International accommodation award puts 88 Lodge amongst the best in New Zealand

It seems as if our time in the sun has arrived. We are delighted to know that 88 Lodge is an accommodation recognised amongst the best in New Zealand.   An Australian-based hotel meta-search company, started an extensive survey covering different types of accommodation.  Gathering data from millions of guest reviews, translating them to an…

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Trip Advisor prestigious award goes to 88 Lodge.

As featured in a previous blog 88 Lodge has been awarded the Trip Advisor ‘Hall of Fame’.  To achieve this, it was necessary to be awarded a Trip Advisor ‘Certificate of Excellence’ for the 5 consecutive previous years. Of course, we were so chuffed to receive our Trip Advisor ‘Hall of Fame’ award as recognition…

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Extra Special visitor to 88 Lodge.

The New Zealand Kaka is a native parrot that is on the endangered list, and a special visitor to 88 Lodge.  Yesterday we were graced and honoured to see one in our garden.  Please excuse the poor quality photos but we were trying to not disturb the bird and getting to a position where we…

New Holiday Home for up to 6 persons.

Geoff & Chris are proud to bring to your attention their new holiday home accommodation option.  Admiralty Rise is an award winning 3 bedroom holiday home located in the Bay of Islands near Haruru Falls/Paihia/Waitangi.  Up to 6 persons in self catering luxury.  The home is fitted out to the highest standards and top quality…

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We’re in the ‘HALL OF FAME’

A Trip Advisor ‘HALL OF FAME’ award is hard to come by. First you need to be the very best B&B in your area and be recognised as such by your guests. This will get you a Certificate of Excellence for that year. Then you need to do this over and over again for 5…

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Strawberries

We are so lucky to live on a section of land with beautiful soil and a warm sheltered environment.  The benefit of this is the wonderful selection of fruit and vegetables we can grow.  Not to mention the flowers, shrubs and trees. We are presently at the peak of the Strawberry picking season and the…

Waitangi. Now New Zealands top tourist attraction.

Waitangi is steeped in the history of New Zealand.  Not only that but it is located in a most beautiful area and has evolved into a ‘must do’ for any tourist visiting New Zealand.  Now allocated the accolade of Top Tourist attraction.   The recently added museum is interactive, impressive and informative. It has proven…

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Best Visitor Experience at the NZ Tourism Awards. Waitangi.

Nearby Waitangi Treaty Grounds has been awarded the ‘Best Visitor Experience’ at this year’s NZ tourism awards.  This is a tremendous triumph for Northland and the Bay of Islands especially when you consider the competition there is throughout New Zealand.  Whilst other parts of the country have stunning visitor attractions, this year’s award goes to…

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5th YEAR IN A ROW – Certificate of Excellence awarded.

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Award 2017 received. It is with huge pride and pleasure we have received the prestigious Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Award for 2017.  To make this even more special we have now received this award for the 5th year in a row.  We do believe this makes us one of…

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Waitangi – new events to delight our visitors

Waitangi is the birthplace of New Zealand.  It was here that the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between the British Crown and the Maori Chiefs. The Treaty grounds are magnificent, encompassing the Treaty House, Marae (carved meeting house), Waka (world’s largest cermonial war canoe), Guided tour, Maori show and Parade Ground,  The Gardens and panoramic…

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Air New Zealand safety video features the Bay of Islands

   Air New Zealand has not only won the ‘Airline of the year’ award for the last 4 years it has become renowned for its unique, entertaining and enjoyable safety videos.  Usually a boring but essential part of any flight but now people travel Air New Zealand just to see what safety video will be…

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Rocco joins the team at 88.

Rocco is a chocolate coloured Labrador cross who joined us here at 88 in August 2016. He was a rescue dog who was found as a puppy abandoned by the side of the road with his 2 brothers and taken to the local shelter.  He was cold, wet and starving.  He started to revive well…

Another magnificent beach ‘found’

Another magnificent beach ‘found’ in Northland.  It is now over 10 years that we have been living in Northland.  During that time, we thought we had explored far and wide and had discovered everything that was best around us.  How wrong can you be?  Just last weekend we were out for a drive and came…

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The Bay of Islands is #1 for visitors to North Island of NZ

In a recent review of visitor’s preferences for the best places to visit in New Zealand’s north island The Bay of Islands is now number one.  Knocking places like Rotarua, Hobbiton, Napier, Wellington’s Te Papa, and Auckland down the list. The Bay of Islands has all the beaches, heritage, culture, activities and adventure to satisfy…

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Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

It is always an honour to be recognised for your endeavors and when that recognisation comes as high praise from your customers that is even more special.  It is only those accommodations that reach high standards that get awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and we at 88 Lodge are so chuffed to receive…

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Walking in Northland, another great experience.

