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4748 State Highway 12, Waipoua Forest, Northland, New Zealand
1.5 kms south of the Waipoua Forest on State Highway 12
45 kms north of Dargaville on State Highway 12
Nearest roads: Waipoua Settlement Road (250m to the north) and Marlborough Road (1.1km to the south)
GPS: S35.69564 & E173.57295
Please be careful using a GPS to determine a route to the lodge as often the GPS will pick the shortest route which uses unsealed back roads and which take far longer. Please travel of State Highway 12 from the East Coast or north from Dargaville.
We purchased this wonderful and historic “grand old lady” Waipoua Lodge, in November 2010.
Both of us have a corporate background, specifically centering around management and finance so deciding to purchase a luxury lodge was quite out of left field but something we really enjoy. Being able to call this unique and special place our home is truly something else. We honestly fell in love with her on our first visit! To be able to share her with our wonderful guests is simply something else.
Ian – I was born and bred in Auckland and my New Zealand ancestors date back to the mid 19th century when fencible soldiers received a paid passage and land to venture downunder. The tiny two roomed fencible cottage occupied by my great great grandparents (and their eight children) is actually on display at the Museum of Transport & Technology in Auckland – quite different to the luxury of Waipoua Lodge! I love the environment and having lived most of my life in the city to now live in this beautiful remote area is simply amazing. Looking after these wonderful old buildings, coupled with developing the grounds, is a challenge which keeps me very busy when I am not being front of house and looking after our delightful guests.
Fran – I was born in Dorset, England, but my great great grandparents came to New Zealand in the mid 19th century with my father being born here in 1911. He was an early aviator and ended up in England shortly before the war. My mother was born in India where my grandfather owned an engineering factory for tea processing equipment. I grew up visiting New Zealand regularly and have always felt more of a kiwi than not. I moved here permanently in 1987 and met Ian in 1998. My absolute passion is cooking and the lodge has given me the wonderful opportunity to develop my skills and create a range of a la carte dishes for our guests to enjoy, plus develop my cooking school initiative.
The lodge is also home to our West Highland White Terrier (Bonnie) a short hair Birman cat (Mr McFuggly) and two native Kunekune pedigree pigs called Holly & Bessy. They all love to meet the guests – but only when invited!
If you would like to contact us regarding staying at the lodge, or planning your trip to the beautiful Kauri Coast and the Waipoua Forest, please give us a call, email us, or use the Contact Form.
Ian & Fran Farrant