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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 people who like hiking but are not hugely fit.  Greg and I are in our 60's and of average fitness and we found it very easy.  Unlike most New Zealand hiking trails it does not take you through native bush but rather through some rich rolling farm land found on the Waikato Plains.  The track is well maintained and ambles along beside the Waihou River. The water is beautifully clear all the way along the track and there are several places you can stop and swim.  Being May and our autumn it was a bit cold for Greg and I but there were several hardy tourists enjoying a swim.  Once you get to the Blue Springs you can swim right over to them.  The water is very clear and not very deep.  It is a lovely place to take a picnic to.  There are small waterfalls along the river.  It is a 4.7km  track and takes 3 hours to do the return walk plus time you spend at the springs.    Greg is a mad keen fisherman as you may have gathered from reading our website.  We had to stop often to inspect the water for trout.  There were lots of trout but they were all very small by New Zealand standards so no good for fishing but lovely to watch.  

The spring is fed from the Mamaku Plateau were the water takes up to 100 years to filter through.  This results in the water being so clean and pure that it is a beautiful blue colour and crystal clear so that you can see the bottom of the river as you walk along beside it.  This is another great day out from the lodge.

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 over 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 over 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 almost 3 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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NEW Cocktail Menu

Published almost 3 years ago by Margie in Lodge

  On your evening of arrival you are invited to join your hosts Margie and Greg for a complimentary drink of your choice either wine, beer or jucie or you might like to sample a cocktail from the new cocktail menu they have just introduced to the lodge.  In summer relax on the large deck with...
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Back from America

Published about 3 years ago by Margie in Lodge

Greg and I took the opportunity take 5 weeks off before we get really busy over the summer season.  We got back yesterday from a wonderful holiday in the US.  We stayed in New York for a week and then spent 4 weeks driving around New England.  many of our guests come from the USA so it was...
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Guest on a mission!

Published over 3 years ago by Margie

This week we had a different guest from normal, this was a non paying, garden raiding pink pig!  Greg was out in the garden and he saw a large whitish pink shape wandering along the top lawn.  He went to investigate this very unusaul looking visitor and came face to face with a large  pig.  He had...
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Kaimai Country Lodge an ornithologists delight!

Published over 3 years ago by Margie in Lodge

The summer season is over and our guests are on their way home.  Much as we delight in our guests company and we thorough enjoy the "busy season" we also enjoy the down time over the winter, when we can relax and do all the little jobs that get neglected over the summer when we are flat...
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