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Waipoua Lodge

  • State Hwy. 12 Map It
  • Waipoua
  • Fodor's Choice
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2014 Hotel
Award Winner 2014


  • Friendly and warm
  • Peaceful, gorgeous location


  • For some, the isolation may be too much

Published 07/22/2015

Fodor's Review

Renovations of this 100 year-old kauri farmhouse and its buildings have created a sophisticated and relaxing place to stay in the northern end of the North Island. Room decoration ranges from modern to rustic, but all come with plenty of space, natural light, and balconies or patios that look out over gardens and the Waipoua Forest in the distance. Meals are served from an a la carte menu with a focus on high quality produce. You can stroll through the native bush on the property, or enjoy star gazing while listing to the native Morepork (owl) in the background. At 2 km (1¼ miles) south of Waipoua Forest, the lodge is close to the legendary kauri Tane Mahuta and one of the few areas where you can take a guided Maori twilight walk to view kiwi. This lodge has a strong eco-friendly ethos and the hosts are extremely helpful. A recent addition to the activities is a self-paced cooking class which covers everything from how to choose knives to aging meat.

Hotel Information


State Hwy. 12, Waipoua, Northland, 0376, New Zealand

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Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 4 suites
  • Rate includes: Breakfast

Published 07/22/2015

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