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COROMANDEL TREEHOUSE

COROMANDEL PENINSULA, NORTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND

         Quality accommodations set amongst tall tree ferns on a hillside of primeval rain forest. Provides outstanding coastal views of the blue Hauraki Gulf, and green headlands of the northwestern Coromandel Peninsula. Five driving minutes to the restaurants and services of Coromandel town. Five to forty minutes to white sand beaches on the east and west coasts of the peninsula and to activities including sea kayaking, ocean fishing, harbor cruises, and challenging golf. An ideal base for exploring the region, yet is only two to three hours drive from Auckland Airport.

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QUALITY BED
     & BREAKFAST
:

          The Coromandel Treehouse offers a unique, high quality bed and breakfast lodging. Occupying a modern, one-level house on stilts on a remote hillside, the lodging is set among the treetops of pristine rain forest that include the spreading umbrellas of exotic, native tree ferns. The property provides splendid views overlooking lush, rugged hills of the northwestern Coromandel Peninsula and across several offshore islands to the open waters of the Hauraki Gulf.

The standard double bedroom at the Coromandel Treehouse offers comfort, space, and a fine view from the room and its terrace balcony. Photo © Home At First.
The standard double bedroom at the Coromandel
Treehouse offers comfort, space, and fine views
from the room and its terrace balcony.
Photo © Home At First

          To reach the one-story

 

treetop-level lodging, guests must climb a set of stairs from the parking area. Coromandel Treehouse has three spacious standard guest accommodations, each a well-furnished double bedroom with full en suite bathroom. Two standard bedrooms are identical in size and quality. Each has a queen bed, an en suite bathroom with shower, and a balcony with extensive views northwest across the Hauraki Gulf. A third standard double room with en suite bathroom is available with twin beds. However, it is up a flight of stairs and does not have a balcony.
          A
deluxe suite (an extra-cost option) on the main floor includes a glass-enclosed bath that permits soaking in the large tub while enjoying a grand view of the rain forest. The deluxe suite is larger, more lavishly furnished, and features a large queen bed and a furnished sun deck. All bedrooms have heated towel racks, and terrycloth guest robes.

     
   

LIFE IS GOOD AMONG THE TREE TOPS

Alternately relaxing, comfortable, & delicious:

• RELAX ON THE TERRACE AFTER AN ACTIVE DAY OF EXPLORING.

• CURL UP WITH A GOOD READ IN A COMFY CHAIR IN THE LOUNGE.

• ENJOY A DELIGHTFUL BREAKFAST OR GOURMET DINNER IN THE FABULOUS DINING ROOM OF GLASS AND NATIVE WOOD.

Photos © Home At First

GUEST FACILITIES & OTHER SERVICES:
          Rooms are serviced daily. Each of the bedroom suites has its own furnished private terrace balcony with views of the Hauraki Gulf, the arm of the South Pacific between the Coromandel Peninsula and New Zealand's North Island surrounding Auckland.
          A delicious cooked or Continental breakfast is provided guests daily in the dining room. On fine mornings, breakfast may be taken on the outdoor terrace.
          Delightful three-course gourmet dinners (with or without wine) are an extra-cost option at the Coromandel Treehouse. They must be pre-reserved and

 

are subject to availability.

A steep, gravel driveway leads to parking at the Coromandel Treehouse entrance. Photo © Home At First.
A steep drive leads to parking at the Coromandel Treehouse entrance.
Photo © Home At First

          The glass-enclosed  dining room and adjoining guest lounge with comfortable, overstuffed chairs and sofas, are impressive interiors constructed of native New Zealand woods. With its high ceiling and rainforest setting, the dining room suggests native Maori architecture. A large furnished balcony terrace extends over the rainforest from the lounge and dining

 

area and is a superb setting for

drinks and conversation before dinner and at sunset.
          Private parking is on the ground level below the Coromandel Treehouse.

LOCATION: THE COROMANDEL PENINSULA is the thumb of Auckland's mitten. Separated from the main trunk of the NORTH ISLAND of New Zealand by the Firth of Thames and the Hauraki Gulf, the Coromandel extends northward into the South Pacific from the rural, rugged east coast of the Bay of Plenty region, and northeast of the agricultural flatlands of the Waikato region. The northernmost tip

of the Coromandel, is

 

approximately 50 miles northeast  of downtown Auckland. The Coromandel itself is very rugged. Much of its interior land is unpopulated bush (forest) that carpets the steep  Coromandel Range, mountains that, with few exceptions, extend almost to both coastlines of the peninsula. What habitations do exist take up much of the coastal flatland and are widely scattered. But no town on the

The South Pacific coast of the Coromandel Peninsula along Mercury Bay 19 miles east of the Coromandel Treehouse. Photo © Home At First.
The South Pacific coast of the Coromandel Peninsula along
Mercury Bay 19 miles east of the Coromandel Treehouse.
Photo © Home At First

Coromandel could be

 

considered large. The peninsular geography restricts roads to a winding, looping coastal route and two or three spellbinding crossings of the mountainous spine. If its geography is the antithesis of the rolling sea level Auckland region immediately to the west, its population and lifestyle seem equally different as well. Coromandel has attracted drop-outs, retirees, artists, vagabonds, and free-

 

thinkers to create lifestyle

The west coast of the Coromandel Peninsula where the Firth of Thames opens into the Hauraki Gulf south of Coromandel town. Photo © Home At First.
The west coast of the Coromandel Peninsula where
the Firth of Thames opens into the Hauraki Gulf
south of Coromandel town.
Photo © Home At First

alternatives to the button-down, mainstream hustle of Auckland. Although there remain some pockets of marginal existence on the peninsula, there have also evolved a number of prosperous towns and villages that have become successful seaside resort communities, artist colonies, joining a few original settlements that continue to do well on fishing and agriculture. The resulting character of the peninsula is that of a region of unrivaled

 

mountain-and-sea scenery,

sparsely populated by a broad spectrum of individualists who practice casual lifestyles of their own design, and who hope your visit is enjoyable but that you decide not to relocate to their particular paradise the glorious but fragile Coromandel.

