Top Hut, Coromandel
Top Hut Glamping Escape
Top Hut is situated on the Coromandel Peninsula, a scenic 3 hour drive from Auckland or Hamilton, and 40 minutes from Coromandel Town.
The elevated one roomed hut is nestled amongst native bush, surrounded by Nikau, Kauri, Rimu and the colourful Rata. Private and quiet, it's a complete escape from everyday life.
Tastefully decorated, this unique accommodation has a subtle Moroccan interior theme. Large windows open widely out to the tree tops. Sheepskins and large, decorative cushions on the sofas and window seats invite lounging in the dappled sunlight. It's glamping at its finest, with simple but luxurious natural linen bedding and 100% cotton sheets.
Outside, the hut deck has everything you need to enjoy outdoor living. Soak up the serenity, relaxing in comfortable deck chairs and toasting marshmallows on the chiminea under twinkling vintage string lights.
The property borders the Department of Conservation Kennedy Bay Block. Bush walks and native trees abound, with plenty of Kaka, Wood pigeon (Kereru), fantail (Piwakawaka) Tui and Bellbird to be found in the surrounding forest. A 10-15 minute walk from the hut leads you down to a rocky shore for a morning ocean dip - the perfect place for a peaceful picnic, fishing, or just sea gazing in an idyllic, unspoilt pohutukawa fringed bay. Enjoy views to Cuvier and the Mercury Islands.
If you're looking for more action, jump in the car and explore further afield! Little Bay, 10 minutes drive away, is a stunning sandy bay with safe swimming, or get to know the Northern Coromandel Peninsular with its magical scenery and walks. Colville and Coromandel also have lots of offer with plenty of great cafes, restaurants and art and craft shops.
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Lavericks Bay, Banks Peninsula
With the luxury campsite a 15 min walk down to a beautiful secluded beach, glamping at Lavericks Bay in the Banks Peninsula is something pretty special. Enjoy long, warm days swimming and playing in the soft sand on the safe beach. Bring your bikes and explore the farm tracks or take your kayak out for an afternoon... all followed up by a hearty camp cook-up at the end of the day.
Check Availability and Book - Top Hut, Coromandel
A 10% deposit is charged during the booking process. The deposit is non-refundable, however it can be transferred to another booking made within a 12 month period, if your stay is cancelled more than 3 weeks prior to your arrival.
Rates and Extras
MINIMUM STAY PERIOD
Top Hut has a standard minimum stay period of 2 nights, except for the off-peak period (1 May to 31 October) where midweek single night stays are allowed with a surcharge of $40. The minimum booking period for long weekends such as Easter, Labour Weekend, Anniversary Weekend etc is 3 nights.
Peak season (1 November to 30 April):
The standard nightly peak rate is $225 for up to 2 people.
Two extra adults can be accommodated on the single sofa divans downstairs for $25 per person, per night.
Off-Peak season (1 May to 31 October):
The weekend (Friday/Saturday) off-peak rate is $200 for up to 2 people.
The weeknight (Sunday - Thursday) off-peak rate is $175 for up to 2 people.
Two extra adults can be accommodated on the single sofa divans downstairs for $25 per person, per night.
Midweek single night stays are allowed with a single night surcharge of $40.
HOW TO BOOK AND PAY
The quickest way to check availability and book is by using our online booking calendar. This is always up-to-date. Find the date that suits you, then click Book Now. You'll be taken through the booking process in a few easy steps.
During the booking process, you’ll be asked to pay a 10% non-refundable deposit to secure your booking. Once you've completed the booking process and deposit payment, you'll receive a confirmation email. This explains how to pay the remainder of your balance, which is due 4 weeks prior to your arrival date. If you’ve booked within this timeframe, the full balance will be due straight away. We’ll provide bank account details for payment by Internet Banking deposit in the email, and we also provide a secure link so you can opt to pay by credit card. Credit card payments incur a 2.5% surcharge.
Give the gift of glamping! Gift Vouchers are available for Top Hut or any Canopy Camping Escapes glamping site. These are provided in electronic format, for you to print out and pop in a greeting card for the lucky recipient. Read more about our gift vouchers, including how to purchase one, here.
Top Hut is adults and couples only accommodation. If you're looking for a safe and family friendly glamping site, check out some of our other Canopy Camping Escapes campsites that are super-safe and fun for kids.
You can drive right up to Top Hut in your car, and access is up about 15 steps to the deck and entrance of the hut. Access to the mezzanine floor of the hut is up a ladder style staircase (with a non-slip coating).
