Red Hen Pantry - a new business are combining with our lodge

Published about 5 months ago by Margie in Lodge

Greg and I have created a large range of jams, marmalades, chutneys and relishes.  We also sell clotted cream fudge made from our own clotted cream (Cornish Style) , we have named it "Wicked Fudge" as it is pure evil but really delicious.  We have them in small boxes for sale, ideal to take home as a gift.  We also have a stall at the local farmers markets when time and weather allows.  We have lots of fun picking the fruit and cooking and bottling and packaging it together.  It is very much a joint venture and has become rather hobby.  We enjoy trying out new recipes.  We recently have made raspberry and plum jam which has been a huge success with our guests and a hot favourite at the Farmer's Market.  We have also made Apricot and Vanilla and Apricot and Rosemary.  I always like to do fresh baking for the guests that I leave in the guest kitchenette so they can have a snack at any time.  So I now make a double or quadruple batch of baking so we now sell choc chip cookies, hokey pokey biscuits ( a recipe my mum used to cook and I grew up on as a child), also we sell some savory biscuits like lavosh, cheese biscuits and oatmeal biscuits.  We now have a little set of shelves in our dining area where guests can buy these goodies to take away with them.  I call it the world's smallest supermarket.

Visitor enjoy their breakfast al fresco

Published about 6 months ago by Greg in Guests

When the weather lets us, we serve the guests breakfast on the front deck overlooking the Bay of Plenty out to Mt. Maunganui and the Tauranga Harbour. But if it s too wet or cold, we serve breakfast in our dining room.
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Another busy January

Published about 6 months ago by Margie in Guests

Breakfast is always fun when you have guests from several different countries all chatting away together about their different travel experiences.  It has been very hot in New Zealand this summer and many of our guests have been making a bee line for the beach.  Waihi Beach and Mt Manganui Beach...
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Twilight Concerts here again

Published about 6 months ago by Margie in Activities

Venue Haiku Reserve, Main St, KatikatiGates open 5:00PMShow starts 6:00PMFree parking Coffee cart on site Tickets Single entry tickets ($25) are available at the gate (cash only). Season tickets are available from Katikati Information Centre or online at or by phoning...
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Tauranga Jazz Festival

Published over 1 year ago by Greg in Activities

55th National Jazz Festival Early release of tickets for headline show! We are excited to announce an early release of tickets today for our headline show ALCHEMY.  Featuring four of New Zealand’s favourite singers - Ria Hall, Anna Coddington, Julia Deans and Bella Kalolo - performing 19 iconic...
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Poppies along our entrance driveway

Published over 1 year ago by Greg in Lodge

                          Above is a picture that I took today looking down our entrance driveway across a host of bright red poppies. It was such a glorious sight that I had to share it with everyone. 
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Spring is here and so is the asparagus

Published almost 2 years ago by Greg in Lodge

You can't beat fresh from the garden, just picked, asparagus with soft poached eggs with a little parmesan cheese, Yum !! It has been a wet start to spring here which is good for the plants but not for the gardener! It has been too wet to get out and do some work, just grabbing some time...
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NZ International Film Festival

Published almost 2 years ago by Greg du Bern in Activities

      We have just completed a week's viwing of some of the great films shown at this year's film festival in Auckland. My favourite film was 'I, Daniel Blake' from the UK. We also attended the world premiere of a new NZ film called 'The Rehearsal' that was directed by...
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Te Waihou Walkway and the Blue Springs

Published about 2 years ago by Margie in Activities

Another day walk Greg and I have done recently is the Te Waihou Walkway.  It is about an hour's drive from our lodge and close to Hobbiton so good to do before or after a visit to the popular "Lord of the Rings"  movie set location.   The walk way is a very easy walk and good for...
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Spectacular Wairere Falls Walk - a good cardiac work out

Published about 2 years ago by Margie in Activities

With winter approaching our visitor numbers have dropped right off so we have had lots of time in the past few weeks to explore local walks and tramping trails.  We choose a fine day after a week of rain to do this walk so the falls were at their maximum capacity.  I commented to Greg that if these...
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