Consciously hand-built from the rescued bones of a 100-year-old kauri villa, Wild Forest Estate’s newest edition, the Tree Hut, is all your treehouse fantasies come to life. Set on 35 acres of beautifully wild native forest in Northland, the off-grid hut boasts a craftsmanship and comfort level that belies its rustic simplicity. Vaulted ceilings reach skyward, the snug queen-size bed is nestled cosily inside the recycled kauri-tree weatherboard walls and there are three decks through the reclaimed French doors upon which to read a book, sketch or meditate. Tune into the primal soundtrack of the forest – the stream flowing in the valley below, the random perfection of birdsong. The transformative magic of shinrin-yoku or forest bathing is impossible to avoid. Although you’ll never want to leave the relaxation of the outdoor bath – another reclaimed treasure – the ancient tree spirits await. Make your way to Waipoua Forest (just 20 minutes drive from Donnelly’s Crossing) to worship at the altar of New Zealand’s two oldest kauri trees, standing proud among the enchanting moss-covered trails. As evening falls, venture three kilometres down the road to Trounson Kauri Park and you may be rewarded with the sight of kiwi. Awe firmly recharged, head back to your hut to contemplate life’s big (and little) questions as you cook dinner in the outdoor kitchen before retiring to the hammock – soul and tummy sated.
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