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Waipoua Lodge

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4748 State Highway 12, Waipoua Forest 0376, New Zealand
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Auckland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a fantastically relaxing 2 nights at Waipoua Lodge hosted by the wonderful Fran and Ian. Right on the border of Waipoua forest, home to the largest Kauri trees in NZ, and just a couple of km's from the west coast beaches, the location is stunning, Fran's skills in the kitchen are immediately apparent with a fabulous selection of... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lovely one night stay at the Waipoua Lodge in August - the end of winter in New Zealand.The Calf Pen Suite was very cosy and the welcome we received from Fran and Ian was very warm indeed.Our dinner was really delicious and had been imaginatively planned by Fran to accommodate different food requests. The location is just right for visiting... More 

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Orewa, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Cosmic forces collaborated to draw, quite unexpectedly, my wife Maria and I back here 12 months after Maria's 50th birthday. Maria was joyful upon arrival! Ian & Fran, you are both marvelous as is the lodge. Thank you for making it so special again for Maria and I. It is such an enchanting experience at Waipoua Lodge made all the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Delightful accommodation in this part of NZ - the best you will find! The suites were wonderfully appointed with very comfortable beds and linen as well as quality toiletries in the bathrooms. Hosts, Ian and Fran, were so welcoming and knowledgeable on the local area, giving us a great insight into the history and educating us on the wonders of... More 

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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent accommodation - hosts fantastic; location ideal for visits to Waipoua Forest and the area in general. Food excellent throughout - Fran a gifted cook; breakfasts were amazing. Ian an excellent host who spent hours with us in the forest explaining the ecology and history. Stayed in the Tack Room which was ideal for us and our teenage daughter.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful lodge, maintained with loving care. Fran & Ian are most gracious hosts who genuinely believe in looking after their guests. We were wined and dined and also treated to a cookery lesson. All of this in part of the northlands which deserves exploration, not only for the forest but also for the coastline. An excellent lodge... More 

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Kerikeri, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The perfect place from which to explore the West Coast north of Dargarville. It was great to have time to wander the walks in the Waipoua Forest and see the wonderful giant Kauri. Even better was returning to the Lodge to relax in the company of the hosts, Fran and Ian, and enjoy the fantastic food prepared by Fran. The... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not only were the welcome, the room and the food absolutely first class, we enjoyed the cookery school and have had a go at some of the online recipes! Probably the best stay that we had in North Island - elegant and comfortable.

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North Bay, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We traveled from Paihia through the Waipoua Forest to get to the Waipoua Lodge in February 2015. Interesting fact: in Maori, Waipoua means rain in the forest, ergo rainforest. The forest was absolutely beautiful, and so is the Waipoua Lodge. When we arrived we were surprised to find that we had a beautiful cottage all to ourselves. Fran and Ian... More 

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Warrnambool, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We absolutely loved our stay here. The rooms were gorgeous, decorated in a way that gives a country feel while at the same time obviously top quality with both the furnishings and the decor. (Loved the heated towel rack as it was a bit cooler when we were there.). Fran and Ian were both fantastic and it was like staying... More 

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