Hokianga Heritage

One of the great things about running a business like Kokohuia Lodge is that we get to meet some really interesting people. None more so than our recent guests, Leigh and Nickie Overton from Wanaka. Leigh is the great great grandson of Mary Bumby, the sister of John Bumby, who was the Wesleyan Superintendent at The Mangungu Mission House at the time of the signing of The Treaty of Waitangi. Both John and Mary were present (and hosted some 2000 to 3000 guests) at the second signing of The Treaty at Mangungu on February 12th 1840. It is interesting to note that more Rangatira signed The Treaty at Mangungu, than had signed it six days previously at Waitangi. Another interesting fact about Mary is that, in 1838, on her way out ...[Read More...]

Its been a great season at Kokohuia Lodge!

As we head into May, its a good time for us to look back on our season, which is only now starting to wind down. Each year that we've been open, our season has started earlier and ended later, which is extremely gratifying. This season was no exception - to our great pleasure, we were heavily booked from the beginning of October, right through to the end of April. We've also started to get some solid bookings for next summer, so the omens are good. We now have beehives and recently had our first honey harvest. It has been great fun learning about bees - they're very cool animals! Apart from producing some of the nicest honey we've ever tasted (but we would say that) the bees also helped us to have a bumper fruit crop this summer. Aft...[Read More...]

Kokohuia Lodge receives great review in Conde Nast Traveller

We're thrilled to bits that Kokohuia Lodge has a had a great review in Conde Nast Traveller, the world's leading travel magazine. Its a real coup for us and follows a stay in the Lodge by freelance journalist Ralph Bestic, who also writes for The Tatler and The Australian Financial Review. Articles like this are great for us because they generate a profile for us in many ways. In addition to appearing in the March 2015 edition of the magazine, a link to the article was included in Conde Nast's email newsletter to its international database and also appears on the CNTraveller.com website. W...[Read More...]

Kokohuia Lodge is now 5 Star!

We're delighted to announce that Qualmark visited us last week and have awarded us a 5 Star rating in the Boutique and Lodge category! (We were previously 4+ Star in the Guest and Hosted category). We're particularly pleased as this has been a major goal for us. In addition, Qualmark has reconfirmed our Enviro Gold Award. Gaining a 5 Star rating also has a broader significance, as Kokohuia Lodge is now the first 5 Star accommodation on The Hokianga. The visit from the Assessor is of course only a snapshot in time - we've actually got a whole list of further improvements planned. The first of these is scheduled for next month and involves ...[Read More...]

Romantic Getaway Package

Winter Breaks At Kokohuia Lodge  

Fancy a romantic getaway, or simply a winter escape? If so, we at Kokohuia Lodge think we’ve got just the answer with our Romantic and Explorer packages. Whether you’re looking to experience the beauty of the Winterless North, visit the ancient Kauris, or just stay put, we’ve got it covered. Come and enjoy luxury and a bit of pampering on the stunning Hokianga - A winter break to remember! ...[Read More...]

ecostore Australia Promotion With Kokohuia Lodge

Over the past year Kokohuia Lodge and ecostore NZ have done some fabulous promotions together. And now, we're pleased to announce that this is spreading across the Tasman! ecostore is a fast growing business in Australia, bringing environmentally friendly cleaning and household products to the massive Australian marketplace. Naturally Kokohuia Lodge is delighted to be involved with this. ecostore have just gone live with a fabulous on-line promotion giving one lucky couple a prize of a 3 night stay at Kokohuia Lodge, including airfares, car hire and a romantic meal for two served to them in the Lodge. ([Read More...]

A Fantastic Promotion With ecostore and Huckleberry Harvest!

Our friends at ecostore continue to do very cool things with us. Before we moved up to The Hokianga, we were regular shoppers at Harvest Wholefoods on Richmond Road in Grey Lynn, which is part of the group that includes Huckleberry Farms. We like their food and their values. So we were really pleased when ecostore suggested a cross-promotion with the Huckleberry Harvest stores. Check it out - couldn't be a better fit for us really.         ...[Read More...]

Kokohuia Lodge is fast becoming Honeymoon Central!

Over the last few months, honeymoons have accounted for a really high percentage of our bookings. Although, guests have been choosing us as a great place for a romantic getaway since we opened, the honeymoon side of things has really taken off recently. Maybe its the fact that guests have complete privacy and luxury when they stay, maybe its the romantic bath at the foot of the bed - whatever it is, newlyweds are choosing us in their droves. This phenomenon has even spread to the UK! Just recently,  the You and Your Wedding website, which has half a million unique visitors every month, included us in their list 'Top 10 Honeymoon Love Nests' fr...[Read More...]

Its been a great month in the media for Kokohuia Lodge!

Kokohuia Lodge has had another run of great stories in both print and digital media. We've been featured in an article entitled 'New Zealand's Coolest Boutique Hotels', on ivillage.co.uk, a huge UK website, targeted at women, which receives over 3.5 million hits to its home page every month. Article in iVillage. We've also been reviewed favourably in a double-page spread in Journeys magazine, Journeys Magazine article, which is like an AA Directions for Tasmania. We'r...[Read More...]

Kokohuia Lodge Turns One

Kokohuia Lodge, the Hokianga's newest lodge has just celebrated its first anniversary. It has been an incredible year, with many high points. First and foremost, we have had a non-stop procession of fabulous guests. We haven't had one yet that we wouldn't raise a glass with. (and we have in fact raised glasses with a few!) Thanks to our friends at Northland Inc. and Tourism New Zealand, we have had the most unbelievable coverage in both print media and on the web. For me, the media highlight has been being featured in three English national daily newspapers, The Guardian, Financial Times and last Saturday, in The Independent. ...[Read More...]