Our Historic Luxury Lodge
The main lodge is a kauri wood villa which has accommodated guests since the early 1900s. This original pioneering homestead is a rich piece of 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.
Around 1906, the Newman family from Taranaki successfully won a 100 acre block of land, but when they arrived they were disappointed to find just a dense and wet forest. Under difficult conditions they built their first shed just to the south. They then purchased additional land and proceeded to fell and mill the kauri timber to build the homestead which is the main guest lodge you see today. It is thought that the home was finished just after the first world war (appx 1918-20) and William and Albatina called the homestead Lilydale.