfy pillows and thick, wool duvet. 

Underhill is a truly special and unique place to unwind, switch off and reconnect. So... treat yourself. Immerse yourself in the stillness and peace of Underhill Valley and take some time to fully enjoy life’s simple pleasures.

FROM $345 p/n

  • Sleeps 2
  • Winter Escape

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Underhill is located a short distance from Hamilton City, in the heart of the Waikato. It's a pleasant 45 minute drive from Matamata, home of 'Hobbiton', making it the ideal overnight stay after your Hobbiton tour. The amazing Waitomo glow worm caves are about a 1 hour car journey away.

Directions for getting to Underhill are provided in a pre-arrival email that we send you approximately four days prior to your arrival. Let us know if you would like us to supply you with the directions prior to that time.

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  • Eating and Drinking

    Underhill is fully self catering, so bring your own food and have a truly unique experience cooking with the old coal range. Or enjoy a peaceful wood burning bbq outside. You'll find a kitchen stocked with all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.

    If you do intend to use the oven in the coal range, note that the fire will need to be lit and burning for a good few hours to get the oven up to the required heat, so you'll need to allow enough time.

    A portable gas ring is also supplied for making a quick cup of tea.

    The closest supermarket is located a five minute drive from the property. Stock up before you get to Underhill, so you don't have to worry about food for the duration of your stay!

  • Things To Do

    Make the most of Underhill's peaceful surrounds by taking the time to just chill out and relax.

    Bring your favourite board game and slog it out over a game of scrabble or Monopoly. Relax under a tree, or snuggle up in front of the coal range with a good book. Or get active with a game of petanque across the pond.

    There's plenty to see and do in the local area. The set of 'Hobbiton' (as seen in films The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings) is in Matamata - a pleasant 45 minute drive away. The amazing Waitomo Glow Worm Caves are one hour drive south. The arty West Coast town of Raglan with it's black sand beaches is about a half hour drive.

  • Your Hosts

    Underhill is owned and hosted by Jessie and Craig Moon, who live on the property along with their young children Paige, Piper and Oakley.

    Jessie’s father Graham is the creator of Underhill. It was his dream to have a little house built into the side of the hill, overlooking the pond on the family farm, so he set about creating it some 15-20 years ago. Jessie spent many years of her childhood planning, along with her dad, how this little house would be built and what it would be furnished with. Needless to say, Underhill is a very special place to her. 

    After meeting in New Zealand some years ago, Craig and Jessie spent a few amazing years living and working overseas together. They worked in tourism, managing a hostel in Ireland for a year, worked in Australia, and travelled around Europe and Asia for a few months.

    Once they returned to New Zealand, they married, bought the family farm and started their own family. They loved the idea of sharing the 'Underhill magic' with others, so they got in touch with us here at Canopy Camping Escapes. The rest, they say, is history!