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Kauri Lodge Karapiro

957 Taotaoroa Road Karapiro, Cambridge 3496 New Zealand
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless check-in
Updated 14/02/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 14/02/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#2 of 19 Speciality lodging in Cambridge
Kauri Lodge is situated 13 kms from Cambridge New Zealand in the lovely Karapiro farming district. Your hosts, David and Shona McLennan, have enjoyed visitors from all over the world and New Zealand, and will do their best to make sure your stay in the Waikato is a memorable and enjoyable experience. We are close to our lovely LAKE KARAPIRO, home of our Olympic Rowers, and also popular for water skiing, swimming, kayaking, jet-boating, river cruises and fishing. It is a short drive from Kauri Lodge to HOBBITON of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Cambridge is a beautiful "town of trees" and has many attractions including cafes and restaurants. An approximate one hour drive takes you to the famous WAITOMO CAVES, Raglan beach on the west coast, Mt Maunganui on the east coast, or to ROTORUA. We have a two bedroom apartment and also a studio unit at Kauri Lodge. Each bedroom in the apartment has a queen and a single bed, plus there is a single bed in the lounge. There is a very large private guest lounge, kitchen/dining area and a deck to enjoy the sunsets from. The studio unit has a queen bed and kitchen/dining/lounge (it is a different part of the farm from the apartment). There are impressive views of our farm and the Waikato Countryside and a deck where you can also enjoy a private BBQ. A short walk can take you to a beautiful native bush reserve. We offer Bed & Breakfast or you can just rent the apartment as a holiday home. We welcome children, and pets are also welcome by arrangement.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Breakfast in the room
Canoeing offsite
Books, DVDs, music for children
Children's television networks
Non-smoking hotel
Public wifi
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Board games / puzzles
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Highchairs available
Outdoor furniture
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Air conditioning
Dining area
Seating area
Flatscreen TV
Electric blanket
Walk-in shower
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Private bathrooms
Electric kettle
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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MickeyBinOz wrote a review Oct 2019
Peregian Beach, Australia283 contributions57 helpful votes
This place has a very nice feel to it, it's on a farm, unfortunately we didn't have time to look around much, beautiful views though, close to Hobbiton. Friendly host, lots of pets greeting us when we arrived. A very spacious two-bedroom apartment. Loved the bathroom with the heat lamps, excellent shower! Felt really at home there in the comfy bed.
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Date of stay: September 2019
pangpi wrote a review Jun 2019
23 contributions3 helpful votes
We decided to try stay in Farm stay in New Zealand and we found this place in trip advisor. Jim and Libby are amazing host. The studio provided everything we need. We enjoyed staying here...spending time seeing nature and cute animals. If you want to try Farm stay in New Zealand, we recommend Kauri Lodge!
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Kati H wrote a review May 2019
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We - two adults and two teenagers - really enjoyed our two night stay at Kauri Lodge. It's the perfect place to stay if you're going to Hobbiton and that's why we picked it in the first place. But the real plus with the place was to be so warmly welcomed by the owners, their dogs and cat and to get the chance to join them when it was time to feed the cows and take care of the horses. And I must say: the sky is amazing during night! I've never seen as many stars or the Milkyway like this anywhere on Earth! This is absolutely a place we will stay at again if we go back to NZ.
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Date of stay: February 2019
Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Libby T, Owner at Kauri Lodge Karapiro
Responded 25 May 2019
I love your review - thank you for your way of describing your stay here at Kauri Lodge. it is alway great to hear that our guests have enjoyed their time with us and our farm, as well as our animals! We would love to see you back again.
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Carl C wrote a review May 2019
4 contributions1 helpful vote
Libby and her husband Jim are very warm and special people. Their passion for gardening and animals reflects in the way they run their farm. Special thanks to Dante the horse, lucky and clover, the cows for the photos and horse rides.
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Libby T, Owner at Kauri Lodge Karapiro
Responded 18 May 2019
Thank you for these lovely comments. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay!
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Cruise L wrote a review Apr 2019
Toronto, Canada74 contributions25 helpful votes
It's so lucky for us to find the lovely place via TripAdvisor. The reviews are true! This place is what Kiwi hospitality at its best. Jim and Libby were wonderful hosts. The room and beds are comfortable and clean. It's very quiet at night. The view from this lodge is amazing.You can see morning mist arising from Wakato river miles away. Libby also took us (parents with two kids) to see her beautiful farm in the next morning. My kids loved the horse riding and feeding cows with the lovely hosts. Oh, they also enjoy playing with their friendly black Labrador Retriever Gary. Thank you Libby. (One small thing: we found about 5 flies, and one honeybee in our studio, but I thought it's normal in a farm.)
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Date of stay: April 2019
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Libby T, Owner at Kauri Lodge Karapiro
Responded 10 Apr 2019
Thank you!! We love to hear that our guests have enjoyed their stay. I get a lot of pleasure from seeing people, especially kids, enjoying the farm and the animals. So glad you liked out lovely view. Yes, we do have a problem at this time of the year with the wee grass flies - they just keep coming! Thank goodness they have started to slow down a bit now with the colder weather coming. And of course we love honey bees - sorry to hear one ended up dead in the unit!!
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US$97 - US$114 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandNorth IslandWaikato RegionCambridge
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kauri Lodge Karapiro
Which popular attractions are close to Kauri Lodge Karapiro?
Nearby attractions include Hobbiton Movie Set (7.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Kauri Lodge Karapiro?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, kids activities, and free internet access.
Which room amenities are available at Kauri Lodge Karapiro?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Kauri Lodge Karapiro?
Guests can enjoy complimentary tea and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Kauri Lodge Karapiro?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Kauri Lodge Karapiro?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Shire's rest cafe, Podium Cafe, and The Boatshed Karapiro.
Is Kauri Lodge Karapiro accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.