CHECK IN & CHECK OUT
Check in is between 2pm and 7pm on the day of arrival (you'll be asked to provide an estimated time of arrival a couple of days prior to your stay).
Check out is by 11am on the day of departure .
SLEEPING & BED ARRANGEMENT
Top Hut is a spacious, one room hut with a mezzanine floor. The mezzanine floor has a raised platform standard double bed for a couple. There are two divan single beds in the downstairs lounge area for extra adults.
Top Hut does have electricity, making it a brilliant all year round retreat. A wood burning range provides warmth and atmosphere.
The bathroom facilities consist of a covered outdoor shower and sink, and a pleasant-to-use composting toilet (with wonderful views of the tree tops). Extra toilet paper, soap, handwash and body wash are provided.
There is an gas stove top and oven inside the hut for cooking, or you can use the wood-fired chiminea/bbq on the deck. All the utensils, crockery and cutlery you'll need are supplied. Basic pantry items are provided (Olive and Rice Bran Oil, balsamic and White Wine Vinegar, sauces, jam and ingredients for making Toastie Pies on the chiminea).
There is a small refrigerator inside the hut for cool food storage and plenty of cupboard storage for supplies.
There is reasonable mobile phone reception on the property.
Full linen, towels and bedding is supplied. Linen is all top quality, 100% cotton. All beds have either wool or feather duvets.
WHAT TO BRING
- Food and drink - make sure you bring all the food and drink you need for your stay, including tea, coffee, cooking oil etc.
- Walking shoes or boots for exploring the property and walking the track to the look-out (a great spot for an evening glass of wine!)
- Warm clothes - for sitting out on the deck at night and enjoying the chiminea and bush surrounds.
- Shower and bath toiletries
- Insect repellent and Sunscreen - A must have!
- Towels for swimming - bring some spare beach towels for taking off the property to swim.
The property is a small bush block, so no real hazards, but be careful when visiting the look out spot, as this is quite high up and there are no safety rails. In the hut, there is a steep staircase/ladder up to the mezzanine floor to take care with. All steps, decks and bush paths can be slippery when wet, so caution must be taken.
Top Hut is 3 hours drive from central Auckland and Tauranga, and 2 1/2 from Hamilton. Print out this handy info sheet which includes contact details and Google directions for your drive.
119 Waihirere Drive
Click here to find a handy info sheet with a link to the Google directions for your drive.
PLEASE NOTE: Google Maps currently incorrectly directs people down Rabarts Road. Please do not take this road! Turn left onto Tuateawa Road and then right on to Waihirere Drive.
Eating and Drinking
Top Hut has all the facilities you need to self-cater. Just bring your own food, and cook meals using the chiminea/BBQ or hut kitchen. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need, and fridge/ freezer for keeping food cool.
There are several very good restaurants in Coromandel Town, a 35-40 minute drive away, and Colville (close to Coromandel Town) has a very friendly little cafe, where the food is very local, home made and delicious. Good coffee, good ice cream and the farm's own meat is also sold here. 50 minutes up the Coromandel Peninsula, at Port Charles, is Tangiaro, a local lodge that also has a cafe with good food.
Stock up on supplies at either Colville or Coromandel. There is a unique community owned store run by the locals at Colville, with an excellent selection of food and wine, and there are often craft items for sale. Coromandel town has a large supermarket, and a variety of interesting shops - butcher, arts and crafts, bakery, and liquor outlet.
In Summer, the nearest shop is the camp ground at Waikawau Bay, just 15 minutes away, where the store sells basic essentials. There is often also a coffee cart!
Things To Do
AT THE HUT...
- Toast marshmallows over the chiminea (fire restrictions will have to be observed in the Summer months)
- Take in the stunning views and spectacular sunsets from the look-out point - up a short track on the property
- Battle it out over a board game - there are a selection of board games and jigsaw puzzles provided in the hut
- Rest, read, relax and enjoy the serenity.
IN THE LOCAL AREA...
- Enjoy walking the multiple bush tracks in the Department of Conservation Kennedy Bay Block, situated on the boundary of the property. Maps and advice will be provided.
- Take your togs and towels down a walkway, 50ms from the property entrance, to the rocky beach below for a refreshing ocean dip. This is a leisurely 10-15 minutes walk, and a great place to soak up the local wildlife, with Kaka, Wood pigeons (Kereru), fantail (Piwakawaka) Tui and Bellbird keeping you company.
