Ruru Rest

Ruru Rest

Kuratau, Lake Taupō

Ruru Rest is 15 minutes from Turangi in the Central Plateau region. 

The little red hut is set on a 14-acre olive grove and bush block, halfway down a steep Kanuka-covered river terrace.

Entering at the rear of the hut, through the covered, outdoor kitchen, you'll find a cosy, timber-lined space, fitted out with a comfortable queen-sized bed and sofa. The interior is simple but stylish, with natural linens in rich colours giving a sense of warmth and comfort. Large double-glazed doors open onto the glass-fronted deck.

A small dining table and chairs are set on the deck at the front of the hut. This floats amongst the mature Kanuka canopy, offering beautiful views toward the Mt Rangitukua scenic reserve and down the Kuratau river valley towards Lake Taupō.

Down a short path to the river, you'll find kayaks for guest use. Take them out for a paddle and explore the river's edge from the water.

Lake Taupō is a 15-minute walk down a riverside bush track, alive with birds. Piwakawaka, tui and kereru are frequent visitors and ruru are abundant during the night.

FROM $260 p/n

Includes Kayaks

  • Sleeps 2
host address

36 Te Puke Road, Kuratau 3381


Ruru Rest is in Kuratau, 15 minutes from Turangi in the Central Plateau region.

Follow the Google Maps directions to the address and once you arrive, enter the property via the 800m long driveway lined with mature Chestnut trees until you read the parking area for the hut.

You will receive a pre-arrival email with detailed arrival instructions and your host's details 5-days prior to your stay.

Note: If you have booked within 5 days and haven't received a pre-arrival email shortly after booking, please email us at [email protected].

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  • Eating and Drinking

    Ruru Rest is self-catering. Just bring your own food and cook your meals using the facilities provided in the outdoor kitchen. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.

    If you want a break from cooking at any stage, your host Will, recommends the nearby Floating Rock Cafe for fantastic wood-fired pizza, wine and other delicious goodies.  The Hare and Copper tapas restaurant 20 mins drive near Turangi is an excellent venue (you need to book ahead). Oreti Lodge Restaurant at Pukawa is another good option that is also very handy to Ruru Rest.

    The nearest supermarket is in Turangi, 15 minutes away.

  • Things to do

    Ruru Rest is an oasis of peace and tranquillity. Floating amongst the treetops, the view from the deck takes in the serene Kuratau River, a scenic bush reserve and a sacred mountain, Rangitukua.

    Kayaks are provided for guest use, the perfect opportunity to experience the Kuratau River from the water. Keen fly fishing enthusiasts have almost exclusive trout fly fishing access to much of the Kuratau river from the property. The river access, along with 14 acres of bush and olive groves to explore, board games and books - means there is plenty to keep you entertained during your stay.

    Try the many local walking tracks through native bush abundant with birdlife. With Lake Taupō on the doorstep, there are beautiful beaches and boat ramp all within easy walking distance.

    If you're keen to explore the region, Ruru Rest is only a 15-minute drive to Turangi. There are shuttle services to the Tongariro crossing as well as rafting and fly fishing tours. And of course, a visit to Turangi isn't complete without stopping in at the world-famous Tongariro Hot Pools at nearby Tokaanu.

    The nearby Floating Rock is open seasonally and most weekends but best to check on their Facebook page for updates.

  • Your host

    Your host at Ruru Rest is Will Shirer. 

    Will is a man of many talents. As well as being host to guests to the property, his 'day jobs' include working as a vineyard manager, agricultural contractor, photographer and a volunteer ambulance officer.

    Will has lived on his property in Kuratau for 20 years, and the wider area for many more. He loves the privacy, tranquillity, the native flora and fauna, proximity to the river and lake - and being so close to all that the Central Plateau region has to offer.

    It seemed only fair to him to share the beauty of the place he feels so lucky to inhabit. Ruru Rest was a labour of love, built over time, for guests to enjoy.

    Ruru Rest is named for the Ruru (Morepork) that are frequent night visitors to the property. 

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