The Tree House

Description

The Hostelz.com Review

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.

The Location

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!

Common Spaces

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is a place to chill out, which has a sofa and those great sitting sacks as well as endless books, magazines (some a bit outdated, from 1980 and such), and games.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!

Summary

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.
by gagalichen
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
2011-08-30
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Location/Contact

Address
Northland, Hokianga, New Zealand
Coordinates
-35.935367, 173.862004 (accuracy not guaranteed)
Website
www.treehouse.co.nz
Telephone
(09)405-5855
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

Had enough of overcrowded noisy backpackers? Then here's one you should try -- The Tree House. It's located two kilometers from the Rawene ferry terminus in the small, charming town of Kohukohu. A sandy driveway, shaded by fruit trees, leads up to the main building, and you'll pass an old school bus on the way (available as a double room). On arrival, when the owner's not there, you can ring a big old, loud school bell and someone will be there in a flash to assist you. On the upper floor in the main building you will find two spacious share rooms (three and four beds), a living and dining room, two fully equipped kitchens (for herbs and spices, you leave money in the honesty box), and a large porch. On the ground floor there is one big and one small shower, two toilets, two wash basins, and laundry facilities. All are exceptionally clean, and because of that, backpackers staying there are happy to clean up after themselves. While it's clean, that doesn't mean it's sterile. The rooms and communal areas are cosy -- little details in the interior design and in the mostly wooden decor make this a magic place, and immediately you feel at ease. For those who like to read, there's a book exchange -- leave one/take one -- or have your pick of the hundreds of old National Geographic magazines stacked up in the living room. Or you can play a little tune on the on hand guitar. Or just put your feet up, enjoy the amazing view and atmosphere, and relax! The hostel is situated in a rain forest-type environment. So a Robinson Crusoë experience will never be far from your mind, especially when you could spend a little more and sleep either in the pond, hilltop, or brook cabin -- and one night of luxury does come cheap in the Tree House. Belinda Carlisle already said it in the '80s -- heaven is a place on earth. And we know where it is.
kim wyns
(Belgium)
2007-01-05

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