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Te Waihou Walkway and the Blue Springs

Published May 17, 2016 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.

Windows walk in the Karangahake Gorge

Published May 16, 2016 by Greg in Activities

Above is a view of the old gold mine site in the Karangahake 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...
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Spectacular Wairere Falls Walk - a good cardiac work out

Published May 16, 2016 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 falls were...
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Guests enjoy Katikati Twilight Concert last night

Published February 14, 2016 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 previous years. The...
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Fun in the sun

Published January 27, 2016 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 greater diversity of countries and cultures. We are pleased...
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NEW Cocktail Menu

Published October 25, 2015 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 spectacular views or in winter...
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Feijoa Wine Maker extraordinaire

Published October 25, 2015 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 a feijoa wine recipe. So off we...
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Back from America

Published October 16, 2015 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 interesting seeing...
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Guest on a mission!

Published June 19, 2015 by Margie in

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 unusual looking visitor and came face to face with a large  pig. He had escaped from our...
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Black Water Rafting at Waitomo Caves - guests loved it!

Published April 24, 2015 by Margie in Activities

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...
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