     

YOUR HOSTESS, EVELYNE, AND HER ARTISTRY
Photos © Home At First

HOSTING: Like many residents on the peninsula, artists Evelyne and her husband Raouf decided to relocate from Switzerland to the Coromandel to their dream home. They converted part of their custom home into a unique guest

 

lodging at treetop level,

View of the Hauraki Gulf from the Route 25 pass across the Coromandel Range between Whitianga and Coromandel town. Photo  Home At First.
View of the Hauraki Gulf from the Route 25 pass across the
Coromandel Range between Whitianga and Coromandel town.

Photo © Home At First

decorating it with their own art, native woods and stone, and artifacts they have collected from cultures across the globe. Evelyne, originally from Taiwan, brought her gourmet cooking skills with her from her position as chef in an award-winning Swiss restaurant. When Raouf died in 1999, Evelyne decided to continue the life they began together. Today, the Coromandel Treehouse continues as a unique, welcoming lodging that

 

reflects much about the

Coromandel Peninsula: its

 

extraordinary natural beauty, its multiculturalism, its artistic bent, and its fresh food and wine prepared with a mixture of nouveau New Zealand flavors and Continental quality. Evelyne ensures that every guest experiences the special South Pacific welcome of the Coromandel with the inimitable flourishes of the Coromandel Treehouse.

Boatyard, Coromandel town. Photo © Home At First.
 BOATYARD, COROMANDEL TOWN
Photo © Home At First

 
 

Christ Church, Coromandel town. Photo © Home At First.
 Christ church, coromandel town
Photo © Home At First

ACTIVITIES:
          The Coromandel offers a wide variety of activities. In addition to beach life, water sports, boating and fishing, visitors to the peninsula can play golf, hike, hunt for arts, crafts, and antiques, and, most popularly, tour the Coromandel by car. Art galleries, craft shops, and antique stores are scattered across the

 

Coromandel — with many

clustered in and near

 

Coromandel town just minutes from the Coromandel Treehouse — and provide good reason to explore the peninsula by car. However, encountering fabulous New Zealand scenery remains the best reason for touring the Coromandel. The peninsula's intricate, narrow coastline and rugged, mountainous spine conspire to make no road straight or level for very long, and to surprise

Coromandel Hotel's Top Pub. Photo © Home At First.
 COROMANDEL HOTEL'S TOP PUB
Photo © Home At First

travelers with sudden, jaw-

 

dropping vistas.

 


Hot Water Beach: empty at high tide, it becomes busy at low tide
when swimmers dig out "hot tubs" in the sand filled by
hot springs near the surface just offshore.

Photo © Home At First

THE SETTING:
          The Coromandel Treehouse occupies a section of pristine Coromandel bush (forest) on a western slope overlooking the low hills of northwest Coromandel and the islands offshore in the Hauraki Gulf. The isolated property promises a peaceful visit, yet is only 5 minutes drive to the restaurants, services, and organized activities of Coromandel town, principal

 

habitation along the west coast

of the peninsula. The west

 

coast of the Coromandel is rugged and extremely scenic with several white sand beaches inviting swimming, and fishing. Two steep, winding roads lead from nearby the Coromandel Treehouse across the peninsula's mountainous spine approximately one-half hour to the Coromandel's eastern coast. Here are the region's two best-known beaches, Hot Water Beach (dig your own thermal spring hot


Beachcombers stroll near Cathedral Cove, named after the
wave-formed stone archway leading to the isolated beach.
Photo © Home At First

tub in

 

 

 

Beach wedding near Cathedral Cove, noted beach 50 minutes east of Coromandel Treehouse. Photo © Home At First.
 Beach wedding near Cathedral Cove, noted beach
50 minutes east of Coromandel Treehouse.
Photo © Home At First

the sand at low tide!) and the monumental Cathedral Cove. But guests at the Coromandel Treehouse need only drive five minutes to reach excellent, uncrowded beaches at Long's Bay and Oamaru Bay. Offshore, the Hauraki lures sport fishermen and boaters from kayakers to ocean-going sailboats and power craft. The lodge is well-situated for exploring the Coromandel, and,

 

at about two and one-half

hours drive from AUCKLAND Airport, it makes a lovely base at the start and/or end of a driving tour of New Zealand.

 

AVAILABILITY: For current availability information, call HOME AT FIRST at (800) 523-5842,
or contact us by e-mail:
info@homeatfirst.com.
NOTES: HOME AT FIRST’s Coromandel Treehouse consistently receives high ratings from HOME AT FIRST guests. In addition to the above description, please note the following:

• This second-floor lodging requires climbing a set of stairs.

• Rooms are spacious and nicely furnished, but only one of the four double bedrooms offers twin beds.

• All rooms at Coromandel Treehouse are non-smoking. Smoking is permitted on the sun decks.

• Coromandel Treehouse not suitable for children due to its open sun decks and balconies.

• A very steep, but well-maintained private forest lane of about .6mi. length leads to Coromandel Treehouse. Private parking is available by the entrance to the lodgings.

Bathroom with shower en suite with the standard double bedroom. Photo © Home At First.
Bathroom with shower en suite
with the standard double bedrooms.
Photo © Home At First

 

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