We were made extremely welcome by Ian and Fran who were definitely attentive hosts rather than just normal hoteliers. Nothing was too much trouble and the food was out of this world. Indeed, on the second night, as there were no other guests, we were asked what we would like to eat and Fran laid on a wonderful spread. Make sure you leave enough room for the fantastic breakfast the next morning! The accommodation was immaculate and the setting so quiet. It is a fairly isolated location and you have to eat there but it is very handy for the Kauri Forests and plenty of walks and beautiful scenery to admire. It was the most expensive place we stayed in during our 3 and a half tour around New Zealand but we judged it to be excellent value for money and will always remember the warm welcome, attentive service and tremendous food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience true New Zealand hospitality. Waipoua Lodge - creating a memorable guest experience. Waipoua Lodge is a little piece of luxury etched in history where you can experience true New Zealand hospitality whilst travelling Northland’s Twin Coast Discovery Highway. This circular route provides two diverse coastlines which offer in just one region, so much of the natural environment which is our beautiful Aotea-roa (land of the long white cloud). Nestled on a ridge overlooking the vast Waipoua Forest – home of the ancient and iconic kauri trees, Waipoua Lodge offers relaxing, warm and authentic New Zealand hospitality and the perfect location from which to explore the beautiful and often undiscovered Kauri Coast - Pathway to Northland and Naturally New Zealand’s Ancient, Eco & Cultural Destination. With the mixture of yesteryear in the old Kauri lodge, home to artefacts from the Kauri logging era, to the four acres of garden and tranquil bush walk surrounded by pasture and forest … you will be inspired and all within an easy 3 hour drive from Auckland. Host Ian offers personalised guided tours of the local area and hands on talks and demonstrations of the history of the ancient kauri and the early pioneers and gumdiggers. If you have a love of food, cooking and entertaining, then dining at Waipoua Lodge will be an experience to remember. Spending some time with host and chef Fran at the lodge's cooking school could simply be the ‘cream on your dessert!’ ... more less
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