after more than 15 years of intense travelling around the globe, my partner and I have essentially experienced everything the world had to offer in terms of resorts, lodges, and luxury accommodations.
In the end we decided to book the luxury accommodations that offer a unique, personal, and intimate atmosphere and give the guest the feeling that they arrived at home.
Unfortunately, our expectations were often disappointed and so in the beginning of 2015 we decided to create such a unique feeling ourselves and for others who would join us.
Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations
It was meant to be once autumn struck in 2016. Through a longstanding friend we were able to meet
the existing owners of the previous Lodge; a British couple with a good sense of humour and an even bigger love for life.
Before we knew it, we were already on the way back to New Zealand on a trip that was planned for the weekend. Ultimately, we stayed for four weeks and we used the time to connect not only with the land but also its people and its culture. It also made us realise the uniqueness, nestled onto the side of a hill overlooking a beautiful vista of deep blue ocean.
No other stay had ever left such an imprint of individuality, warmth, fantastic landscapes and intimacy that could only be found in northern New Zealand.
But what makes it so special, the feeling of being at home in a place far, far away?
How can we create a relationship with our guests that provides a personal experience and reaches farther than simple room allocation?
How can we guarantee an intimacy that brings together people from different countries at the dinner table without feeling like strangers?
How can we create a place of restoration that allows you to experience the people, the culture and uniqueness of the environment without being rubber stamped as a tourist?
A sense of home in a faraway place?
Our plan was ready, but the greatest challenge was to find a person who shares our aspirations and embodies the authenticity of New Zealand like no other.
We were firmly convinced that we would only succeed in fulfilling this feeling of home through a local host.
At the beginning of 2017 we succeeded in winning over one of New Zealands' most prestigious chefs, Wayne Olsen, as our new chef and manager of the property.
Wayne is a 30-year- old internationally experienced hospitality professional and award-winning chef.
He has made it his mission to provide guests with a real, unpretentious experience that stimulates recovery and restoration.
Te Koha Lodge is the fulfillment of a long-cherished dream for Wayne, as it is an opportunity to create an environment which furthers the best of what Northland has to offer.
We think there are a number of travellers in this demographic who appreciate luxury accommodations but do not want to be accommodated in large, opulent houses but rather appreciate individual hospitality.
Thus, whether you are looking for a place to escape from everyday life or celebrating the most magical time in your life, we strive to make your experience as inspirational as humanly possible.