Totara Perch

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Totara Perch


Totara Perch is located 25 minutes from Taupo and 10 minutes from Kinloch. 

It's set high on a hill with beautiful views out across bush and to the lake beyond.

The accommodation consists of two beautifully appointed huts and an outdoor covered bathroom. The first hut is the bedroom complete with a king-size bed and a set of single bunks. The other, just a couple of metres away, is a living and kitchen hut.

Completely private, you're enveloped in nature - perched on a tree-clad hillside amongst mighty, Kamahi, Rewarewa and Ti Koura. Kereru make their way up the valley in the evening, fantails dance around all day and morepork call to you while relaxing in the bath. The lake view of Whangamata Bay is mesmerising - and close enough that you can just make out the boats going in and out.

You'll enjoy absolute serenity at Totara Perch. You feel miles from anywhere, but just a short drive takes you to the cafes and buzz of Kinloch or Taupo.

FROM $330 p/n

Children aged 5+ only

  • Sleeps 4
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      Child 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.

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 phone reception at all times.

host address

431 Kawakawa Road, Marotiri 3377


Totara Perch is 10 minutes from Kinloch and 25 minutes from Taupo.

To get there, follow the Google Maps directions to 431 Kawakawa Road. At the very end of Kawakawa Road on the left are some black automated security gates; these lead to 331 and 431 Kawakawa Road. You will be sent a text message with the code to these gates in a pre-arrival email 5 days prior to your stay. Once you go through the gates you'll travel 1.5km through a pine forest on a gravel, one-lane road. The speed limit is 20km/hr.

The neighbours at 331 Kawakawa Road are halfway down this road on your left, please continue straight down the road until you see a big red shed. The car park for Totara Perch guests is on the left about 20 meters before the cattle yards (which are on your right).  Please park directly in front of the three posts. From here you will continue on foot. Follow the signs until you arrive at the hut. The walk is all downhill on a mowed grass strip and will take you a couple of minutes. There is a wheelbarrow provided to help transport your luggage. When you arrive, you will find the living/kitchen hut to your left and the bedroom to your right.

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

    Totara Perch is self-catering. Just bring your own food, and cook meals using the BBQ and facilities provided in the hut 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, Taupo itself has numerous cafes and restaurants to choose from. Our favourite go-to for a good curry is @Siam Thai Infusion. For something a bit special, your hosts recommend The Bistro (bookings are essential) or The Vine Eatery and Bar. In Kinloch, you can get a lovely meal at the Tipsy Trout. The Kinloch Store sells takeaways and The Hub Cafe is delicious, especially after a mountain bike ride.

    Kinloch Village has a general store where you can get basic supplies, as well as takeaways.

  • Things to do

    Totara Perch has board games, books and of course the huge outdoor bath with a view to keep you entertained. But if you're keen to explore the surroundings, there is plenty to do!

    Guests are welcome to explore the farm and have some friendly sheep and cattle to visit - especially Bruno the black sheep.

    Bring bikes and ride 3km down to Kawakawa Bay - a peaceful spot only accessed via track or boat. On the eastern side of the bay is a very popular natural rock climbing wall. Down the same track is a canyon where you'll find glow worms.

  • Your hosts

    Jane and Taka the Vizsla will be your hosts at Totara Perch. Jane is a keen cyclist and multisport enthusiast and has competed in many events, including the Coast to Coast. 

    In 2018, she found the perfect piece of land for her and Taka. It had stunning views and bush paddocks with gullies perfect for enduro riding and mountain bike tracks which start right from the back door. She quickly snapped it up. Once she took over the property Jane started getting interested in growing her own produce and turned a couple of paddocks into a food forest. 

    Jane was keen to share her unique piece of paradise with others and decided to purpose-build her version of a glamping style hut. It’s called Totara Perch because it perches out over the only Totara on the property.

    When searching for a name for her property Jane's father had the perfect suggestion... Te Wahi Hari... 'The Happy Place'.

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