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Puka Park resort gets luxury makeover

A New Zealand treehouse resort is capturing the imagination of travellers following an acclaimed makeover.Royal Puka Apartment - Bedroom with ensuite

Grand Mercure’s Puka Park resort, south east of Auckland, features 48 chalets and public areas offering comfort and luxury.

Seclusion and luxury

Set in 25 acres of pristine native bush above Pauanui Beach, the Grand Mercure Puka Park is close enough to Auckland to cater for international travellers, yet is secluded and peaceful.

Kauri Chalet with Queen beddingThe resort says its treehouse chalets feature fashionable fabrics, occasional furniture and accessories, to provide visitors with “the ambiance of a mountain lodge”.

“Bathrooms are sleek and well fitted out, with extensive use of stone, luxurious showers and, in some rooms, large free-standing baths.

Chalets among the trees

“These chalets in the trees are something to see and experience.

“The wood fire in the main lounge will continue to be a feature, while the addition of a fireplace in the restaurant will add to the overall dining experience.Tawa Treehut-2

“For groups the private dining area within the restaurant, lined by wall-mounted wine racks, will provide an intimate space for group dining”.

Other facilities at Grand Mercure Puka Park resort include an outdoor swimming and spa pool, gym, tennis court and bikes for hire, with an international 18-hole golf course and excellent fishing areas nearby.

Celebration packages

As well as the new levels of luxury and comfort, Grand Mercure Puka Park resort maintains its well known forest and beach tranquility, while being close to New Zealand attractions such as Hot Water Beach and the popular cycling area known as the Hauraki Rail Trail.

The resort can be contacted  by telephoning 07 864 8088 or by emailing

* Photographs provided

About Ian Roberts (266 Articles)
Ian Roberts is a veteran Australian journalist, PR man and writer/reviewer on accommodation and travel. Over many decades, Ian has travelled widely reporting and recording his experiences. His newsy columns - including Memorable Destination - have gained a big following among people seeking suggestions and objective information about accommodation, travel and destinations world-wide. Along with wife, Sue and her camera, Ian has taken up a particular challenge to help budget conscious seniors 50 and upward with travel and accommodation ideas - including suggestions for holding family reunions. Readers in Ian's home city of Newcastle Australia may also be aware of his travel and accommodation column in a local newspaper.

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