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Hillside Hotel

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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 4 km 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 essentia - 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.
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Business Centre with Internet Access
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Moana K wrote a review Dec 2019
Auckland, New Zealand16 contributions9 helpful votes
We were recently in Huntly for a family funeral with our adult daughter and 12year old son. We only needed 1 night accomodation but the 'sell' was much more inviting than the actual room!! We had a 2 bedroom unit on the 4th floor. Large, spacious room. Amazing views. Not much else to rave about though! Pipes and connections were visibly held together with tape; the 'potplants' were dried fern tied at the stem and plonked in a pot; stains on the carpet; marks and scrapes on the wall..just a tired and uncared for environment!! Such a disappointment considering advertising of this property and especially the potential of what Hillside can be!! The price we paid for 1 night(apparently with a discount as well??!!)definitely did not reflect what we got!! If you are happy to overlook some of these flaws then you'll be ok.
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Botway wrote a review Aug 2019
Auckland, New Zealand26 contributions14 helpful votes
We were excited to book a night here, have always wanted to come up & finally got the opportunity. Sadly it was lacking in nearly all areas, & certainly does not meet the criterias described by the hotel or reviewers. Room was huge & clean, with an electric jug & fridge, checkin was fast - but I think we may have been the last of a hand full of guests only. Otherwise room was drab with extremely budget dated decor & furnishings - in fact there were picture hooks on the walls but no pictures. No headboards on beds, it is winter & wet, yet linen was cold & no electric blanket. Bath Towels provided were tiny (large hand towels) they were very thin & extremely course - nasty on skin. No toilet roll holder, hook for hand towel was broken so had to hang on door handle. Restaurant: very limited hours & food, we were the only patrons, selection was very ordinary chinese only - definitely no frills! In fact water dispenser was AWOL, no other drinks of any description (alcoholic or non) with the exception of warm tea - self service. To be sure, it was an experience!
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Stephen wrote a review May 2019
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Good view, food and service, nice people, close to nature. We were so enjoyed the place. thanks. The fish was catched by the staffs themselves, yesterday, fresh and delicious. Hope to back the place, again in the future.
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Date of stay: April 2019
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markgoodman13 wrote a review May 2019
Hamilton, New Zealand107 contributions13 helpful votes
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Stunning view, and throughly enjoyed time away with my partner. Unfortunately this was the only highlight of the stay. This place is not a resort and is in state of not knowing what it actually is. We were the only people to visit. Sadly the place is in need of an injection of tlc and money spent to bring it back to its once glory days. To be greeted by a guy on his phone in the dark at reception was a tell tale sign of things to come. No warmth or enthusiasm. The rooms are a great size but once again needing to be refreshed. Breakfast was cold and required to be reheated in the microwave. The fridge did not work and there is no sky tv provided. We’d love to return one day as it has huge potential but will hold off until things are addressed. The restaurant is not open for service or fully licensed as advertised. To hear that rooms are being offered at $360 over fieldays may assist with cash injection. We wish the owners well for the future.
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Hillside_Hotel_NZ, Owner at Hillside Hotel
Responded 11 Jun 2019
Thanks for staying with us. Our breakfast is served by buffet, and the weather is getting cold, your comments are really important for us, we will pay more attention to this, and we will keep improving our service in the future. We sincerely apologize for our negligence of the mini bar supplies. You may just dial the reception and we will always be there for you. However, we will keep improving what you mentioned in the comment and we truly appreciate it.
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CHRISTOPHER S wrote a review Jan 2019
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We were the only guests staying at the hillside hotel. It appears to be shut down on a permanent basis. We made an online booking, but when we arrived the only member of staff there told us the hotel was closed. The Chinese man then checked and found our booking. It would seem we had slipped through the net by making a reservation. There were no facilities available. Such a same as it must have been wonderful at some point. Couldn't get to the bottom of what has happened here.
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Date of stay: January 2019
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Response from Hillside_Hotel_NZ, Owner at Hillside Hotel
Responded 10 Jun 2019
Hi, sorry for any inconvenience. We are changing some facilities in this building. Now, the hotel is open now.
