Waitangi – new events to delight our visitors

Waitangi is the birthplace of New Zealand.  It was here that the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between the British Crown and the Maori Chiefs. The Treaty grounds are magnificent, encompassing the Treaty House, Marae (carved meeting house), Waka (world’sMore »

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Rocco joins the team at 88.

Rocco is a chocolate coloured Labrador cross who joined us here at 88 in August 2016. He was a rescue dog who was found as a puppy abandoned by the side of the road with his 2 brothers and takenMore »

Another magnificent beach ‘found’

Another magnificent beach ‘found’ in Northland.  It is now over 10 years that we have been living in Northland.  During that time, we thought we had explored far and wide and had discovered everything that was best around us.  HowMore »

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Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

It is always an honour to be recognised for your endeavors and when that recognisation comes as high praise from your customers that is even more special.  It is only those accommodations that reach high standards that get awarded aMore »

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Walking in Northland, another great experience.

There is a ‘new kid on the block’ when it comes to great walking tracks in New Zealand. Sure to soon be spoken in the same reverential tones along with:- The Milford Track. The Tongariro Crossing. Abel Tasman Track. KeplerMore »

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Breakfast at 88 Lodge.

It has been a very busy season and again and again our guests have commented on our breakfasts and how enjoyable they are.  We invite our guests to tell us what they want for their breakfast rather than us limitingMore »

Accommodation in Kerikeri is not just Bed and Breakfast.

Just recently we enjoyed the company of an elderly couple from Belgium in our accommodation.  They arrived in the evening before Waitangi Day.  During their inbound journey their brand new hire car suffered a slow puncture.  Within 30 minutes theMore »

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Speed test for WiFi at 88 Lodge.

It’s irrelevant what people profess to be ‘speed’ when talking about WiFi in an accommodation setting.  Using only one device will give maximum speed, but what counts is when multiple devices are using the same network. WiFi is a bitMore »

Whats special about 88 Lodge?

When checking out our website you will find choices unavailable anywhere else on the net. More choices of rooms and suites (Our New Kentia Suite is currently only available via our own website, photos attached to this article). Special offersMore »

Day Trips out from 88 Lodge.

Northland is just full of stunning, wonderful and unusual places. Over the years we have been here we have developed a selection on Day Trips for our guests to enjoy getting the broadest view of this beautiful place in God’sMore »

Guests from Japan enjoy local restaurants

For a small town of less than 6000 people Kerikeri has 12 really excellent evening restaurants.  Serving a wide variety of culinary styles, in diverse and interesting locations there is something for everyone. Yoshiro and Keiko visited us from JapanMore »

China visits the Bay of Islands

At 88 Lodge we have enjoyed the visits of guests from Hong Kong, Shanghai and even Beijing but until very recently we have not had any guests from the vast hinterland of China.   Taiyuan is a large city in theMore »

Kerikeri Street Party – V.I.P seating

The Kerikeri Street Party is hugely popular. In just 6 years it has grown to become Northlands premier social event of the year. 88 Lodge is proud to be one of the sponsors of this wonderful evening.  This means weMore »

Kauri Cliffs Golf Accommodation

Kauri Cliffs Golf Course is one of the top courses attracting golfers from around the world. Less than 15 minutes drive from 88 Lodge we are probably the closest quality Bed and Breakfast to this stunning course.   In addition thereMore »

Walking in the Bay of Islands.

There are just so many walking tracks around us here at 88 Lodge however it’s always a real pleasure to ‘find’ one we have not ‘done’ before. Our latest ‘find’ is the trail from The Waitangi Treaty Grounds to HaruruMore »

Autumn Fall

Within the grounds of 88 Lodge we have an array of stunning trees.  But as we all know some trees delight in dropping their leaves at this time of the year. This brings two huge advantages to us.  Firstly beforeMore »

Swim with the dolphins in The Bay of Islands

To swim with the dolphins when visiting the Bay of Islands is a ‘must-do’ activity.  However from these recent pictures perhaps that should be ‘Fly with the Dolphins’! Maybe this is what water wings were invented for. Check out ourMore »

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Bay of Islands wildlife – Orca’s (Killer Whales)

Orca (more commonly known as The Killer Whale) is a regular visitor to The Bay of Islands and a tall dorsal fin is often spotted gliding through the beautiful blue seas but rarely do these stunning animals give photo opportunitiesMore »

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Kerikeri Half Marathon Street Party 2014

The big date for your calendar is November 15th 2014.  This is the date of the Kerikeri Street Party.  From small beginnings 6 years ago this fun social gathering (which always follows the Half Marathon) has become the premier eventMore »

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Kerikeri, Garden of National Significance.

There are four five star gardens in Northland, and all of them are within the beautiful Bay of Islands.  But only one of these has received its rating without a connection to the Bay’s history as birth place of theMore »

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Cyclone Lusi leaves her calling card

 It’s not often we have bad weather but every now and then we do get a bit of a blow.  Just recently Cyclone Lusi took a side swipe at New Zealand and whilst there was no major damage anywhere weMore »

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The Longest in the Southern Hemisphere

Even though we have lived here for many years and thought we had a pretty good knowledge of the area, there is always something new to discover.  Northland is blessed with such a verity of places, geography, geology, activities, unusualMore »

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Family Fun Day.

Living in Kerikeri is such a social friendly experience.  Today was the annual FREE Family Fun Day with Helicopter rides, bouncy castles/climbing towers/soft play.  Fancy dress, lolly scrambles plus all kinds of stalls, events, and opportunities to experience all mannerMore »

Pure Bliss

  Having worked EVERY day since the 7th December throughout a heavily loaded Christmas and New Year season today came as a real delight.  Waving a fond farewell to 4 departing guests this morning we cleared our chores and turnedMore »

A day on the Bay

Being Bed and Breakfast owners in the Bay of Islands there is one little perk we love to enjoy.  Every now and then we get treated to a ‘Famil’.  This is where we are treated to one of the manyMore »

Tractor crash at 88

To aid the never-ending task of watering our garden during the long hot summers we experience here an Irrigation Tractor was purchased.  Once connected to its hose pipe the front wheel of the tractor tracks along the hose at aMore »

Careful, you may fall in love.

Julian and Jane came to 88 Lodge and loved it so much they came back for a second and then a third visit.  During that third visit they went out and bought themselves a new home so they could settleMore »

Clivia’s in the woods.

Spring has most definitely arrived at 88 Lodge.  The gardens are awash with colour.  The Lime Acer competing with the Judas Tree to give a confusion of lime green and magenta.  Chris has been cultivating Clivia’s (sometimes known as KaffirMore »

Bonfire Day – horay

I must admit to being a bit of a pyromaniac, and this coupled with the beautiful gardens of 88 Lodge means that every now and then I can enjoy a good bonfire.   Not many Bed and Breakfast accommodations haveMore »

Awesome Bay Experience is forced to end in 2014

  Our highly popular and much loved Awesome Bay Experience package relies on the great mini cruise ship the Ipipiri.     It is with much sadness we have learnt this wonderful boat has been sold and with effect fromMore »

New Website

In the Bed and Breakfast accommodation business there are 2 kinds of places to stay. There is Mrs Jones who is looking for a bit of pin money and has a place with a spare back room, and professionally run,More »

Changing seasons.

After a never-ending summer we get time to do those ‘must-do-that-one-day’ jobs. 88 Lodge B & B within 2 acres of manicured gardens demands a lot. The obvious refreshing of linens, drapes, furnishing, and decorations within the accommodation, plus weMore »