Experience authentic Maori culture at Kohutapu Lodge

3 Days

From NZD 729 per person

Please enquire with the form

Getaway Summary

  • Location: Rotorua
  • 2 nights/3 days
  • Accommodation in a self-contained cottage
  • Daily continental breakfast
  • Dinner: either homecooked with local ingredients or hangi (depending on the number of people)
  • Day 2 guided tour of the area (waterfalls, Maori carving, local township and Whirinaki Forest)

Please enquire with the form

Haere mai to your weekend retreat at Kohutapu Lodge! Feel the cosy embrace of our lodge as you arrive on Friday night, nestled amidst nature’s beauty. Dinner is at your leisure tonight as you might arrive late after work.

On Saturday, wake up to a delightful continental breakfast before embarking on a guided tour of tribal lands. Explore Aniwaniwa Falls, Tawhiua Maunga, Murupara township, and the hidden Maori Rock Carvings at Te Ana a Tokowaru. Dive deeper into the wonders of nature with a half-day guided cultural walking tour in the Whirinaki Forest. Immerse yourself in the lush native rainforest, learn about Rakau Rangatira (Chiefly trees) and Rakau Rongoa (Medicinal plants), spot native and endangered birds, and experience the healing benefits of forest bathing (the healing benefits of being in the forest) through a Te Ao Maori perspective. Enjoy a packed picnic lunch and sip on hot Kawakawa tea.

As the day winds down, return to Kohutapu Lodge for a scrumptious dinner – either a hangi buffet with traditional kai and activities if there’s a bigger group or a home-cooked meal with two courses. Your overnight stay promises comfort and warmth in our accommodations.

On Sunday, wake up to another delightful continental breakfast before checking out at 10am.

Your accommodation at Kohutapu Lodge

Kohutapu Lodge is located near Mururapa, just an hour away from Rotorua, 45 minutes from Whakatane, and a scenic 3.5-hour drive from Auckland. Picture yourself surrounded by picturesque farmlands and lush forestry, with the serene Lake Aniwhenua stretching out before you, inviting you to unwind and relax.

Kohutapu Lodge has three cosy one-bedroom self-contained cottages, each equipped with modern bathroom facilities and a convenient kitchenette. Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway, a family retreat, or a fun trip with friends, these cottages cater to all, accommodating anywhere from 2 to 5 guests comfortably. You’ll find a comfortable double bed, single and double bunk beds for a restful night’s sleep, and Sky TV to relax after a day of exploring the beautiful surroundings.

The Toe Toe whanau is a family deeply rooted in the history and culture of the Ngati Manawa Tribe. With a lineage that predates the Great Migration by 400 years, their connection to the land within the tribal boundaries runs deep. The stories of their ancestors have been passed down through the generations, carrying with them the wisdom and traditions of their people. From learning about the customs and beliefs that have shaped their community to savouring the flavours of their authentic cuisine, each moment spent with the Toe Toe whanau promises to be a journey of discovery and connection.


  • 2 nights in a self-contained cottage
  • Daily continental breakfast
  • Homecooked dinner with local ingredients or hangi (depending on the number of people)
  • Guided day exploring waterfalls, maori carvings and Whiniraki Forest, incl picnic lunch and kawakawa tea
  • Other meals and drinks
  • Other activities

Weekend Getaways NZ
Pricing is based on 2 people in low season. Please send an enquiry for the price if you’re more people.

Payment for our packaged getaway is due at the time of confirmation / invoice. Payments by credit card is possible but incurs a 3% surcharge.

Cancellations & amendments to bookings must be made 72h prior to travel dates. Any cancellations after this date will be non-refundable. Please note that some operators may have stricter rules that need to be obeyed.

Kohutapu Lodge
Cancellation 7 – 3 days before arrival: 50% of the package price
Cancellation 3 – 0 days: 100% cancellation fee (according to WGNZ T&Cs)


Enquire now ..

so we can reply to you