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We will be using this page to update you with news, events and observations as they happen around Waimanu Lodge, the Whangaroa Harbour and further a field. We are interested in all things nature has to offer – sea, countryside, birds, animals.  We enjoy boating, fitness and health, socialising, hospitality, photography, gardening, hiking, golf, travel and of course our family and grandchildren. Please check out our  availability page if you would like to stay with us. 

Happy reading Shaun and Judy

Milford Track Hike Fiordland NZ Days 4 and 5

Milford Track Hike Fiordland NZ Days 4 and 5

Quintin Lodge to Milford Sound. We recently hiked the world famous Milford Track. One of the Great Walks of the world. Five days and four nights in all. Three of the days were full day hikes. We were very lucky to have great weather and a bunch of like minded people to hike with. Rates amongst the best things we have done in all our travels and there it is right in our own country ...
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Milford Track Hike Fiordland NZ Day 3

Milford Track Hike Fiordland NZ Day 3

Pompolona Lodge to Quintin Lodge via the MacKinnon Pass We recently hiked the world famous Milford Track. One of the Great Walks of the world. Five days and four nights in all. Three of the days were full day hikes. We were very lucky to have great weather and a bunch of like minded people to hike with. Rates amongst the best things we have done in all our travels and there it is right ...
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Milford Track Hike Fiordland NZ Days 1 and 2

Milford Track Hike Fiordland NZ Days 1 and 2

Day 1 Queenstown to Glade House Day 2 Glade House to Pompolona Lodge We recently hiked the world famous Milford Track. One of the Great Walks of the world. Five days and four nights in all. Three of the days were full day hikes. We were very lucky to have great weather and a bunch of like minded people to hike with. Rates amongst the best things we have done in all our travels and ...
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Puketi Forest 21km Hike

Puketi Forest 21km Hike

Yesterday we participated in the annual fund raising hike through part of the Puketi Kauri Forest. About a 40min drive from Waimanu Lodge. There were two options to choose from. Either 12km or 21km. A section of the track was closed which resulted in all of us having to walk 2km along the Waipapa River bed......almost up to my neck at one part.... had to hold my pack above my head. Pleased I didnt slip! ...
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Puketi Forest Trust Kauri Challenge

Puketi Forest Trust Kauri Challenge

Day Walk Jan 26th 2019 Puketi Forest trust annual day walk through the beautiful Puketi Forest 21 and 12km options. This stunning walk is a fundraising event for the Puketi Forest Trust. The trust does predator control over 5500 hectares allowing bird and plant life to regenerate. Join us for this amazing day with complimentary BBQ at completion and return transport back to your vehicles. A moderate level of fitness is required. JAN 26 Click ...
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New Spa Pool Installation

New Spa Pool Installation

Just before Xmas our old spa pool died.  It was not easy trying to purchase a new one quickly.  We were fully booked for most of December and January so it was going to be difficult to install a new one without causing our guests disruption.  After much angst it was all organised and we were able to have it delivered and installed before Xmas..... and on a day when we did not have guests.  ...
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Beautiful Spring Weather -

Beautiful Spring Weather –

Ratcliffe Bay - Whangaroa Harbour ...
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Marlin Hotel Whangaroa

Marlin Hotel Whangaroa

Under New Management. Our local iconic Hotel - The Marlin - as seen directly at the end of the jetty - has recently changed hands. Opening night was Friday 28th September.  We wish the new owners the best of luck in their new venture. The following is their latest Face Book post ...
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Lake Wanaka. Roys Peak

Lake Wanaka. Roys Peak

Our family took a short break to Lake Wanaka in the South Island a couple of weeks ago.  The family all skied at nearby Cardrona ski field while I hiked somewhere different each day. Have declared my skiing days are over!  Roys Peak hike is 6km from Wanaka township.  The peak is 1,500m and takes around 5-6 hrs to do the round trip. A well maintained steep zig zagging track with panoramic views at the ...
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Tranquility

Tranquility

Beautiful scene on my morning walk around the Whangaroa Harbour foreshore.  Safe anchorage for local and visiting boats ...
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Wairakau Stream/Lane Cove Walk

Wairakau Stream/Lane Cove Walk

Lane Cove/Duke's Nose upgraded walk Northland Age Trampers and campers who head into scenic Lane Cove, on Whangaroa Harbour, this summer will be greeted by a spruced-up trampers hut, with fewer weeds and a well-marked track to the Duke's Nose (the Kaiara Rocks), thanks to the Department of Conservation Women's network. Lane Cove is one of the Far North's leading wilderness experiences. The steep climb up to the Kaiara Rocks offers stunning views across Whangaroa ...
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Kairara Rocks/Dukes Nose Hike

Kairara Rocks/Dukes Nose Hike

We did this hike in March of this year, leaving from Totara North.  Beautiful scenery along the track.  About 2hrs one way.  The Dukes Nose rock climb was not easy for me - I was right out of my comfort zone - but I did it.  The view from the top out to the Whangaroa Harbour entrance was well worth it! For more information check out the DOC website ...
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Whangaroa Foreshore Clean-Up Day

Whangaroa Foreshore Clean-Up Day

Today, a bunch of us got together with chainsaws, weed eaters, sprayers, brooms, loppers, rakes, rubbish bags, utes, a truck and set too and tidied up the foreshore from Ratcliffs Bay right round to the reserve on the other side of the Gamefish Club.  With so many hands at work we were all completed by lunchtime.  Had a drink at the  Gamefish Club and we dined on fish and chips from Sallys Cafe.  A congenial time ...
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Beautiful day - Guests enjoying the sunshine :)

Beautiful day – Guests enjoying the sunshine 🙂

Relaxing and Painting on the guest deck ...
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Waimanu Lodge Welcome

Waimanu Lodge Welcome

Welcome to our blog. We will be using this blog to update you with news, events and observations as they happen around Waimanu Lodge, the Whangaroa Harbour and further a field. Happy reading. Shaun and Judy ...
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