Cooking School for Kids

Posted on July 19th, 2014

Budding 5 star little chefs can have heaps of fun at the Waipoua Lodge Cooking School for Kids!

Top of the list of skills is fresh ricotta (which can be turned into the most perfect gnocchi), scrummy pasta and of course kneading and shaping their own bread dough. So kids tell Mum & Dad that a stay at Waipoua Lodge would be fun PLUS you get to visit the ancient kauri trees which have been growing here for up to 3,000 years … that’s pretty old!!

Most Expensive Dinners in the World?

Posted on June 15th, 2014

Luxury Accomodation Waipoua Lodge & Cooking School recommends French Laundry CookbookThe French Laundry is rated one of the top restaurants in the world so presumably it follow that they also provide perhaps one of the Most Expensive Dinners in the World?

At US$445 pp (including wine) this menu is an incredible work of culinary skill, fabulous ingredients and reflects the high standards of The French Laundry.

Not in your price bracket (especially if it includes an airfare to the Napa Valley, then like us you might like to invest in The French Laundry Cookbook where chef Thomas Keller shares some of his wonderful recipes and ideas, plus of course masterful culinary tips!

This You Tube link by Anthony Bourdain provides a wonderful insight into dining at The French Laundry and around 20 of the dishes from the menu.
You need to be patient to get to the actual French Laundry section – about 9 minutes in.

As with all the world’s great people, Thomas Keller is a very humble person simply following his passion and considering himself a very lucky person.
For his followers it seems absolute perfectionism, but for Thomas Keller he states “Perfectionism is something you never actually attain. It is only something you assert for, because once you reach it, it is not perfect. You have lost it, it’s gone – it can never be perfect”

Without doubt this is definitely the best stick blender on the market

Posted on June 10th, 2014

Best-Stick-Blender-Recommended-by-Luxury-5-Star-Waipoua-LodgeThe Waipoua Lodge Cooking School is not in the habit of making recommendations unless something is really good BUT without doubt this is definitely the best stick blender on the market!

We bought a Breville BSB510W at the beginning of the year when chef Fran started to develop carpel tunnel using her old blender to make Waipoua Lodge’s signature dessert lemon souffle. Making as many souffles as Fran, problems can occur – the weight, start button, constant holding position and vibration were causing her middle finger to become numb and the vibration were going up through her wrist. In the morning the wrist was stiff and painful.

Great design features … from top to bottom

  1. Whilst the Breville BSB510 is actually heavier than Fran’s previous brand, the control grip design (with rubber non-slip section) means that you can rest the weight on the top of your fingers, the vibration is minimal and best of all there is a fantastic variable speed control switch!
  2. Attaching the stick wand and whisk on and off is a breeze – it clicks on and off and isn’t a twist lock which can become worn or even undo with the twisting motion of the end attachment.
  3. Fran had previously been REALLY frustrated with previous brands trying to align the lid of the mini blender bowl top but with the Breville it just drops easily into position.
  4. and finally the design of the stick wand if impresive – the cutting area becomes a fantastic vortex so that splattering is totally minimised and there is a rubber surface at the bottom to grip the bottom of the container.

Well done Breville – a brand which historically we have thought to be perhaps cheap and cheerful is now on our list of preferred brands!

Link to product information

Winter Snuggle Up With A Friend

Posted on June 9th, 2014

Winter-Snuggle-Up-With-a-Friend-Waipoua-Luxury-Lodge-New-ZealandCold weather must be here as seen in this winter snuggle up with a friend. Since the loss of our first Westie Hamish last December, Bonnie and our short haired Birman, Mc McFuggly have become a lot closer. Like true brother and sister their relationship goes from a winter snuggle up with a friend to chasing and stalking each other around the lounge and garden. Lovely to see the closeness that can exist when need arises!

Wednesday Morning Quiz

Posted on June 4th, 2014

Do you know the answer to this Wednesday Morning Quiz?

  1. What is still living
  2. Is in New Zealand
  3. Is 3,000 years old

Not many of us kiwis know the answer to this – do you and have you seen it ?

Want to see it?

From Luxury Lodge in New Zealand to Cornish Countryside!

Posted on May 31st, 2014

Luxury-Lodge-Wiki-Kiwi-living-in-UK-meets-Kunekune-DemelzaOne of Waipoua Lodge’s Wiki Kiwis, now living in England, has recently had a trip to the Cornish Countryside where she encountered a Kunekune named Demelza! Having been brought up in New Zealand with Kunekunes Holly & Bessy, Wiki was totally at ease and Demelza seemed to sense a connection with her distant heritage! We showed Holly and Bessy the photo and they immediately spotted the likeness although did point out that they did not have floppy ears and their snout was rather bigger and flatter (as we can see from our page header!)

How to whiten your teeth

Posted on May 16th, 2014

Want to know how to whiten your teeth?

We realise this is a very strange blog for Waipoua Lodge but we thought we just had to share this little gem told to us by Ian’s son Dan and girlfriend Charlotte … how to whiten your teeth … the answer is TUMERIC! We know this sounds absolutely crazy but it does seem to work. Simply pop some turmeric on your toothbrush twice a day and get brushing. Be careful not to get too much yellow on your skin as it is a little difficult to remove. Rinse and then brush with normal toothpaste or bicarbonate of soda … we dare you to try it ! Thanks Dan & Charlotte!

Best Non-Stick Fry Pan

Posted on April 13th, 2014

I just had to share my new love … a Ballarini Portofino Granitium frypan!

Ballarini Cookware

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!!









Man versus kauri tree is like Man versus dinosaur!

Posted on April 9th, 2014

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

Come and visit New Zealand’s own native “dinosaurs” in the Waipoua Forest



NZ Luxury Accommodation Waipoua Lodge has a signature cocktail

Posted on March 27th, 2014

The Waipoua Forester’s Delight!

Luxury-Accommodation-New-Zealand,-Waipoua-Lodge's-Signature-Cocktail---the-Forester's-DelightAfter 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!