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3836 Galatea Road Galatea, Murupara 3079 New Zealand
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#1 of 3 in Murupara
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Surrounded by lush farmlands and forestry, Kohutapu Lodge overlooks the pristine Lake Aniwhenua - teeming with Rainbow and Brown trout. Accommodation options range from self contained units, lodge cabins, powered and non-powered sites set in expansive gardens, with large well equipped communal kitchen, lounge with sky TV, and pool table, BBQ area, private lake access & boat hire. Aside from the myriad of hunting a fishing experiences right on our doorstep, guests who are interested will also have the opportunity to hear our stories, taste our food and be hosted by our whanau (family) – all of this within a landscape that is breathtakingly beautiful, in a region untouched by the hand of commercialism. Guided cultural tours are also provided. As visitors are welcomed into the rohe, a karakia (prayer) is offered to protect them while they are in these lands, as our guides escort visitors to and past sites of historical significance, sharing tales en route to Kohutapu Lodge. Owned and operated by a local Maori family, we are delighted to share with you our stories, our culture, our kai (food) and the warmth of our manaakitanga (hospitality).
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3836 Galatea Road Galatea, Murupara 3079 New Zealand
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Rachel Y wrote a review Jan 2021
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Wow - what a truly beautiful place they have here. My family and I just got back from a really amazing holiday here. My 2 year old felt right at home and we all felt so welcome from day one, the communal facilities were always clean and we felt very part of the lodge by the end of our stay. We had a lake view cabin, but regardless of where you sleep you still can see the beautiful view from their wonderful outdoor set up. It’s very much a place where we reset and recouped after big days at Whakatane or Rotorua. Will most definitely be coming back, and very much are looking forward to our family holidays here in the future. Thankyou to your family for welcoming us in with open arms.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Traveled
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victoria_piggott wrote a review Dec 2020
Auckland, New Zealand6 contributions
What an amazing venue. We stayed for a 60th birthday and wow! The hangi and desserts, the hospitality, the cleanliness of the place, comfort of the rooms and the warmth of all of the staff WAS SECOND TO NONE. Beautiful location on the side of lake Aniwhenua, volleyball court for the kids with a range of sports equipment. The bar and kitchen overlooking the hangi pit, lake and communal areas was just picturesque. Thank you again to your amazing staff, who made us feel like family. Nga mihi nui!
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Date of stay: December 2020
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cdn-npl wrote a review Oct 2020
New Plymouth, New Zealand2042 contributions43 helpful votes
Some time before coming, I had a long kōrero - discussion - by email, about my journey, and what I was seeking to achieve. As well as arranging a tour with their own guide Erina around the rohe - territory - they arranged for me to meet with two traditional healers from Waihou. Erina pointed out the dams on the Rangitaiki, and the tension between the Maori viewpoint - and practical matters. What happens, for example, if a dam is in a culturally unsafe area, but will be structurally safe and not fail, versus putting it in an area that doesn't disturb taniwha - guardians - and other spiritual entities, yet risking the dam failing as it isn't in the right place? The pouri - hurt - on the land is not just from the dams on their beloved river - I got the feeling that they could have dealt with that, as power after all, must be generated somewhere, and Maori like electricity as much as everyone else. It was the lack of consultation that caused such hurt, and continues to do so. She also showed me the first kaupapa Maori school - that is, instructing primarily in the Maori language, in Murupara. We went to some very old Maori rock carvings, which I won't say where they are, they are tapu - sacred/forbidden - and you go there with a local who knows the right prayers and the right way to do things. Another time I went out with Willie to Whirinaki Forest, where he pointed out Rongoa - the traditional medicine, a creeper whose name I cannot recall is used for toothache, and a ground cover is good for wounds if it is soaked in hot water and packed in. An ordinary bandage holds it in place. The inside of Rimu bark was used to staunch wounds with heavy bleeding. So much lunch was provided that I had enough for snacks for the next three days... Then there were the healers. A lot of what was discussed is too private to talk about here. It began as an inquiry into what Rongoa actually was and how it is done. It turned into more of a consultation with a lot of things that had been bothering me, some for many years. We also discussed - can people who are not Maori practice Rongoa? The healers had conflicting feelings - yes and no, they said, as if you are not brought up in the Maori world, you don't have the spirit guides and the support from kaumatua to do the deep wairua - spirit workings required. As an article I read said - and they fully agreed with - anyone can boil up leaves, and keep a list on what to use on what. Yet, the knowledge needs to be passed on, so they are prepared to teach non-Maori who are sincerely interested and wish to learn. They then put kawakawa leaves over my face, read the results, and made recommendations. What is more to the point was how safe and cared for I felt, during the administration of treatment. They never left my side. One of them held my hand. One of them sang. I was firmly wrapped up in a blanket. I felt