We Offer Something a Bit Special
Turangi accommodation in a beautiful setting close to the river
Welcome and Enjoy!
How else can we express the philosophy that we follow at The Birches
You and your partner stay with usdouble occupancy
Are you travelling alone?single occupancy
• Multi-lingual Hosts
• French, English and Dutch
• Quiet Street close to the Tongariro River
• Queen bed with ensuite
• Large private sitting area
• Tea & coffee making facilities
• Type and time of sitting for breakfast entirely up to guests
• Simple continental or full English breakfast options
• Fresh fruit Salad prepared by Sous-Chef
• Home-made muesli
• Hot drink options include – long black, flat white, latte etc, tea, hot chocolate.
• Welcoming drink (white, red or beer)
• Pre-dinner nibbles
• Quality accommodation
• Hosts can recommend quality restaurants for dinner
LA California, USA
Fabulous hiking trails just down the road. Beautiful home and very comfortable room plus great hospitality
Tamworth NSW, Australia
Your kindness and hospitality were very much appreciated. Beautiful, elegant surrounds and very comfy. Scrummy food – the whole package!
il était un plaisir de vous rencontrer dans votre magnifique maison d’hôtes! – Hoping to see you in Châteauneuf!
Mooie woning, fijne B&B. Dankje wel voor vroege ontbijt voor de ‘crossing
An overnight stay in very pleasant surroundings. Like your NZ paintings
Quiet lovely place to stay, just a short stroll to the river. Excellent hosts!
The Birches History
The house dates back to 1931 and was built by Bert Boulton an agent for a British shipping company. The foundation stone, which still exists, bears a brass plaque which states it is a brick taken from a Roman wall in Essex. Bert and Effie Boulton owned about five acres of land bordering the Tongariro River and built their single storied cottage made of native wood such as Matai, Rimu, and Totara.
They also built a goldfish pond shaped in the form of the North Island with a fountain in the centre representing Lake Taupo. The pond and fountain still exist but due to subsequent subdivisions the pond straddles and is shared by two properties. The neighbour owns the fountain but The Birches controls the water!
The Boultons were well known in Turangi and were mentioned in the locally famous book “Fresh Water Admiral” by Admiral Hicking. In 1958 a flood invaded the property, entered the house and released all the goldfish from the pond.
Bert sold the house in the early 60s and there followed a number of owners. In 1996 the then owner, Dave Mazey, the manager of the ski field company, had a second story built and added a large garage with a large children’s ‘doss’ room above. Dave was careful that the addition was consistent with the original style.
In 2000, Peter Baldwin, a retired naval captain and his wife Tineke became the new owners. They converted the room above the garage into a comfortable guest room with en suite, added a formal dining room and extensively renovated both house and garden.
Look Forward To Hosting You
Ever wish you had a friend with a comfy home close to the Tongariro River, one who knows the best local restaurants, walks, and fishing? Well, Now You Do!
We believe that a few things about a bed & breakfast are key – relaxing atmosphere, comfortable beds, immaculate bathrooms, large towels, lovely gardens/surrounds and a delicious home-made breakfast.
Close to the world-renowned Tongariro River, it is a charming residence in a quiet street set amongst mature trees. This unique setting provides exceptional access to tramping, fly fishing, skiing, rafting, or purely an escape from a hectic world.
You will enjoy superior and spacious en suite accommodation with TV and coffee/tea-making facilities in a separate part of the house. Your Dutch/Canadian hosts traditionally welcome you with a pre-dinner drink and can advise you on the many activities and features of this special holiday region.
We look forward to sharing our home with you – Peter and Tineke Baldwin