We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 1 Waipoua Forest hotels

Waipoua Lodge

5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   4748 State Highway 12, Waipoua Forest 0376, New Zealand
Hotel amenities
Save Saved
You added Waipoua Lodge to your Saves list
Waipoua Lodge
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
98%
Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Waipoua Forest
A recent review
5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
Alison W Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Overview
  • Reviews (160)
  • Photos (65)
  • Amenities
  • Q&A
  • Room tips (21)
  • Location
  • More
Write a Review

160 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
    156
    2
    1
    1
    0
See reviews for
29
109
2
1
Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (21)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Bristol, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed with Ian and Fran towards the end of our visit to New Zealand and had a brilliant time. As we stayed in June we were able to do the Kauri Gastro Experience which was a fantastic offer that allowed us to afford to stay at the lodge. Ian and Fran are superb hosts who do everything they can... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Marino, California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My daughters and I had a terrific time at the Lodge. We stayed 3 nights. 1 day we had cooking class with Fran made homemade ricotta cheese, gnocchi and lasagna noodles. Another day we took a trip to the kauri forests with Ian and he told us lots of fun stories. They even taught us some weaving and set up... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bendigo, Australia
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
13 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We have travelled around the World and this is probably the best one on one service you will get anywhere These people are passionate about what they do and they do it real good! Do yourself a favour and stay here with pre-booked dinner then write back and tell me it wasn't that good - I don't think you will... More

Review collected in partnership with this hotel

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
FoodieF55, Owner at Waipoua Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your lovely review and do let us know if you get any emails!! We did so enjoy meeting you both and sharing not only our wonderful historic homestead, but also our precious ancient trees and natural environment - a truly special place to live. Kindest regards Fran & Ian More

Dusslingen, Germany
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

An irish Kauri woodturner in the Far North at Ahipara Beach (ask anyone there where "Irish" lives) told us about Fran and Ians hospitality and encouraged us to stay at their Lodge for a night while seeing the mammoth Kauri trees there. We were there around March in 2013. It's a magical place to visit and the Waipoua Lodge deserves... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
FoodieF55, Owner at Waipoua Lodge, responded to this review

How lovely to hear from you and we remember your special honeymoon visit well. Thank you for taking the time to write your first review for Waipoua Lodge - it truly means a lot to us to know that we created a memorable guest experience and that you found our historic homestead to be a magical place. We have to... More

Traverse City, Michigan
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We spent 2 wonderful nights at the Waipoua Lodge in February of 2014. We were tired of traveling as we had been gone 6 weeks. It was a long drive to the lodge from where we came and we were not sure we wanted to be there. Our feelings changed as we saw the wonderful lodging we had. The Lodge... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
FoodieF55, Owner at Waipoua Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your first review for us and we are so pleased that you found your drive north worthwhile. Waipoua Lodge is a wonderful base from which to explore the Kauri Coast and Waipoua Forest which truly offer some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand. To stand in front of Kauri trees... More

Perth, Australia
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
14 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

After a very stressful couple of weeks leading up to our daughter's wedding, my husband and I stayed for four nights at Waipoua Lodge with the most hospitable Ian and Fran. From the moment Fran greeted us, we felt welcome and at home in this delightful spot. We stayed in The Stables - a large suite with living room, kitchen/dining... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
FoodieF55, Owner at Waipoua Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your lovely comprehensive review of your 3 nights' stay. As you rightly say, our New Zealand winter is now here and whilst we can still have beautiful blue skies during the day, our night time temperature can get down to about 10C (which isn't too bad for winter!). It was a pleasure to spend time... More

Tauranga, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

As a very special birthday present from my kids, my husband and I were spoilt to have a night at this lovely lodge, including a most delicious dinner from Fran, as well as a cooking class the next morning. The setting is absolutely beautiful, and the place got a special meaning after Ian told us about it's history. Also great... More

