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Waipoua Lodge

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Hamilton, New Zealand
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thank you to Fran & Ian for a wonderful experience. Our stay was the perfect relaxing two night escape to celebrate our 22nd wedding anniversary. The tranquility and stately charm of your property won me over instantly. The standout for me was the delightful warmth of the hosts and the welcoming refreshments on arrival. Who could resist tea served in...

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Toronto, Ontario
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent two nights in one of the luxury suites and had a wonderful time. Fran and Ian are vey welcoming hosts. Fran’s cooking was the best I tasted in all of New Zealand. High praise given that we ate in some memorable restaurants. Looking forward to another visit in the not too distant future.

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Glenwood Springs, Colorado, United States
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were only able to spend one night at this beautiful property- and are already planning to return! The lodge is beautiful with lovely luxury rooms. Every attention to detail has been met. Fran and Ian were fabulous hosts- quick to share knowledge of the area and give suggestions for local activities. And the food- oh the food! Fran is...

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Dargaville, New Zealand
Reviewed 6 December 2016

Ian and Fran were the best host I've ever stayed with, very personalised service, amazing meals and detailed information about the lodges and also local area history, the room was incredibly spacious.

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FoodieF55, Owner at Waipoua Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for for your lovely review and we are so pleased that you enjoyed your celebratory stay at Waipoua Lodge so much. This old homestead and the amazing ancient Kauri Coast is truly somewhere very special that we are proud to call home and delight in sharing with all our guests. Kindest regards Ian & Fran

Santa Fe, New Mexico
Reviewed 5 December 2016

Spent a wonderful evening with Fran and Ian. The Suite was absolutely splendid; spacious, clean, extremely comfortable. The place you envision after a long day of travel to rejuvenate! Fran prepared a most delicious meal (really, you need to sign up for dinner at the Lodge) and Ian regaled me with all sorts of interesting information and stories about the...

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FoodieF55, Owner at Waipoua Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review and we are so pleased that you too enjoyed the Waipoua Lodge experience, PLUS our resident Morepork Owl put in an appearance for you. We would love to welcome you back should you return to New Zealand - we find that so many guests who can spend only one...

Reviewed 1 December 2016

Waipoua Lodge sells itself due to its fabulous location alone, however what makes it extra special is it's hosts. Fran and Ian went the extra mile in every way to accommodate our every need. They organised horseriding for my 20 year old daughter and helped me plan my own excursions into the magnificent Kauri Forests all around. The cooking is...

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FoodieF55, Owner at Waipoua Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words and it was a pleasure to welcome you and your daughter to our historic homestead. We were delighted to be able to organise some authentic rural kiwi horseriding for you and only too happy to give you a black beer with which to climb our 130 year old macracarpa tree to enjoy the sun...

Blenheim, New Zealand
Reviewed 26 November 2016

We never had such woderful b&b,with an outstanding dinner and intresting and inspiering discussions with Ohr hosts,about life,Country and cooking .What could you expect more in this woderful part of New Zealand

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FoodieF55, Owner at Waipoua Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words and it was lovely to meet you and share as you say inspiring discussions not only about New Zealand but also about your home in Germany. We hope that you have continued to have many more awesome kiwi experiences in other wonderful parts of New Zealand. Kindest regards Ian & Fran

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Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

We visited the Waipoua forest, and the Waipoua Lodge at the end of our month long visit to New Zealand. We stayed in some great places along the way, but WL exceeded them all for sheer graciousness, fabulous cooking, comfort, and terrific hosts. The lodge is on the edge of Waipoua forest, home of ancient kauri trees, some of them...

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FoodieF55, Owner at Waipoua Lodge, responded to this review

We are so pleased that at the end of your month long visit to New Zealand you enjoyed your stay at Waipoua Lodge so much to think it was the best place you stayed. We both love being owners and custodians of this wonderful old historic homestead, plus of course living in this amazing, ancient Kauri Coast environment. With a...

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Reviewed 21 November 2016

If you are traveling into the Northland to see the ancient Kauri trees in the Waipoua Forest, you can do no better than to stay with Fran and Ian Farrant at the Waipoua Lodge. In fact, this place is so nice that it would be worth a trip to stay there even if you weren't going just to see the...

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FoodieF55, Owner at Waipoua Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so, so much for your amazing review and especially for taking the time to write such a comprehensive description of your stay - we are delighted that as for many guests, our vision of 'creating a memorable guest experience' worked and resulted in you feeling pampered and privileged to stay at Waipoua Lodge and we do sincerely hope...

Russell, New Zealand
Reviewed 20 November 2016

Absolutely beautiful location along with some wonderful hosts. I highly recommend staying at the Waipoua Lodge with Ian and Fran. The whole experience was incredible. It's amazing how the rooms are mixed with highly historic backgrounds and in a modern setting. Amazing amazing amazing!!

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FoodieF55, Owner at Waipoua Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review and for pointing out the heart of why so many guests enjoy Waipoua Lodge - you have hit the nail right on the head. We believe it is the authentic historic experience, blended into the amazing natural environment and delivered to a five star luxury standard that truly allows us to 'create a memorable...

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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 

Additional Information about Waipoua Lodge

Address: 4748 State Highway 12, Waipoua Forest 0376, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Waipoua Forest
Price Range: £278 - £339 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Waipoua Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 4
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“The Woolshed was wonderful - cosy and removed enough from the other dwellings to feel private”
 of 5 bubbles fts77, 30 Nov 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are very private. Fran and Ian will select the best room for you.”
  • Well stocked kitchenette.
  • Heated towel rack
  • Clawfoot tub if you want a bath
  • Barrier free rainfall shower
  • Extremely comfortable king size bed
  • Full complement of bath items
  • Very comfortable living room in the suite
  • Ian and Fran on the front porch
 of 5 bubbles Fingerpicker8, 20 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Beautiful rooms, perfectly equipped and very clean!”
 of 5 bubbles angingeorge, 19 Nov 2016 | Read review
“The rooms were great”
 of 5 bubbles 872joannea, 6 Nov 2016 | Read review
“All suites are equally well appointed and private.”
  • Our suite for the night
  • Old railway station names adorn the lodge
  • The comfortable bedroom
  • The lounge of our private suite
 of 5 bubbles travellingcoral, 3 Nov 2016 | Read review
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