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 catering for our guests.

This morning we were sitting on our deck watching all the birds in the garden and we did a bird count and came up with 22 species of bird, mainly native that we have seen in the past year in our garden. They are Kingfisher, White Faced Heron, Fantails, Harrier Hawks, Welcome Swallows, Sparrows, Blackbirds, the very occassional NZ Wood pigeon (kereru), Thrush, little White Eyes, Yellow Hammers, Pukeko, Indian Mina, Magpies (not so welcome), Australian Eastern Rozella Parrots, Californian Quail, European Pheasant, Tui, Paradise Ducks, Bellbirds, Chaffinch, Green Finch and Gold Finches.

At night we often hear a bird called a Morepork which is a small NZ owl but sometimes we hear another call which might even be a Kiwi up in the bush behind our lodge in the Kaimai Forest Park.

The garden was only started in mid 2011 so it is wonderful to see how many different bird species our planting has attracted. We have planted hundreds of native shrubs and trees which have absolutely shot up way above our heads. Birdscaping our garden has certainly paid off.

Visitors from Calgary and trip to Great Barrier Island

Published March 09, 2015 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 family, very close and all our guests were...
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The fish are jumping!

Published February 19, 2015 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...
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The welcome swallow family has fledged

Published January 24, 2015 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...
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Summer has arrived!

Published January 08, 2015 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 Russia....
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The Tui's have arrived

Published November 12, 2014 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 bushes have started to flower....
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European Green Finches in the garden

Published October 23, 2014 by Margie in Lodge

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 around the lodge garden. Being Spring there are many birds coming to explore our plants. This morning we were excited to see European Green Finches jumping around in the vegetable garden. One of them...
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The green, green hills of home!

Published October 16, 2014 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 preceded 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 Juan Grim and Roberto Burle Marx. We...
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Tauranga Art and Garden Festival

Published September 03, 2014 by Margie in 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 it was on and it was...
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Spring is sprung

Published August 02, 2014 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 spend a couple days weeding...
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