Totara Perch

Totara Perch


Totara Perch is located 25 minutes from Taupō and 10 minutes from Kinloch. 

It's set high on a hill with beautiful views out across bush and to the lake beyond.

The accommodation consists of two beautifully appointed huts and an outdoor covered bathroom. The first hut is the bedroom complete with a king-size bed and a set of single bunks. The other, just a couple of metres away, is a cosy 'living' hut.

Completely private, you're enveloped in nature - perched on a tree-clad hillside amongst mighty, Kamahi, Rewarewa and Ti Koura. Kereru make their way up the valley in the evening, fantails dance around all day and morepork call to you while relaxing in the bath. The lake view of Whangamata Bay is mesmerising - and close enough that you can just make out the boats going in and out.

You'll enjoy absolute serenity at Totara Perch. You feel miles from anywhere, but just a short drive takes you to the cafes and buzz of Kinloch or Taupō.

FROM $330 p/n

  • Sleeps 4
            Children welcome
      Children welcome
            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.


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  • Eating and Drinking

    Totara Perch is self-catering. Just bring your own food, and cook meals using the BBQ and facilities provided. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.

    If you want a break from cooking at any stage, Taupō itself has numerous cafes and restaurants to choose from. Our favourite go-to for a good curry is Siam Thai Infusion. For something a bit special, your hosts recommend The Bistro (bookings are essential) or The Vine Eatery and Bar.  The Hub Cafe is also delicious, especially after a mountain bike ride.

    Closer to home is the Kinloch General Store which, along with all your general grocery supplies, make sumptuous wood-fired pizzas and fish and chips; head over the road and enjoy a picnic on the beach!

  • Things to do

    Totara Perch has board games, books and of course the huge outdoor bath with a view to keep you entertained. But if you're keen to explore the surroundings, there is plenty to do!

    Guests are welcome to explore the farm and have some friendly sheep and cattle to visit - especially Bruno the black sheep.

    Bring bikes and ride 3km down to Kawakawa Bay - a peaceful spot only accessed via track or boat. On the eastern side of the bay is a very popular natural rock climbing wall. Down the same track is a canyon where you'll find glow worms.

  • Your hosts

    Jane and Taka the Vizsla will be your hosts at Totara Perch. Jane is a keen cyclist and multisport enthusiast and has competed in many events, including the Coast to Coast. 

    In 2018, she found the perfect piece of land for her and Taka. It had stunning views and bush paddocks with gullies perfect for enduro riding and mountain bike tracks which start right from the back door. She quickly snapped it up. Once she took over the property Jane started getting interested in growing her own produce and turned a couple of paddocks into a food forest. 

    Jane was keen to share her unique piece of paradise with others and decided to purpose-build her version of a glamping style hut. It’s called Totara Perch because it perches out over the only Totara on the property.

    When searching for a name for her property Jane's father had the perfect suggestion... Te Wahi Hari... 'The Happy Place'.


  • "

    Totara Perch was amazing! Beautifully secluded and private. Plenty to do and explore, yet also perfect to simply relax and gaze at the view. The bath was incredible too. The perfect romantic getaway, but equally, we know the kids would love it. We will certainly be back.


    Hannah Andrew - 01 Jul 2024

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  • "

    We loved the atmosphere and the view, and we appreciated the chance to disconnect from the world for a few days.


    Callum Lockington - 20 May 2024

    2 / 12

  • "

    Lovely setting. Super relaxing and fantastic accommodation.


    Dianne Sullivan - 15 May 2024

    3 / 12

  • "

    Loved the spot, very quiet and stunning outlook. Nice to be off the grid for a few days.


    Sharon Adams - 07 May 2024

    4 / 12

  • "

    Great stay, thank you!


    Jeandre Pitout - 07 May 2024

    5 / 12

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    We loved our stay at Totara Perch. It was cosy and had everything we needed to enjoy our stay. The view is incredible, and the design of the accommodation is well thought out. Highly recommend staying here. Initially, I was worried about the heating, outdoor shower, and lack of power points; however, none of these were an issue! The rooms were warm and cosy.


    - 10 Apr 2024

    6 / 12

  • "

    Everything we had imagined and more! The spa on the balcony was a highlight every afternoon, sitting on the balcony with the perfect view, and then getting cosy by the fire at night! Would highly recommend and come back!


    - 29 Mar 2024

    7 / 12

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    Amazing place for a couple of nights away, very secluded. The outside bath and the Mackintosh toffees were a highlight. My personal preference would have been to have curtains/blinds in the bedroom to be able to have a sleep in but I can see that sleeping surrounded by nature is also a big draw card. Would be as bigger issue in the winter monthsCouldn't recommended more!Amazing place for a couple of nights away, very secluded. The outdoor bath and the Mackintosh toffees were a highlight.


    - 15 Mar 2024

    8 / 12

  • "

    Tōtara Perch was an amazing get away, the view is stunning. The cabin and facilities were very welcoming and the access to K2K track from the property can’t be beat!


    - 12 Mar 2024

    9 / 12

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    We loved the peace of gorgeous setting above the bush and the elevated view of the lake.


    - 12 Mar 2024

    10 / 12

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    Highly recommended little getaway, fantastic facilities, and friendly and accommodating host.


    - 27 Feb 2024

    11 / 12

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    Thank you for creating and sharing this wonderful "Happy Place". Perched high on the hill, sitting with the mountains and view of the lake is a tranquil and relaxing experience. The Codgers Rock Lookout Walk was clearly marked and a real treat. Thank you again for our couple of days of nature immersion, would highly recommend.


    - 25 Feb 2024

    12 / 12

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