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MAJ wrote a review May 2018
London, United Kingdom33 contributions6 helpful votes
I was transiting the area when I stayed here, I opportunistically chose this hotel. I was impressed by the location and the views - I was expecting it to be a very expensive overnight stay, and was very pleased when I found out the price. Room was impressive (sadly to dark when I left in the morning to see the view). Very clean with very pleasant staff. Sad that the restaurant had closed by the time that I got there, but no matter. If I hadn't have needed to be in Auckland early the next day, I would definitely have stayed another night (at least). The next time I have free time in the North Island, I will come out of my way to stay here, and bring my family. I cannot recommend highly enough.
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Date of stay: June 2017
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Kathryn C wrote a review Oct 2016
Te Awamutu, New Zealand6 contributions1 helpful vote
We got married in this wonderful spot. Rosemary and Kris did a wonderful job in making the day flow smoothly even when we changed our minds regularly. Staff have a friendly welcoming down to earth manner. We had guests with coeliac and other allergies/food requirements and the chef catered for them well. Food outstanding. A special day Thank you.
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Date of stay: February 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
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Ykatogirl wrote a review Aug 2016
Rotorua, New Zealand3 contributions3 helpful votes
We stayed just 1 night unfortunately, but will definitely stay again. Rosemary was very helpful and pleasant. The views from the room were stunning. The room it's self was very spacious and clean. Bed was comfortable and shower was great. We didn't use the restaurant so I'm unable to comment. On our next visit we will😉
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Date of stay: August 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Curtis S wrote a review Aug 2016
Hickory, North Carolina25 contributions47 helpful votes
The hotel is situated on the top a hill overlooking the Waikato region. It was very easy to get to, just 3 km off Hwy 1 an hour south of Aukland (most of it unpaved, but well maintained and wide enough for two cars). It was extremely peaceful, unfortunately the weather while we were there did not permit any hiking on the trails around the property. They have a restaurant on site, but it was closed on the Monday we were there. I would note that thirty minutes after making the booking on-line, I received a phone call from the proprietor to warn me and offer to leave utensils in the room. The room was clean and spacious. The owner was very nice. The location would make it an ideal stopover for travelers flying in to Aukland from overseas and renting a car. One can get there easily from the airport, and rest or make easy day trips while recovering from the jet lag.
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Date of stay: August 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Diana F wrote a review May 2016
Perth, Australia486 contributions74 helpful votes
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It took a while to get up to it but the views were spectacular. It was a little adventure getting there and we had to keep going up and up past a whole lot of farm animals and some escape artist goats and a whole lot of cotton-tailed rabbits. We'd read reviews of the place extolling the views at Hillside Hotel but the further we kept driving up the hill to get to it, the more excited we got. As my husband said, "Ooh, we really are going to the top!" So don't expect to be located close to anything - it's the price you will have to pay for good vistas. We arrived quite late in the evening past the normal opening hours for their reception but they had stayed open for us and we were welcomed warmly and professionally. Our family room was very nice and we were well accommodated for. It had almost everything we needed. However, be prepared for a tiny shower recess that can be quite claustrophobic and steamy if you have hot showers. We were also situated on the fourth floor next to a deck that allowed us excellent views of the sunset. Immobile people need to be aware that this hotel is full of stairs and there did not seem to be any lifts anywhere. You may need to let them know during time of booking that you need something on the ground level because you will end up carrying your own bags up the many flights of stairs otherwise. The staff were incredibly attentive and the hotel even provided a laundry area for us to do own our own washing and drying which came in very handy. I know that sounds very mundane but it's a service that is invaluable when you're travelling! We spent a very pleasant night together in Huntly admiring the views and enjoying the birdsong and the amazing data download speed. Breakfast was very ordinary but it was served by a very congenial (and overworked) staff member. I would not recommend paying the price that they are asking for. May I suggest that you buy something to eat in room or go to Hamilton for breakfast?
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Date of stay: February 2016
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hillside Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Hillside Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Lake Hakanoa Walkway (4.8 km), Hakarimata Kauri Grove (2.5 km), and Lake Puketirini (4.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hillside Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Hillside Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Hillside Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hillside Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Hopin Stopin Cafe, Odd Spoon Cafe, and Curry Delight Indian Restaurant.
Does Hillside Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business centre and meeting rooms during their stay.
Does Hillside Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.