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Waipoua Lodge

4748 State Highway 12, Waipoua Forest 0376 New Zealand
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Travellers' Choice
Experience true New Zealand hospitality. Waipoua Lodge is a little piece of luxury etched in history where you can experience true New Zealand hospitality whilst travelling Northland’s Twin Coast Discovery Highway. This circular route provides two diverse coastlines which offer in just one region, so much of the natural environment which is our beautiful Aotearoa. Nestled on a ridge overlooking the vast Waipoua Forest – home of the ancient and iconic kauri trees, Waipoua Lodge offers relaxing, warm and authentic New Zealand hospitality and the perfect location from which to explore the beautiful and often undiscovered Kauri Coast - Pathway to Northland and Naturally New Zealand’s Ancient, Eco & Cultural Destination. With the mixture of yesteryear in the old Kauri lodge, home to artefacts from the Kauri logging era, to the four acres of garden and tranquil bush walk surrounded by pasture and forest you will be inspired and all within an easy 3 hour drive from Auckland.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot bath
Free breakfast
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Books, DVDs, music for children
Secured parking
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
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Picnic area
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Vicki B wrote a review 4 Jan
Auckland, New Zealand5 contributions3 helpful votes
An excellent location near the Waipoua Forest, quiet and meditative with beautiful gardens and bush walks. Ann and Fiona are excellent hosts and made us feel very welcome. The Lodge for meals and relaxing is beautifully renovated with lots of fascinating photos and objects to enjoy. The meals were superb and the Creme Caramel was sublime. Our accomodation was great, clean and well thought out.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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travelfan wrote a review Dec 2021
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Amazing Lodge in a remote location, close to the Kauri forest and the beach. We enjoyed Tane Mahuta and the Kauri Forest walks, Trounson Kauri Park and Maunganui Bluff beach. We also had time to relax in the hot tub, read a book on our suite’s veranda overlooking the Lodge’s forest and wandered through the gardens. We are already planning a return trip to relax by the fire with a book. The hosts, Ann and Fiona, were very friendly and accommodating - they stopped at nothing to make our stay special and comfortable. Their knowledge of the surrounding walks and area was so helpful for making our plans. The food was delicious, think fine dining but with a garden to table feel about it. Thank you for an fantastic break away, We will be back!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
DolceMellissa wrote a review Sep 2021
Paihia, New Zealand16 contributions46 helpful votes
Ordinary accommodation with aspiration to be superior. And you pay for that aspiration, not for what you are getting. Clean, but cold, and in the middle of nowhere. The hostess quite rude, condescending, needy for attention, using the guests’ private time for her own entertainment. Understandable, considering how remote the place is, but not nice, no privacy for the guests. If you wanted to celebrate a special occasion - forget about it, the hostess will use your time. Good chef, but be prepared to pay two hundred dollars just for food for two people. Drinks are extra. Overall - waste of money, and very disappointing.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Waipoua Lodge, Owner at Waipoua Lodge
Responded 9 Dec 2021
Thank you for your feedback on your recent stay at Waipoua Lodge. We value every guest comment as a chance to review our business and are very concerned that your experience appeared to be a disappointment. Given our previous reviews and guest feedback, combined with many compliments from you during your stay and in our guest book upon your departure, we did not get this impression from you at all, therefore were naturally both surprised and disappointed to read your comments. We can only assume that you may have been looking for something very different to what we provide at Waipoua Lodge. We are a Qualmark rated 5-star Guest & Hosted Lodge offering a complete and hosted experience rather than simply overnight accommodation. Previous guests have praised our attention to detail and intuition in communications with them, as well as our knowledge of the surrounding area and activities. We are also proud to have recently received the Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Award and have a Certificate of Excellence. We are very pleased that the rest of your trip to our remote and rugged ancient Kauri Coast was enjoyable and once again are sorry that you did not enjoy your experience at Waipoua Lodge.
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mei_soo wrote a review Jul 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand65 contributions15 helpful votes
We stayed here for 3 nights whilst exploring the Kauri Coast. Ann and Fiona are such lovely and generous hosts. We stayed in The Stables - super comfortable bed, clean and spacious room with a beautiful bath. The location is remote which was perfect for us - quiet nights, clear skies for stargazing, but close enough to all the Kauri Coast has to offer. The meals were delicious and the hosts were incredibly warm and friendly. Highlights for us were - Ann's pancakes (and amazing lemon curd), Fiona's sticky date pudding (and all the other yummy meals), sitting in front of the fire reading a book and having a conversation with Ann and Fi. We hope to return one day - thanks both for an amazing time!
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Date of stay: July 2021
Response from Waipoua Lodge, Owner at Waipoua Lodge
Responded 9 Dec 2021
Thank you very much for your kind words. It was such a pleasure to host you both on your 3 night Winter escape and we're so thrilled you enjoyed the peace, our meals and your stay as a whole. We hope to see you again sometime!
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Pisha34 wrote a review Apr 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand21 contributions5 helpful votes
We had a lovely overnight stay at Waipoua Lodge last month. It is a charming old house with an interesting history. The guest accommodation has been developed from old farm outbuildings - ours was the Calf pen suite. Very luxurious and comfortable. Ann and Fiona made us very welcome and cooked us a beautiful dinner and breakfast. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: March 2021
1 Helpful vote
Response from Waipoua Lodge, Owner at Waipoua Lodge
Responded 9 Dec 2021
Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review! We're so happy you both enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. :)
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US$217 - US$410 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandNorth IslandNorthland RegionWaipoua Forest
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Frequently Asked Questions about Waipoua Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Waipoua Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Trounson Kauri Park (5.5 km) and Te Matua Ngahere Walk (2.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Waipoua Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Waipoua Lodge?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Waipoua Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Waipoua Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are any cleaning services offered at Waipoua Lodge?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Is Waipoua Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.