Welcome to the jungle -- The Tree House is set in lusher grounds than you would find in a tropical rainforest! Not only is it in nature, but it also is designed close to it -- wooden interior and warm colours is what it's all about, giving it a super quiet and natural atmosphere, which is hard to find in hostels.
One unfortunate bit about the hostel is that you need either your own transport or strong walking legs to get to this place. It is about two kilometers west of the Hokianga ferry and there is no public transport; if you ask kindly, the owners might be able to pick you up. The same problem occurs when you need to do some shopping, as the only thing surrounding the place is nature ... and some distant neighbours.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The dorm rooms are unlike the private cottages situated in the main house on the upper floor. There are only two rooms, which feature space for seven -- one has two bunks; the other has a bunk and a single bed. If you bring your own sleeping bag, you will get a discounted rate for your stay. Even though you are on the top floor of the house, all you see when looking out of the window are the beautiful trees, fruit trees, and flowers that are simply everywhere! You also have pretty views of the night skies.
Bathrooms are situated on the ground level (you have to walk down some covered outside stairs to get to them). There is one shower and three toilets available. Rooms and bathrooms are spotlessly clean!
The common space is awesome! The whole area of kitchen, dining, and living/reading is basically one huge open space. It's all under a sloped roof and the interior is all wood. There is a place to chill out, which has a sofa and those great sitting sacks as well as endless books, magazines (some a bit outdated, from 1980 and such), and games. Wi-Fi can be used on an honesty basis (payments go into the honesty glass at the reception) and there are computers for internet use in the shed nearby.
Then there is a big dining table, which can accommodate all the people that can possibly stay at the place. The kitchen is more than big enough and has everything you could wish for when it comes to utensils and even herbs, spices, and oil (donations are appreciated). Again, everything is spotlessly clean! Last but not least, guests can hang out on the veranda or in the gardens. There is also a board with tons of information about the region and further travel destinations. And should there still be anything unclear, the more than welcoming hosts/owners are ready to help whenever and wherever they can!
This hostel is an oasis, a real treat, and steal for the price you have to pay. It's absolutely worth the detour, as it's a little out of the way of most travelers' routes.