Fodor's Expert Review Out in the Styx Cafe and Guesthouse

2117 Arapuni Rd., Pukeatua, Waikato, 3880, New Zealand Fodor's Choice

As the name suggests, this place is in the country, a 25-minute drive from Cambridge, and the delightful rural environment includes a view of Maungatautari. In addition, some of the North Island's most pristine native forest is a two-minute drive away. Guest rooms are spacious, some with king beds and others with queens; three have tribal themes. (Five-bed bunkrooms with shared bath are also available for budget travelers.) Listen to birdsong while soaking in a garden hot tub, catch a quiet moment in one of two small guest lounges, or join the conviviality of the restaurant and bar, where hosts Mary and Lance Hodgson dish up wholesome country food and enthuse about Maungatautari's conservation story. Lance is a trustee of the Maungatautiri Ecological Island Trust and has been a bird-feeding volunteer and tour guide. He will provide shuttle transport if you want to walk over the mountain trail or ride the Waikato River cycle trails, also nearby. Airport transfers from Hamilton Airport (40 minutes) can be arranged as well.


  • four-course dinner and breakfast included in price
  • environmental focus
  • hot tubs


  • country isolation


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Phones: 0800-461–559


9 rooms, 3 bunkrooms
Rate Includes: Some meals

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