At a Glance
- friendly and warm
- peaceful, gorgeous location
- for some, the isolation may be too much
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Waipoua Lodge Review
Renovations of this 19th-century kauri farmhouse and its buildings have created a sophisticated and relaxing place to stay in the north. Room decoration ranges from modern to rustic, but all come with plenty of space, natural light, and balconies or patios that look out over Waipoua Forest. After dinner, you can toast marshmallows in the central fireplace. 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 a private hot tub by candlelight on a balcony overlooking the forest. At 2 km (1¼ mi) south of Waipoua Forest, the lodge is close to the legendary kauri Tane Mahuta and one of the few areas where you can take night walks 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 form how to choose knives to ageing meat!
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