Take the Kauri Coast Pathway to the Bay of Islands
Northland, Aotearoa New Zealand, showcases multiple untamed coastlines, forests and diverse natural vistas.
There are two distinct coastlines (east and west), three important Maori cultural hot spots and a perfect circular touring route which begins 2 hours north of the Auckland International Airport.
Follow the Twin Coast Discovery Highway.
We highly recommend that you drive in a clockwise direction, heading west towards the Kauri Coast, following the Ancient Kauri Trail. Visit the award winning Kauri Museum at Matakohe before you encounter the ancient and mighty Kauri trees of Waipoua Forest.
Then continue north to the Hokianga and Cape Reinga before travelling down the east coast and the Bay of Islands.
Experience authentic New Zealand hospitality
in a breathtaking ancient and natural environment
Nestled on a ridge overlooking the vast Waipoua Forest, where iconic kauri trees have been living for over 3,000 years, Waipoua Lodge offers luxury accommodation in an original kauri homestead surrounded by native forest and pasture stretching as far as the eye can see.
As well as award-winning hospitality, the purpose of a stay at the lodge is to experience the Waipoua Forest. A forest where only native bird song breaks a deafening silence whilst you stand in awe, surrounded by trees that have been living here since bronze age man.
Your experience will be enhanced with authentic stories, memorabilia and history of the mighty kauri and the early pioneers who fought the odds to live in this challenging environment 100 years ago. At Waipoua Lodge you can have the same authentic experience, but today delivered in the comfort of a New Zealand luxury 5-star accommodation.
With only four luxury guest suites (The Stables, Calf Pen, Woolshed & Tack Room) we offer somewhere very special to relax and unwind whilst indulging yourself in some delicious cuisine, personal and warm hospitality, plus of course spectacular scenery of the unspoilt natural ancient Kauri Coast environment.
Waipoua Lodge is perfect for a 1, 2 or 3-night stay to relax and enjoy all of the Kauri Coast, but if time is limited, one night is perfect to enjoy meeting the ancient trees.