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 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 Ohinemuri 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.

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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Kaimai Country Lodge an ornithologists delight!

Published April 04, 2015 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 out entertaining and...
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