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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 22 May 2013

We were travelling to Waitomo the next day and wanted somewhere quiet and comfortable for the family outside of Hamilton. We arrived on a slightly overcast day and the clouds shrouded the hotel as we drove the winding road up. We had a large family room - warm and comfortable - and the addition of a separate room with a... More 

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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34 reviews
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Reviewed 12 May 2013

Now I am a little biased about this hotel because I didn't have to pay to stay there. Our son & his girlfriend shouted my husband and I a night's stay, with dinner, drinks and breakfast included. However, in saying that, this resort is so worth a review. The hosts are lovely! The rooms are divine, we had the MacIntosh... More 

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Cambridge, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2013

We had driven past the Hillside Hotel many times and often wondered what it was like. Finally in April 2013 we had the opportunity to stay for a night. The drive up is exciting as you wind up a gravel road past farmland and into the bush. The setting is breathtaking, 200m up in the bush with spectacular views of... More 

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Waiuku, New Zealand
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Reviewed 14 April 2013

We had a really wonderful stay in this hotel. Very impressive views and whole ensamble of the hotel. It felt like we were on the different planet or at least in a different country! Which is exactly what we were after - get away from the 'usual' views and forget that we were just mere hour by car from the... More 

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Los Angeles
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Reviewed 4 April 2013

There is no doubt as the hotel comes into view after you long drive up a winding dirt track that it is a remarkable accomplishment: to have the vision and then bring it to life in such a remote location is inspiring. As it happens, we were the only guests that night. That too is understandable. Whatever the esthetics of... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2013

This spectacularly situated hotel is perfectly positioned between Auckland and Hamilton. We were visiting Waitomo Caves the day before we left New Zealand, flying out from Auckland airport. So we wanted somewhere between the two. Perfect. Less than 30 mins to Hamilton, only 90 mins south to the caves, around an hour north to the airport. OK, it's not your... More 

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Motueka, New Zealand
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Reviewed 25 March 2013

Unless you had looked on the web you wouldn't find the gem. Perched high on the hill it overlooks the valley and river, totally spectacular! Rooms excellent, and compliments to the chef on producing a superb evening meal, shame we were the only ones in the dining room, other guests that night don't know what they had missed. Also a... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 March 2013

This is a unique place to stay. Its location is unique andtheir accomodation/rooms, service and meals are of a high standard. I have returned a number of times both for business and recreation, and will do so again!! Thanks Hillside team!!

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ireland
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Reviewed 17 February 2013

We stayed in Hilside for our first night in NZ. It was a wonderful introduction to the country. Rosemary and Ray are super hosts, most informative and helpful. Views from the hotel are amazing. Rooms are spacious,comfortable and quiet. Food is superb...we had our first taste of NZ lamb in its country of origin..wow! Piece of advice......do not follow Google... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 February 2013

what a wonderful experience! who knew that such a place existed in the most unlikely of location. Stunning views, incredibly comfortable bed, amazing food and wonderful hosts. I loved the real eco-lodge feel and look forward to seeing some of the exciting new plans come to fruition this year. Thanks!

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Restaurant
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Escape the city to fresh air and tranquility. Hillside Hotel is a country retreat and eco-lodge, a Qualmark four star boutique hotel with an enviro-gold rating. Nestled amongst native forest on top of the Taupiri Ranges, Hillside offers panoramic views of iconic New Zealand landscape scenery; Every room has a view.On the main tourist route south of Auckland; 1 hour drive from Auckland Airport and just 4km off the highway makes Hillside Hotel an ideal first stop or last stop in New Zealand; lovely stop point on the way to Hobbiton or Waitomo.Situated on Hillside Station -a large working farm with 300 acres of private native rain forest reserve with easy walking trails right from the hotel grounds. Beautiful photography opportunities from anywhere in the hotel.Free Wi-fi and parking; on-site licensed restaurant (reservations essential- may close early if no bookings) and cafes nearby. Rooms are very spacious and open direct to the outside. Rooms are connected by covered walkways and stairs sheltered by native bush. ... more   less 

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Address: Hillside Station, Taupiri Ranges | access from State Hwy 1, Huntly, Huntly 3771, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Huntly
Price Range: $172 - $593 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hillside Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 25
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“All rooms seem to have awesome views”
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“the restaurant and conference room is on the top floor (4) so pick a room near that as there are a lot of stairs.”
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“book a room next to a deck, no rooms have balconies but next to a deck is lovely”
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