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

Poppies along our entrance driveway

Published about 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 over 1 year 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 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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Fun in the sun

Published almost 2 years ago by Margie in Guests

Traditionally January to March have been our peak season.  Once again January has been very busy with lots of guests.  This year we have noticed a slight change in booking trends.  People are using more i-phones to book using travel apps, they are booking later, staying longer and coming from a...
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Feijoa Wine Maker extraordinaire

Published over 2 years ago by Margie in Lodge

Although our feijoa trees are still quite small and very young we had a great harvest from them last summer.  We made feijoa cake, feijoa chutney, feijoa jam, feijoa ice cream, feijoa crumble and feijoa paste.  Going online to find more recipes to use for this very versitile fruit Greg came up with...
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