Waipoua Lodge http://www.waipoualodge.co.nz Just another WordPress site Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:51:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Westpac Northland Business Excellence Awards http://www.waipoualodge.co.nz/westpac-northland-business-excellence-awards/ http://www.waipoualodge.co.nz/westpac-northland-business-excellence-awards/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:30:49 +0000 http://www.waipoualodge.co.nz/?p=5624 Waipoua Lodge winner Westpac Northland Business Excellence Awards 2014(5) Waipoua Lodge Winner

Westpac Northland Business Excellence Awards

Konica Minolta – Excellence in Business | Owner Operator Award

Last night at Forum North in Whangarei, we were absolutely delighted to have been awarded the Westpac Northland Business Excellence Award in the Konica Minolta, Excellence in Business |Owner Operator category.

Having been a finalist in 2013, the judges this year recognised our further achievements and in particular the Fodor’s World Top 100 Hotel Award. For anyone considering entering these business awards, we cannot recommend the process Waipoua Lodge winner Westpac Northland Business Excellence Awards 2014(6)highly enough. Even though we have corporate backgrounds, the rewards gained from taking time out to analyse your business is invaluable. To then have informed judges visit and spend a few hours talking through your entry and your business is again a chance to get up in your helicopter and look down at what you are doing – yes an opportunity for the old adage working ‘on’ rather than ‘in’ your business!

Waipoua Lodge winner Westpac Northland Business Excellence Awards 2014(1)In addition to a package to the value of $2,500, we received a beautiful trophy created by the extremely talented young carver Kawiti Wiremu – the trophy has a Hei Matou (hook) which represents the idea and vision of what you want. The Hoe (paddle) represents the action that will move you there. Hand carved from native Rimu, Totara and Kauri sourced from Northland.

“I think success is a vision, with a measure of processes ensuring its prosperity” Contact Kawiti Wiremu

Our sincere thanks go to Terry, Shelley & Janette, the team at the Northland Chamber of Commerce, sponsors Westpac and Konica Minolta and also to our dedicated team of staff at the lodge without whom, our recent achievements would not have been possible – Pat, Eva & Faith.

Our focus is on creating a memorable guest experience and last night a memorable experience was definitely created for us!

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Governor General’s Visit to Waipoua Lodge http://www.waipoualodge.co.nz/governor-generals-visit-to-waipoua-lodge/ http://www.waipoualodge.co.nz/governor-generals-visit-to-waipoua-lodge/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:53:57 +0000 http://www.waipoualodge.co.nz/?p=5605 Waipoua-Lodge---visit-by-the-Governor-General-October-2014Last night we were very fortunate to have the honour of hosting Sir Jerry Mateparae and his staff. The Governor General’s visit to Waipoua Lodge was part of a two day tour of Northland. The tour included presenting the Queen’s Service Medal to Wade Doak and Barry Searle in Dargaville. Wade and Barry both received the QSM for services to marine conservation. Sir Jerry then headed north to stay with us for the night and hosted a dinner for Tania McInnes (deputy Mayor – Far North Council), Sheryl Mail (Mayor – Whangarei), Bill Shepherd (CEO Northland Regional Council) and John Robertson (Commissioner – Kaipara District Council). This morning the Governor General is opening a major exhibition at the award winning Kauri Museum at Matakohe. The exhibition is in memory of Joseph Gordon Coates, the farm boy from Hukatere who went on to become a war hero and New Zealand’s first native-born Prime Minister.

Waipoua-Lodge-Governor-General's-Visit-CanapesWaipoua-Lodge-Governor-General's-Visit-Seared TunaWaipoua-Lodge-Governor-General's-Visit-slow cooked pork bellyFor the passionate foodies here is last night’s menu!

Salmon with hummus and pesto served on a wholemeal cracker
Smoked mushroom & dill pate served on a garlic crouton

Amuse Bouche
Rich tomato & cumin soup with cream, croutons and parsley

Fish Course
Seared tuna served on nutmeg spinach with a parmesan basket, saffron yoghurt & lemon chutneyMain Course

Pork belly slow cooked with five spices, pressed and served with a parsnip & bacon souffle, caramalised apples, duchesse potato, seasonal vegetables and an aromatic cider jus

Waipoua Lodge signature dessert – lemon souffle

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New Zealand Traveltrade Article http://www.waipoualodge.co.nz/new-zealand-traveltrade-article/ http://www.waipoualodge.co.nz/new-zealand-traveltrade-article/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 02:01:40 +0000 http://www.waipoualodge.co.nz/?p=5586 Fodor's World Top 100 Hotel Winner Waipoua LodgeNew Zealand’s official tourism website has proudly promoted our Fodor’s World Top 100 Hotel achievement


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2014 Fodor’s 100 Hotel Awards http://www.waipoualodge.co.nz/2014-fodors-100-hotel-awards/ http://www.waipoualodge.co.nz/2014-fodors-100-hotel-awards/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:58:25 +0000 http://www.waipoualodge.co.nz/?p=5562 Fodor's-ImageFodor’s Honours Waipoua Lodge

PRESS RELEASE: New York | 17th September 2014

Waipoua Lodge selected for the 2014 Fodor’s 100 Hotel Awards

We are absolutely delighted and thrilled to announce that Waipoua Lodge has been honoured as one of Fodor’s 2014 Top 100 Hotels in the World.

