Te Aka Treehouse

Te Aka Treehouse is a tranquil eco-retreat set in the native forests of Nelson Creek, New Zealand, perfect for adults seeking peace and tranquillity. It blends modern comforts with eco practices, offering exclusive forest views, private walks and bird watching, ensuring a restful yet engaging getaway in nature's embrace
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Nestled in the heart of the ancient forests of Nelson Creek, Te Aka Treehouse is a sanctuary of tranquillity and natural splendour. Owned by locals Lisa & Dave, this unique New Zealand hideaway is an eco-friendly retreat for adults seeking solace from the bustling world. Here, amidst the untamed beauty of the forest, guests can indulge in the tranquil atmosphere, with every detail thoughtfully tailored to create an unforgettable escape.

Te Aka, which means ‘vines’ in Māori, is aptly named after the native rātā vines that grace the land and reflect the owners’ commitment to environmental stewardship. The tree houses themselves – one main and one sleeping unit – are an architectural nod to sustainable living. They are powered by solar panels and a generator, with fresh rainwater and a vermiculture-based septic system maintaining the essentials of modern living.

The 71m2 main treehouse is a marvel of design, with a kitchen that invites culinary exploration, a bathroom that opens to forest views and a large king-size bed that invites restful slumber. Accessed via an enchanting suspension bridge, the 27m2 Tree House boasts a cosy queen bed, a whimsical single loft bed and the luxury of blackout curtains for those who prefer to sleep in the dark. With Starlink Internet and Smart TV available, guests can choose to connect with the world or immerse themselves in the seclusion of their natural surroundings.

By day, Te Aka Treehouse is alive with the vibrant chorus of native birds. It’s a haven for birdwatchers, with tūī, bellbirds, kererū and the playful kākā making their presence known. Guests are invited to traverse private walking tracks, delve into the region’s rich mining heritage and perhaps pick fresh produce from the generous vegetable garden. For the more adventurous, there are local tracks, the magnificent Paparoa Track or a bike ride around Lake Brunner, each offering a unique perspective of the West Coast wilderness.

As dusk falls, the forest changes. The tree house becomes a secluded observatory where you can admire the stars through the skylight or listen to the soothing sound of the rain. The night is alive with the calls of the ruru, adding an otherworldly layer to this rustic yet sophisticated experience.

Culinary delights are not far away, with the local Kiwi Pub a stone’s throw away, a friendly spot for delicious meals. For those who prefer a quiet night in, the treehouse kitchen provides all the essentials, complemented by a selection of locally sourced proteins and a personal bar in each unit.

Te Aka Treehouse is all about privacy and creating a space where guests can recharge. The introductory rate of $500 per night for two, with a minimum stay of two nights, ensures exclusivity and tranquillity. Accommodating up to five people, the treehouses are perfect for couples or small groups seeking a tranquil retreat, with natural hazards taken into account for the safety-conscious.

The drive to Te Aka Treehouse is a journey in itself. A free shuttle service is available for those less accustomed to gravel roads or smaller vehicles. The road winds through native forest and culminates in a secluded car park that marks the gateway to your retreat.

Te Aka Treehouse is not just a place to stay, it’s an invitation to join in the rhythm of the forest and connect with New Zealand’s storied landscape. It’s a retreat that combines the thrill of the wilderness with the comforts of home, creating a sanctuary where you can experience the wonders of nature up close, yet retreat to a haven of luxury when the day is done.

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Gows Creek Road 189
Hochstetter 7872 West Coast NZ
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