This grand old lady of Waipoua Forest dates back to the early 1900s and offers luxury in a unique location
History & culture | Lodges | Natural world
Perched on a ridge overlooking the vast Waipoua Forest, you’ll be surrounded by New Zealand’s iconic kauri trees and pastures that stretch as far as the eye can see. It’s a sight that has stood unchanged for some 3,500 years. Today, you’ll still be treated to the same silence that Bronze Age man enjoyed, one that is only interrupted by native bird song. While the lodge features four acres of garden and a delightful bush walk, you’ll want to head out to explore the region’s diverse collection of forest, lakes and coastline.
The accommodation itself is found in the historic farm buildings adjacent to the kauri lodge, overlooking the forests and gardens. There are four suites to choose from, each with its own unique character, and come named after the original building – there are the Stables, Woolshed, Tack Room and Calf Pen. However, they’re anything but agricultural. King size beds, separate lounges and outdoor balconies ensure plenty of space while spa toiletries and premium linens provide the comfort. The flat screen television, complimentary WiFi and iPod docking system round off the amenities. Lastly, the complimentary sherry and chocolates add a nice touch.
At Waipoua Lodge, your hosts dish up a dining experience to remember. Expect gourmet takes on traditional classics matched with handpicked New Zealand wines. Start your day with an included breakfast of seasonal fresh fruit with juices, cereals, natural yoghurt, croissants and breads. Of course, a cooked breakfast is also available. For dinner, local ingredients are showcased in personally prepared a la carte menus.
If you’re staying for three nights or more, you can enjoy a guided tour of the area entirely free of charge and explore the region’s diverse geography and unique history in detail. For those wanting explore further among what are the oldest and largest known kauri trees in the world, you can track kiwi birds, learn about Maori bone carving art, visit Ocean Beach or walk the coastal lakes.
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