Tauranga Jazz Festival

Published about 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 Kiwi pop songs reinvented as world-class jazz.

The show includes bold new arrangements of songs made famous by Split Enz, Lorde, Herbs, Dave Dobbyn, Shona Laing, The Crocodiles, Crowded House, The Swingers, Hello Sailor, Prince Tui Teka, and Dragon.

ALCHEMY is an unforgettable live jazz experience, matching the songs you grew up loving with the singers you love today, backed by seven top-flight musicians: Dixon Nacey (guitar), Roger Manins (saxophone), Mike Booth (trumpet), Grant Winterburn (keyboards), Hadyn Godfrey (trombone), Cameron McArthur (bass) and Adam Tobeck (drums).

Songs include Counting The Beat, I Hope I Never, Blue Smoke, Slice Of Heaven, Don’t Dream It’s Over, Nature, Gutter Black, Royals, Sensitive To A Smile, Maxine, April Sun In Cuba, Tears and Glad I’m Not A Kennedy.

Date: Saturday 15 April 2017
Location: Baycourt Community & Arts Centre, Addison Theatre

The rest of the programme for the 55th National Jazz Festival will be announced on 18th January 2017 when remaining tickets will also go on sale.  

 13 - 17 APRIL 2017

NZ International Film Festival

Published over 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 2 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 3 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 3 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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Horse Trekking at Tuapiro Point

Published almost 4 years ago by Margie in Activities

We have had visitors this month from Boston USA, England, Noosa, Sydney, and Southport in Australia and France. The weather has been gorgeous most days and our guests have enjoyed all kinds of activities.   Our guests from the UK were a family from the South of England.  They were keen to go for a...
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