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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New Zealanders have been rather partial to a beer, ever since Captain Cook brewed the country’s first beer on 27th March 1773 in Dusky Sound. To combat scurvy amongst his sailors he experimented with using rimu and manuka, thinking: ”...it would make a very wholesome beer, and supply the want of vegetables, which this place did not afford…”  - James Cook, A Voyage Towards the South Pole and Round the World, Volume 1 A fair few Kiwis have shown a preference for beer over vegetables ever since. Captain Cook’s beer included the tips and leaves of manuka; it is the inspiration for the popular Captain Cooker Manuka Beer, brewed by the Mussell Inn at Onekakā, Golden Bay, since 1995.  From 1917 until 1967 pubs had to shut at 6p.m., leading to the infamous “six o’clock swill” as workers attempted to drink as much as possible in the hour between...

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