Outdoor Bathing in the Bush
The sound of the cicadas rang out through the bush in a beautiful cacophony, periodically pierced by the calls of Tui and the beating of a Kereru's wings. Just when I thought the bush had swallowed me, the hut materialised.
Consisting of the main cabin, with a combined bedroom, living room and kitchen, the area is completed with a record player and vinyl, a fireplace to give ambiance and warmth in the cooler months, and even a projector together with a movie-packed hard drive. Outside you have the outdoor fireplace and grill, and around the deck lies the bathroom hut, with a flushing toilet and large walk-in shower.
The Bush Retreat also boasts the rare trifecta of outdoor bathing. A few steps from the main cabin lies a deep wooden bath with a waterfall spout, resting beneath the bush canopy. This is kept company by an outdoor shower, coming right off the trunk of one of the mighty bush giants. As if this wasn't enough, a short walk further into the reserve reveals the hot tub, set deep in the bush, where I could soak away my worries to the soundtrack of nature.
Despite the bliss the Retreat offers, I did also manage to peel myself away and enjoy the plethora of activities that await only a short drive away. Sprawling parks, incredible beaches for swimming, surfing, diving and fishing, delicious eateries, and award-winning vineyards, the area literally has something for everyone. I particularly enjoyed a walk in Tāwharanui Regional Park, a wine tasting and platter at the beautiful Matakana Estate, and a legendary delicious pizza at Leigh Sawmill....
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