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Waipoua Lodge

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4748 State Highway 12, Waipoua Forest 0376, New Zealand
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  • Cleanliness
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Bogis-Bossey, Switzerland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A beautiful, comfortable bungalow in a quiet area. The welcome was very friendly, the food, cooked by Fran Farrant, superb and the residence was excellently situated for a visit to Tane Mahuta the stately old kauri tree.

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Port Hueneme, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We stayed in 10 different inns throughout NewZealand in our month's trip. Waipoua Lodge was at or tied for the top of all of them. Superb lodging, superb food, superb hospitality. Besides the beauty of the surroundings, it comes down to the special people -- Fran and Ian-- who give the lodge its unique and memorable character.

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Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

My daughter, her partner, and I recently stayed for 2 nights at Waipoua Lodge and just fell in love with it. Ian and Fran are the most awesome hosts and Fran's cooking is amazing! Ian does such a good job of entertaining the guests while Fran is working her magic in the kitchen. Bonnie, the Westie, is an adorable addition... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We had the pleasure of staying for one night at Waipoua Lodge and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The Tack Room Suite had an enormous Californian super king bed and comfortable sitting room. The 3 course meal cooked by Fran was superb and even included a "souffle cooking class". Fran and Ian's knowledge of the local area and history of the... More 

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Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Just one night on the way to the Waipoua Forest, we thoroughly enjoyed this lovely Victorian B&B. The detached suite was clean, comfortable and very well appointed. We chose to have dinner there, Fran was an excellent chef, and invited us to see her kitchen and discuss the finer points of cooking and equipment. Ian was a remarkable authority on... More 

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Mt Eliza, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

My husband & I were fortunate enough to stay one night at this magnificent lodge. Both Ian & Fran were the epitome of great hosts. The facility is beautiful with nothing spared. Spacious and luxurious accommodation, huge comfortable bed, spotlessly clean, tastefully decorated. We celebrated our wedding anniversary on the night we stayed. Fran cooked one of the most magnificent... More 

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Houston, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

A wonderful beginning to our NZ adventure! Gracious and informative hosts, outstanding food and company, comfortably elegant rooms and grounds made for a delightful stay to see the Kauri trees and enjoy the night walk to find kiwis. Rainbows and a beautiful beach too! Lemon soufflé still tasting divine. Travelers from Texas, USA.

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london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We stayed at the Waipoua Lodge the week of the 23rd of March for a family reunion and it met and exceeded all our expectations! Ian and Fran hosted us at their lodge and it was a most welcoming experience and it felt as if we were staying at a family member's home. The attention to detail was fantastic and... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We spent one Saturday night here with our family. The whole experience was special from start to finish. The room we had (the Tack Room in a converted barn) was beautiful.The attention we had from the hosts Ian and Fran was excellent. Our young children were made to feel welcome with colouring books and pencils, there was a trampoline and... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Top notch accommodation in the forest. Luxury with a very personal touch. Our visit coincided with Valentines Day so we were treated to chocolates, a rose and bubbles! Ensure you partake of the dinner option - Fran is a very imaginative chief - all the food was extremely fresh, perfectly presented and delightful to eat. Will be definately recommending to... More 

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