This room displays the variety of colours found in our native forests. There is a series of photographs on the walls depicting Te Ngahere taken in the Whirinaki Forest just outside Rotorua by Jonathan. In this room there is a King bed and ensuite bathroom. With indoor/outdoor flow in mind French doors open back onto a covered wrap-around verandah with a private outdoor sitting area which overlooks the front of the property and the vista beyond of Lake Rotorua, Mokoia Island and the city beyond.
All bedrooms enjoy the same facilities with the emphasis on comfort and freshness. The beds and linen are of high quality and there is a selection of pillows to help ensure a good night’s sleep. The rooms are equipped with clock radio/alarms, electric blankets, hairdryers, heaters, robes and a closet for storage.
The meaning of TE NGAHERE
Ko Tane mahutu te Atua o nga ngahere (Tane mahutu is the God of the forests)
Māori are the tangata whenua (indigenous people of the land) of New Zealand and their culture is an integral part of New Zealand life. About 15% of the country’s population of 3.8 million is of Māori descent. Māori are a tribal people and their tribes are known as iwi.
The greatest legacy of this legend is the mighty ‘lord of the forest’ Tāne Mahuta standing victorious in Waipoua forest, with his shoulders still pushed hard against his ‘mother earth’ and his feet stretched high towards the heavens of his ‘sky father’.
Tāne Mahuta, one of the oldest and largest trees in the world at 51m high and with a girth of 13.8 metres, stands in the great Waipoua kauri forest that is home to three quarters of New Zealand’s kauri trees.