Avocado Food & Wine Festival 2019

Published about 4 months ago by Greg in Eating Out,Guests and Activities

The Katikati Avocado Food and Wine Festival is a wonderful way to spend a summer's afternoon enjoying live music whilst savouring excellent food and fine wine.

Back by popular demand, headline act in 2019 is, THE BEAT GIRLS.  They will be strongly supported by the amazing Late 80's Mercedes and local favourite Sarah Spicer.  Expect to find yourself dancing on the grass as the day progresses!

Eastpack is supporting the Free kids zone.  Castles are still there and there will be roaming crowd entertainers to keep everyone entertained.

Shane Yardley joins us again.  He is one of Bay of Plenty's most experienced and widely traveled chefs, will be there on the day to show you "how it's done".

Earlybird tickets are $20 per person available online or from the Katikati Visitor Information Centre. Ticket sales at the gate are $25 per person so be sure to get your tickets early.  Under 18years – Free.

The Festival is a family festival but you must be 18+ to drink alcohol. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Those aged 17 and under are free!

We do have EFTPOS machines on site however cash will make your life much easier.

COME PREPARED – don’t forget your sunblock, hat and sunnies if it looks to be fine day. You are welcome to bring a chair or picnic rug.

Our amazing selection of wineries and food vendors have everything you could possibly want, from wine (of course), to beer, soft drinks, coffee and all sorts of delicious meals and snacks.

There is limited public car parking around the venue so why not come by bus, bike, on foot or get dropped off.  ND Kiwi Tours will be offering a shuttle service from the venue on a regular basis

Please be respectful of the neighbours when you leave the park and remember you are entering a liquor ban area.

The venue is smoke free and dog free.  It will be a more enjoyable for everyone if we stick to these rules!

Twilight Concerts here again

Published about 12 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 about 2 years 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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NZ International Film Festival

Published over 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 over 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 over 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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Windows walk in the Karangahake Gorge

Published over 2 years ago by Greg in Activities

       Above is a view of the old gold mine site in the Karangahape Gorge about 20 minutes drive from the Lodge. We spent a very pleasant afternoon with friends exploring this area which was very interesting seeing the remains of the 19th century gold industry which flourished in this valley over a...
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Guests enjoy Katikati Twilight Concert last night

Published almost 3 years ago by Margie in Activities

Our guests Tony and Ingrid took themselves off to the final Twilight Concert of the year last night at the Haiku Pathway Park in the centre of Katikati Township.  Unfortunately we were not able to join them as we had other guests dining here and needed to be at the lodge for them.  We have been in...
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The fish are jumping!

Published almost 4 years ago by Margie in Activities

Greg and I have recently bought a boat which we plan to use to take guests out fishing or just for a morning or day on the water.  We are spoilt for choice in the Bay of Plenty (hence the name).  We have many beautiful lakes and rivers nearby as well as the gorgeous coastal waters and the Tauranga...
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Tauranga Art and Garden Festival

Published over 4 years ago by Margie in Lodge and Activities

Every 2 years Tauranga holds a wonderful Art and Garden Festival which covers over 100 gardens from Te Puke in the south, to Mt Maunganui, Tauranga and Katikati and all towns and suberbs in between.  It runs this year from November 17 until Sun 23 November. We only allowed ourselves a day last time...
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