I just had to share my new love … a Ballarini Portofino Granitium frypan!
To be honest I had been pretty sceptical about these ‘stone’ finished pans that I had seen promoted at homeshows etc., but then I discovered Ballarini which is an Italian company who have been making pans since 1889 and still makes them today in Italy! Having owned one for only a few days I have to say that it has become my latest kitchen love. Everything just slides perfectly around and the caramalisation (browning) process is a breeze! So if you can get your hands on a Ballarini do so!!
This amazing photo was posted by the Idaho Virtualization Laboratory and shows the size differential between a human skull and that of a Tyrannosaur. It made us think about the size of a human skull compared to a kauri tree!
As well as their size – what else do dinosaurs and kauri trees have in common?
They are both ancient and giant relics which puts mankind into perspective
What don’t they have in common?
One is extinct and one IS STILL LIVING TODAY and mankind can still stand next to it!
BUT … let’s make sure we keep it that way!
Come and visit New Zealand’s own native “dinosaurs” in the Waipoua Forest
The Waipoua Forester’s Delight!
After spending the day encountering the ancient and mighty trees of the Waipoua Forest, like Tane Mahuta, what better way to relax than with a Waipoua Forester’s Delight cocktail.
NZ Luxury Accommodation Waipoua Lodge has a signature cocktail – the Waipoua Forester’s Delight. Delicious and very very smooth to drink this beautiful green concoction is perfect to have been chosen as the signature cocktail for Waipoua Lodge. Whilst packing a punch, the mix is creative and fun and what better background that the ancient Waipoua Forest. Host Ian says there are two ways you can enjoy a Waipoua Forester’s Delight …. come and experience Waipoua Lodge, or drop him an email and he’ll think about perhaps sharing his secret!
At Waipoua Lodge we love to make a birthday really special
For 81 year old Albert who was passionate about the environment and trees this included quickly whipping up an Italian meringue kauri tree!
For all our guests our focus is on creating a memorable guest experience so be careful if you are celebrating a special occasion when you stay at the lodge – you will never know what we might do!
The news from TripAdvisor just got better ……
Waipoua Lodge has been awarded top 25 in South Pacific
We celebrated being in the top 25 in New Zealand for best small hotel, best luxury hotel and best romantic hotel, but we have also been awarded 12/25 for the best small hotel and 15/25 for the best luxury hotel in the SOUTH PACIFIC! This is wonderful news and thank you so much to all our wonderful guest reviews. We obviously can’t please everyone and when this happens it is disappointing but gives us an opportunity to review our business and what we do so that we continue to ensure that we provide the majority of our visitors with a memorable guest experience.
Incredibly every year on New Year’s eve in many European countries there is a very strange German habit!
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We are delighted to have recently been awarded Qualmark’s Enviro Gold Award which is awarded to businesses that “exceed the highest levels of environmental and social responsibilities and represents strong leadership and advocacy”.
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It has been tough to actually do this blog as we come to terms with the sad loss of our special and precious West Highland White, Hamish who passed away on 11th December. He had been a part of our lives for nearly 13 years and there is obviously quite a gap to now join together.
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Today is a momentous occasion as after only 3 years of owning Waipoua Lodge, we have just hit 100 Excellent Reviews on TripAdvisor thanks to our wonderful guests! TripAdvisor really is becoming the most powerful online traveller’s tool and great reviews are so important to any business. Knowing that we are getting it right for our guests makes everything really special. Click on the image to read our reviews.
Thank you to our lovely guest Ellen Henderson for taking this beautiful picture of Fran with our gorgeous West Highland White Terrier Bonnie – absolute unconditional love