Lake Aniwhenua Retreat | Off The Beaten Track

Lake Aniwhenua Retreat

Cabins & Cottages

Galatea, Bay Of Plenty                    Listed By Logan and Kate


Share our slice of Paradise

Enjoy private access to Lake Aniwhenua which is abundant in both Rainbow and Brown trout and can be fished all year round. The nearby Horomanga and Rangitaiki rivers are also wonderful spots to fish. The crystal clear waters of the Rangitaiki (also fishable year round) are ideal for both beginners and experts and trophy size fish can be caught. The adjoining Whirinaki river is also a favoured spot due to its stunning scenic surroundings.
Our local fishing guide Peter Hill has over 30 years experience and entertains anglers from all over the world. Should you wish, he can share with you his wealth of knowledge and take you to the best spots to help you enjoy the ultimate wilderness fishing trip.

The Rangitaiki river is a popular spot for white water rafting with a few different operators offering packages. The river combines spectacular scenery and 14km of great rapids. It is grade 3-4 and suitable for all active people ages 13 years and over. The Rangitaiki is the ideal river to 'get the hang of it' before hurtling yourself into the fast action of the Wairoa or Kaitua river. The meeting spot is in Murupara 20 minutes from the Old Shearers' Quarters.
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Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tane Conservation Park offers the chance to go mountain biking in the amazing surroundings of beautiful 'Jurassic' rain forest among giant podocarp trees. The park is about an hour from The Old Shearers' Quarters.
The grade 2-3 Whirinaki Forest Mountain Bike Track and The grade 3 Moreangi Mountain Bike Track offer opportunities for different rider skill levels, distances with the Moreangi track passing back country huts along the way.
Being based at the Old Shearers' Quarters gives you the opportunity for mountain biking in Whakatane, Taupo and of course the infamous Redwoods in Rotorua.

Te Urewera hosts one of New Zealands Great Walks -Lake Waikaremoana - in the southern area of the park. There are also shorter walks available, Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tane Conservation Park has a range of walks from 1hr to 2-5 days.
Rainbow Mountain-Summit Track on the way to Rotorua gives a fantastic view over the whole area.

- Waimangu Volcanic Valley
- Amazing geothermal park between Galatea and Rotorua.
- Waikite Valley: A favorite of locals and tourists Waikite hotpools, set in a beautiful valley are a great day out for all the family.
- Fort Galatea: For the historians among us the reserve contains remains of early buildings and redoubts.
- Whirinaki Forest Park: This incredible park provides endless recreation activities
- The Old Shearers Quarters is situated within easy driving of the coastal town of Whakatane, thermal Rotorua and adventurous Taupo. It also makes a great stopover point on the way to Lake Waikaremoana: a stunning drive through native bush.

Built in the 1960s, the shearers quarters was designed to house the shearing gangs that would come to shear sheep on the part dairy part dry stock farm in Galatea.
It's hard to imagine the view back then before the creation of Lake Aniwhenua which didn't happen until 1980. The building was originally split in to four separate rooms for sleeping which were only accessible from the outside - a bit chilly to get to the bathroom in the winter months!
It has been through many incarnations and was at one time a budget lodge where fishermen would bunk down several to a room or camp in the grounds - this sparked the idea of using it as guest accommodation.
During the renovation we tried to preserve the building's character by keeping some of the original features.

- Boat hire is available for a charge per hour/day.
- A tour of our working 400 cow dairy farm is available at certain times of year (This must be pre-booked in advance).
- Hunting and fishing guides can also be booked through us.

Unique Experiences at Lake Aniwhenua Retreat

  1. Enjoy private access to tranquil Lake Aniwhenua for marvelous trout fishing and eeling or relaxing kayaking.
  2. Fish, Tramp, Mountain Bike and relax!
  3. Visit Whirinaki Forest Park and other local attractions

Why You Will Love Lake Aniwhenua Retreat

Escape for a few days to your own piece of paradise and savour the peace and tranquillity of the spectacular surroundings.

Accommodation Types

The Old Shearers Quarters

Beautifully restored and renovated 1960s Shearers Quarters, Situated on a 145 hectare, 400 cow Dairy farm next to Lake Aniwhenua in the stunning scenic valley of Galatea.

Perfect for a couples retreat, a family with children and, of course, Trout fishermen! The Old Shearers Quarters has been recently renovated to provide guests with all the modern comforts whilst maintaining its original character and is fully equipped for a peaceful relaxing stay.

The bright and airy living space encompasses a kitchen, dining and living area which has picturesque views of the mountains and dairy farm. There is a comfy corner suite and 50” flat screen TV with freeview, DVD player and stereo with bluetooth. There is also a cosy woodburner.

The accommodation has three bedrooms sleeping up to six people. Room one has bunk beds – ideal for children, room two cosy twin beds and room three a king-size bed.

Outside there is a large garden area with lawn and mature trees. A covered veranda houses a gas BBQ and there is an outdoor dining setting for your use. Lake Aniwhenua is a short stroll through the adjoining paddock.

Tea/coffee and milk are provided and the local store is just down the road. We are family friendly and toddler safe.
Services and Facilities include:
- Portacot and Highchair available upon request.
- Large outside section with Gas BBQ, outside dining to seat six.
- Boat ramp on farm, life jackets available.

View Amenities

$100.00 per night
(up to 2 guests)
$20.00 per additional guest

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Property Amenities

-Sealed Roads
Caravan accessible
RV/Motorhome accessible
2WD caravan accessible
-2WD access all areas
-Shop/groceries with 5kms
Good mobile service
Rubbish bin
-Boat Ramp
Family Friendly
Power Available

Additional Amenities:
Wood Burner


Cycle Tracks
Access to: Lakes | Rivers | Streams | Beaches
Farm Tour Available
Fishing Access (BYO gear)
Rafting | Kayaking | Canoeing
Nature Walks
Direct Beach Access
Rural Views

About the Landowner, Logan and Kate

Logan and I (Kate) met through mutual friends in 1999 when I traveled to New Zealand on holiday.

He had already been in Galatea for a couple of years share milking on the family farm. At the time I never anticipated still being here 17 years later - from London to Galatea is quite a change of lifestyle!

We both enjoy farm life and it is still a treat to wake up to the view of the serene lake and remarkable mountains.

It is a real joy meeting people from all walks of life and from all over the world. We have entertained guests from as far afield as the U.S.A, U.K, South Africa, France and Germany. It is truly a pleasure to provide somewhere nice for them to stay and to be able to share with them our little slice of paradise.

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