The Cottage

The Cottage at River Birches is a cedar clad, architecturally designed three bedroom property which blends harmoniously with the unique riverside environment of the Tongariro River

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  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Board games

The Cottage was conceived with families and smaller groups in mind, those who value the privacy and spaciousness of a home with the facilities to fully cater for their own needs for the duration of their stay, should they so desire.

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 might get a glimpse of our native Wood Pigeon the Keruru, whose wings make a very distinctive “whooshing” sound as they fly. 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. There are also several local restaurants within walking distance of The Cottage, or alternatively, there is a good selection of cafes and restaurants around the Turangi and Taupo townships.

River Birches provide The Cottage with a hamper gourmet breakfast provisions that you can prepare in the Cottage's 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 River Birches 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 at the luxury Cottage at River Birches

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

The Tongariro Room at the luxury Cottage at River Birches

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

Stacked Books at the luxury Cottage at River Birches

The Ngauruhoe Room
This bedroom faces west and enjoys the afternoon sunshine. It also features two king-size single beds or can be configured into a  super king-size bed. This room provides a glimpse of Mount Pihanga, to the east of 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 nearby Tongariro National Park.

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

The Cottage has been designed to make your stay truly memorable. Modern and thoughtful features have been incorporated to maximize your comfort and enjoyment for the duration of your stay. They include

  • Large wooden deck for al fresco dining, relaxing, and/or outdoor entertainment
  • Fully equipped well-appointed modern kitchen with amenities for up to 8 people
  • River Birches personalized shower gel, shampoo, and body lotion
  • Heat pump heating and air-conditioning provides comfort in all weathers
  • High-speed broadband Wi-Fi
  • Satellite TV and DVD player


The Cottage at River Birches is a single party booking, can accommodate up to 7 guests exclusive use, self-contained, self-catering and self-servicing. Breakfast supplies are included in the rate. Dinner can be arranged at local restaurants. Breakfast supplies are included in the rate. Minimum stay of two nights

 May 01 – December 21, March 01 – April 30December 22 – February 28
4 GuestsNZ$950 per nightNZ$1,200
Additional guestsNZ$226 per nightNZ$263

Full daily servicing, if required $150 per day Single night booking; $200 surcharge

Minimum stay 2 nights during Jan 05- Dec 21
Minimum stay 3 nights during Dec 21-Jan 04

1-2 children 12 years of age and under, sharing room with parents, using existing bedding configuration are FOC.
Children over 12 years of age in a rollaway bed in parent’s room NZD$226 per night. NZD$263 in the high season.


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