My daughters and I had a terrific time at the Lodge. We stayed 3 nights. 1 day we had cooking class with Fran made homemade ricotta cheese, gnocchi and lasagna noodles. Another day we took a trip to the kauri forests with Ian and he told us lots of fun stories. They even taught us some weaving and set up a visit to the bone carver. Make sure you visit Opononi sand dune area! We went on the off season in winter so the price was reasonable considering all the attention and care we were showered with by the owners. The food was top knot some of the best eaten in all our time in NZ which is coming up on a month. There is no cell phone reception in the area around the forests but the owners are so kind and let you use the phone even for international calls. The kids loved playing cards and weaving with Fran and going out to feed the 2 kunekune pigs with Ian.
- 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