- Head to the beach - the nearest sandy beach is 'Little Bay', just 10 minutes by car. This is the archetypal kiwi Christmas Card beach, pohutukawa trees on a white sand beach with safe swimming. The next beach, just five minutes further is Waikawau Bay, is a long stretch of wilder sea, good for long walks and surfing, with rollers for boogie boarding.
- Go for a drive to the top of the Peninsula on either side - Stony Bay on the East, and Fletchers Bay on the West. Take a picnic!
- 35 minutes away is Coromandel Town, with many worthwhile attractions, the Barry Brickell Driving Creek Railway and Pottery and the Stamper Battery a little further down the road are well worth a visit. There are plenty of good shops here too, with Art and Craft and Cafes for all tastes and wallets.
Kit and Colin will be your hosts while at Top Hut.
Kit and Colin were introduced to Tuateawa 30 years ago by friends, soon deciding it was where they wanted to live, and moving there for good, 20 years ago. The Top Hut was where they lived happily together for 10 years before moving to a larger home on the property.
Prior to Coromandel and the Top Hut, Colin had been a farmer all his working life, working all over the North Island of New Zealand. His last farm was in Waikato, where he farmed sheep and beef, with his son and family, and then Kit and her daughters. Colin is a real man of the land, a raconteur extraordinaire, reads heaps, and before age slowed him down a bit (he's 83), loved his fishing and outdoor activities.
Kit was born in Holland and emigrated to New Zealand in 1951, living in both Auckland and Wellington. Kit went nursing at the age of 17, until last year, when she finally retired. Kit was a midwife for 18 years, then a practice nurse/district nurse/ambulance officer at Colville Medical Centre, and loved her work. She retired aged 66 and is a keen gardener, loves handcrafts, cooking and domestic pursuits.
They love the Top Hut and feel there has always been a special magic about the place. Over the years they've shared it with family and friends and spent many special times there. Now Kit and Colin are ready to share it with a new group of visitors.
1. Booking and payments
1.1 A deposit of 10% is required to confirm your booking and secure the property. This will be charged to your credit card at the time of booking. A 2.5% credit card payment surcharge will be applied to this payment.
1.2 On receipt of the deposit, you will receive an email confirming both the payment and your booking details.
1.3 The remaining balance will be due 4 weeks in advance of your arrival date. An email reminder will be sent to you 3 days prior to this date, where an outstanding balance remains. The reminder email gives you the option to pay the remaining balance by internet banking or, if your internet banking payment has not been received within 48 hours, the remaining balance will automatically be charged to the credit card used at the time of booking. Please note: a 2.5% credit card payment surcharge is applied to all payments made by credit card. Credit card data is held in a secure and encrypted environment.
1.4 Bookings made within 4 weeks in advance of your arrival date will be charged the full balance at the time of booking (this may be processed in two payments).
1.5 If you are unable to pay the balance before the stated due date, you will forfeit your deposit and your booking will be cancelled.
1.6 Bookings made online within 48 hours of arrival will not be confirmed immediately. Once the campsite has agreed that the booking can be honoured, the guest will be informed by Canopy Camping Escapes and the credit card used for the online booking will be charged the full balance of the stay (note that there is a 2.5% credit card fee).
2. Cancellation and severe weather warnings
2.1 Some campsites may have limitations due to weather. If severe weather is forecast we will call you as soon as possible prior to your scheduled arrival date to advise you and cancel your booking. You can choose whether to defer your holiday to a later date subject to availability or receive a full refund.
2.2 Your 10% deposit is non-refundable, however it can be transferred to another booking made within a 12 month period, if your stay is cancelled more than 3 weeks prior to your arrival.
2.3 Cancellation by you within 4-21 days of your arrival date will result in 50% of the total cost of your stay being charged. Cancellation within 3 days of your arrival date will result in 100% of the total cost of your stay being charged.
3. Safety and Hazards
3.1 Campsites are often situated on working farms and there are hazards both natural and man-made. You accept that you enter the property at your own risk to participate in a glamping holiday.
3.2 Participation in activities such as, outdoor baths, climbing trees, walking on the property and any other activity on the property is the responsibility of the Guest and is done so at their own risk.
3.3 Canopy Camping Escapes accept no liability for accident, loss of property or personal injury whilst on your stay.
No pets allowed. Campsites are often situated on working farms, and therefore are not suitable for visiting pets.
GST of 15% (where applicable) is included in the daily per night cost. A GST invoice will be supplied if requested.
