Te Tuhi Dome

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Te Tuhi Dome


Te Tuhi Dome is set just 15 minutes from Taupo, near Kinloch Bay.

Set on the same property as the popular Te Tuhi Hut, the Dome sits on a hillside with views across farmland, native bush, and down to Lake Taupo. Both the hut and the dome are completely private and set on different parts of the property.

The Dome is a large geodesic structure containing a gorgeous bedroom and lounging space. On one side of the dome, a few metres away is a kitchen building. On the other side, is a luxurious outdoor bathroom space. Amazing views down to Lake Taupo are visible from every area.

At dawn and dusk, the bush is alive with birdsong. Depending on the season, lambs and calves frolick in the paddocks around the campsite. The cows, sheep and horses grazing and chickens foraging make for a peaceful country vista to sit back and enjoy.

If you feel like exploring, the Taupo region has so much to offer. Restaurants, cafes, and galleries are plentiful. Geothermal wonders like the Wairakei Terraces hot pools and the Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park are only a short drive away. And of course, the lake itself offers activities like kayaking, sailing or swimming.

FROM $330 p/n

  • Sleeps 2
            Dog Friendly
      Dog Friendly

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.


269 Whakaroa Rd, Kinloch 3377


Te Tuhi Dome is set in 15 minutes from Taupo in the central North Island.

To get there, follow the Google Maps directions. At the mailbox, you will see two driveways, take the right-hand driveway and park at the end of this driveway.

Check-in is contactless. Make your own way to the Dome by going through the gate and following the right-hand fence line until you hit a path. This takes you up to the entrance gate of the Dome. Your hosts, Emily and Joe, will touch base with you after arrival to make sure you've arrived safely and have everything you need.

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  • Eating and Drinking

    Te Tuhi Dome is self-catering. Just bring your own food, and cook meals using the BBQ and facilities provided in your private camp kitchen. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.

    For those that want to completely remove the stress of planning evening meals during their stay, Te Tuhi Dome has partnered with Wild Roots. Wild Roots offer a 5-course gourmet dinner, with 90% of the meal ready to go and waiting for you in your fridge. All you will have to do is finish the cooking of your main course and add the final touches to your entrée and dessert. Wild Roots can also accommodate dietary requirements. To find out more and order please contact Wild Roots directly at www.wildrootsprivatechef.co.nz - or email [email protected]

    If you're keen to order a gift basket for a special occasion, The Merchant is a local store that has some fantastic options. Just order with them directly and your host, Emily, can collect it for you. You'll just have to let her know that you need her to collect it when you receive her contact details in your pre-arrival email, 5-days prior to your stay.

    If you fancy eating out, Taupo is just a 15-minute drive away, and there are plenty of cafes and restaurants to choose from.  Coming highly recommended by your hosts is The Store House (cannot go past the fried chicken waffles), Baku on the lakefront and The Vine for fine dining and a wonderful range of wine and craft beer.

    Closer to home is A Larte Café (a 5-minute drive away) which features an amazing mosaic garden and homewares store. Finally, nearby Kinloch Store has amazing wood-fired pizzas and fish and chips. Great for casual lakeside picnicking!

  • Things to do

    Relax, sit back and take in the gorgeous view from the Dome, or get out and about to enjoy everything the Taupo region has to offer. 

    Explore nearby Whakaipo Bay, either for a swim walk along the beach. Walk the W2K track or bring your mountain bike and bike it! Kinloch Bay is also handy.

    Soak in the Wairakei Terraces in the evening (18-minutes drive away), beautiful, adults only, silicone pools, set in amongst gorgeous landscaping.

    The Huka Prawn Park is another unique local experience. Have lunch on the edge of the Waikato River, fish for prawns and enjoy the nature walk.

    Another must do in the area is a kayak tour or boat trip to see the stunning, contemporary Maori carving at Mine Bay.

  • Your Hosts

    Emily and Joe Wilson, along with their daughters Charlie and Madison and dogs Jazz and Mac are your hosts at Te Tuhi.

    Originally the property was part of Te Tuhi Point, the large neighbouring farm that sits on the peninsula between Kinloch and Whakaipo Bay. Subdivided some years back, it had been neglected for some time before Emily and Joe bought the property in 2017, and since then, they've been working hard to bring the property back to its full potential.

    Joe is the manager of the Huka Prawn Park, an iconic local attraction in Taupo and Emily is a stay-at-home mum. They love their location and feel they have the best of both worlds - just 15 minutes from town - but in a quiet country location just minutes from the lake. 

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