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Windows walk in the Karangahake Gorge

Published almost 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 hundred years ago. 
The Windows Walk takes you through old gold mine tunnels and workings with spectacular views as you look out across the gorge.  It is important to remember to take a torch or mobile phone light with you as the tunnels can be quite dark and rocky underfoot.  The Windows Walk does not take very long so after that we took the track along the river to Dickie Flat.  It is 4 km return and takes 2 hours.  The walk is lovely and wander along the native bush clad track beside the Ohinimuri River.  Dotted a long the the track are reminders of the old mining history including a whole in the rock with part of the river gushing out of it.  It is a very pretty track and after going through yet another track and then over a swing bridge you arrive at an expansive clearing and bend in the river where locals often camp in summer and swim in the pools in the river..  It is the perfect place for a picnic lunch. 

Guests enjoy Katikati Twilight Concert last night

Published about 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 about 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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NEW Cocktail Menu

Published over 2 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 over 2 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 almost 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 almost 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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Black Water Rafting at Waitomo Caves - guests loved it!

Published almost 3 years ago by Margie

Last week we had a young, enthusiastic couple staying from San Francisco.  Being Autumn with the changing weather they unfortunately arrived during a cold snap.  This did not deter them and while they were here they went off to spend the day at Waitomo Caves.   They were booked with the Legendary...
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Visitors from Calgary and trip to Great Barrier Island

Published about 3 years ago by Margie in Guests

Last week we had visitors from Calgary, Canada and from Tunbridge Wells in England.  The guests from Calgary were a retired couple who bought their parents with them.  It was lovely to have an adult family stay and great to see people taking their elderly parents on holiday.  They are a great...
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