Henga Lodge
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Henga Lodge

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4.5
#2 of 2 lodges in Chatham Island (Rekohu)
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Set in the peaceful surroundings of Henga Reserve on the Chatham Islands, overlooking our 900 acre farm, you will be made to feel at home here. With a stunning beach and sand dune system only a short walk away through Henga bush reserve, where you will find limestone rock features and loads of cheeky Weka and fantails to entertain you on the way. Henga Lodge focusses on providing friendly service, comfortable eco-conscious accommodation options. Featuring 23 guest rooms, fleet of rental cars, licensed restaurant and loads of sightseeing options, it is your perfect choice for exploring the Chathams! Experience the peace and hospitality of Moriori culture first hand. You will have the opportunity to visit Kopinga Marae, the Rakau Momori (tree-carvings), Nunuku's Cave and other significant Moriori sights. Explore the Chathams and its unique flora and fauna, rugged landscape and sumptuous local cuisine, all prepared fresh from the sea and garden straight to your plate by our chef.
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Free parking
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Bar / lounge
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Concierge
Paid wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Self-serve laundry
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Non-smoking rooms
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1297 North Road, 8942 New Zealand
25Reviews2Q+A8Room tips

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Penny and Tony Hibberd wrote a review Jan 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We travelled with a group of 21 people which would put the most famous hotels under strain, not Henga Lodge. We were met at the airport, a 20 minute drive to Henga Lodge to meet Bernadette the Manager of the Lodge. Our rooms had been all previously allocated and were all ready for us. We stayed in one of the en-suite rooms with a view of farmland. The room was clean and comfortable with good quality linen and toiletries provided (not those tiny bottles!). All the accommodation at Henga is near the bar and dining area. The single rooms are in a building two minutes walk up a slight slope to the main lodge. The dining area and bar are comfortable with views across the farm. There is a comfortable seating area behind the bar with sofas, lots of books about the islands, birds and plants, magazines and toys for younger visitors. We received a complimentary drinking bottle with handicrafts made on the island and were invited to donate $10 to the tree planting project to help regenerate the bush on the island. Lorretta the chef was outstanding she was cooking for our group plus nine others so the lodge was at capacity during our stay which was also over the New Year. The menu had variety and the food was fresh and delicious. Some of the vegetables and salad are grown locally, blue cod, cray fish and paua from the island are also available. Bernadette was on hand 24/7 to answer questions, arrange our walks and access to private land (it is essential you have permissions). We visited a different place each day and some of the group flew to Pitt Island for a day. All arranged by Bernadette with Kerry Fleming from Chatham Island Tours. The walking is excellent with each hill and corner revealing a new experience. We also searched for fossilised sharks teeth and visited gardens. Henga Reserve is just behind the lodge so there are amazing walks through bush to the beach on the doorstep. There are a variety of either self-drive vehicles or cars with a driver available at the lodge. The driving is on unmade roads, but it is easy to get around as the traffic is minimal and there are not many roads to choose from. I can’t speak highly enough of the Henga Lodge team who provide kindness and dedication to all their visitors needs. We had a fantastic week with friendly kind people who are passionate about preserving the delicate eco-systems of their islands
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: best views from the Kopi suites, single rooms have a fridge and access to a community kitchen
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johnrag wrote a review Jan 2020
Raglan, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Expensive, but good. Everything on Chatham is expensive, but look at the shipping company freight charges to understand why. By Chatham standards, Henga is very good value and Bernardette's main aim is to ensure her guests have a good holiday; she volunteers many extra hours and has lots of experience. Bernardette knows who to contact and is willing to spend time on the phone arranging trips for her guests. Henga has a good range of hire vehicles available, though nothing electric; there are solar panels on the roof.

The food was good, especially for those who like meat, but a strict vegan would struggle.

I was in a Marakapia room, which has ensuite, heat pump, fridge, TV and storage space.

The Lodge is on the boundary of Henga Scenic Reserve, which has a circular walk through bush, limestone and dunes to the beach.

