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Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours

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London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here as part of a bus tour route, and absolutely loved staying here! Nadine and Karl were such welcoming hosts throughout the whole trip, and went the extra mile to share local experiences and understanding of how their work feeds back to the community. Clean, standard accommodation all set around the beautiful lake, with a large dining and... More 

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K0hutapuL0dge, Owner at Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours, responded to this review

Kia ora! Thank you so much for your lovely review of our place and experience - we are so thrilled to hear your awesome feedback! We hope you enjoy the rest of your time in our beautiful country. Nga mihi nui, your Kohutapu Lodge Whanau xox More 

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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

This is a perfect place to stay that also gives back to it's local community by introducing tourism. I stayed here with Stray in May. While this is definitely off the beaten track I highly recommend it. There are plenty of activities to do as well. I would recommend kayaking in the gorgeous lake.

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Thank Jaycie S
K0hutapuL0dge, Owner at Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours, responded to this review

Kia ora! Thanks for your lovely words about our experience and accommodation here at Lake Aniwhenua. Thank you for helping us try and make the biggest positive footprint we can possibly create for our community by using tourism as a major catalyst! With many thanks, your Kohutapu Lodge Whanau xox More 

England, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

You MUST stay here. The family who run this lodge make a massive dinner (in the ground, Maori style), and all the leftovers are given to the school kids in Murupara. That's the town next to the lodge, one of the poorest places in NZ. It's absolutely lovely what they're doing, it made me cry! The rooms are lovely as... More 

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KohutapuLodge, Owner at Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours, responded to this review

Kia ora! Thank you so much for your lovely review. It's awesome to see our visitors gain a greater understanding of some of the lessons our old people have taught us, and to see first hand exactly how the real benefits of tourism can be spread across communities. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the warmth of our hospitality,... More 

Áth Cliath
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17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2016

The family running this lodge are doing everything they can to help a disadvantaged but beautiful area. The landscape and history of the area are exceptional and you're truly made to feel part of it. There are many activities to take part in at this lodge; weaving classes, Maori "self-defence" (can't remember what they called it but it looked fun),... More 

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K0hutapuL0dge, Owner at Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours, responded to this review

Kia ora! Thank you so much for your amazing review of our place and our experience out here, in a little place we call 'paradise'! Our ultimate goal is to share tourism with our wider community, and all of the benefits that go along with it - employment, to name just one!! All of our visitors help us give back... More 

Los Angeles, California
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21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2016

My family and I really loved our two night stay at the Kohutapu Lodge. We've been staying mostly at higher end hotels and this wasn't the most comfortable place we've stayed but it will be among our favorite memories of a long trip to New Zealand. The warm Maori family who own and run the lodge are inspiring and engaging... More 

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K0hutapuL0dge, Owner at Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours, responded to this review

Kia ora whanau! Thank you so much for your lovely review of our experience. We are glad to hear our family, our place, our community and our reality will provide a fond and long-lasting memories for you and your loved ones as you look back on your trip to New Zealand. We are here to provide real experiences and real... More 

Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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428 reviews
146 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 234 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2016 via mobile

We are an older couple who feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to stay with Nadine and her family at their home Kohutapu Lodge. The lodge is in a beautiful setting beside Lake Aniwhenua, the accommodation is clean and comfortable but more important is the total experience. You are able to immerse yourself and share in their culture... More 

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Thank Warks
K0hutapuL0dge, Owner at Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours, responded to this review

Kia ora! Thank you so much for your review of our experience, in a little place we like to call paradise! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed the warmth of our hospitality, the comfort of our accommodation, our beautiful kai (food) and most importantly - being a part of our whanau for a night, and understanding how much your... More 

Ruston, Louisiana
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20 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 February 2016 via mobile

Wow, for a backpackers accommodation, this place was a treat. The entire facilities are very nice and clean, especially the bedrooms. Best part of the stay was the Hangi meal, a traditional Maori smoked/bbq. The fried bread was amazing! Activities are budget friendly here, and the staff is more than helpful and very friendly. The viewpoint over the lake is... More 

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K0hutapuL0dge, Owner at Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours, responded to this review

