With a long history of sheltering travellers, this historic home, once a sheep farm, has made itself a place amongst the best of the New Zealand lodges.The accolades from other travellers say it all. We would simply add that the hosts, Ian and Fran, are genuinely interested in their guests, personalise their recommendations for your itinerary based on excellent local knowledge (Ian is a born travel guide!), provide gourmet dinners (Fran is a mainly self-taught very creative chef), have a great wine cellar at very good prices. The rooms are all private suites, beautifully renovated, a few steps from the rain forest. Guests can participate in Fran's cooking lessons, help feed the unique and fascinating family pets, or just absorb the beauty of the Northland and its history. (don't miss "Footprints" guided tours in the Waipoua Forest). For us, the special efforts of the hosts of Waipoua lodge to make us feel like (royal!) family, created three memorable days in this truly awesome region of New Zealand
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- 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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