Internet ($10 for a week) is said to be the best on the island, but the satellite link is slow.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Marakapia rooms lack the views of rooms in the Lodge, but they can be seen on the minute's...
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music657 wrote a review Mar 2020
Auckland Central, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Henga Lodge is a great place to stay . The lodge is well appointed with magnificnet views and it is next to Henga bush . The bush walks are lovely and lead to a lovely sunset view and beach.The staff are extremely helpful - especially Bernadette who organises all the trips and contacts the people who inform you about this unique island. The cuisine is tasty - good breakfasts excellent, blue cod at a reasonable price. We enjoyed a magnificent seafood buffet with awesome large, delicious crayfish and paua!! We did a day trip to Pitt Island for a tasty lunch and tour. A Must See.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Terran N wrote a review Jan 2020
Christchurch, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great centrally located lodge on the main island, not far from the airport with good commanding views of the nearby landscapes. Run by lovely Bernadette with a good bunch of staff (some in training but doing well) and friendly locals visit. Lots of options nearby, hiring a car and going around the island, organizing a trip through the lodge or walking around the reserve to the beach. Good rooms, hot showers and friendly cat, dog and sheep! Small menu but tasty dishes available and good selection of wine and some beers. Remember its an island serviced by a cargo shop so recognise the pricing and options compared with your local area! Even so I was happy with the experience and would recommend it as a good local experience. Ensure to ask about the Kaingaroa meal if you can its on periodically and they can book you a table.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Geodiversity wrote a review Jan 2020
Chester, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Henga Lodge is set in the lee of native forest, adjacent to Henga Scenic Reserve with views over Lake Marakapia, and its back to the extensive dunes of Long Beach and the South Pacific.
The Lodge is managed by the excellent Bernadette, for whom nothing is too much trouble. She organised trips to sites, car hire, guides, which you will need as most of the islands is privately owned. A trip to Pitt Island is a highlight as is the stunning geology.
The food is excellent, with plenty of fish and the rooms well appointed and comfortable.
I highly recommend visiting the Chatham Island and, if you do, stay at Henga Lodge and let Bernadette look after you.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Rex & Ann wrote a review Mar 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Henga Lodge was a great choice for us; we like to be away from the main centres.
The Lodge ensuite rooms were very nice; clean and comfortable with views over the farm. Bernadette was such a helpful and friendly Manager; she made a vehicle available for us to hire every day we wanted and helped us map out things to see/walks to do, and arrange access to private property (a payment to landowners was an addition). The menu selection was small but the meals were nice; the continental breakfast was of a better standard than many mainland places we've stayed. So many enjoyable days spent on the Chatham Island, and a day trip out to Pitt Island was really worthwhile and enjoyable.
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Date of stay: March 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Our ensuite room had a nice view over the farm/lake. We also liked interaction with the dog,...
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maureencole50 wrote a review Jan 2020
Kelston, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Just a couple of weeks back from a great time at Henga Lodge and the amazing Chatham Island. Took the flight over to Pitt Island which was also a highlight! The Lodge was very friendly with both staff and guests. Did a couple of walks from the Lodge down to the beach through the forest and sand dunes and into the bush. Amazing.
Bernadette and her team at the Lodge were fantastic! Nothing was too much trouble and rooms serviced daily with fresh towels and cleaning. Bernadette was knowledgeable on Island History and helpful in arranging access to the islands various attractions. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: January 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Had our own end unit which was great!
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Merilynn wrote a review Mar 2013
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Many of us have mentioned that we'd sometime like to go to the Chatham Islands- now's the time! Henga Lodge with its' hosts Kelvin and Lorraine (and son Marcus) is a wonderfully relaxing, peaceful and inspiring place to stay. Our week was filled with adventures, walks, history of which we revelled in hearing, the best fishing ever- never thought I'd hear fisherpeople say enough! Each day brought it's own surprises: most of the places we viewed are privately owned and not always available to visit- staying at Henga Lodge enables you to see every important and scenic site. Henga's friendly (but naughty!) wekas kept us amused, even as they dug up Kelvins' precious lawn. We ate great food beautifully prepared, slept in wonderful beds and enjoyed the warm hospitality of our hosts in the evenings. Kelvin made a good tour guide on our daily trips and Lorraine's talk at the marae was heartwarming and passionate. Go prepared for changes to your daily activities as everything is subject to weather conditions, tides and availability of the locals. We had seven days of hot sunny calm weather- just great.
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Date of stay: March 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Waikatosflyingkiwi wrote a review Jul 2011
Hamilton, New Zealand
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
