LEARNING IN THE WILDERNESS Unrivaled choices of activity in a unique wilderness setting guarantees holiday experiences a family will cherish forever.

"Imaging exploring to discover seven streams, on-site trout fishing, four lakes and over 70kms of adventure trails in 800-year old forest"

5 Star Kids: Geo- Caching. Junior Master Chef. Educational Workshops. Archery; clay bird shooting; fly-fishing tutorial (catching tonight’s dinner); guided horse trekking; mountain-bike trail riding.  70km of pristine native bush trails free to explore: well stocked lakes with Rainbow and Brown Trout to fish. Hop on a helicopter to White Island or cruise Lake Rotoiti catamaran-style

'Outdoor and indoor adventures in the heart of Maori culture located within New Zealands world famed thermal region'

Treetops is 2500 acres of natural theme park for every family that loves to learn, to discover and to explore. Family experiences include photography safaris, luxury treks to spectacular waterfalls and a 4WD experience. But independent minded 5-Star Kids might choose to stay indoors and discover a wealth of local Maori craft and culture, including flax weaving, carving and even music classes.

Outdoors their choice includes the excitement of geo-caching aka Extreme Treasure Hunting. There’s also expert training and participation in archery, clay-bird shooting, mountain-bike trail riding - perhaps even catching tonight’s dinner in a fly-fishing tutorial, so popular advance bookings are recommended. Riding sure-footed horses through Treetops’ 2500-acres of native bush guided by local Maori elder is a privileged way to learn about New Zealand’s natural wilderness and to see the introduced animal species that are farmed or protected on the property. 

The most popular 5-Star Kids’ entertainment of all (advance bookings essential) is Junior Masterchef, where 5-Star Kids become a Master Chef with the Executive Chef  who teaches you some of Treetops secret recipes; an amazing way to learn practical skills while discovering more about Treetops and Maori cultural heritage.

Further afield, Treetops’ Squirrel Helicopter can whisk you all on the trip of a lifetime to White Island, actually an active volcano in the ocean. For closer thermal thrills there’s Wai-o-tapu with guaranteed boiling mud and shooting geysers. Or there’s a catamaran sailing excursion on Lake Rotoiti including Hot Water Beach, fishing and learning to sail. Parents who’d like time off from their kids will find the Jack Nicklaus signature Kinloch Golf Course or Back Country Fly Fishing might be just the ticket.

Treetops 5 Star Children's Adventure - 2 Days, 3 Nights

Bring warm clothing, walking or hiking footwear and a sense of adventure. And then children should prepare to be busy and splendidly entertained for two memorable days. On arrival at night you’ll be welcomed with a mihi whakatau, the traditional Maori welcome

Day One: What a choice in the morning- Horse Trekking or Mountain Biking. Whether a learner or an expert, choose between guided horse trekking to explore the furthest corners of the estate or pick a top quality mountain bike and discover our lakes, streams and native bush this way.

Then it’s a sumptuous Treetops Picnic Lunch or, for younger ones, a real Teddy-Bear's Picnic. After exploring in the forest with a staff member they suddenly discover Teddy Bears on a rug and join them for a feast – and take home a teddy each.

At 1500, they don a Junior Treetops’ chef’s jacket (which they get to take home) and work beside our Chef to learn how to make a delicious Treetops’ recipe. Then there’s an educational hike through the forest that’ll ensure children have more than a superficial knowledge of where they are.

After dinner, parents relax for a few hours while their children learn to carve a pumice masterpiece.

Day Two:  A sporty morning with great options. Licensed firearm tutors responsibly guide children to their first experience of Archery or Clay Bird/Target shooting OR professional guides teach fly-fishing skills – and our chefs happily cook all trout that are caught.

Then they’ll hardly believe it; it’s into a helicopter for a short heli-hop to a prime picnic spot for lunch.

The afternoon is free for the greatest of all styles of Treasure Hunt, Geo-Searching with GPS equipment to hunt and discover something very special. It takes some organizing, so we need to know in advance if your children are keen on this exciting new sport.

At night, there are two ways to learn about Maori craft and culture. Discover the art of making a poi and then use them to perform basic dance and a Maori waiata (song). Or, learn ngā mahi a te whare pora, the art of Maori weaving. Flax is used to make something to keep, while hearing old tales of the many ways traditional Maori used flax.

NOTE: changes may be made because of weather or other conditions.

Childrens cooking classes
Childrens cooking classes
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