Australian Guest Review of Waipoua Lodge

“If only all places were like this”

We stayed in early July with our teenage daughter in the two bed room Tack Room.

Fran and Ian are the perfect hosts as you would expect at such a lovely lodge, and using the lodge as a base to explore works very well in this special area. After a wonderful breakfast venturing out for the day then to return as the sun set for a wonderful evening was a very relaxing and satisfying way to spend 3 nights. Thank you.

We loved the extras offered and felt it represented good value for this style of accommodation. We enjoyed the attention to detail and the efforts to provide that little extra that creates a memorable stay over a comfortable stay.  Mineral water in the fridge, a variety of fresh fruit, chocolates, port or a malt after dinner, a beautiful collection of amenities from across New Zealand, WiFi access, iPad available, a great DVD collection, outside spa bath, etc etc all with a purpose of providing a subtle enhancement to the stay. Puzzles to challenge the brain before dinner, great recommendations to local sights and personalities to meet. We really enjoyed our activities, including the tour to visit the forest with Ian, the restaurant quality meals at the lodge and surprisingly affordable high quality wine to enjoy with over dinner.  The included soft drinks, teas and coffee throughout the day and Fran’s generous sharing of cooking tips just added to the enjoyment.  We revelled in the peace of our room and balcony and looked forward to our meals and the conversation in the evenings.

There is much to do in this part of New Zealand; night tours in search of Kiwi, quad bikes on deserted beaches, beautiful vistas of rolling farmland and magnificent harbours; but over and above these activities this area offers something quite unique compared to the east coast predictability.  It is something that can only be offered by an attraction that is standing in silent strength as it has for 3,000 years. The ancient Kauri are something that needs to be seen in the midst of the forest to appreciate and seeing numerous Kauri hundreds of years old is quite special.

Having 10 days in Northland we enjoyed our time in The Bay of Islands with its lovely beaches and wineries, but highly recommend taking a couple of days and capture for yourself memories that can’t be replicated anywhere else but the west coast of Northland with its magic forests, and a stay with Fran and Ian would add to that magic. And don’t forget the Kauri museum as you make your way back to Auckland.

Stayed July 2013, travelled with family


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