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' f...[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'...[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...]

Planes Trains and Automobiles! (well almost)

We've just had some guests staying with us who went to major lengths to spend a couple of nights at Kokohuia Lodge. On Friday, following a night shift for one of them, they left from Masterton and drove to Wellington airport. From there they flew to Auckland and picked up a hire car, so they could drive the rest of the way. Today, they're doing the same in reverse. Fortunately, they had a fantastic time on The Hokianga and are glad they made the effort. It was a good week in general for Kokohuia Lodge. On Thursday, we inked a year long promotional contract with our friends at...[Read More...]

Win A Weekend for Two!

We're really thrilled to be able to announce our fabulous promotion with Ecostore! Ecostore emailed a version of the competition below to the approximately 20,000 subscribers to their e-newsletter. It will also be featured on their Facebook page and tweeted to their Twitter followers. Its a natural fit for us, as we exclusively use Ecostore cleaning and pampering products in the Lodge. Also, our wonderful logo was designed by artist John Reynolds, whose designs are featured on a range of Ecostore products. And of course, both Kokohuia Lodge and Ecostore have sustainability at the core of our businesses. You too can enter the competition, so read on ... <...[Read More...]

Kokohuia Lodge Awarded Sustainability Commendation

We're really pleased to announce that Kokohuia Lodge won a 'Highly Commended' award in the Sustainability category of the Wood Council of New Zealand's Timber Design Awards. It was great to receive recognition for all the hard work that went into creating Kokohuia Lodge. Congratulations to our architect Cameron Pollock. ...[Read More...]

Kokohuia Lodge Featured in Lifestyle Block

Lifestyle Block magazine featured Kokohuia Lodge in its September issue, a pdf of the article can be downloaded here. LSB_SEPT_lodge (Needs Adobe Acrobat Reader to view). We were absolutely delighted, as we are both avid Lifestyle Block readers. We were even more delighted when we opened the magazine and saw that, instead of the 2 or 3 pages that we had anticipated, they had printed 8 pages of interview and photos! The editor of the magazine chose to focus on the small scale/high luxury nature of the project and highlighted its sustainability and also its appeal as a romantic getaway....[Read More...]

New Zealand Accommodation – in the Guardian UK!

Not just any old New Zealand accommodation, but Kokohuia Lodge! Imagine our surprise and delight to see this snippet  in the UK newspaper The Guardian. When we started out we wanted to do something different and unique, and opening a luxury B & B in the Far North of New Zealand is certainly that. But being in such a remote area, we also ran the risk of being overlooked by people who maybe looking for  exactly our type of accommodation. Having caught the eye of the...[Read More...]

The Build

After much planning and delay, we finally got underway with the build in late March 2011. We never imagined that it would take us till January 2012 to complete and it has certainly been a hell of a ride. We would have made a great “Grand Designs” episode for sure! The site itself has provided many challenges and dramas along the way. Add to that the fact that there is barely a right angle in the entire building and you start to understand the complexity. Then there was the rain, the sticky, slippery Hokianga clay and the wind you get with a winter build on The Hokianga. The most memorable drama had to be on Queen’s Birthday Weekend when a storm d...[Read More...]

Designing Our Eco B & B

Our initial plans to develop a sustainable Eco B & B were very much more modest than our current venture and have undergone a number of transformations along the way. As our knowledge and confidence with off-grid living grew, we realised that it would be possible to create something unique that would offer people the experience of green design and building without any compromise in comfort or style. We chose to team up with Auckland based architect, Cameron Pollock, having worked with him on a previous villa renovation in Auckland and being familiar with other projects he had undertaken. Perhaps most importantly, the fact that he is an old friend...[Read More...]