“Heaven in the forest”
David & Frances – New Zealand
Our Historic Luxury Lodge
The main lodge is a kauri wood villa which has accommodated guests since the early 1900s
Ian and Fran Farrant invite you to share this unique and special place which they call their home. A piece of rich New Zealand history and character, enhanced by the memorabilia and historic pieces set within the lodge.
The four acre property is set on a ridge overlooking the vast Waipoua Forest and farmland. There are extensive gardens to explore and a bush walk with native birdsong to fill the silence along with the occasional grunt from the two pet pedigree kunekune pigs !
The four uniquely appointed suites are set in the historic farm buildings adjacent to the lodge, overlooking the forest and gardens.
History of Waipoua Lodge
Katui (the name of this area) was originally called ‘Te Puke o te Kaitui’ which means ‘the hill where the tuis feed’.
Around 1900 it was all native forest and then the government decided to push European habitation further north from the already existing settlement of Kaihu. They promised the first 10 settlers (to be decided by ballot) that they could have, free of charge, a 100 acre block already fenced and with part of the bush cleared for a house site.
The forest road was very dangerous after dark and travellers would knock on the door at all hours seeking refuge. The homestead therefore became a popular boarding house as well as being the Newman family home and farmhouse. William Newman sadly died in 1930 aged 55, but Albatina continued taking in guests until her death at the age of 71 in 1953.
In 2004 Waipoua Lodge again changed hands and this time Nicole & Chris Donahoe refurbished and extended the facilities including the addition of the infill Tack Room and the separate owners accommodation. These enhancements made the lodge eligible for its current Qualmark 5 star status.
In November 2010 Ian and Fran purchased the lodge – they see themselves as custodians of a very special and unique place – a piece of history in which guests can share, relax and feel at home whilst enjoying some wonderful cuisine, fine New Zealand wines, the magic of the Waipoua Forest and the surrounding area.