Makakahi Lodge

Makakahi Lodge

Down on the farm - luxuriously: a country lodge with trout-fishing, Ruapehu, bush and historical relics on its doorstep.

In 1991 Brendan and Philippa Kavanagh bought a 600 hectare farm on the Manganui o te Ao River, to the west of Ruapehu. Land in this area had been developed as rehabilitation farms for returned servicemen from the First World War, with each farm being 200 acres. The Kavanagh’s farm was composed of seven of these original lots, and the old house sites can still be discerned from the trees that were planted around them, and the daffodils which still spring up. The Kavanagh’s farm had two houses on it, the family home and an original homestead that was being used as shearers’ and shepherds’ accommodation. In 2010, after months of contemplation and procrastination, the couple made the decision to go ahead with a complete renovation of the old homestead. The house was in a state of disrepair, having been empty for some time. From shearers’ quarters to country lodge The renovation...

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Rarotonga

Photo: from Bookabach property #22032

Rarotonga - friendly, relaxed, and deliciously tropical: an island ringed with palms and beautiful beaches.

Rarotonga rises up from the Pacific in volcanic peaks, a dark green island surrounded by a clear, turquoise lagoon. Cloud-forest softens the craggy ridges of the interior, giving way to lush plantations and gardens closer to the coast, and coconut palms fringe the pristine beaches. While Rarotonga is the largest of the fifteen islands that make up the Cook Islands group, the road that rings the coast is just 32kms long, so you can tootle around it on a scooter in less than an hour. Why hurry though, when you can idle away the day so pleasantly on the golden beaches, snorkelling in the crystal waters of the lagoon, shopping, exploring or hiking? The Cook Islands are a popular destination for New Zealanders who want to visit an unspoilt, island paradise. It feels like an easy step from home, because of the close ties between the countries, and the shared...

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COMPETITIONS
Win tickets to RNZB Allegro in Wellington

Win tickets to The Royal New Zealand Ballet's production of Allegro at the St James Theatre in Wellington on Friday August 15th, 2014.

Win a Queenstown Ski Holiday for Four!

Hey Aussie friends: We're inviting you to hop across the Tassie and come play in Queenstown this winter.

MORE EVENTS
Mana Wahine
Q Theatre, Auckland, Regent Theatre, Dunedin and touring other centres round NZFri, June 27, 2014 7.30 p.m. to Sat, August 16, 2014
Gay Ski Week Qt 2014
Various venues around QueenstownSat, August 30, 2014 to Sat, September 06, 2014
Olafur Eliasson: The Cubic Structural Evolution Project
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 30 The OctagonSat, May 03, 2014 to Sun, August 03, 2014
Beervana 2014
Westpac Stadium, 147 Waterloo Quay, WellingtonFri, August 22, 2014 11a.m. to Sat, August 23, 2014
Kaikoura Seafest 2014
Takahanga Domain, Killarney Street, KaikouraSat, October 04, 2014 10.00 a.m.
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Down on the farm - luxuriously: a country lodge with trout-fishing, Ruapehu, bush and historical relics on its doorstep.

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