Waikato luxury farmstay and glowworms off the beaten track

3 Days

From NZD 825 per person

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Getaway Summary

  • Location: Waikaretu, Rural Waikato
  • 2 nights/3 days
  • Accommodation in a luxury lodge including daily breakfast and 3-course dinners
  • Glowworm tour (a true hidden gem)
  • Farm tour and spa treatments optional

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No matter if you’re after a girls weekend off the beaten path or rural romantic getaways in Waikato, this package is for you!

Your rural Waikato Accommodation

Te Karaka Lodge is a luxurious rural retreat nestled amidst breathtaking natural surroundings. Located in the heart of rural Waikato, just 95 km from Auckland, Te Karaka Lodge is part of the charming Te Karaka Station. This delightful getaway invites you to experience the true essence of rural New Zealand in a cozy yet modern farmstay setting.

At Te Karaka Lodge, the facilities are designed to offer both relaxation and recreation. Take a dip in the outdoor heated swimming spa, unwind on one of the many verandahs with sweeping views over farmland, or enjoy some friendly competition with lawn games.

Indulge your taste buds with the lodge’s farm-to-table cuisine, where dishes are crafted from fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients. The dining experience at Te Karaka Lodge is second to none, with options to enjoy your meal in the restaurant, the lodge dining room, the cozy lounge, or on the outdoor terrace, all offering picturesque views.

Each of the ten guest rooms is elegantly furnished, providing a contemporary farmstay experience that blends luxury with organic elements inspired by the surrounding landscape.

If you’d like to add a farm tour and/or a spa treatment, please let me know in your enquiry.

Explore Nikau Cave, a hidden-gem glowworm cave

A visit to Nikau Cave, just a short 10-minute drive from the lodge, is a must. This hidden gem offers a personal tour to experience glowworms in their natural habitat, providing an unhurried experience away from the crowds. The cave is kept in its natural state, meaning you’ll walk in a stream, mud and even need to crawl a short section, which makes it an exciting excursion for those with a reasonably good level of fitness. Nikau Cave also operates a lovely cafe with homemade pizzas and other delicious treats, perfect for your lunch.


  • 2 nights at Te Karaka Lodge in a Deluxe Lodge Room
  • including daily breakfast
  • and daily 3-course dinner
  • Guided tour of Nikau Cave glowworm cave

Not included

  • Additional meals and drinks
  • Other add-ons. Please let us know if you'd like to book a farm tour or a spa treatment

Price is based on two adults. Please enquire about the price if you are more or fewer people travelling.

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Payment for our packaged getaway is due at the time of confirmation/invoice. Payment with credit card is possible but incurs a 3% card surcharge (4% for international cards).
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 have stricter cancellation rules that need to be obeyed.

Te Karaka Lodge

Cancellations made within 7 days of the booking attract a 100% charge of the total booking.

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