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Black Water Rafting at Waitomo Caves - guests loved it!

Published over 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 Black Water Rafting Company.  The company kitted them out in full length wetsuits and helmets and they spent a wonderful afternoon exploring the cave sytem>  They abseiled, climbed, jumped, floated and wove their way through the "glow worm studded subterranean wonderland of the Waitomo Caves.  

The expedition was led by an expert guide who regularly takes groups of 6-12 people through the cave system.  The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company was the first company in New Zealand to run this kind of adventure activity and by all account does it very well.  Our guests came back thrilled with their experience though a little cold.  I had some roast pumpkin soup ready for them and a roaring log fire so they soon warmed up.

Visitors from Calgary and trip to Great Barrier Island

Published over 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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The fish are jumping!

Published over 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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The welcome swallow family has fledged

Published over 3 years ago by Margie in Lodge

2 years ago a swallow family moved into a house they built under the eaves of the lodge.  A few days ago there was a lot of coming and going of the parents  from the nest and when we took a peep up at it there were 4 little faces peeping back at us.  The following day the babies had left the nest...
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Summer has arrived!

Published almost 4 years ago by Margie in Lodge

It is a while since I made a blog entry as we have been busy with Christmas and grandchildren and guests. It is our busiest time of year with lots of guests from all over the world as well as New Zealand.  In the past week we have had guests from Auckland, Spain and our first ever guests from...
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The Tui's have arrived

Published almost 4 years ago by Margie in Lodge

For the past 3 years Greg and I have been focused on developing a garden full of native New Zealand plants with the aim of attracting as many native birds as possible in particular the Tui.  For a few weeks we have been wondering why the Tui's aren't coming to the garden as the flax...
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European Green Finches in the garden

Published almost 4 years ago by Margie

We have taken to leaving the binoculars out on the kitchen window sill  so we can quickly access them to identify the birds that are flitting aroundthe lodge garden.  Being Spring there are many birds coming to explore our plants.  This morning we were excited to see European Green Finches jumping...
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The green, green hills of home!

Published about 4 years ago by Margie in Lodge

Greg and I have just arrived home from nearly 6 weeks in South America.  We went on a landscape gardening tour of Chile, Argentina and Brazil preceeded by about 10 days in Peru.  We had a good time, saw some spectacular private and public gardens by some world famous landscape architects such as...
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Tauranga Art and Garden Festival

Published about 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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Spring is sprung

Published about 4 years ago by Margie in Lodge

Well it is only August and I have just put my first bowl of daffadills on the dresser.  It has been a very short winter here in Katikati and already there are little calves skipping around the fields that surround our lodge.  Greg has been busy this week planting yet more fruit trees.  We both...
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