Te Tuhi Hut

Te Tuhi Hut


Te Tuhi Hut is set just 15 minutes from Taupō, near Kinloch Bay.

Set on Te Tuhi Hillside Retreat (the same property as the popular Te Tuhi Dome), the hut is perched on a hillside with views across farmland, native bush, and down to Lake Taupō. It's the perfect tranquil couples retreat.

The hut consists of two rooms (bedroom and bathroom), with a sheltered outdoor kitchen and lounge in between. On one side of the kitchen area, is a luxurious bedroom with stunning views - right from the bed. On the other side is a semi-open-air bathroom - featuring a special bath on wheels which can be moved indoors or outdoors depending on the weather.

At dawn and dusk, the bush is alive with birdsong. Depending on the season, lambs and calves frolicking in the paddocks around the property. The cows, sheep and horses grazing and chickens foraging make for a peaceful country vista to sit back and enjoy.

If you feel like exploring, the Taupō region has so much to offer. Restaurants, cafes, and galleries are plentiful. Geothermal wonders like the Wairakei Terraces hot pools and the Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park are only a short drive away. And of course, the lake itself offers activities like kayaking, sailing or swimming.

FROM $295 p/n

  • Sleeps 2
            Dogs welcome
      Dogs welcome

A $50 Single Night Surcharge applies on top of the nightly rate when booking a single night. You will need to add this charge during the booking process. The calendar below will specify where one-night bookings are allowed.

host address

269 Whakaroa Rd, Kinloch 3377


Te Tuhi Hut is set in 15 minutes from Taupō in the central North Island.

To get there, follow the Google Maps directions. At the entrance you will see the Te Tuhi Hillside Retreat sign, take this right-hand driveway and park at the end of this driveway.

Check-in is contactless. Make your own way to the hut by going through the gate and heading left across the paddock to the Hut entrance gate. Your hosts, Emily and Joe, will touch base with you after arrival to make sure you've arrived safely and have everything you need.

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  • Eating and Drinking

    Te Tuhi Hut is self-catering. Just bring your own food, and cook meals using the BBQ and facilities provided

    in your private camp kitchen. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.

    If you're keen to order a gift basket for a special occasion, The Merchant is a local store that has some fantastic options. Just order with them directly and your host, Joe, can collect it for you. You'll just have to let him know that you need her to collect it when you receive her contact details in your pre-arrival email, 5 days prior to your stay.

    If you fancy eating out, Taupō is just a 15-minute drive away, and there are plenty of cafes and restaurants to choose from.  Coming highly recommended by your hosts are The Cozy Corner, Baku on the lakefront and The Vine for fine dining and a wonderful range of wine and craft beer.

  • Things to do

    Relax, sit back and take in the gorgeous lake view from the hut, or get out and about to enjoy everything the Taupo region has to offer. 

    Around the property you will see hints of a potter. Starting out as a hobby and now as a small studio Emily creates bespoke small batch functional pottery for the retreat and opens her studio to guests by appointment. 

    Explore nearby Whakaipo Bay, either for a swim or walk along the beach. Walk the W2K track or bring your mountain bike and bike it! Kinloch Bay is also handy.

    Soak in the Wairakei Terraces in the evening (18-minutes drive away), beautiful, adult-only, silicone pools, set in amongst gorgeous landscaping.

    The Huka Prawn Park is another unique local experience. Have lunch on the edge of the Waikato River, fish for prawns and enjoy the nature walk.

    Another must-do in the area is a kayak tour or boat trip to see the stunning, contemporary Maori carving at Mine Bay.

  • Your Hosts

    Emily and Joe Wilson, along with their daughters Charlie and Madison and dogs Jazz and Mac are your hosts at Te Tuhi Hillside Retreat.

    Originally the property was part of Te Tuhi Point, the large neighbouring farm that sits on the peninsula between Kinloch and Whakaipo Bay. Subdivided some years back, it had been neglected for some time before Emily and Joe bought the property in 2017.

    Their vision was to create a self-sufficient property for their family to connect with nature, grow their own food, live off the grid, and have the opportunity to create daily.

    Not too long into creating their dream they realised their little slice of paradise needed to be shared with others and went about building Te Tuhi Hut and later Te Tuhi Dome.

    When not maintaining the property Emily and Joe both work from home on the e-commerce business. Emily will also often be found in her pottery studio, Te Tuhi Pottery.

    They love their location and feel they have the best of both worlds - just 15 minutes from town - but in a quiet country location just minutes from the lake. 


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    A very nice stay!


    Aliza Halliday - 20 May 2024

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    We loved everything about TeTuhi Hut! The location, ambience, and the facilities were excellent, and our hosts just wonderful. Being able to have our two doggies stay too was the icing on the cake. Thank you so much, we will be back!


    Davina Bennetto - 20 May 2024

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    Beautiful place. Lovely hut. Amazing bath with a great view.


    Jessica Ilton - 07 May 2024

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    Amazing location. Loved our stay so much! We will most definitely be back.


    - 29 Apr 2024

    4 / 12

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    Lovely spot for a relaxing break away, with great facilities and views.


    - 27 Apr 2024

    5 / 12

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    Was an awesome stay, worth every penny!! Would 100% recommend for a little weekend getaway and some peace and quiet!


    - 14 Apr 2024

    6 / 12

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    We loved our weekend at Te Tuhi Hut. A beautiful spot to relax, great facilities, and the hot tub was amazing! We are going to try Te Tuhi Dome next. Thank you for having us.


    - 09 Apr 2024

    7 / 12

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    We had such a lovely stay. The location is amazing and it was a great reset!


    - 04 Apr 2024

    8 / 12

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    Beautiful place to stay. We are so grateful to our hosts for sharing their slice of paradise with us.


    - 01 Apr 2024

    9 / 12

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    We loved how quiet and calm it was here and thoroughly enjoyed taking in the beautiful views from the comfort of the bathtub. It was so nice to be able to bring our old dog along too.


    - 26 Mar 2024

    10 / 12

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    We stayed at Te Tuhi Hut for two nights and absolutely loved it. Beautiful rural setting overlooking the lake, and beautiful open-plan living.


    - 26 Mar 2024

    11 / 12

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    Lovely location with beautiful views.


    - 15 Mar 2024

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