Experience wild premium fare at Treetops Lodge

Treetops Lodge and Estate - a New Zealand luxury resort near Rotorua - is getting a little wild with its guests, showcasing the rich food store found on the vast private 2500-acre wilderness estate.

Eco-tourism escape at Treetop Lodge
Treetops Lodge and Estate - a New Zealand luxury resort near Rotorua - is getting a little wild with its guests, showcasing the rich food store found on the vast private 2500-acre wilderness estate.

‘Estate to Plate’ - a new premium 4WD safari experience - is a guided, hands-on gourmet journey hosted by Treetops’ gamekeepers and specialist wild food chefs that culminates in a feast, dining on the wild food finds of the day.

The safari journeys from the kitchen gardens to the estate paddocks and wilderness areas inhabited by roaming wild game - deer, water buffalo, pigs and rabbits, pheasant, partridge, duck, rainbow and brown trout. They also visit manuka honey apiaries producing wild native comb honey.

Treetops guests can also participate in a Wild Food Cooking School. The half-day, on-site course starts with foraging for native ingredients in Treetop’s vast 800-year-old virgin forest.

Back in the lodge’s open-plan kitchen, these ingredients are transformed into a series of signature Treetops’ dishes incorporating many other home-grown elements - game meat, wild fowl, trout and koura (fresh water lobster) from the estate’s seven lakes and streams.

www.treetops.co.nz