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 seasonal fresh fruit with juices, cereals with natural yoghurt sweetened with local honey, followed by warm croissants and a selection of toasted breads A beautifully cooked small breakfast is also available with eggs of your choice, bacon, mushrooms and a baked tomato with pesto.

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. We will therefore arrange to email you our a la carte menu and ask you to kindly pre-choose your menu choices in advance of your arrival.

Our three course a la carte dinner menu is $85 per person ($95 from 1.11.17) and guests normally dine between 7.00 and 8.30pm. 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. A selection of seasonal vegetables are served with main courses, including our special signature garnish. 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 – great food and a luxury experience

The food was first grade and our wonderful hostess is a top chef ! The lemon souffle is divine and we can’t wait to return

David & JessieUSA

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-AnneGuernsey

We thoroughly enjoyed our all too short stay with you. You set and achieve the very highest standards in hospitality. Raymond Blanc “eat your heart out!”

Howard & SueUK

A truly special and memorable stay with exceptional hospitality.  You made our anniversary so extra special.  We will never forget Fran’s Michelin class cuisine and Ian’s expertise as a nature guide.  We even got to see the kiwi!  Thank you so much!

Lyndon & LindaWales