The Chatham Islands are very islolated, 800 km ott the coast of New Zealnd with nothing but water between. Population a little over 600 souls. The flight from Wellington will cost around $1,100 nz return. Very expensive. There is no choice but Chatham Air. No ship/ferry. Our aircraft, CONVAIR, was two thirds full of cargo (and empty crayfish...lobster crates) and maybe 20 passengers. The flight crew member did her usual demo, seat belts. "Please click it in, tighten it, I repeat, tighten it. YOU WILL NEED IT" with a cheerie smile. We did need it. A very very bumpy turbulent take off. On arrival greeted by the host of the Henga Lodge. I was the only one left on the tarmac so not mistake here. A bumpy ride to the Lodge, kms away from anything therefore at their mercy, the Lodge is on a slight rise with a small bush reserve behind and a lake or dam to the side, home to many black swans (pests). These birds are all over the island, filling the huge ocean fed lagoon in great numbers. My welcome was warm, My room,. $160 nz. Small, no frigde or tea/ coffee , although in the dining area a kettle is provided. Non smoking but fire alarm was set off by guest in other room by using the hot shower. Room cold. A large communal area with large falt screen television and bar. Food , expensive and so is the beverages here and is also in the village some 12 kms away. As here for a week the menu was streched to the limit. Fish was frozen (blue cod), FROZEN not good enough for an island that is famed for its seafood. Paua ( a variety of abalone) in abundance at low tide in rocky areas around the coast. My host and I gathered some on a excursion and we experimented different ways to cook this delicious mollusc. Crayfish(lobster) offered but again frozen. I was the only guest for most of the week so ate most meals with my hosts. The lodge is owned by a trust of the Moariori decendents. The history of this race, the Moaori and the Caucasians who have come to the islands will be told but there are disputes as to the real facts. Carvings on trees and soft clay walls very amateurish therefore one might doubt their authenticity. You can make your own decission. Offers of trips to places of interest ( at a price of course) a rental car availible at $100 a day. The reserve behind the Lodge under control of DOC New Zealand gov department. Not special, trees stunted because of winds and bird life well hidden from sight. The beach, treacherous, stretches kms in both direction. Littered with anything that is not tied down on the fishing boats. You might come across the odd dead penguin or whale. Far down the beach, a 2 hour walk I did come across three whales in different stages of decay. Sea birds having a feast. The island is bleak, windy, rainy and cold. Farming and fish the staple. Only 1500 tourists a year . Not a place to visit in winter. Unless you need to tick it off your bucket list there are many other featureless wind blown palces less expensive to visit on the planet. I moved on to the Chatham hotel. I have reviewed the hotel and a trip to Pitt Island. My hosts at the Lodge, new to this style of life are doing their utmost best to make this establishment a success where otheres have failed . I wish them all the best.
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Date of stay: March 2011
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Sue B wrote a review Jan 2014
Wellington, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
For those who have the Chatham Islands on their list , Henga Lodge is the place to stay.
We organised a group of eight (family/friends) and then Henga Lodge organised the rest of our week's holiday - flight bookings, accommodation, food and daily tours.
Each day we had an adventure to a different part of the island learning about the history, vegetation, bird life etc... Then back to the Lodge to a wonderful meal which catered for all of our many and varied dietary requirements, always with a fresh salad straight from their onsite garden.
A day trip to Pitt Island in a 6-seat Cessna was a bit of a challenge but well worth the effort to see the most eastern part of NZ, it also emphasized the different topography of these neighbouring islands.
Our hosts at the Lodge, Lorraine & Kelvin, are both passionate and knowledgeable about all aspects of the Chathams and ensure that all their guests fully experience all that the Chathams have to offer.
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Date of stay: January 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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kiwijokers asked a question Jun 2019
Auckland, New Zealand339 contributions85 helpful votes
How much per night please?
Answer from Teherenga
Awatuna, New Zealand151 contributions36 helpful votes
Sorry, no idea. Business trips
Terence G asked a question Nov 2018
Whanganui, New Zealand206 contributions74 helpful votes
Is there WI-FI at the lodge? I have heard yes and no, so confused.
Rex & Ann wrote a tip Mar 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Our ensuite room had a nice view over the farm/lake. We also liked interaction with the dog, cat, and sheep out the front!"
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maureencole50 wrote a tip Jan 2020
Kelston, New Zealand2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Had our own end unit which was great!"
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Penny and Tony Hibberd wrote a tip Jan 2020
20 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"best views from the Kopi suites, single rooms have a fridge and access to a community kitchen"
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johnrag wrote a tip Jan 2020
Raglan, New Zealand25 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Marakapia rooms lack the views of rooms in the Lodge, but they can be seen on the minute's walk up there (see photo)."
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Andrea M wrote a tip Dec 2019
12 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"ground level or the very large upstairs room"
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Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
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Yes, Henga Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
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Yes, guests have access to a banquet room and conference facilities during their stay.
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