Cuisine at Waipoua Lodge

Fran is a passionate predominantly self-taught cook who describes her style as ‘traditional with flair’ focusing on using fresh local produce.

Coupled with Ian’s hosting and knowledge of New Zealand wines, often sourced from vineyards personally known to them, dining at the lodge is a truly pleasurable experience.


Included in the price of your accommodation – your day starts with a scrumptious breakfast consisting of a platter of fresh fruit with juices, cereals with natural yoghurt sweetened with local honey, followed by a selection of toasted breads and croissant and then a beautifully cooked small and manageable serving of bacon, home made sausage with coriander & lemon, baked mushrooms, a baked tomato with pesto and eggs of your choice.

Ian’s barrista skills provide that special latte, flat white, capuccino or expresso or there are a range of teas (including herbal) available


As we are located in a remote area with no other dining options within a 30-40 minute drive, we are always prepared for our guests to dine at the lodge. In fact the cuisine and dining at Waipoua Lodge has received such wonderful reviews that as well as wanting to visit the ancient kauri trees, it is now one of the reasons people choose to stay with us!

We offer a very comprehensive menu for such a small lodge and because everything is freshly prepared we can only do this with a little preparation time. When you check in, we shall ask you to make your menu choice, but your time of dining is totally up to you. If you think you will be arriving after 4.30 pm please let us know and we can email you a menu in advance.

The three course a la carte dinner menu is $75.00 per person and guests normally dine between 7.00 and 8.30 pm. Servings are reasonably sized and intended for you to enjoy something from each course, but if you would prefer only two or one courses this is not a problem. Please use the following link to view our menu. To complete your dining experience we have a wide choice of tea and coffee available, plus a range of dessert wines and liquors from the bar.

WAIPOUA LODGE Luxury Accommodation New Zealand – Sample Summer Menu

For children staying at the lodge we offer a special menu with food being charged based on the amount consumed with a 3 course child menu being between $20-$45.


“The food was first grade and our wonderful hostess is a top chef !  The lemon souffle is divine.  We can’t wait to return”
David & Jessie – USA

“Thank you for a wonderful night in such a beautiful place and only sorry we aren’t staying longer.  The dinner last night was without doubt the best we have had in the last six weeks here in New Zealand.”
Patrick & Eleanor-Anne - Guernsey