We only stayed one night at Waipoua lodge in December 2012 and that was defenitely to short! When we arrived we were welcomed by Ian & Fran and were given a menu we could select our choice for tonight's dinner. Mmmm, difficult to choose from, it all sounded very nice. We were given some background on the house by Fran and the house came to live after that. Our room was very spacious, with a seperate living room, kitchenette, bedroom and a large bathroom.
We had an early dinner as we booked a night tour at the Waipoua forest. Ian & Fran are totally equipped for this tour. You have your starter & main course first, then you have the tour and when you came back to the lodge you enjoy your dessert. How clever. The food is really to dye for, it is sooooo good. The attention to detail and the stories Ian & Fran exchange with you are great. They have a good knowledge of the area and give you any information you want and they are full of stories. We even got Christmas Crackers with our dessert. as we stayed there short before Christmas. The next morning we had our gourmet breakfast and said hello to the two piglets before we went further on our journey. This is really a lovely place to stay and we would recommend to stay here for 2 or 3 nights. There is plenty to see in the area and every time when you come 'home' you can enjoy the lovely food Fran has prepared!
- 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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