There is a ‘new kid on the block’ when it comes to great walking tracks in New Zealand. Sure to soon be spoken in the same reverential tones along with:- The Milford Track. The Tongariro Crossing. Abel Tasman Track. Kepler Track to name but a few will be added the Te Paki Coastal Track. New…

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Breakfast at 88 Lodge.

It has been a very busy season and again and again our guests have commented on our breakfasts and how enjoyable they are.  We invite our guests to tell us what they want for their breakfast rather than us limiting choice by only offering what is on a menu or buffet.  Our guests really do…

Accommodation in Kerikeri is not just Bed and Breakfast.

Just recently we enjoyed the company of an elderly couple from Belgium in our accommodation.  They arrived in the evening before Waitangi Day.  During their inbound journey their brand new hire car suffered a slow puncture.  Within 30 minutes the tyre was completely flat.  We were happy to help arrange for the AA to change…

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Speed test for WiFi at 88 Lodge.

It’s irrelevant what people profess to be ‘speed’ when talking about WiFi in an accommodation setting.  Using only one device will give maximum speed, but what counts is when multiple devices are using the same network. WiFi is a bit like a motorway. One lane of traffic and it all moves consistantly. But if you…

Whats special about 88 Lodge?

When checking out our website you will find choices unavailable anywhere else on the net. More choices of rooms and suites (Our New Kentia Suite is currently only available via our own website, photos attached to this article). Special offers and packages not available elsewhere. Our room rates are competativly priced against other local accommodations…

Day Trips out from 88 Lodge.

Northland is just full of stunning, wonderful and unusual places. Over the years we have been here we have developed a selection on Day Trips for our guests to enjoy getting the broadest view of this beautiful place in God’s own country.   For us it is always a joy to get out and about…

Guests from Japan enjoy local restaurants

For a small town of less than 6000 people Kerikeri has 12 really excellent evening restaurants.  Serving a wide variety of culinary styles, in diverse and interesting locations there is something for everyone. Yoshiro and Keiko visited us from Japan and really enjoyed a very different restaurant experience every night of their time here in…

China visits the Bay of Islands

At 88 Lodge we have enjoyed the visits of guests from Hong Kong, Shanghai and even Beijing but until very recently we have not had any guests from the vast hinterland of China.   Taiyuan is a large city in the Shanxi Province approximately 4 hours (high speed motorway) driving from Beijing and it is from…

Kerikeri Street Party – V.I.P seating

The Kerikeri Street Party is hugely popular. In just 6 years it has grown to become Northlands premier social event of the year. 88 Lodge is proud to be one of the sponsors of this wonderful evening.  This means we get a VIP table and seating right in the middle of all the activity.  We…

Kauri Cliffs Golf Accommodation

Kauri Cliffs Golf Course is one of the top courses attracting golfers from around the world. Less than 15 minutes drive from 88 Lodge we are probably the closest quality Bed and Breakfast to this stunning course.   In addition there are 7 other courses within easy travelling.  Check out our interactive map to see how…

Walking in the Bay of Islands.

There are just so many walking tracks around us here at 88 Lodge however it’s always a real pleasure to ‘find’ one we have not ‘done’ before. Our latest ‘find’ is the trail from The Waitangi Treaty Grounds to Haruru Falls. Basically following the Waitangi River the clear and well-maintained path leads you through native…

Autumn Fall

Within the grounds of 88 Lodge we have an array of stunning trees.  But as we all know some trees delight in dropping their leaves at this time of the year. This brings two huge advantages to us.  Firstly before the leaves drop they turn into magnificent colours giving the gardens yet another beautiful aspect…

Swim with the dolphins in The Bay of Islands

To swim with the dolphins when visiting the Bay of Islands is a ‘must-do’ activity.  However from these recent pictures perhaps that should be ‘Fly with the Dolphins’! Maybe this is what water wings were invented for. Check out our ‘Things to do’ page for so many other local activities.  There is always something else…

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Bay of Islands wildlife – Orca’s (Killer Whales)

Orca (more commonly known as The Killer Whale) is a regular visitor to The Bay of Islands and a tall dorsal fin is often spotted gliding through the beautiful blue seas but rarely do these stunning animals give photo opportunities like this.   This picture was taken this week by a crewmember aboard a Fullers…

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Kerikeri Half Marathon Street Party 2014

The big date for your calendar is November 15th 2014.  This is the date of the Kerikeri Street Party.  From small beginnings 6 years ago this fun social gathering (which always follows the Half Marathon) has become the premier event in Kerikeri.  The main street is closed; wine and food stalls, bands and music, dancing…

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Trip Advisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence awarded to 88 Lodge.

