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The fish are jumping!

Published about 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 Harbour which is a wonderful area to fish in or just cruise around, stopping off at Matakana Island for lunch and a swim.  

We have enjoyed christening our boat with first a family trip to Lake Okataina where Greg caught a handsome looking trout.  Then last night we had a glorious evening on the harbour.  It was 24 degrees with a gentle breeze, warm and sunny.   The sunset was lovely with the hills surround the bay framed in soft blues and yellows .  I caught my first ever snapper which we are having for lunch today.  Nothing quite beats freshly caught fish with a salad from the garden for a healthy, yummy lunch.  

If guests are wanting to experience some fantastic New Zealand fishing we are happy to put together a package to suit your dates using an expert local fishing guide.  He is happy to take you no matter what you level of experience is, novice to expert or somewhere in between.

The welcome swallow family has fledged

Published about 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 over 3 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 over 3 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 over 3 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 over 3 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 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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Spring is sprung

Published over 3 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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Piwakawaka in the garden

Published almost 4 years ago by Margie in Lodge

The Maori name for fantail is piwakawaka and at the moment our garden at Kaimai Country Lodge is full of them.  We saw some when we first moved up here 2 years ago but then they disappeared for many months.  We are so pleased that recently they have come back to our garden in large numbers.  While...
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Horse Trekking at Tuapiro Point

Published about 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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