The Story of Wildside Lodge, West Coast

Wildside Lodge

Wildside Lodge is a labour of love, a rustic, hand-crafted beauty which evolved through Dan and Kath Lane's philosophy and need for using resources that were locally available and free, or at least recycled and cheap!

We first started working on this West Coast lodge fifteen years ago when we began living together. Dan had already paid off his own little cottage on the same half acre property and so I bought the ex-Forest Service single worker’s hut No. 279 from a farmer who’d purchased it when the native milling in Hari Hari shut down – you can still see the number on the outside of the bach, left as a bit of an homage to its origins. We moved the bach on the back of a truck, placed it in the empty paddock out back and began stripping the interior which was grim grey painted plyboard. It was decided then that we might as well rip out the wiring too and make the accommodation off-grid, for an ‘escape from modern life’ feel. We were blessed to have a lovely eldery lady as our neighbour...

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Children’s Attractions Around NZ

Feeding the giraffes at Wellington Zoo

Family fun for all seasons.

Don’t let a spot of rain put a damper on your family holiday. With a bit of planning holidays can be just as memorable even when it gets a bit wet and cold. Have a look at the facilities and feedback of the bach you’ve booked and see what they have by way of games, books, dvd player, kayaks etc. If you’re worried that eventually cabin fever might set in, have a look beforehand at what activities or attractions there might be in the area. Hot pools are like catnip to children, and New Zealand is blessed with lots of them, whether it’s a hike to a natural spring in the river or an aquatic park with hydroslides and artificial waves. You can have a squiz at the Bookabach Guide to Hot Pools and Spas for options around the country, and we’ve included some other...

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COMPETITIONS
Win Jimmy Cliff tickets!

Score a double pass to see reggae legend Jimmy Cliff light up the stage in Mt Maunganui, March 27 or Auckland, March 28.

MORE EVENTS
Waiheke International Jazz Festival 2015
Venues in Oneroa and at Rangihoua EstateFri, April 03, 2015 12 noon to Sun, April 05, 2015
Crankworx Rotorua
Skyline Rotorua Gravity Park, 185 Fairy Springs Road, RotoruaWed, March 25, 2015 to Sun, March 29, 2015
Classic Fighters Omaka 2015
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, 79 Aerodrome Rd, BlenheimFri, April 03, 2015 10.00 a.m. to Sun, April 05, 2015
Jimmy Cliff
ASB Baypark, Mt Maunganui, and Powerstation, AucklandFri, March 27, 2015 to Sat, March 28, 2015
Steampunk Sunday
Kiwi North Museum, 500 State Highway 14, Maunu, WhangareiSun, April 05, 2015 10.00 a.m.
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The Story of Wildside Lodge, West Coast

Wildside Lodge is a labour of love, a rustic, hand-crafted beauty which evolved through Dan and Kath Lane's philosophy and need for using resources that were locally available and free, or at least recycled and cheap!

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Period piece on the Clive River

A riverfront villa that's perfect for groups: mess about in boats, bike to wineries or swan about historically.

Historic Baches on Rangitoto Island

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Mabels Cottage in Mangonui

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Children’s Attractions Around NZ

Family fun for all seasons.

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Coromandel Peninsula

Wherever you're headed on the Coromandel Peninsula, you won't be far from a beach, the beautiful bush or a fishing spot. Enjoy life at the bach or take a daytrip and discover somewhere new.

Hawke’s Bay

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