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Waipoua Lodge

5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   4748 State Highway 12, Waipoua Forest 0376, New Zealand
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

For an early birthday treat, we took advantage of their Kauri Gastro Experience September special. We spent two delightful days at Waipoua Lodge, exploring the area, communing with the awe-inspiring forest giants, enjoying some fabulous food and wine, and picking up some new culinary tips. Fran and Ian are superb hosts and the Lodge is supremely comfortable in a serene... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fran and Ian have created a perfect base to explore this beautiful and surprisingly remote part of New Zealand. We just stayed one night but I'd recommend a couple of nights to explore the area and get the most out of the experience. The Lodge is situated on the edge of the main Waipoua forest and they have their own... More

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Orewa, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

That is the wish of my wife Maria after experiencing her very well kept secret birthday surprise. From the very warm and personal greeting by Fran upon arriving, to the cup of tea in delicate china accompanied by a warm strawberry (home made of course) individual tart, to the story recounting the history of the lodge, this is when it... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

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

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San Marino, California
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4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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

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Bendigo, Australia
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13 hotel reviews
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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

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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
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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

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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
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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

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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
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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

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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
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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

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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

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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*
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