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Waipoua Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Waipoua Forest
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San Marino, California
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7 reviews
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“Kind knowledgeable hosts delicious cuisine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

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.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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FoodieF55, Owner at Waipoua Lodge, responded to this review, 8 October 2014
Thank you for your review and it was a pleasure to host you and the girls at the lodge and we are delighted that they had such a great time. Even in winter there is lots to do and fun to be had in all sorts of ways.
Kindest regards
Fran & Ian
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Bendigo, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

We have travelled around the World and this is probably the best one on one service you will get anywhere
These people are passionate about what they do and they do it real good!
Do yourself a favour and stay here with pre-booked dinner then write back and tell me it wasn't that good - I don't think you will
We love it !

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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FoodieF55, Owner at Waipoua Lodge, responded to this review, 19 July 2014
Thank you so much for your lovely review and do let us know if you get any emails!!
We did so enjoy meeting you both and sharing not only our wonderful historic homestead, but also our precious ancient trees and natural environment - a truly special place to live.
Kindest regards
Fran & Ian
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Dusslingen, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2014

An irish Kauri woodturner in the Far North at Ahipara Beach (ask anyone there where "Irish" lives) told us about Fran and Ians hospitality and encouraged us to stay at their Lodge for a night while seeing the mammoth Kauri trees there. We were there around March in 2013.
It's a magical place to visit and the Waipoua Lodge deserves all it can get for its top service, friendliness, fantastic wines and food, great Apartments.
I heartily recommend this as a place to visit if you want to know how to celebrate the good things in life!

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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FoodieF55, Owner at Waipoua Lodge, responded to this review, 7 June 2014
How lovely to hear from you and we remember your special honeymoon visit well. Thank you for taking the time to write your first review for Waipoua Lodge - it truly means a lot to us to know that we created a memorable guest experience and that you found our historic homestead to be a magical place. We have to agree we think it is too!
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Fran & Ian
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Traverse City, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

We spent 2 wonderful nights at the Waipoua Lodge in February of 2014. We were tired of traveling as we had been gone 6 weeks. It was a long drive to the lodge from where we came and we were not sure we wanted to be there. Our feelings changed as we saw the wonderful lodging we had. The Lodge is small and the welcome from Fran and Ian was very warm. They went out of their way to be sure we enjoyed our stay in the area. They recommended sights to see and provided a box lunch one day as there were not good restaurants in the area we visited that day. The accommodations include a very good breakfast. We ate dinner both evenings there also for an additional fee. The dinners were the best we had in New Zealand. Fran is a wonderful gourmet chef. We were so glad we included Waipoua Lodge in our New Zealand. It is onw place we would return to if we get back to New Zealand.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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FoodieF55, Owner at Waipoua Lodge, responded to this review, 7 June 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write your first review for us and we are so pleased that you found your drive north worthwhile. Waipoua Lodge is a wonderful base from which to explore the Kauri Coast and Waipoua Forest which truly offer some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand. To stand in front of Kauri trees which are 2,000 and 3,000 years old is truly a humbling experience.
We were also delighted to know that we obviously succeeded in creating a memorable guest experience for you, especially with the cuisine and we look forward to hopefully welcoming you back one day to re-live it all again.
Kind regards
Fran & Ian
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

After a very stressful couple of weeks leading up to our daughter's wedding, my husband and I stayed for four nights at Waipoua Lodge with the most hospitable Ian and Fran. From the moment Fran greeted us, we felt welcome and at home in this delightful spot. We stayed in The Stables - a large suite with living room, kitchen/dining room, large bedroom and very large bathroom with bath and separate rain shower. It was cold when we first arrived, but heaters in the lounge room and bathroom, and electric blankets, soon had us feeling cosy. Fran's cooking is exceptional and the dinners and breakfasts we had were absolutely delicious. We would love to return to work our way through the rest of the interesting menu. We also did a cooking class with Fran and, although I pride myself on being a pretty good cook, I actually learnt a lot. This is a wonderful, luxurious base for touring the North Island and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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FoodieF55, Owner at Waipoua Lodge, responded to this review, 7 June 2014
Thank you so much for your lovely comprehensive review of your 3 nights' stay. As you rightly say, our New Zealand winter is now here and whilst we can still have beautiful blue skies during the day, our night time temperature can get down to about 10C (which isn't too bad for winter!).
It was a pleasure to spend time with you both in the kitchen and delighted that you enjoyed the cooking class sharing culinary tips. Thank you once again for choosing to stay with us.
Kind regards
Fran & Ian
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

As a very special birthday present from my kids, my husband and I were spoilt to have a night at this lovely lodge, including a most delicious dinner from Fran, as well as a cooking class the next morning.
The setting is absolutely beautiful, and the place got a special meaning after Ian told us about it's history. Also great that they are so involved in saving the Kauri forest!
We loved it and can recommend it to everybody!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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FoodieF55, Owner at Waipoua Lodge, responded to this review, 3 June 2014
Thank you for your lovely review and it was a great pleasure to provide you with this special surprise birthday experience from your children. Fran really enjoyed spending time with you and your husband in the kitchen, sharing some of the tips and tricks that she has learnt since owning the lodge. Raymond Blanc once said "Food is not just about cooking and eating - it is about life and living" What a wonderful sentiment to follow!
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Fran & Ian
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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2014

This Review is long overdue, but well deserved. Our family took a one year sabbatical and traveled the world. One of our stops was Waipoua Lodge and it was one of the highlights of our whole year. Fran and Ian made our visit spectacular. We had our 11 year old daughter and 9 year old son with us. Fran and Ian went out of their way to make sure that the kids were haveing a special time. We carved cow bones like the original Maori carvings, we toured the Kauri forest with a native Maori historian, we planted a Kauri tree in the forest, we milked cows at the local dairy. It was extraordinarily special. Fran's cooking- oh my goodness! Our first group of friends is going over Christmas and we are so happy that someone else is going to get to enjoy the special experience.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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FoodieF55, Owner at Waipoua Lodge, responded to this review, 3 June 2014
Thank you so much for your wonderful review - no matter when written, each review is truly valued.

We remember your visit with fond memories, the milking the cows video still brings a smile! Thank you so much for referring your friends and we look forward to welcoming them to the lodge ata Christmas. Best wishes to you all.
Kindest regards
Fran & Ian
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Property: Waipoua Lodge
Address: 4748 State Highway 12, Waipoua Forest 0376, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Waipoua Forest
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Waipoua Forest
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Waipoua Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 4
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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