6. The Holiday – Guest Conditions of occupancy and Conduct
6.1 The Guests have the right to occupy the Property for the paid holiday period only.
6.2 Guests are required to observe the rules and familiarise themselves with the procedures contained in the information folder provided in the tent.
6.3 Guests shall take all reasonable and proper care of the property and its furniture, fittings and effects in or on the property and leave them in the same state of repair, condition, cleanliness and tidiness as at the commencement of the rental period.
6.4 Guests are required to inform the owner of any damage or breakage in or around the property promptly so that it can be repaired and replaced for the next guests. Guests are bound to reimburse the owners for replacement, repair or extra cleaning costs where reasonably demanded by the owners for damage caused by the guests.
6.5 Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the property.
6.6 Guests undertake to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period. Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner in consulation with Canopy Camping Escapes.
7. Authority to Sign
The person who completes the Booking Form certifies that: he or she is authorised to agree the Booking Conditions on behalf of all persons included in the Booking Form, including those substituted or added at a later date; the signatory is over eighteen years of age; they agree to take responsibility for the party occupying the Property, and to notify Canopy Camping Escapes if they are not a member of the holiday party.
Comments from our guests
The guest comments we publish on this page come from a feedback survey that we send every guest after their stay at Top Hut. We publish these comments verbatim.
"Was on my own, but never felt lonely. I felt wrapped up in a warm and sensual place. The attention to small beautiful details was a delight. Wish I could have stayed longer..."
Helen Schnabel (25 May 2017)
"A delightful locality in the bush with great amenities and a wonderful pot bellied stove to warm up the place in winter."
Keith and Maddy Pyle (24 May 2017)
"We just loved everything about this place, the atmosphere, location, seclusion, peace and quiet.... I could go on and on and on!"
Katherine Price (16 May 2017)
"A wonderfully relaxing, unique accommodation experience - silence except for the prolific native birdlife and the crackle of the wood stove. The sun streaming in to the mezzanine bedroom in the morning was glorious. Sitting outside in the evening in front of the chiminea with the vintage lights on, a true 'chicken soup for the soul' experience. Thank you Kit and Colin!"
Jenny Autridge (11 May 2017)
"Thank you for an amazing weekend, Top Hut is the perfect getaway from the stresses of everyday city life. All the personal touches that Kit and Colin have added such as the lovely fresh baked goods and preserves and the warm welcome make this a homely piece of heaven. We thoroughly enjoyed the songs of the native birds and enjoying a glass of wine in the evening while roasting marshmallows on the Chimenea. Thank you again for an unforgettable weekend away, we are sure we will be back again."
Stewart & Conny (20 April 2017)
"Such an awesome place especially with the fire roaring in the evening and listing to the kiwis under the stars."
Oliver (13 April 2017)
"We had a truly wonderful experience staying at Top Hut. From the 'loo with a view' to toasting marshmallows over the chimaera, everything was just perfect. A wonderful spot to unwind and catch-up with good friends."
Jen McKinley (4 April 2017)
"Top Hut is an amazing secluded place to get away from it all and connect with nature! A cute & cosy space to relax in and to base yourself for some adventuring depending on your mood! The chiminea and star gazing on the deck are truly special!"
Nicole Peach (21 March 2017)
"We were there only 2 days ago and already have recommended it to others to visit. Guaranteed you will love it there."
Gemma (7 March 2017)
"The perfect get away for any long or short stay! Just complete paradise."
Lydia (23 February 2017)
"This place is a must if you're after a cosy and relaxing place to unwind! Kit and Colin are great hosts who have put lots of thought into making their place a home away from home! You won't regret the trip!"
Josephina (22 February 2017)
"We really enjoyed our stay and found our hostess great. Fabulous scenery and great facility. Even though I personally am not into camping, this was a great weekend. Present from the kids, so if you have someone who likes a bit of difference go for this gift option."
Adrianne Beer (6 February 2017)
"We had a long drive down to Top Hut so by the time we arrived we were all exhausted but as soon as Kit let us in the little door we were back to life and ready to look around and get settled! We loved every part of the little hut, the bedroom was gorgeous and roomier than we thought the kitchen was perfect and even the toilet was something special. We looked forward to going back there about our days of exploring. Waking in the morning to the sun and birds, Kits gorgeous welcome 'presents' plus her amazing preserves she makes made it even better! We will 100% be back!"
Grace, Hayley and Courtney (22 January 2017)
"I can see how Kit and Colin fell in love with this place. Some of the things I loved most during our stay were the far-out homemade caramel slice, the wonderfully eclectic bookshelf, reading at the ledge by the window, breakfast at the lookout above the house and luxurious warm outdoor showers. We would come back in a second, and would recommend to anyone wanting a breathtaking retreat from the world."
