More than a holiday

Escape the hustle & bustle!

Relax and unwind or enjoy a fun-filled, affordable family escape at Kohutapu Lodge overlooking serene Lake Aniwhenua. Only 55 minutes from Rotorua or 40 minutes from Whakatane, surrounded by lush farmland, native bush, lakes and rivers – your holiday stay can be as restful or as vigorous as you choose. 

The gateway to Te Urewera and Waikaremoana - hunting, fishing or mountain biking await you. Enjoy a guided walking tour in our Jurassic Podocarp Native Rainforest, or experience a historical cultural tour of the land. Learn traditional Māori activities - weaving, haka lessons, night time eel fishing and more. Or perhaps you might just want to gaze at the lake, and relax. Self- cater, or let us cook dinner for you!!

Our family look forward to welcoming you in to our special place, and sharing with you our warm hospitality we are world renowned for.

Nau mai, haere mai – we look forward to seeing you soon.






• Welcome platter on arrival 
• 2 x bottles of Wine 
• 2 nights accommodation in our brand new 5 bedroom house overlooking Lake Aniwhenua
• Access to outdoor woodfired rustic hot tubs 
• Access to sunken fire pit area
• Full Day guided cultural walking tour deep in to the heart of a Jurassic Podocarp Native Rainforest including Packed Picnic Lunch and Hot Kawakawa Tea

Please note: Offer covers consecutive days of the week - not just weekends. Meals included are welcome platter and walking tour lunch only. Other meals to be supplied/self catered by guests. Own transport required. All bedding, linen and towels are provided.

Valid until 1st October 2021




Enjoy a guided cultural walking tour in to the heart of the Whirinaki Native Rainforest – a Jurassic Podocarp forest and home to our 5 Rangatira (Chiefs of the Forest) – Totara, Rimu, Kahikatea, Miro and Matai.

Learn the history of this majestic forest, the history of the land as well as traditional Maori medicine plants and their uses.Hear and see (and hopefully meet) many of our endangered native birds, as our guides call them down from the canopy of the trees above.

We will share myths and legends of the forest and together enjoy forest bathing – the art of immersing yourselves in nature and allowing the forest to heal physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally, by simply "being" in the forest. See the tallest moss in the world, and fill your drinking bottle from the purest waterfall.

Picnic lunch infused with traditional local delicacies will be enjoyed by a waterfall, and the day concludes with hot Kawakawa tea over the billy, as our guides regale more tales of our people and our landscapes.