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Hillside Hotel

Hillside Hotel
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Hillside is a family owned and operated boutique hotel nestled on a hillside of the Taupiri Ranges adjoining a 300 acre private native forest conservation reserve in the midst of the 2500 acre Hillside Station a working beef and sheep farm.

Hillside nikau and woman sketch

The resort forms part of a sustainable agriculture vision for the property.

Hillside celebrates nature with classic design. Architecture inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and décor by the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Original artwork by Meryl Graham

Opened 28 October 2003

by the Minister of Tourism the Hon Mark Burton in the presence of the Maori Queen Dame Te Atairangikaahu

Our vision

is to create and operate a stylish hotel facility, sympathetic to the environment that will be a source of both pride and income for the family and local community.

Click on the map below to go to Google map location on our website


Environment Friendly Action

We conserve heat We conserve water We recycle where possible We compost food waste We use sustainable toilet/grey water waste disposal We use bio-degradable cleaning agents We use reclaimed or low embodied energy building materials We use renewable natural furnishings We instruct staff in green practices We include green room info packs We mention green/eco issues on our website We conserve/care for wildlife in our area/ natural pest eradication We participate in community environmental initiatives

Dietary Selections: We offer

Vegan Vegetarian Locally sourced food


50 beds over 25 rooms/suites. Most with bath and seperate showers, suites with spa baths and private balconies. free wi-fi, free local calls, on-site licensed restaurant, on-site self help laundry, all rooms have great views, on-site bush and farm walks, 300 acres of private bush reserve, 2500 acre property. Wellness coach and massages available by prior arrangement

Total Capacity



Free-view TV Phone & WIFI


Hillside Hotel is signposted from State Highway One just south of Huntly. Look for the big blue “Hillside Resort” sign . If using GPS then navigate towards the Huntly Placemakers Store (498 Great South Road, Huntly) – the turn is almost opposite (just south) – over the railway line turn right , away from the township. Hillside is 4km from the railway intersection up into the hills. Please note that the private road on Hillside Station is not recognised by GPS navigators. Beware driving directions based on GPS as they often direct past the correct turn. If in doubt please ring us to confirm your driving instructions. Our actual GPS co-ordinates are -37.594852, 175.178375 Google maps satellite view provides the clearest view of the road in.
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