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Waipoua Lodge

5.0 of 5 4748 State Highway 12, Waipoua Forest 0376, New Zealand
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Campbelltown, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Recently returned from a short trip to New Zealand, and Waipoua Lodge is a fabulous place to stay. The accommodation itself is lovely, but the absolute stars here are both the hosts and the food. Ian and Fran made us feel very welcome, and our dinner was wonderful. It was a lovely experience to be invited into the kitchen to... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our second visit to Waipoua Lodge and we took some friends with us.It is such a perfect place to share with friends and the hospitality of Fran and Ian is wonderful.From fine dining to a night walk to see Kiwi in the wild at Trounson Kauri Park we could not have asked for more.One of the best places... More

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Kalamazoo County, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I spent 3 nights at the Waipoua Lodge the last week in October. It was absolutely wonderful. Fran and Ian are delightful hosts, even in the face of a storm that knocked out the electricity for several hours, they offered a fine breakfast and good conversation. All the meals were excellent and well presented, including 3 breakfasts... More

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New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thanks Ian and Fran. We had a wonderful night at Waipoua Lodge. The suite was perfectly presented and so comfortable. The lodge is a great mix of home comforts, historic memorabilia and beautiful presentation. The location was an ideal base for our Waipoua forest and South Hokianga exploration. The service was just right, like being entertained and looked after by... More

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Waitakere, Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent facilities, excellent people and most importantly for me excellent food (and service). Waipoua lodge isn't your average bed and breakfast. If you want to be really looked after while surrounded by ancient forest then this is the place for you.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Great place to stay when visiting the Kauri Coast. Warm greeting from Ian upon our somewhat delayed arrival. Great large, private room with everything you could want. Met Fran (Ian's wife and the chef) during cocktails before dinner along with other guests. Fran's dinner was superb...perfectly prepared and presented in the lodge's dining room. We took Fran's "hands on" cooking... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

From the moment we left the car we were welcomed by Fran and Ian and made to feel at home. They took the time to sit with us and chat about the local area. The accommodation was wonderful, full of history and lots to investigate. We loved the whole weekend and especially the chance to learn cooking tips from Fran.... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Looking for a decent lodge in the Far North for an anniversary without the pomp associated with golfing ones, this ticked all the boxes. Quiet, historic, and plenty of (natural) attractions around. It also had good reviews, and justified they were. Ian & Fran are excellent hosts who judge the amount of interaction you want well. Excellent food, great cooking... More

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FoodieF55, Owner at Waipoua Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review and we are delighted that you enjoyed your time at the lodge, just wish the windy stormy weather had stayed away a bit more especially at night! The indoor cooking class activity and rich, warm winter dishes have proven really popular this winter and a distraction from the adverse weather conditions! We are delighted... More

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This is a great place to spend a few days, particularly because Fran and Ian are such warm and attentive hosts. The house and our room was also well presented but the jewel in their crown is their friendliness, attention to detail and passion in the way they approached everything...... in other words great service. Fran's meals were second to... More

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FoodieF55, Owner at Waipoua Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your lovely review and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay. You are so right that the Kauri Coast is such an under rated area and it all starts within such an easy two hour drive from Auckland Airport. Northland is truly a perfect destination for Australians looking for a break across the Tasman.... More

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Even before we arrived at Waipoua Lodge we knew we'd love this place. For a couple who prefer not to plan too much ahead, our one conversation with Fran before we left Sydney was enough for us to feel this would be the place for us to end our NZ north island holiday and settle in for three nights to... More

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FoodieF55, Owner at Waipoua Lodge, responded to this review

It was truly very sad that you had to cut short your stay due to the weather - it really has been a dreadful winter and normally guests can enjoy the ambiance of the lodge, a cooking school, selecting from our extensive DVD library and ducking out to see the forest when it clears, but in your case when the... More

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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*
Number of rooms: 4
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