Bobbi and Laurence (17 January 2017)
"Top hut was the highlight of our trip to NZ. Tucked away in the forest canopy with amazing views of the trees and wildlife from every window. The perfect opportunity to reconnect with nature. Awaking every morning to beautiful birdsong, sea views and sunrise was amazing. Kit was so welcoming and the information on the local area and walks to various lookout points will make you feel like you've found your own piece of coromandel paradise."
Valerie (16 January 2017)
"It was the best get away with the family! But I'd love to go back only with my girlfriend. We did a short walk to the beach and had the most beautiful view we had in our trip around NZ! Beautiful place to do some bird spotting!"
Erik & Family (5 January 2017)
"I cannot recommend it enough. Bring along some nice food and wine and enjoy some space away from the grind of life in the city."
(5 January 2017)
"Picturesque surroundings with all the comforts of a home. Smores on the fire a must!"
4 January 2014
"Hearing the birds at twilight was amazing. So good to get away from it all."
Alex (25 December 2017)
"Great experience and wonderful host. The host provided everything we needed and more."
Hamish & Naomi (16 December 2017)
"Top Hut is the perfect romantic Coromandel getaway."
Jon Chester (9 December 2017)
"This hut is so cute, well appointed and welcoming. It has everything you need and nothing you don't. We can't wait to stay again, next time in winter to take advantage of the potbelly stove!"
"Amazing escape from city life with unique homely touches."
Andrew Stevens (28 November 2017)
"Had an amazing experience. If you need to relax and get away from the rat-race, this is the place to go."
(22 September 2016)
"We stayed at Top Hut as part of our honeymoon and we were blown away by the beautiful handcrafted hut that had a unique little possie around ever corner. We loved being in the heart of the bush and listening to the birds. We enjoyed lpts of walks that were nearby and beaches were also amazing. Being able to cook on the out door fire and heating the water with the potbelly inside made the experience even more real. Thank you for sharing this place with us."
Gareth and Bex (17 September 2016)
"You just wouldn't know that a place like this exists. Tophut is so incredibly special. Be prepared to fall in love with it, it is a true treasure and an indescribable experience."
Paul and Ash (14 September 2016)
"Top Hut is a great place to escape from city life and enjoy the peace and tranquility of nature and all it has to offer."
(23 August 2016)
"A must try for a relaxing time away from civilization. Far exceeded our expectations. We will be back!"
(17 August 2016)
"The whole experience really gives you an appreciation for simple things and how very little one needs to be happy. Not having TV and WiFi was a bonus - we felt disconnected in a positive way and rejuvenated at the end of our stay, happy to get back to every day commitments. Kit is an exceptional host - so many details were added to our experience through her generosity, creativity and hard work. Thank you!"
Irina (15 July 2016)
"Total relaxation and rejuvenation, time to sit and enjoy nature. This was everything we needed in our busy lives, peace and quiet, amazing views, and fresh, pure air. Incredible, wouldn't hesitate to recommend."
Susannah Jaques (5 July 2016)
"This place is special, totally removed from the rat race of the city perfect getaway to refresh the body and mind."
Sam (4 June 2016)
"Our 2 nights at the gorgeous Top Hut were incredible! The location is magical - Kit has the fire going when we arrived so the hut was nice & warm. Top Hut is a very special place and I think Kit & Colin for sharing it with us."
Lara (30 May 2016)
"We had the most fantastic weekend away at the 'Top Hut'. Can't wait to go back!"
Wendy Donaldson (29 May 2016)
"What a gorgeous and secluded piece of NZ wilderness. Loved the Hut's set out with its mezzanine floor bedroom. Its peacefulness, mood lighting, chimenea, outdoor shower. Kit and Colin have done a wonderful spot. Kit's little extra's of baking and preserves were an added bonus. Enjoyed the views from the viewing platform and a walk to the beach. Really enjoyed our short stay. Thanks!"
Mike & Kate Thomson (25 May 2016)
"We loved our time at Top hut. Very private surrounded by bush. Lovely outside fire , inside warm and decor lovely. I would certainly go again."
Mark and Megan (21 May 2016)
"Gorgeous house, perfect for a romantic getaway or place to rest and unwind as I did. Sitting on the upper deck in the morning with a coffee and book looking at the view was divine and even better with a glass of wine at sunset. I had the perfect weekend!"
