How to make a birthday really special

Posted on March 6th, 2014

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!

Waipoua Lodge Top 25 in South Pacific

Posted on February 28th, 2014

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.

A very strange German habit!

Posted on December 31st, 2013

Dinner for One Waipoua Lodge Luxury Accommodation New Zealand

Incredibly every year on New Year’s eve in many European countries there is a very strange German habit! Continue reading »

Qualmark Environmental Award – Waipoua Lodge receives Gold

Posted on December 19th, 2013

 Qualmark Enviro Gold Award

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”.  Continue reading »

Sad Loss of our West Highland White Hamish

Posted on December 16th, 2013

Waipoua Lodge's Hamish

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.  Continue reading »

Waipoua Lodge hits 100 Excellent TripAdvisor Reviews!

Posted on December 5th, 2013

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.

Waipoua Lodge Luxury Accommodation New Zealand  Hits 100 Excellent TripAdisor Reviews

Waipoua Lodge’s Gorgeous West Highland White Bonnie

Posted on December 4th, 2013


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

UK Telegraph Awards – NZ Top Favourite Place to Visit

Posted on November 29th, 2013

One of the great things about being in the hospitality/tourism business is that pretty much everyday we are reminded how lucky we are to not only live in New Zealand, but especially here at our 5 star luxury lodge, surrounded by our ancient Waipoua Forest. Guests are truly enthralled by the backdrop of the kauri forest and the peace, tranquillity and pioneering history of Waipoua Lodge.

For the second year running, the UK Telegraph has named New Zealand the Favourite Country for Brits to visit – all good news for us .. just now need to get the NZ$ down so that we can be seen as an affordable country to visit!


It’s a dog’s (and cat’s) life!

Posted on November 11th, 2013

Waipoua Lodge Luxury Accommodation

For dogs & cats too!

It is sometimes very difficult to make OUR bed in the morning!

Our West Highland White terrier Hamish and Mr McFuggly simply refusing to start their day!


It’s a dog’s (and cat’s) life!

Westpac Northland Business Awards 2013 – Waipoua Lodge Finalist

Posted on November 11th, 2013


Westpac Northland Business Awards 2013

Waipoua Lodge named as a Finalist

As a result of our TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award, we were asked by the Northland Chamber of Commerce to enter this year’s business awards and on Friday 25th October at the Gala Dinner we were absolutely delighted to be named a finalist which put us in the top 3 of 9 strong contenders. Entering the awards was a great opportunity to review our whole business operation and after less than 3 years to have achieved this level of success is very rewarding. Thank you Westpac and the Chamber of Commerce for providing businesses throughout New Zealand with this great opportunity. Continue reading »