This leading travel guide is a major influence and we couldn’t have asked for a more prestigious recognition.
We are one of only 25 Small Hotels “At these intimate hotels, all with fewer than 50 guest rooms, expect personalised attention and one-of-a-kind experiences”, plus from the Top 100, we are one of only 25 who have also been chosen for the Reader’s Choice Award. There are only two hotels in New Zealand to have been recognised.

Fodor’s 100 Hotels 2014 Press Release – Waipoua Lodge

Fodor’s Website – 2014 100 Hotel Awards

About Fodor’s Travel
The Fodor’s name has been synonymous with travel for more than 75 years. Their award-winning guidebooks (published by Random House), website, eBooks, and mobile apps provide today’s traveler with up-to-the-minute information to over 7,500 worldwide destinations. Their vast team of global correspondents offers highly curated, expert advice on how to travel smarter, from the best arts and culture offerings, to tips and strategies for an authentic and immersive experience, and the right hotels and restaurants for every taste and budget.




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Amazing ways to shape bread dough | Anat Ben-Ari http://www.waipoualodge.co.nz/amazing-ways-shape-bread-dough/ http://www.waipoualodge.co.nz/amazing-ways-shape-bread-dough/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:57:05 +0000 http://www.waipoualodge.co.nz/?p=5538 We make fresh dinner rolls and all sorts of other bread nearly every day at the lodge. Whilst I consider myself fairly creative, my good friend and fellow chef Martin Harrap has just shared this highly inspirational YouTube video – from Israeli, Anat Ben-Ari. Sadly all the commentary is in Arabic, so unless you wish to also be enthralled by the passion and chatter it can be a good idea to turn the sound down. Definitely worth the nine odd minutes to watch!

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Luxury Honeymoon Destination http://www.waipoualodge.co.nz/luxury-honeymoon-destination/ http://www.waipoualodge.co.nz/luxury-honeymoon-destination/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 03:00:01 +0000 http://www.waipoualodge.co.nz/?p=5452 Only 3 hours from Auckland

Waipoua Lodge is a Luxury Honeymoon Destination

Whilst weddings are not possible at the lodge, we were able to hold our son’s wedding here in February this year. A wonderful occasion and these beautiful, tranquil and romantic surrounds are available as a luxury honeymoon destination.

Waipoua Lodge offers two great packages, either a two night stay or a three night stay.

Waipoua Lodge Honeymoon Guest Feedback

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Best Ever Gluten Free Rice Bread Recipe http://www.waipoualodge.co.nz/best-ever-gluten-free-rice-bread-recipe/ http://www.waipoualodge.co.nz/best-ever-gluten-free-rice-bread-recipe/#comments Sat, 02 Aug 2014 05:59:17 +0000 http://www.waipoualodge.co.nz/?p=5319 Waipoua Lodge Cooking School shares a special recipe

Gluten Free Rice Bread


We know that there are a lot of coeliacs (or just those who prefer not to eat gluten) who struggle to get a really great gluten free bread. If you’re looking for the best ever gluten free rice bread recipe, then the Waipoua Lodge Cooking School has the answer. Over the past three years Fran has developed this quick and simple recipe which she now shares in the hopes it will make a difference. 

1 cup water
1/3 cup milk
2 big knobs of butter
2 eggs
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
4 tblsp oil
2 tblsp caster sugar
1 ½ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp xanthan gum (can be bought from healthstores)
2 ½ tsp dried yeast
2 1/3 cups of rice flour
1 loaf tin greased and lined with greaseproof paper which needs to finish approx 5 cms above the tin


  1. Put water, milk and butter into microwave for about 1.5 minutes to warm and melt butter
  2. Put warm liquid into a large mixing bowl and add all the other ingredients EXCEPT flour and Xanthan Gum
  3. Using an electric hand mixer, mix well until totally combined
  4. Put in dry ingredients and mix well – it should now resemble and lovely thick sponge cake mixture with a dropping consistency
  5. Place mixture into prepared loaf tin
  6. Pre-heat the oven to 200C fanbake
  7. Leave to rise until the mixture is level with the top of the tin
  8. Bake in oven for approx 20-25 minutes
  9. Turn out onto wired rack to cool

If you are a passionate foodie then why not think about coming to stay at Waipoua Lodge and taking a cooking class with Fran. For September only the lodge is offering a 5 star Kauri Gastro Experience which includes a 2 hour cooking class with Fran!

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Cooking School for Kids http://www.waipoualodge.co.nz/cooking-school-kids/ http://www.waipoualodge.co.nz/cooking-school-kids/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 01:03:50 +0000 http://www.waipoualodge.co.nz/?p=5202 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!!

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Most Expensive Dinners in the World? http://www.waipoualodge.co.nz/most-expensive-dinner-in-the-world/ http://www.waipoualodge.co.nz/most-expensive-dinner-in-the-world/#comments Sat, 14 Jun 2014 23:07:58 +0000 http://www.waipoualodge.co.nz/?p=5089 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”

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Without doubt this is definitely the best stick blender on the market http://www.waipoualodge.co.nz/without-doubt-this-is-definitely-the-best-stick-blender-on-the-market/ http://www.waipoualodge.co.nz/without-doubt-this-is-definitely-the-best-stick-blender-on-the-market/#comments Tue, 10 Jun 2014 03:48:06 +0000 http://www.waipoualodge.co.nz/?p=5012 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

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