Review collected in partnership with this hotel

Was this review helpful? Yes
FoodieF55, Owner at Waipoua Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review and it was a great pleasure to provide you with this special surprise birthday experience from your children. Fran really enjoyed spending time with you and your husband in the kitchen, sharing some of the tips and tricks that she has learnt since owning the lodge. Raymond Blanc once said "Food is not just... More

Santa Barbara, California
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

This Review is long overdue, but well deserved. Our family took a one year sabbatical and traveled the world. One of our stops was Waipoua Lodge and it was one of the highlights of our whole year. Fran and Ian made our visit spectacular. We had our 11 year old daughter and 9 year old son with us. Fran and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
FoodieF55, Owner at Waipoua Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review - no matter when written, each review is truly valued. We remember your visit with fond memories, the milking the cows video still brings a smile! Thank you so much for referring your friends and we look forward to welcoming them to the lodge ata Christmas. Best wishes to you all. Kindest... More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

We stayed for just one night with another close family and were totally blown away! Fran and Ian made us all feel incredibly welcome with so much kindness and attention especially with 5 children amongst our group. We were given the royal treatment at dinner and breakfast and we all left with bulging bellies but still felt relaxed and rejuvenated.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
FoodieF55, Owner at Waipoua Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your first TripAdvisor review for Waipoua Lodge - it is much appreciated. We thoroughly enjoyed hosting your two families at the lodge - it was a lot of fun and we are pleased that the 8 year old enjoyed his birthday celebration and special cake. We hope that you will find the... More

Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

We were fortunate to stay for one memorable night with Fran & Ian at this wonderful lodge, and only wish we were there for longer. Their hospitality was second to none. The lodge is restful and tranquil. The food was delicious - and remember to save space for the most fantastic breakfast. Fran's cooking demonstration of the soufflé which we... More

Review collected in partnership with this hotel

Was this review helpful? Yes
FoodieF55, Owner at Waipoua Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely words and it is rewarding to know that we created a memorable guest experience for you both and that you hope to return again one day. We look forward to receiving a photo of your first souffles! Kindest regards Fran & Ian More

Owners: What's your side of the story?
If you own or manage Waipoua Lodge, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.
Manage your listing

Been to Waipoua Lodge? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Waipoua Lodge

Address: 4748 State Highway 12, Waipoua Forest 0376, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Waipoua Forest
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Waipoua Lodge 5*
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Otel so you can book your Waipoua Lodge reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

65 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All traveler photos (38)
Viewed
Room/suite (8)
Viewed
Dining (5)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (12)
Viewed
View from room (1)
Viewed
Other (12)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All management photos (28)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (7)
Viewed
Room/suite (2)
Viewed
Dining (1)
Viewed
View from room (1)
Viewed
Bathroom (1)
Viewed
Other (16)

Amenities

Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Class
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Experience true New Zealand hospitality. Waipoua Lodge - creating a memorable guest experience. Waipoua Lodge is a little piece of luxury etched in history where you can experience true New Zealand hospitality whilst travelling Northland’s Twin Coast Discovery Highway. This circular route provides two diverse coastlines which offer in just one region, so much of the natural environment which is our beautiful Aotea-roa (land of the long white cloud). Nestled on a ridge overlooking the vast Waipoua Forest – home of the ancient and iconic kauri trees, Waipoua Lodge offers relaxing, warm and authentic New Zealand hospitality and the perfect location from which to explore the beautiful and often undiscovered Kauri Coast - Pathway to Northland and Naturally New Zealand’s Ancient, Eco & Cultural Destination. With the mixture of yesteryear in the old Kauri lodge, home to artefacts from the Kauri logging era, to the four acres of garden and tranquil bush walk surrounded by pasture and forest … you will be inspired and all within an easy 3 hour drive from Auckland. Host Ian offers personalised guided tours of the local area and hands on talks and demonstrations of the history of the ancient kauri and the early pioneers and gumdiggers. If you have a love of food, cooking and entertaining, then dining at Waipoua Lodge will be an experience to remember. Spending some time with host and chef Fran at the lodge's cooking school could simply be the ‘cream on your dessert!’ ... more   less 
Number of rooms
4

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Waipoua Lodge staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travelers prefer