Ann & Fiona
A few short years ago Ann and Fiona came across Waipoua Lodge and immediately felt the wairua (spirit) of this land. As soon as they crossed the threshold, they knew that one day it would be their turn to call the old Katui Homestead their home. The time has come for them to be the kaitiaki (guardians) of the forest and this slice of paradise on the magnificent Kauri Coast.
Ann has spent much of her adult life exploring the globe and living abroad. It has been a dynamic life to date, having competed and worked in the sport industry for over 45 years, predominantly in high-performance sport spanning multiple Olympic Games. Most of this time has been voluntary, sharing knowledge and experience with others.
The desire to recreate a home base back in Aotearoa/New Zealand and to share her country with the local and global community has always been a dream. Best memories growing up and raising a family here are of being immersed in nature and the outdoors. Lucky to still have a delightful Mum, two adult children and one young grandson, there is no better place for this next chapter.
Fiona has a background in education as well as business administration. She has always taken particular pleasure in ensuring an exemplary level of service to clients and welcomes the opportunity to continue this in the hospitality sector. This eye for detail is also very helpful for her favourite pastime, photography. Her other passions include travel, wildlife and conservation.
Fiona’s two adult children, her parents and extended family lie at the centre of her soul and sharing time with them has provided some of her most cherished moments. She has a passion for real life experiences and is excited about being able to share this special place in New Zealand with people from all over the world and enabling them to make their own memories to last a lifetime.
Together, Ann and Fiona are committed to sharing peace and aroha (love) with all who enter this realm with open hearts and minds. Kia ora (welcome) to our ‘new’ friends and whanau (family) from near and far. Waipoua Lodge provides your place to gather, or simply relax and unwind while enjoying nature.
Relax at Waipoua Lodge, explore the rugged Kauri Coast and see what you can spy,
We serve you fresh New Zealand food and beverages, and share stories of days gone by.
When you choose to continue your travels, your load will be somewhat lighter,
There’s no weight to carry memories always, and they can make your life much brighter.