A view from every room

NE view from lookout orginal

NE view from lookout orginal

Hillside Hotel is a country retreat and eco-lodge, a Qualmark four star boutique hotel with an enviro-gold rating. Nestled amongst native forest on top of the Taupiri Ranges, Hillside offers panoramic views of iconic New Zealand landscape scenery. Every room has a view. On the main tourist route south of Auckland and just 4km off the highway makes Hillside Hotel an ideal last stop or first stop in New Zealand or a wonderful weekend escape for locals. Stunning location for weddings, private functions and conferences. Fresh air, views, bush setting, great food and service make Hillside a sought after venue.

Handy to Auckland Airport on the main tourist route south, Hillside is a tranquil stop point out of the city  on the  way to Hobbiton, Waitomo, Ruapehu, Rotorua or New Plymouth.

Easy distance from Auckland or Hamilton for conferences and retreats.


Hillside Hotel has 22 rooms and 3 suites, a fully licensed restaurant featuring classic and contemporary cuisine, a house bar,  inglenook and look-out lounges, two wi-fi hotspots with free access. Rooms can be booked on a room only basis, bed & breakfast or dinner, bed & breakfast package deals.

All rooms are generously sized and feature designer décor, original art & craft work, queen or king size beds, ensuites with separate bath and shower rooms (standard king has shower only), tea & coffee making facilities, irons and hair dryers, executive desks, free broadband access, DVD players.  Suites feature separate lounges, extensive original artworks, spa baths with a view and private balconies with stunning sunrise to sunset views

A  recent TripAdvisor review

“Great views and great hospitality” Reviewed October 19, 2012 “Just south of Huntly to the east of State Highway 1 and high on a mountain top you will find Hillside Hotel. When seen from from State Highway 1 the hotel appears to be draped over the mountain top and the colour of the exterior walls and roofs make the building blend in with the surrounding vegetation. This hotel is perfect for weekend getaways, business meetings, small conferences, weddings and for travellers looking for looking for a hotel that is about an hour’s drive from Auckland airport. The spacious guest rooms, restaurant, bar and conference room have incredible views and the owners and staff are very friendly and helpful.  Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends”

Conference and private function facilities for up to 150 guests.

  • Less than 1 hour from Auckland
  • Fresh air & views
  • Natural light in all rooms
  • Block–out for data projection
  • High-speed broadband with wireless connection in Function Room
  • Great break-out areas
  • 3 conference rooms to choose from.

Spacious and comfortable conference rooms to cater for both small and large groups.

A conference review

“Thank you for another fantastic week at the Hillside. My staff, and my clients, traveling in from all over Australia and NZ, really enjoyed our event, and the performance of your team played a major part in our success. The kitchen team, housekeeping, reception, and event management all ran like a well-oiled machine. Your team has a no-nonsense, no excuses, high service standard, which makes my team’s job much easier, leaving us to focus on running a powerful event for our clients. Your commitment to excellence and precision makes you our preferred venue by a significant margin. So much so, that my Australian clients stopped suggesting I should run these events in Sydney, and agreed “the Hillside is by far the best venue for these events”.

I highly recommend the Hillside to anyone seeking to hold a quality, professional event. Thank you, we appreciate all that you do to make our events run well.” James Powell ViAGO® www.viago.co.nz 8 August 2012


The Hillside menus reflect traditional through to contemporary New Zealand cuisine and are built around the best of local produce.  Casual diners are welcome if tables available; reservations essential.

A recent review

“My wife and I had an extremely enjoyable stay at the Hillside Hotel. We had dinner at the restaurant and both agreed the meal and service was exceptional. Hence we have graded it as 10/10. The “Hillside Beef” main was beautifully presented. The meat was cooked to our request and the accompanying vegetables were perfect. The “Chocolate Pot” dessert was just the right sweetness and texture. The location, high in the hills looking out across the Waikato region, adds to a great experience. All staff at the Hillside Hotel were friendly and welcoming. This place is something special and makes for an ideal relaxing break within easy driving distance from Auckland.” 11th April 2012. Dineout.co.nz

Hillside Hotel is the perfect place to truly relax, unwind and get away from it all.



 55 minutes south of Auckland Airport , 30 minutes north of Hamilton.  Signposted from State Highway One just south of Huntly.

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Level 1 looking up to reception


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