The Bush Whare (pronounced "farr-wree") - 

Elegant with Ensuite and full linen, at Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary have been built using recycled materials and are styled in the Retro Decor of the 1970's.

A feature are the Archways or "Tomokanga", which in New Zealand adorn the entrances to Marae and Meeting Houses as a welcome.  The Tomokanga in those situations are heavily decorated in carvings often with a head at the apex, with the archway symbolising arms outstretching from the Head.  When there is carving on the Archway Arms this typically story tells the Whakapapa (genealogy). 

At Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary the Tomokanga Architecture uniquely represents a welcome combining Maori Architecture and English Colonial Architecture as the Apex incorporates a Finial which was typical on the early houses of Colonial Settlers.  The Finial stems from Medieval England and was affixed to structures to protect from evil. 

All Whare have:

  • ensuite

  •  tea and coffee making facilities, with biscuits and chocolates!

  • full linen

  • heating

  • electric blankets

  • fresh flowers

  • outer deck with table and chairs

  • The beds have netting for ambience, NOT for the protection from mosquitoes and sandflies (midges).  We are at 330 metres (1,200 feet) above sea level and seldom have mosquitoes and have low humidity. 

  • and of course native birdsong to enchant you !

The Whare are named after native birds at our Sanctuary; Tui,  Kereru (Native Wood Pigeon),   Pukeko and  Piwakawaka - (Family Room off Guest Lounge).







"Kereru Twin"







"Piwakawaka" - Family Room off Guest Lounge








"Piwakawaka" - Family Room Private Bathroom



Dining/Lounge (Wharekai) - Exclusive to Guests