The Cottage

The Cottage was designed for families and smaller groups who value the privacy and spaciousness of a home together, with all the facilities to cater to their own needs for the duration of their stay.

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  • Large wooden deck for alfresco dining, relaxing, and/or outdoor entertainment
  • Fully equipped well-appointed modern kitchen with amenities for up to eight people
  • Secluded cedar hot tub nestled within a luscious fern garden.
  • Luxury NZ made bathroom amenities
  • Heat pump heating and air-conditioning provide comfort in all weather
  • Fibre Internet
  • Netflix and cable TV 
  • TESLA recharging station for electric vehicles
  • Dual carport for off-road parking

Inside The Cottage, stylish interior decor and contemporary features enhance a sense of warmth, comfort, and understated sophistication. Immediately upon arrival, you will feel a sense of relaxation as the atmosphere soothes away the stresses of daily living.

The tranquility and peacefulness of The Cottage surroundings are interrupted only by the sounds of the native Tui and Bellbird performing their beautiful bird song or you may even get a glimpse of our native Wood Pigeon, the Kereru. In the evening, if you are lucky, you may hear the sound of the Morepork – New Zealand’s native owl – its haunting call echoing evocatively through the night air.

The Cottage at River Birches truly is your perfect escape alongside the magical waters of the Tongariro.


Self-contained luxury

The Cottage is self-contained, self-catering accommodation, but with service options available, if desired.

Features include a modern, well-appointed kitchen, allowing you to cook all your own meals, or you may choose to have your meals provided by the resident chef at River Birches (by prior arrangement). There is also a range of local restaurants and cafes around the Turangi and Taupo townships.

River Birches provide The Cottage with a hamper of gourmet breakfast provisions that you can prepare in the well-equipped kitchen. For your convenience, other quality foods such as artisanal New Zealand cheeses, regional wines, lamb, venison, and Wagyu beef can be ordered in advance, just contact the Lodge staff. Other provisions can be obtained locally in the Turangi township.


The Cottage rooms

The three bedrooms in The Cottage provide a restful and peaceful escape. Sumptuous down-filled duvets and pillows and monogrammed bathrobes will add comfort to your stay.

The Ruapehu Room
Walk into a spacious, charming, and conveniently sited downstairs bedroom. This room features a super king-sized bed, ensuite with a large walk-in shower, walk-in closet, and underfloor heating. Relax and enjoy.

The Tongariro Room
Upstairs on the east side of the house, this beautiful bedroom receives early morning sun and a lovely garden view. It also features a walk-in closet. It’s the largest of the Cottage bedrooms and has two king-single  size beds which can be formed into a super king-sized bed if preferred.

The Ngauruhoe Room
This bedroom faces west and enjoys the afternoon sunshine. It also features two king-single size beds or can be formed into a  super king-size bed. This room provides a glimpse of Mount Pihanga, to the east of the Tongariro National Park. Both The Tongariro Room and The Ngauruhoe Room share a large beautifully appointed bathroom featuring an over-sized bath, large walk-in shower and underfloor heating.

The Birches Study
Ideal for writing or work tasks, this pleasant space has a comfortable sofa bed to accommodate a seventh person. From the window, you’ll get a view of the mountains north of the nearby Tongariro National Park.

The Cottage at River Birches is architecturally designed and set within its own superb garden complete with a historic pond – first developed in by the original owners in the 1930s. And just meters away is the Tongariro River where you can enjoy fly fishing and the many scenic walks, which meander alongside the river.

The Cottage has been designed to make your stay truly memorable with modern and thoughtful features incorporated throughout to maximize your comfort and enjoyment.



The Cottage at River Birches is single-party accommodation, which is self-contained and self-catering with a range of servicing options (see details above). It can accommodate up to seven guests. Gourmet breakfast supplies and a light daily housekeeping service are included in the tariff.  If you would like to eat out, dinner can be arranged at The Lodge (with prior notice) or at nearby local restaurants. Minimum stay of two nights.


 May 01 – October 31 2024November 01– April 30 2025
4 GuestsNZ$1,306.80 per nightNZ$1,782 per night
Additional guestsNZ$326.70  per nightNZ$445.50  per night


Full daily servicing, if required $170 per day 

Minimum stay 3 nights during  21st.  December - 7th January

Minimum stay 2 nights during  8th January -- 28th February


Child policy at Cottage:

1-2 children 9 years of age and under, sharing room with parents, using existing bedding configuration are FOC. 

Crib available by prior arrangement FOC


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