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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
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

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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FoodieF55, Owner at Waipoua Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and we are delighted that you enjoyed your Kauri Gastro September Experience Special. It has been such a wet and windy winter this year that this special proved very popular with the cooking school class providing an escape from the elements whilst still being able to dash out to the ancient trees when it cleared.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

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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FoodieF55, Owner at Waipoua Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review and whilst your visit was brief we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and also that we could give your 7 year old an experience to remember and take back to school. We hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you all to the lodge again some... More

Orewa, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

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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FoodieF55, Owner at Waipoua Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful comments and we are so delighted that Maria enjoyed her special birthday weekend. Waipoua Lodge has a heart of its own that has been crafted and formed by years of pioneering history and in recent times guests. Whilst we are custodians who have the honour of calling it home today, the ambiance and... More

Bristol, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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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FoodieF55, Owner at Waipoua Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your lovely comprehensive review. In winter the weather can sometimes be inclement and so the cooking school is a great option to fit around dashes out to see the mighty and ancient kauri in between the downpours. We do have to remind ourselves that it is not called a rain forest for nothing! Our comprehensive... More

San Marino, California
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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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FoodieF55, Owner at Waipoua Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and it was a pleasure to host you and the girls at the lodge and we are delighted that they had such a great time. Even in winter there is lots to do and fun to be had in all sorts of ways. Kindest regards Fran & Ian 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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