Ohuka Lodge epitomises peace and tranquillity.
Nestled amidst secluded farm land this is the ideal retreat to escape from city life, while still having the luxury of home comforts.
Whether you choose to relax on the deck overlooking the farm, or lounge inside in front of the cosy log fire, Ohuka Lodge is the place to recharge your batteries.
There are a variety of walks on offer meandering over farm land and through native bush. From short, easy walks to longer day walks there are stunning views, waterfalls and maybe even a glimpse of wild deer. The restored wetlands are well worth a visit with lots of bird life, including pukeko when they are in residence! Some of these walks require a guide while others are easy to access on your own.
Only half an hour away is the majestic Lake Waikaremoana set in the Te Urewera National Park, an amazing destination featuring the 3-4-day Great Walk and a range of day walks. Lake Waikaremoana and its surrounding bush is a beautiful and magical place and known as one of nature's best kept secrets.
Unique Experiences at Ohuka Lodge
- Great walking tracks for all abilities
- Kids getting back to nature and meeting animal, take a Farm Tour!
- 30 minutes to the majestic Lake Waikaremoana
Why You Will Love Ohuka Lodge
Guests love the privacy, peace and beautiful surroundings of Ohuka Lodge. In fact, the lodge is so private the nearest neighbours are the cows and sheep in the nearby paddocks. Adding to the ambience, are the resident Tui singing from the Gum tree, the New Zealand pigeon, (Kereru), that feed in the mulberry tree and the haunting, melancholy night time call of the Morepork, (owl).
Feeding the pet animals delights guests, both young and old. In the spring there are often lambs and calves which require bottle feeding and are always happy for an extra feed to please the visitors! Chickens supply fresh eggs which our guests enjoy when supply allows. The farm dogs are also very appreciative of the attention they receive and are always up for an ear scratch and pat.
Visitors are often able to participate in the daily working of the farm and enjoy watching large mobs of cattle and sheep being moved.
Experiences have included guests visiting the woolshed to watch the shearing, when the shearers remove the wool from the sheep. When time allows we offer tours of the farm taking guests over our 1100 acre property where the country changes frequently and offers stunning views including magnificent waterfalls, catching glimpses of wild deer and the sun set behind the impressive Panekire Bluff.
There are many farm walks available from short, easy walks to more challenging day hikes. All of the walks offer plenty to see although some require more serious exertion.
Ohuka Lodge is your home during your stay with us, and you are welcome to stroll in the gardens and enjoy the outdoors. There are numerous walks through out the farm for which I am happy to be your guide, or you can take a walk in the nearby paddocks. We have extensive grounds at the homestead with a very large old gum tree, reported to be the tallest in the Southern Hemisphere!, viewing by arrangement.
We are fortunate to have the Waikaretaheke river running through our farm, which flows from Waikaremona and we are happy to show you where you might catch a fish!
The clarity of the night sky is something to behold.
There are no street lights, neighbours or noisy cars to distract from the startling beauty. Wrap up warm and head outside to find your favourite constellation, whether it is the Milky Way, the Pot, or a star sign, on a clear night, it is magical.
per night (up to 2 guests)
$10.00 per additional guest
2WD caravan accessible
4WD access to some areas
Property Manager on site
No Mobile Service
Wifi Available (Free)
Ohuka Lodge is fully quipped with linen, including sheets and towels. It is fully contained and has free WIFI but no mobile phone reception.
Farm Tour Available
Fishing Access (BYO gear)
Sheep Shearing (seasonal)
Farm Animals to Meet
Hiking | Tramping
About the Landowner, Jan
I am lucky enough to live in a beautiful part of New Zealand where my husband and I, farm our 1100 acre block. It is a sheep and beef farm and I choose to move the stock out the back of the farm by running there with my dogs, as I really enjoy seeing the amazing countryside and wildlife, hearing the birds, frogs and watching the seasons change, but the highlight for me is seeing some deer.
Of course it is not always easy and life is very busy on the farm especially in the hot summer moving lambs in the early morning or evening to avoid the heat. We have 2 mobs of bulls that need shifting daily and there are plenty of jobs to do.
The Lodge is a great part of my life, I love meeting the guests and being able to show them our piece of paradise, listening to their experiences, sharing their delight at the secluded location of the Lodge and offering them advice about the Waikaremoana area and walks.
We have 4 children, Hannah is 22 a compliance officer, Alex, 20, a diesel mechanic apprentice in Wairoa, William, 19, at Canterbury Uni and Claire 17, year 12 at Napier Girls. The house swells on the holidays and the children help on the farm when required. They are a great help at the Lodge and very capable of doing it on their own and enjoy chatting with the guests.
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