peace and rest that I had not felt for many years. And if it were not for Nadine and Carl, I would never have met them. There are also the animals, Pango the cat is quite a character, he has a very piercing yowl, and like most cats, believes himself to be a poor, starved, mistreated, ignored, and unloved creature... They also have two dogs. And they have two lchildren, both of whom have beautiful manners. The unit had everything I needed, a small kitchenette, a bathroom, a comfortable bed, and a dining table. The dinner served on the first night was a buffet of ham and salad, put on for the local community, and the next night, I had my first taste of kina... never again.... and of venison which I really liked, during dinner with the healers. So they really go the extra mile. And they contribute to their local community too, giving leftover food from buffets etcetera to people who need it, amongst other activities. Even in the room compendium, after the legal things they have to write to limit liability, they note that while they are not liable for guests belongings, they are concerned for them, will care for them, and will help them as much as they can. Other people write of their hunting and fishing, and guided tramps. I write of a very particular experience, that perhaps, not many people would be interested in. But I go into such detail to try and repay such kindness as I have received, and to note that while luxury is not on the menu here, that there are other forms of comfort - kindness, hospitality, help, and support, and that all of these are supplied in large quantities.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Response from Nadine ToeToe, Owner at Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours
Responded Nov 4, 2020
Kia ora Chris, thank you so much for your lovely review of your experience with us here. We are so glad you felt the warmth of our manaakitanga, and we were able to assist you in your life journey by connecting you to people who are experts in their realm. It was a pleasure to host you, and we look forward to one day welcoming you back. Take care, and keep following your passions. Arohanaui, your whanau from Kohutapu Lodge
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DMuir wrote a review May 2020
Wellington, New Zealand14 contributions1 helpful vote
Carl and Nadine offer a great experience for families and groups wanting to get away and experience life a bit different from the city. They're avid hunters and always keen to share a story, or an insight or offer some guidance to young ones out on their first hunt. It was the start of duck shooting season so they had visitors from around NZ enjoying their spot right on Lake Aniwhenua at the edge of Te Urewera. Their facilities are very reasonably priced, communal kitchen, even a bar and fire pit. They are happy to work with guests to provide experiences that will leave an indelible impression and often put down hangi for their guests and community. If you want to experience true manaakitanga in a family friendly spot and support a business that truly gives back to their community - don't go past this whanau.
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Date of stay: May 2020
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Response from Nadine ToeToe, Owner at Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours
Responded Nov 4, 2020
Kia ora e hoa, nga mihi nui for your kind review of our place, and the manaaki we share. We can't wait to welcome you back home, soon. Arohnaui xox
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Anna C wrote a review Apr 2020
Otago Region, New Zealand53 contributions13 helpful votes
We had a wonderful day visit with Nadine, Carl and guides Charles and Ina. Regretting not staying there but the accommodation was booked out so we had a B and B back in Whakatane...we will stay on a visit when we an travel domestically again,
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Room Tip: do explore this area with Kohutapu ...it is a stunning place
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Response from Nadine ToeToe, Owner at Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours
Responded Nov 4, 2020
Kia ora, thank you so much for your wonderful review, and yes - please come back and stay with us soon. Nga mihi nui, Nadine, Karl & Whanau :-)
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Julie P wrote a review Dec 2019
United Kingdom1584 contributions357 helpful votes
Owned and run by a Maori family and situated on the edge of a Maori town, this lodge is not only comfortable, but offers genuine and untouristy cultural experiences, so we got to visit the local school; take part in a hangi and visit a Maori rock art site. Had we arrived earlier we would also have learned the haka and traditional weaving. Nadine and Enah were lovely and very welcoming and they care deeply about their culture and beliefs and give back to their community.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from Nadine ToeToe, Owner at Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours
Responded Nov 4, 2020
Kia ora, thank you so much for your beautiful words. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your stay with us, and we one day look forward to hopefully welcoming you back. Take care, stay safe, nga mihi nui, Nadine & Whanau
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NoelR1991 wrote a review Jun 2019
Manchester, United Kingdom325 contributions61 helpful votes
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This is a genuinely incredible stop on the Stray route with a very real and honest view into the local area and Maori culture, both past and present. Ena, our Maori guide was full of energy and knowledge, it's hard to believe she is only 18. What was also quite special with her was how she encouraged us to ask the taboo questions, the things you want to know but don't want to ask. It's fantastic that tourism can give so much to a struggling area, and provide opportunities for people like Ena to share their passion and knowledge.
