Telephone Exchange

Telephone Exchange

Taupo

The Telephone Exchange is set on Wolfhaar Farm, just 25 minutes North of Taupo.

The hut was originally a 1950's Telephone Exchange building, rescued and restored to become a charming off-grid glamping retreat, and moved to its spot under a stand of Eucalypts on the farm. 

The facilities are made up of a romantic and spacious bedroom hut (the Telephone Exchange) and a kitchen and bathroom hut - designed to mirror the same style. An outdoor bath a short distance from the huts among the trees is elevated to look out over the idyllic views of the valley.

Whether you're travelling through the North Island, or just wanting to escape for a few days, the Telephone Exchange is the perfect spot to stop and take a breath. Step back into a time where life was slower and less complicated. The view down the valley and the tranquillity of the pastoral surrounds are beautiful, the sunsets from the porch of your little hut are stunning. Sip your drink, relax and watch the visiting rosella and kingfishers swoop through the trees, while the farm animals lazily graze. Bliss.

FROM $260 p/n

  • Sleeps 3
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            Child Friendly
      Child Friendly
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            Dog Friendly
      Dog Friendly
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            Specials
      Specials
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            Winter Escape
      Winter Escape

Make sure you download or print this handy info sheet with directions and host contact details prior to your journey. You may not have mobile reception at all times. 

address
 

1051 Tirohanga Road, Tirohanga 3078

directions
 

The Telephone Exchange is 25 minutes drive from Taupo in the Waikato district. The Google Maps directions will get you there. 

Once you arrive at the address, come through the front gates, turn right and follow the track down past the cow shed. Go through the gate and follow the track straight down to the back of the farm. It is absolutely imperative that you shut gates that you go through to prevent stock escaping or wandering up to the main road. 

Note that you are driving through a working dairy farm, so you may have to drive through a few cow pats! You can stop and wash off your car at the cowshed if this worries you.

Telephone Exchange

Telephone Exchange Location

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Can I bring my dog or horse?

How private and remote is the Telephone Exchange?

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Minimum Stay Periods

Rates

Country Food Hamper - $80

Gift Vouchers

1. Bookings and Payments

2. Cancellation, date changes and severe weather warnings

3. Safety and Hazards

4. Pets

5. GST

6. The Holiday - Guest Conditions of occupancy and Conduct

7. Authority to Sign

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            Eating and Drinking

    Eating and Drinking

    The Telephone Exchange is self-catering, but your hosts, Emily and Dylan do offer a fantastic Country Hamper that you can use to augment your BYO groceries. Filled with Wolfhaar Farm eggs, meat and seasonal vegetables, you can order this during the booking process if you're keen to try their homegrown produce.

    Otherwise, 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.

    If you want a break from cooking at any stage, drop into the Bullring Restuarant and Bar - about a 15-minute drive away. You can dine in or take out - the burgers are amazing and the fish and chips are good too.

    If you don't mind driving a bit further, Taupo is just a 25-minute drive away, and there are plenty of cafes and restaurants to choose from there. The Storehouse cafe comes highly recommended by your hosts - great coffee! If you're looking for a dining experience, The Brantree is great for a nice meal out.

    There are both Pak n Save and Countdown supermarkets in Taupo for stocking up on supplies.

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            Things to do

    Things to do

    With Taupo just 25 minutes drive away and Rotorua just 45 minutes away - you have some great options for local attractions and activities the region offers. 

    Experience geothermal luxury at the Wairakei Terraces - beautiful, hot pools, just 25 minutes away toward Lake Taupo. Or head to Rotorua to check out the amazing thermal parks the area offers.

    If you're a keen walker or mountain biker, hit the Waikato River Trails - which can be accessed just 10 minutes down the road. Guests can also fish and/or swim in Lake Whakamuru - 15 minutes away. If you have a boat, Lake Atiamuri and Lake Taupo are both within a 30-minute drive.

    Alternatively, don't go anywhere! Soak in the bath, play cards, read or just watch the world go by...

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            Your Hosts

    Your Hosts

    Dylan and Emily are dairy farmers working on their family farm.

    They have 3 lovely children, Louie, Gabe and Anabella.  Dylan was originally a builder who decided to put down his tools in 2012 to return to the family farm and start a new career in the dairy industry.

    Emily has had an extensive career in marketing but is currently focusing on being a stay and home mum and relief milker/calf rearer. They are passionate about their animals and currently have approx 350 cows, 20 chickens, and a fox terrier called Tulip.

    They love having people stay on the farm, are passionate food/wine/craft beer lovers - and always up for a good laugh or a chinwag.