Rotorua’s Treetops Estate – the iconic wilderness luxury lodge in New Zealand’s central North Island - is promoting a new premium food experience styled as ‘The Estate to Plate Safari’.
This unique and personal encounter with Treetops gamekeepers and specialist wild food chefs focuses on estate-reared meat and grown produce, 100% pesticide free and organic – and all served up as a wilderness experience with delicious 21st century flavours.
The Estate to Plate 4WD safari begins with a tour of the Treetops’ kitchen gardens. This fertile oasis is the source of many heritage and indigenous vegetables including native New Zealand spinach (tetragonia), kumara (sweet potato), fresh turmeric, wasabi, native cress, and abundant fruit trees.
Guests are welcome to sample garden produce, respectfully picking what they wish to taste.
After a visit to the manuka honey aviaries, which produce wild comb honey of exceptional flavour and health properties, the Safari moves out into the Estate’s 2500-acre property to encounter some of the local wildlife. Wild deer and water buffalo share this wilderness paradise with wild pigs, sheep, rabbits, pheasants, partridge, geese, ducks, rainbow and brown trout.
The Safari concludes with the tantalising optional half-day Wild Food Cooking School that begins with foraging for native ingredients in Treetops’ pristine 800-year-old forests.
Deep in the heart of the Estate, guests experience living Māori culture on a one-hour bush walk searching for native bush delicacies – herbs and condiments such as the tangy kawakawa leaf or peppery horopito – to take back to Treetops Kitchen where the world-class chefs combine the ingredients into a memorable feast.
Treetops Lodge & Estate is a unique and very special New Zealand experience. This private wildlife sanctuary and secluded retreat is nestled within breath-taking terrain, offering outdoor activities centred around seven streams, four lakes, and over 43 miles of adventure walking trails.
The lodge is situated just 20 minutes from the heart of Rotorua, one of New Zealand’s premier tourism destinations and a heartland of Māori culture and active geothermal wonders.
Treetops Lodge & Estate offers adventure activities for the whole family from junior cooking classes, and practical classes in Maori arts to 4WD photography safaris, helicopter tours, mountain biking trails and hiking to spectacular waterfalls.
For those seeking pure relaxation, there is every opportunity to ‘get away from it all’ in the stillness of nature or in the Spa where classic therapies combined with indigenous therapeutic Maori treatments offer rejuvenating wellness experiences.