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Traveled
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Response from Nadine ToeToe, Owner at Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours
Responded Nov 4, 2020
Kia ora and thank you so much for your wonderful review of our place, our experience and our beautiful staff. We look forward to continuing to share our place, history, stories and culture with the world again in the future. Nga mihi nui, Nadine & Whanau from Kohutapu Lodge
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Eseru wrote a review Jun 2019
Singapore, Singapore31 contributions32 helpful votes
Was on the Stray bus and this was a stop. I was looking forward to the cultural experience promised in the itinerary and was not disappointed. We were given a guided tour of Maori lands and learned about the community in Murupara as well as how we as tourists were helping to contribute to it. Our guide Enah was wonderful and knowledgeable, helping us learn a lot about Maori culture and their community. The Maori Hangi (feast) they put on was delicious and easily one of the best meals I've had in NZ. As hosts, Enah and Nads made us feel like part of their family during the time we were there. The only "complaint" I have is that I wish I could have spent one more day there to explore the area and try some of the activities available like traditional Maori hunting. Unfortunately, the Stray bus only stays there for one night before leaving. But, if I were to return to NZ in the future, I'd definitely plan a visit and stay at the Lodge again!
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Date of stay: May 2019
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Response from KohutapuLodge, Owner at Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours
Responded Jun 4, 2019
Kia ora!! Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback!! Glad to hear we didn't disappoint, and you enjoyed your time here with us and our family. In terms of a cultural experience, we are simply trying to share with our visitors who we are today as a people, and what we are trying to do to hold on to our culture for our future generations in a modern world. Thank you for leaving such a positive footprint behind you in our community. And now you are a part of our whanau (family), you are welcome to come back and stay with us any time you like!! Next time we'll take you out hunting and gathering kai (food), and share some more traditional Maori cuisine!!! Safe travels, and arohanui - Your Whanau from Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours
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Joe B wrote a review Dec 2018
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We stayed at the lodge as a stop on the Stray bus and was overwhelmed by the welcoming attitudes of our hosts Enah and Nads. We were made to feel at home right from the get go and throughout. The activities were fun and the hangi delicious but perhaps the most rewarding aspect of our stay is understanding how we are impacting the wider community of Murupara and really getting to understand the authentic Maori way of life and how the Maori fit into modern day NZ. Thank you very much to Enah, Nads and the rest of the Kohutapu family!
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Date of stay: December 2018Trip type: Traveled
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Response from KohutapuLodge, Owner at Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours
Responded Jun 4, 2019
Kia ora Joe!! Wow! Thank you so much for your fabulous review of our place!! And thank you again for making such a wonderful positive impact on our community, simply by coming to visit us!!! We pride ourselves on a deep rooted concept in our culture called 'Manaakitanga' - the act of hospitality, hosting and taking care of our visitors. And by the time you leave, you really do become a part of our whanau (family) - how lucky are we to do what we do!!! You are so welcome, and all the very best for the future. Arohanui, Your Kohutapu Lodge whanau xox
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Rian wrote a review May 2018
Utrecht, The Netherlands43 contributions3 helpful votes
Good food! Really nice and lovely people. They teached us a lot for example the Haka. The place was amazing, the nature and surrounding. I will recommend this to everyone. You can see and experience a bit about the Maori culture!
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Date of stay: May 2018Trip type: Traveled
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Response from KohutapuLodge, Owner at Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours
Responded Jun 4, 2019
Kia ora!! Awesome!! Thank you for your wonderful feedback!! Glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us - and appreciated our concept of a cultural tourism experience, which is simply REAL LIFE!!! Mauri Ora!! Your whanau from Kohutapu Lodge xox
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Lake Aniwhenua Lodge
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New ZealandNorth IslandBay of Plenty RegionMurupara
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12
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, kids activities, and free internet access.
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Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.
Is Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.