The high life ... naturally

By Alanah Eriksen, Alanah May Eriksen

Table for four? Certainly ... just mind the branches.

A restaurant 10m up a tree is something different in dining out, even if it is part of a marketing campaign.

The Yellow Tree House, north of Auckland, is a chrysalis-shaped structure on a privately owned redwood forest plantation off State Highway 1 between Puhoi and Warkworth.

It was created in 66 days as part of a marketing project for the Yellow Pages.

The 10m-wide, 12m-high hut seats 18 people on split-level floors.

Diners enter the hut over a 60m walkway.

For $125, they get a three-course meal and a glass of bubbly. The restaurant is also open at lunch time, at $95 a head.

Guests will be hosted by the face of the Yellow Pages campaign, Tracey Collins.

The restaurant will be open from January 9 to February 9, but bookings will be cancelled if it rains or winds are too high.

The restaurant has taken 500 bookings since Monday, and Yellow Pages says the season may be extended.

- NZ Herald

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