Okopako Lodge Wilderness Farm | Off The Beaten Track

Okopako Lodge Wilderness Farm

Cabins & Cottages, Camping, Motorhome / Caravan

Whirinaki, Northland                    Listed By Lois

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Okopako Lodge is situated is on a family farm and has large decks with panoramic views of the countryside, native bush and Hokianga Harbour; we specialise in reasonably priced accommodation within a rural eco-farm and gardens setting.

WALKS, NATURE, BEACHES, NATURAL BEAUTY, ARTS & CULTURE!
- DOC walkways begin at the gate and some walks on the farm itself are possible.
- Half of the farm is in native kauri forest where you can walk to enjoy the spectacular views.
- Stargaze while listening to the Morepork and Kiwis call at night. No need for a TV here!
- Okopako is not far from Opononi and Omapere beaches for Hokianga Harbour activities and a short drive to Waipoua Kauri Forest.
- The area is known for its relaxed natural beauty and vibrant arts community.
- The Hokianga abounds with Maori and settlement history.

ROOM TYPES & FACILITIES
Double, twin, family or dorm / shared rooms are available as well as onsite caravans, camp sites and camper van parking areas with a separate amenities block, with a fully equipped kitchen.
- There is gas hot water and cooking throughout.
- All beds are fully made up.
- The Lodge and caravans are ideal for family and tramping groups.

ECO CREDENTIALS
The accommodation facilities run on an energy efficient lighting system.
Fresh organic produce, homemade bread and farmhouse meals are available. An organic vegetable garden, established fruit trees and a worm farm are features of Okopako.

Unique Experiences at Okopako Lodge Wilderness Farm

  1. Okopako Lodge is set against a backdrop of native forests, including Kauri, Rimu and Tanekaha.
  2. Organic gardens (including worm farms and orchards) with seasonal produce available.
  3. It's not far to the beautiful beaches of Opononi and Omapere on the Hokianga Harbour (for beach activities, e.g. sand boarding on the dunes, fishing).

Why You Will Love Okopako Lodge Wilderness Farm

Guests love Okopako for (amongst other things):
- It's tranquility
- It's superb panoramic views from the guest lounge and wraparound decks
- Out over farmland, forest and the Hokianga Harbour
- It's proximity to bush walks and the mighty Kauri forest (Waipoua)
- The wide range of accommodation options from camp sites to caravans, to bed and breakfast or backpacker rooms in the main Lodge
- It's proximity to the Hokianga Harbour and all the water/beach related activities
- The natural beauty and history of the area
- Flourishing local arts scene (e.g. in Rawene and Kohukohu).

"This is the perfect place to stay to experience the tranquil lifestyle of the region ... There is no charging electronics in the caravans, but you can leave your gadgets and batteries in the office. You certainly won't miss them with the serene beauty surrounding you!
Be sure to stare up at the skies at night and wake up for the sunrise throwing its golden glow over their pasture and watch the sheep stir from their slumber. We had to leave too early in the morning to say thank you, but I hope to go back someday in the near future!"
(Neha G, New York City)

"It was so nice to wake up here for a couple of days. So different to where the typical traveler would usually stay. Hosts were great and insightful on local attractions and so much more! Not your standard hosts for sure!"
(Michaela, Topia)


Accommodation Types

Shared Accommodation (Main Lodge)

We have double/family rooms with a double bed, one single bed and a set of bunks. There are also rooms with single and bunk beds in the Lodge. Each of these shared/dorm rooms can also be booked as a single or twin depending on the season and demand.

FACILITIES
The Lodge has a large fully equipped kitchen and dining area, a cozy lounge with fireplace and library, and large sun decks wrapped around the whole building so guests can enjoy the peaceful environment and panoramic views. Guests can read, borrow or exchange some books from the Lodge library.

ACCESSIBILITY
The Lodge has two bathroom areas: one accessible shower room with toilet, and one with a separate shower and toilet.
Okopako Lodge is fully accessible with a ramp up onto the deck area and entrances.


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$34.00 per night
(up to 1 guests)
$34.00 per additional guest


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Camping & Camper/Sleeper Car sites

Camp sites are level and dry, but do not have power. Campers have their own amenities (kitchen, showers and toilets) in the camping ground building. The kitchen has a gas cooker (ring top) and fridge/freezer, most cooking utensils and crockery, and a dining area. A plentiful supply of gas hot water serves the unisex shower suites.

Guests can enjoy spectacular views from the kitchen, boardwalk and decks and all tent sites. Wake up to the mist hanging in the valleys below or to the sounds of the sheep, lambs and other farm animals in the paddocks just a few steps away.


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$18.00 per night
(up to 1 guests)
$18.00 per additional guest


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Self-Contained RV / Mobile homes

We have separate (non-powered) parking site for larger, self-contained mobile homes/RVs.

Guests can enjoy spectacular views from the kitchen, boardwalk and decks and all tent sites. Wake up to the mist hanging in the valleys below or to the sounds of the sheep, lambs and other farm animals in the paddocks just a few steps away.


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$15.00 per night
(up to 4 guests)



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Property Amenities

Group Campsites
Family Friendly
Single Safe
Wheelchair Access
Property Manager on site
Caravan accessible
RV/Motorhome accessible
2WD caravan accessible
Unsealed Roads
Good mobile reception
Rubbish bin
Shop/groceries with 5kms
Gas available
Power
Dog Friendly
Cat Friendly


Additional Amenities:
Campground showers, toilet & kitchen block separate from the Lodge; onsite caravans available; seasonal garden produce available; information about the area and available activities.

Activities

Farm Tour

About the Landowner, Lois

The name of the farm, Okopako, means ‘the place where you hear the sound of the running water’, and is the name of one of the streams that runs through the farm.

Okopako (the farm) has been in the King family for about 105 years since Horace King (grandfather of current owner Nils) purchased the property in circa 1910. Horace and his family cleared the land and milled timber using a steam powered sawmill. (The mill was in use up until the early 1950s.) From 1920 to 1970 the sons and their families had a small herd of 20-30 dairy cows, which they milked by hand. One son, Gordon (aka Monty), kept bullock teams of 6 pairs for hauling out the logs.

Current owners Nils and Lois (and family) have lived on the farm since early 1981. They established Okopako Pony Trekking in 1985, and this business ran until 2007. Okopako Lodge opened in December 1993 and is situated on the 131 hectare farm about 150 metres above sea-level. Over half of the farm (about 90 hectares) is in native kauri forest, where you can find large Kauri, Rimu, and Tanekaha amongst the regrowth bush.


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