Twisted Twig Hut

Twisted Twig Hut

Near Rotorua

Twisted Twig is located halfway between Rotorua and Whakatane, just 45 minutes in each direction, and only an hour from Tauranga.

Concealed within the seclusion of 15 acres of breathtaking native bush, this little hut is an exquisite bush sanctuary. 

Inside the hut, there is a queen-sized bed and a comfortable couch to relax. Stay cosy and warm with both indoor and outdoor fires. An undercover kitchen and dining area have everything you need to cook and enjoy a delicious alfresco meal. A bathroom, a few meters away from the hut, includes an outdoor bath, bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase 'forest bathing'.

Enjoy watching the fantails flit through the bush from the comfort of the swinging egg chair on the deck. Listen to the symphony of native birdsong fills the air, and with a touch of luck, you may even catch a glimpse of a kiwi. A bush walk on the property leads you to a glow worm grotto.

If you find peace in the forest, Twisted Twig Hut is the escape for you.

FROM $250 p/n

  • Sleeps 2
ADDRESS
 

414 Matahi Road, Rotoma 3194

LOCATION
 

Twisted Twig is located halfway between Rotorua and Whakatane, just 45 minutes in each direction, and only an hour from Tauranga.

Access to Twisted Twig Hut is a short drive from the car park. You'll need to be transported by your hosts and once you've been dropped off - you'll be there until your hosts arrive to collect you on the day of departure (unless you choose to walk down and back up the hill again, approximately 500m). Your car will be safely parked in the parking area at the bottom for the duration of your stay.

For health and safety reasons, guests will not be able to drive their own 4WD vehicles up to the hut. 

You will receive a pre-arrival email with your host's details 5 days prior to your stay so you can liaise regarding arrival and departure times.

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

    Twisted Twig is self-catering. Just bring your own food and drink, and cook meals using the double-ring gas stove provided in your kitchen and BBQ outside. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.

    If you're looking to dine out, Rotorua (45 mins away) offers a diverse range of restaurants, such as The Landing Cafe for brunch, Eastwood for pizza, burgers, and beer, and Good Eastern Taphouse. In town, you'll find Eat Streat, an undercover dining hub with numerous al fresco options available year-round. Okere Falls Store is an eco-friendly cafe offering all-day breakfasts and lunches until 2 pm.

    For more dining options, Whakatāne is a 45-minute drive away.

    The nearest store for stocking up on food and supplies is in Kawerau, 30 minutes away.

  • THINGS TO DO

    If you're looking for some relaxation, enjoy a soak in the covered outdoor bath or cosy up next to the brazier. There is a selection of board games, books, and magazines to keep you entertained.

    Looking for things to do in the area? Onepū Mountain Bike Park is just a 20-minute drive away and offers some of the best mountain biking in the region. If you're up for a hike, don't miss the Tarawera Falls - just be sure to grab a forestry permit from the Information Centre in Kawerau before you go. Redwoods Tree Walk is another excellent walking adventure in nature.

    Lake Rotomā is just 7km away, so be sure to pack a picnic and enjoy a day by the water!

  • your hosts

    Your hosts at Twisted Twig are Shelwyn and Dave Gardner, along with their furry friends Jessie the Foxy and Lucy the Labrador.

    Shelwyn and Dave fell in love with their stunning 20-hectare property and picturesque surroundings 17 years ago, while owning the neighbouring dairy farm.

    Inspired by a glamping trip to England in 2015, they restored the hut and ordered a tent from The Netherlands (Twisted Twig Tent is the second escape on this amazing property). Despite starting a new business during the COVID-19 pandemic, New Zealanders seemed eager to embrace the opportunity to explore their beautiful country in the form of glamping - and so Twisted Twig was created.

    The name 'Twisted Twig' was inspired by Shelwyn's walks through the bush, where she noticed all sorts of twisted twigs and trees.

Testimonials

  • "

    Booked a weekend away for my parents' 29th wedding anniversary. They loved it! A truly beautiful place, well presented and with great owners. It was a "little piece of paradise."

    "

    - 21 Apr 2024

    1 / 10

  • "

    My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed our two nights at Twisted Twig. So nice to sit around, relax, listen to the birds, and enjoy a hot bath outside! Highly recommended, and the fresh bread was great!

    "

    - 18 Mar 2024

    2 / 10

  • "

    Loved the bath outside and seeing the glow worms.

    "

    - 23 Feb 2024

    3 / 10

  • "

    If you are looking for a few days off the grid, to decompress and reconnect, with the log fire burning and the sound of sweet birds, look no further!

    "

    - 14 Nov 2023

    4 / 10

  • "

    We had a wonderful time staying in the hut, especially enjoying the outside bath and the quietness of the place. It's a great spot for a little retreat.

    "

    - 03 Nov 2023

    5 / 10

  • "

    This was definitely my favourite stay so far. A beautiful isolated escape nestled in the bush. Mornings listening to the birds, reading on the egg chair outside while listening to the rain - the whole place is magical.

    "

    - 03 Oct 2023

    6 / 10

  • "

    Beautiful hidden gem. Would recommend to anyone looking to have an off the grid escape.

    "

    - 28 Sep 2023

    7 / 10

  • "

    Loved our stay here. It was the perfect place to celebrate our anniversary!

    "

    - 21 Sep 2023

    8 / 10

  • "

    A stunning spot. The perfect hideaway to get away from the busyness and stress of everyday life.

    "

    - 15 Sep 2023

    9 / 10

  • "

    Excellent stay, loved it.

    "

    - 15 Sep 2023

    10 / 10

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