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Experience the perfect combination of a modern treehouse in native forest.

Located in Nelson Creek, 36km from GREYMOUTH on the WEST coast, New Zealand.

Enjoy our deck at tree trunk level

Come together.

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Map of the way to Te Aka Treehouse - Native Forest Retreat

Nestled amidst breathtaking natural native forest.

Head to Nelson Creek settlement, on the West Coast of New Zealand. From Nelson Creek Road turn onto 189 Gows Creek Road. Follow the gravel road for 1.89 km, you will see a sign for Te Aka Treehouse before the road bend right, take the steep driveway. For those who are not confident on gravel roads or have low to the ground vehicle, we have a free shuttle service where you can safely park you car in a secure location nearby. Please book this service 24 hours before arrive by phone or email. Drive up gravel road through native forest for 300 metres. Look for a sign, your destination is on the left at the carpark. To get to reception, either walk the path or drive a further 200 metres turn right.

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Relax, unwind.

Discover the fascinating Te Aka, a unique 23-hectare property blending virgin podocarp forest and regenerating woodlands. Tucked away in the privacy of north-facing temperate rainforest, our treehouses are surrounded by spectacular mataī, towering Southern rātā, and rimu trees. With elevated views of these majestic species, you literally feel like you are a part of the forest for a moment in time.

Enjoy a coffee and cake at Te Aka Treehouse
Enjoy some morning yoga surrounded by nature

Nightfall at Te Aka.

Uncover the allure of our modern treehouses, harmoniously woven into nature. Immerse yourself in the ideal fusion of seclusion and modern luxuries, complete with amenities such as instant gas hot water, a plush bed, and cozy warmth surrounded by nature's embrace. Go to sleep with nature; the stars shining through the skylight above your bed, or rain tapping on your roof and wake naturally to sunrise. The sleep treehouse has the luxury of blackout drapes and is a quiet space if you are a light sleeper or need darkness to get a restful sleep.

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Sitting area and kitchen at Te Aka Treehouse
Sitting area and kitchen at Te Aka Treehouse

Plan your perfect escape.

At Te Aka, we are dedicated to offering you a chance to shed the burdens of everyday life and immerse yourself in an authentic experience within nature. We provide you with the toolkit to both relax and invigorate your senses. The door is open—relax, and come on in to rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit.
Native forest retreat

Te Aka is a an immersive experience complemented by the constant calls of native birdsong and the promise of a dawn chorus for those tuned in early. Our haven extends seamlessly into conservation land, offering exclusive access to private walking tracks. These pathways unveil hidden remnants of the region’s mining history, showcasing the grit and determination of an era marked by pickaxes, manual labor, and remarkable engineering feats from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. Te Aka is not just a destination; it’s an immersion into the rich tapestry of nature and New Zealand history.

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Well equipped kitchen

Welcome to our fully-equipped kitchen, from the convenience of a modern oven, to the delight of picking fresh produce from our bountiful vegetable garden. Forget the hassle of packing every spice and condiment, our kitchen comes stocked with basic pantry items, ensuring you have the essentials at your fingertips. Customise your meals by selecting your preferred protein, from wild game from the nearby wilderness ranging from locally sourced salmon, venison, lamb, duck, halloumi or tofu. Elevate your stay with the freedom to create and cook, what you like, when you like.

Native bird watching

Bask in the symphony of bird songs and marvel at the breathtaking expanse of native forest that stretches as far as the eye can see. The added delight comes from encountering and listening to a diverse array of native birds, including the melodious tūī, bellbird, kererū, fantail, grey warbler, bush robin, tomtit, and our local kākā. During certain times of the year you may find kākā, our native parrots, engage in what our hosts playfully describe as a ‘gaggle’, while the night unfolds with the distinctive calls of the ruru, our native owl, communicating in the darkness.

Local kiwi pub

Don’t feel like cooking, Nelson Creek has a local kiwi pub serving good food and drinks and it’s only a 2 minute drive or a 35 min walk down the road, turn into Colls Dam walkway across the swing bridge to our local pub (open for meals 7 days in the summer, kitchen closes at 8pm).

As quoted by Gruff Seeds – ‘What a fantastic little pub just across the road from a brilliant little camp site. The welcome from the Land Lord and locals alike was the epitome of South Island hospitality – warm, friendly and unassuming. If you want a break from the world and just want quality time with the family this is the perfect place’.

Biking and walking

If you’re in the mood to stretch your legs and discover the area, numerous walking tracks await exploration, locally like Callaghans Track, Tailrace Walk and Colls Dam Walk. Detailed information and maps for these trails can be found at reception. Plus the Paparoa Track and the Wilderness trail are just 40mins drive from us. Lake Brunner is 30mins away and has an easy bike or walk around the lake and a good mini mart for supplies. There’s something for every adventurer.

Books on nature

Choose your preferred seating position and settle in for some quality ‘down time with nature’ and past the time with your head in some of our books on nature, to bring out the 'David Attenborough' in you. Experience a wave of nostalgia with a puzzle to make. A small selection of our favourite books are available to browse too.


Embark on a plunge in the local Nelson Creek swimming hole, in the nearby park and camping area opposite Nelson Creek Hotel. Or stay closer to home – there is something magical about a hot bath especially when surrounded by nature. Take a moment to unwind with a cuppa, a glass of wine, or a good book as you soak away the hours in our deep bath.

Night sky and glow worms

We are Bortle scale rating of close to 1-out-of-nine for night sky brightness, perfect for star gazing above your bed through the skylights or outside on the decks. Glow worms coming soon.

Past guests.

Don't take our word for it! Have a look at what our previous guests say about their stay at our Te Aka Treehouse.

Wow is an understatement.

Our stay here was really one of a kind. The accommodation was not only cozy and comfortable but the design and feel was unmatched. The hosts took us on a tour of the property and it was absolutely incredible. Their daughter was so impressive with her knowledge of all the trees, plants and wildlife in the area. The fresh baked goods were fantastic and the option to order dinner ingredients was amazing. We cooked all our meals her and couldn’t have asked for more. Please stay here, you will not want to leave!

Jennifer Schlesier
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Up in the trees.

Staying ‘up in the trees’ at the Te Aka Treehouse was a surreal experience. A combination of peace and serenity was complemented by beautiful light, including moonlight, along with melodious bird song. Staying at Te Aka was blissful. The comfort of the space with its crackling good fire and skylight views along with a deck that literally places you as close as you can get to the mature tree trunks as they rise to the canopy is unforgettable. If you want to feel like you are at one in your own forest world this is the place.

Rebecca Reid
Relax with a book in the hammock

Beautiful little hideaway.

A delicious retreat to catch my breath is this busy world.

One of the caves at Te Aka Treehouse - Native Forest Retreat

Amazing family stay at the Te Aka Treehouse.

We had a fantastic time exploring caves and old goldmines, while the kids loved the big cave. I enjoyed a relaxing bath with a cuppa tea and a good book. Cooking our freshly picked vegetables with wild venison, then dining on the deck surrounded by native bush was a highlight. Lisa and Dave, along with their children, are incredibly accommodating, making our stay easy and memorable.

The Gordon Family
Native New Zealand wood pigeon bird

Loved the birdsong!

What a wonderful relaxing atmosphere that comes with staying at the Te Aka Treehouse. A great place to unwind relax and recharge your mind and body with birdsong and scenery to help.  Or there’s heaps of activities should you choose to be a little or a lot on the property and sites and activities not far drive away, if you are able to take yourself out of serenity. Definitely be back.

David Johansen
Te Aka treehouses set in native New Zealand forest