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Client References &  - River Birches Lodge, Turangi, Lake Taupo region, NZ

“Our stay at River Birches was unforgettable. We enjoyed the quietness and style of the lodge. The trip with you to the national parks and the movie sites was a highlight of our trip through the North Island. I advise every one of your guests to take the same trip and experience the beauty of nature and knowledge of the guide.”
Elena and Peter Hufschmid. Switzerland
“What a fabulous place River Birches is..... such a peaceful and beautiful resort. Yes, a resort, certainly; I have been in Presidential suites much less complete than where I am sitting right now. We are relaxing in the living room, after taking a much-needed nap (18 hours of travelling from Osaka to your place), and we await what I expect to be quite a wonderful meal from your fine hostess here.”
Eric Seldin. Oct/07
“River Birches Lodge, perched right on the banks of the Tongariro River, is Turangi’s hidden secret — a secluded haven perfect for simply hiding out, or as a base while you embrace the region’s world-class skiing, tramping and trout fishing.”
New Zealand Herald on Sunday. Sept/07
“From the warmth of the host to the detail of the lodge, it is perfection.”
Alex Hakes. London
“This weekend of pampering and luxury at Turangi’s River Birches Lodge was the lifestyle I was meant to lead.”
Kerri Jackson, “The Lure of Luxury” New Zealand Herald on Sunday, Sept/07
“This is a beautiful lodge, with a stunning garden. This tranquil oasis was a perfect place for us to unwind after the wedding.”
Rachael Wills, Melbourne April/08
“At night, wrap yourself in a wool throw and listen to the chirping Tui birds and burbling water outside your room.”
Travel & Leisure – Best of 2007
“For a weekend of sheer relaxation, head for this retreat on the banks of the Tongariro River where, if you are lucky, you’ll catch your own dinner.”
Air New Zealand magazine
“Our River Birches Lodge adventure was spectacular in every way. Thank you for making our stay such a delight. Be well.”
Mark and Carol Goldberg. Boston, Massachusetts
“The garden is beautiful and the building itself is gorgeous. Thanks to Anthea for being a wonderful host with advice on where to go and the yummy breakfast.”
Albert Li. Melbourne
“Beautiful furnishings, high quality finish to every aspect of the house. Lovely gardens, great facilities.”
Jo & Steve Woodfield. UK
“The manager went out of her way to make wonderful arrangements for day/side trips. The food and room were excellent as well. We will happily recommend River Birches to our friends.”
Frank & Kathy Giebutowski. USA
“Absolutely fantastic. The property is beautifully furnished throughout and to a higher standard than I have experienced in hotels that claim to be the world’s most luxurious (and expensive). The hosts were incredibly friendly and welcoming – nothing was too much trouble for them.”

“Room & bed very comfortable, service and breakfast exceptional. Wish we could have stayed longer.”
Brigit Chennells. USA
“Lovely gardens and lots of peace and quiet. Very helpful information on tourist attractions nearby.”
Jinly Zee. Hong Kong
“The friendliness and helpfulness of the staff and the food, service and accommodations, superb!”
May Lee. Sydney
“The standard and presentation of the lodge is exceptional.”
Darryl Matthews. Dubai
“Excellent ambience, great food and hospitality.”
Niran and Beana Nanavart. India
“ENORMOUSLY comfortable room – every need attended to in clean modern luxurious surroundings. I could have stayed longer – sadly not.”
Lesley Birkett. Great Britain
“Just wanted to tell you again how much Frank and I enjoyed staying at River Birches. It is a lovely lodge and we were so fortunate to have you as the gracious and attentive host.”
Monica and Frank Schaberg. USA