Kate (11 May 2016)
"What a wonderful experience - what an amazing place to unwind and relax. Great for the Soul."
Graeme and Suzanne Hammond (10 May 2016)
"What a wonderful welcome by Kit the host. Holding a just baked flan, fresh veges and fruit on offer. fresh from their vege patch. Paradise in The Coromandel."
Julie Guest (19 April 2016)
"Magical setting with great ambience of light. Tranquil and peaceful amongst the bush with the sound of the birds."
Karen Arnold (9 April 2016)
"Such a relaxing and peaceful spot, a real get away from it all, but with all the comforts you need."
David (5 April 2016)
"The warm welcome from Kit and Colin, the beautiful surroundings and the attention to detail made this the most relaxing and magical time we have ever spent away. Can't wait to return!"
Keith and Christine Birrell (2 March 2016)
"Top Hut is an experience of simple living in a beautifully furnished treehouse. It was so secluded and peaceful that we wanted to stay longer!"
(27 February 2016)
"It's a really luxurious and relaxing stay where you can feel close to nature and disconnect from technology for a while. Kit and Colin are fantastic hosts and have created the perfect haven to escape to. Would definitely recommend this hut to everyone and anyone!"
Mike and Sam (19 February 2016)
"Loved our stay at top hut, was very special and relaxing, loved the ambience and the personal touches, very well equipped and lovely hosts."
(17 February 2016)
"Amazing experience, very hospitable hosts and the pictures do not do the hut justice!"
Tas (14 February 2016)
"Forget Auckland - Top Hut is an exceptionally perfect place to spend a few days when first arriving in New Zealand and adjusting to different time zones. The tranquility and peacefulness of the house and its surrounding areas begs you to stay longer. I sure wish I could!"
Sarah Gallo (3 February 2016)
"If you're in need of a relaxing break or want an adventurous escape this is truly the place to come and explore. Really is for everybody."
(1 February 2016)
"Top Hut was such a dream getaway, my partner and I enjoyed every minute of it. Not only was the decor and landscape beautiful, but Kit and Colin were so wonderfully accommodating and always making sure we were comfortable. Kit even made fresh cookies gave us extra plum jam which I was very excited about! I live around native bush in my own home, but this was a completely different experience. The wildlife you see around Tuateawa is so rich and exciting, one night we stayed up late watching a Morepork on the deck chasing puriri moths and other bugs that were flying around. Be sure to check out the lookout point as well - you get such beautiful views of the tree tops and the ocean. 100% recommend."
Kelsey (18 January 2016)
"If you're looking for something off the beaten track, but that's still cosy, comfy and welcoming the top hut is definitely for you!! From the hosts, the caramel slice, light lined walkway to the outdoor shower, wet back and fairy light decor this place is perfect for couples wanting to reconnect and get away from it all!! Thanks for having us, we definitely weren't ready to leave!!"
(5 January 2016)
"We had the most wonderful time! thanks for sharing this amazing place with us and welcoming us in to this magical little world. You have created a paradise, everything and more we could have asked for, so much thought and love put into every little detail. The list would be too long to list. I can't wait to be back!"
Marielle Van de Ven (18 December 2015)
"A remote, refreshing escape from reality."
(8 December 2015)
"A fantastic, unique getaway where we enjoyed the start of our honeymoon. Contained everything we needed and more - just lovely."
(15 November 2015)
"This is an amazing place to come to if you want to get away from the buzz of the city. Set in the middle of the bush with your own private veiwing deck at the top of the property is breath-taking. Hubby and I were rather sad to leave this little slice of paradise."
Ashleigh (11 November 2015)
"Top Hut is a great weekend getaway, you will never want to leave! It had beautiful views from every angle of the hut and an array of native birds that kept us entertained for hours. There was lots to do, we were never bored. Kit and Colin made sure everything we needed was there and was easy to find and use. I highly recommend Top Hut! Just do it!"
Holly (10 October 2016)
"Top Hut is so wonderful, a hideaway in the forest with views reaching out to the shining Pacific. Private and spacious, more than peaceful - actually serene and magical."
Hi'ilei (24 August 2016)
"Not only was the drive lovely as expected, with lunch at Coromadel, but it just got better from there. Top Hut left us cradled by ancient bush, waking in the moon light, taking sun soaked snoozes on the top bed, hiking to the view of views, realising as we sat under the stars we could hear no noise of human kind. It was magical. Can we please keep it a secret? We intend to come back often!"
Monica Lindsay (22 August 2016)