About Us

Ko Ngati Manawa te iwi
Ko Ngati Hui te hapu
Ko Peraniko Ratoru te whanau
Nga mihi nui kia koutou katoa
Nau mai, haere mai ki te rohe o Ngati Manawa

Our Iwi is Ngati Manawa
Our hapu is Ngati Hui
Our family descends from our paramount chief, Peraniko
We warmly welcome you to the tribal lands of Ngati Manawa – my people.

Our dream is to create an unpretentious cultural tourism and accommodation experience at grassroots level – authenticating the life experiences of Maori and establishing a truthful representation of who we are today as a people, for our visitors.  Our business is whanau (family) owned and operated. The experiences we offer are genuine and relaxed in an intimate natural setting.

Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours is a lakeside accommodation and cultural tourism product in the heartland of Murupara. Aside from the myriad of hunting a fishing experiences right on our doorstep, guests who are interested will also have the opportunity to hear our stories, taste our food and be hosted by our whanau (family) from Ngati Manawa – all of this within a landscape that is breathtakingly beautiful, in a region untouched by the hand of commercialism.

Guided cultural tours are also provided. As visitors are welcomed into the rohe, a karakia is offered to protect them while they are in these lands, as our guides escort visitors past sites of historical significance, sharing tales en route to Kohutapu Lodge, nestled on the shores of Lake Aniwhenua.


Our mission is to create an outstanding, intimate, interactive and highly sought after cultural experience off the beaten track in the heart of Murupara, where we will share tribal stories, food and visit sites of significance before staying overnight in a culturally themed accommodation. Our long term goal is to create employment and further support the local economy, not only through sourcing our local produce, but working with the Iwi and the Marae where and when we can. Social responsibility will also be woven into our tours where our visitors will be engaging and giving back to the tamariki (children) of this area through our schools.  

Previously trading as Lake Aniwhenua Lodge