Kia ora! Thank you so much for your outstanding review of our place!! We are so happy you found our accommodation clean, we appointed and above satisfying. This makes us very proud to hear!! We are especially delighted to hear you loved our traditional ground cooked hangi buffet feast, and of course the fried bread - all made with love!!!... More 

Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2016

The same as many other reviewers of Kohutapu Lodge, I was lucky enough to stop here with a Stray bus tour. Nadine and Karl made us feel welcome right from the start - we became part of their family from the moment we got off that bus! The dorms were clean and fresh, and the setting by Lake Aniwhenua was... More 

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Thank Jen D
K0hutapuL0dge, Owner at Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours, responded to this review

Kia ora Jen! Thank you so much for your lovely review of our experience and our place. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your time here, and we definitely hope we get to welcome you back one day!! Take care, enjoy the rest of your holidays, and we hope to see you soon. Arohanui, Nades, Karl and the whanau... More 

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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2016 via mobile

We had bus passes around NZ and one of its optional stops was this lodge. We decided not to go here because we have already been to a few of these cultural experiences during our stay in NZ. We took a cheaper option 900 meters down the road to stay in a free camp site to save our money for... More 

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K0hutapuL0dge, Owner at Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours, responded to this review

Hei aha!!! It is people like you that give backpacking a bad name!!! You didn't mind enjoying the welcome into the tribal lands, the 2.5 hour guided tour as part of our experience, the hospitality, the visit to historic sites as part of the tour....and then you got off the bus at the END of the tour to stay at... More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2016

I stayed here with the Stray bus & was incredibly moved by Nadine & her family's mission. She is one of the most passionate people I've ever met & is so charismatic that it's impossible not to listen to her. We learned a lot about local Maori life, both traditional and modern aspects. The activities offered were well-run and really... More 

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K0hutapuL0dge, Owner at Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours, responded to this review

Kia ora Maggie! Wow, thank you so much for your amazing review of our place. It is pretty easy to talk about something and share our vision with our visitors, when we are so passionate about it! I am so happy you felt that through what we shared with you. Thank you so much once again, we one day hope... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Surrounded by lush farmlands and forestry, Kohutapu Lodge overlooks the pristine Lake Aniwhenua - teeming with Rainbow and Brown trout. Accommodation options range from self contained units, lodge cabins, powered and non-powered sites set in expansive gardens, with large well equipped communal kitchen, lounge with sky TV, and pool table, BBQ area, private lake access & boat hire. Aside from the myriad of hunting a fishing experiences right on our doorstep, guests who are interested will also have the opportunity to hear our stories, taste our food and be hosted by our whanau (family) – all of this within a landscape that is breathtakingly beautiful, in a region untouched by the hand of commercialism. Guided cultural tours are also provided. As visitors are welcomed into the rohe, a karakia (prayer) is offered to protect them while they are in these lands, as our guides escort visitors to and past sites of historical significance, sharing tales en route to Kohutapu Lodge. Owned and operated by a local Maori family, we are delighted to share with you our stories, our culture, our kai (food) and the warmth of our manaakitanga (hospitality). ... more   less 

Additional Information about Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours

Address: 3836 Galatea Road | Galatea, Murupara 3079, New Zealand (Formerly Lake Aniwhenua Lodge)
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Murupara
Price Range: €38 - €103 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
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“room 10 !!!”
 of 5 bubbles olivierb489, 23 Nov 2015 | Read review
“Go with the private cottage”
 of 5 bubbles TexaNZ, 2 Jun 2015 | Read review
“Rooms 1, 2, and 3 have a view of the lake, but all rooms are clean and quiet.”
 of 5 bubbles TiffanyJ577, 3 Sep 2014 | Read review
“Choose a room with a beautiful lakefront view or one of their quaint private ensuite cottages!”
 of 5 bubbles sondrawinders, 2 Sep 2014 | Read review
“#8,9, and 10 have an ensuite bathroom and kitchen but if you're OK with using shared facilities, rooms 1-3 look out over the lake. Beautiful views!”
 of 5 bubbles Jasonlh, 2 Sep 2014 | Read review
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