The Lodge

Accommodation at River Birches Lodge includes your choice of 3 guest rooms. River Birches is a low-slung, cedar-clad luxury accommodation retreat set within a peaceful, established garden.

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  • Super king-size beds with sumptuous down-filled duvets and pillows
  • Well stocked book, board games and DVD library
  • Spacious living areas with Wi-Fi and broadband internet services
  • Open wood-burning fireplaces
  • Satellite TV
  • In summer, air conditioning keeps things very comfortable
  • Monogrammed bathrobes
  • Ensuite bathrooms with separate shower generously sized bath

River Birches Lodge awarded first place in a prestigious New Zealand Architectural competition, is testimony to its understated elegance. French doors open onto a large deck where you can relax and enjoy the serenity of the Tongariro riverside environment.

In summer, guests join for drinks and canapés before dinner.

Well stocked book, board games and DVD library, satellite TV, spacious living areas with Wi-Fi and broadband internet services. In summer, air conditioning keeps things comfortable.

Guest rooms

River Birches has three guest rooms – each a quiet haven of comfort and style. They are well-appointed to ensure you enjoy your stay. All rooms include:

Tea and coffee making facilities are available in every room.

The Admiral’s Room
The Admiral’s Room offers a soothing cedar hot tub to soak in after a long day’s trout fishing or sightseeing. Gaze at the stars, sip a glass of wine and completely unwind. This room also has satellite TV, DVD,  tea and coffee making facilities, and a minibar stocked with fine New Zealand wines, artisanal sparkling water, and a micro-brewery beer selection.


The Major’s Room
Standing apart from the main house, the Major’s Room offers privacy and tranquillity within a lovely garden setting. Relax and enjoy the comfort of this beautifully appointed room featuring a bathroom with its own private garden, tea, and coffee making facilities.


The Duchess’s Room
Cosy, welcoming and relaxing, the Duchess Room enjoys a superb vista of the garden areas with both the room and bathroom looking out onto a private garden setting. This room enjoys the morning sunshine and features the same appointments and facilities as the Major’s room.


Single party booking
Choose a single party booking if you’d like to enjoy a private and exclusive visit to River Birches lodge, including breakfast and use of the lodge facilities. Contact us for further details.

Children  staying at the Lodge:
1-2 children 8 years of age and under, sharing room with parents, using existing bedding configuration are FOC.
Children 9 – 12 years of age and under, on a rollaway bed in parents room NZD$200 per night. Dinner NZD$68.25 per child.



Dinner by prior-arrangement: NZ$135 per person for a four-course meal featuring fresh local seasonal produce.

A cooked breakfast is included in the tariff. If you prefer something a little lighter, try our continental breakfast of homemade cereals and preserves, fresh seasonal fruits, and yoghurt. Dinner and lunch are available by advance request. We understand current trends for low-carb, high-protein meals, and individual requirements, within reason, can be accommodated (by advance request). We use only the best locally grown, organic produce whenever available.

Turangi and Taupo offer a variety of restaurants catering to a range of tastes. Ask the lodge manager for recommendations.

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