We are just so proud and chuffed to be awarded a prestigious Certificate of Excellence for 2014 by Trip Advisor, the internationally recognised guru of all things good, and bad, about the hospitality trade.   It is a tribute to all of our wonderful guests who have taken the time and effort to say their…

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Reliable fast FREE WiFi adds to the accommodation experience.

Water and food are essential commodities to life; electricity makes our lives so comfortable in so many ways and these days access to communication is high on the list of must have’s to ensure life goes on the way you want it to. In our travels around the world, poor and often very expensive access…

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Kerikeri, Garden of National Significance.

There are four five star gardens in Northland, and all of them are within the beautiful Bay of Islands.  But only one of these has received its rating without a connection to the Bay’s history as birth place of the nation. The Palmco display garden (which is located just a few minutes drive from 88…

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Cyclone Lusi leaves her calling card

 It’s not often we have bad weather but every now and then we do get a bit of a blow.  Just recently Cyclone Lusi took a side swipe at New Zealand and whilst there was no major damage anywhere we did loose a couple of boughs from our beautiful Liquid Amber Trees. The weather here…

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The Longest in the Southern Hemisphere

Even though we have lived here for many years and thought we had a pretty good knowledge of the area, there is always something new to discover.  Northland is blessed with such a verity of places, geography, geology, activities, unusual and unexpected things that for sure there is always something just around the corner. We…

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Family Fun Day.

Living in Kerikeri is such a social friendly experience.  Today was the annual FREE Family Fun Day with Helicopter rides, bouncy castles/climbing towers/soft play.  Fancy dress, lolly scrambles plus all kinds of stalls, events, and opportunities to experience all manner of sports and activities. Our lovely local Police put the speed camera to another use…

High Definition fast Wifi – A first in Northland

In this modern day most people like to keep in touch with family and loved ones (and a few can not break the bond with their employment!!) whilst traveling so a quick and strong Internet connection is vital.  It’s not until the wifi is not working properly that you truly realise this. We have come…

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Pure Bliss

  Having worked EVERY day since the 7th December throughout a heavily loaded Christmas and New Year season today came as a real delight.  Waving a fond farewell to 4 departing guests this morning we cleared our chores and turned to having our lovely property to ourselves. A picnic lunch on the lawn under the…

A day on the Bay

Being Bed and Breakfast owners in the Bay of Islands there is one little perk we love to enjoy.  Every now and then we get treated to a ‘Famil’.  This is where we are treated to one of the many activities available to our guests locally. We have just been treated to experience ‘The Cream…

Tractor crash at 88

To aid the never-ending task of watering our garden during the long hot summers we experience here an Irrigation Tractor was purchased.  Once connected to its hose pipe the front wheel of the tractor tracks along the hose at a very slow pace nicely watering a strip 10 metres wide and as long as the…

Careful, you may fall in love.

Julian and Jane came to 88 Lodge and loved it so much they came back for a second and then a third visit.  During that third visit they went out and bought themselves a new home so they could settle locally.  A house right on the edge of a beautiful beach just a short drive…

Clivia’s in the woods.

Spring has most definitely arrived at 88 Lodge.  The gardens are awash with colour.  The Lime Acer competing with the Judas Tree to give a confusion of lime green and magenta.  Chris has been cultivating Clivia’s (sometimes known as Kaffir lily or Bush lily) which this spring has brought splashes of bright orange throughout our…

Bonfire Day – horay

I must admit to being a bit of a pyromaniac, and this coupled with the beautiful gardens of 88 Lodge means that every now and then I can enjoy a good bonfire.   Not many Bed and Breakfast accommodations have such surroundings, which do occupy a fair chunk of our time, but having a bonfire…

Awesome Bay Experience is forced to end in 2014

  Our highly popular and much loved Awesome Bay Experience package relies on the great mini cruise ship the Ipipiri.     It is with much sadness we have learnt this wonderful boat has been sold and with effect from April 2014 will be leaving the Bay for a destination overseas.     So make…

New Website

In the Bed and Breakfast accommodation business there are 2 kinds of places to stay. There is Mrs Jones who is looking for a bit of pin money and has a place with a spare back room, and professionally run, beautifully maintained accommodation specialising in providing guests with an exceptional experience. To start such experiences…

Changing seasons.

After a never-ending summer we get time to do those ‘must-do-that-one-day’ jobs. 88 Lodge B & B within 2 acres of manicured gardens demands a lot. The obvious refreshing of linens, drapes, furnishing, and decorations within the accommodation, plus we need to put in many hours trimming the shelter belts, managing leaf falls, and general…

It's not many who receive ‘HALL OF FAME’ status. This makes us a B&B not to be missed