Twisted Twig Tent

Twisted Twig Tent

Near Rotorua

Twisted Twig is a hidden gem, just 45 minutes from Rotorua, and only an hour from Tauranga.

Nestled in the midst of native bush, this off-grid retreat accommodates up to four guests. With its thoughtfully designed interiors and extra touches, it's like stepping into a beautiful safari-style home design magazine.

The interior of the tent is split into two rooms, each with a comfortable queen bed.  A wood burner and a cosy couch will make you feel right at home. A mezzanine game area is a great place for a game of Scrabble.

Surrounded by stunning native bush, you can enjoy a peaceful walk and experience glow worms - or even hear kiwi at night. A soak in the dual hot outdoor baths under the stars or toasting marshmallows by the fire is pure bliss. 

The beautiful Lake Rotomā is just 10 minutes away, perfect for a picnic and dip on a hot summer's day.

FROM $320 p/n

Children aged 5+ only

  • Sleeps 4
            Children welcome
      Children welcome

414 Matahi Road, Rotomā 3194


Twisted Twig is located halfway between Rotorua and Whakatane, 45 in each direction, and 1 hour from Tauranga.

You will receive a pre-arrival email with detailed arrival instructions and your host's details 5-days prior to your stay. Please note the Google Maps address is not entirely accurate so please follow the instructions provided to avoid any confusion and reach your destination at ease.

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 gas oven and double-ring gas stove provided in your kitchen. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.

    If you're looking to dine out, Rotorua 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 old hut on the property and ordered a specialty glamping tent from The Netherlands, which arrived in June 2020. And so Twisted Twig was created.

    The name 'twisted twig' was inspired by Shelwyn's walks through the beautiful and wild native bush on the property.

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