Events at Tara Lodge



















dawn breaks at Tara Lodge

Tara Lodge's beautiful gardens are available for private functions - lunches, dinners, birthday parties. Afternoon teas are very popular and our property really suits them - vintage cups, small sandwiches, cupcakes. Sample menus available.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements

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musical and

art events?
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The Great Gatsby Garden Party 21 March 2010

A photo selection from past events

The Great Gatsby Garden Party 21 March 2010

The Great Gatsby Garden Party 21 March 2010

Nairobi Trio
Saturday February 27 2010

gates opened at 3pm

Nairobi Trio (that's often a quartet!) need no introduction to New Zealanders.

This wonderful jazz band has been together for 20 years and they have built up a huge following. We are so happy to have had them here at Tara Lodge again.

Richard's violin playing completely wow-ed the audience, and the love of their music really sets this group apart.

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Kaipara Music Festival at Tara Lodge

Saturday 9 January 2010

The Kaipara Music Festival at Tara Lodge
wass based on a winning formula - a musical feast of performers to entertain, while you relax with a picnic feast of goodies.

The line-up of musicians promises a wide variety of styles - something to appeal to everyone.

The Joe Carbery Swingtet with Carol Power, are well-known in the Kaipara for their classy, traditional jazz. The group features Joe Carbery on saxophone, Julian Russell on piano, together with the sassy vocals of Carol Power.

Local rising-star, Karam David, and his band 'Hard to Handle' who did well in the Northland Rock Quest Regional Finals, will be playing country rock. Karam is a talented young songwriter and entertainer and some of his own compositions are included in his set list.

The Maura Flower Trio plays easy-listening jazz standards, including Latin rhythms. Local drum teacher, Laurie Walker, is featured on congas, with Peter Flower on guitar. Maura Flower is the vocalist and occasional flautist.

The Black Swamp Project is an upcoming local band - based on Black Swamp Road in Mangawhai.


They cover toe-tapping bluegrass music and the group's line-up includes vocals, fiddle, guitars, bass, mandolin, banjo and sometimes cello.

Whiskey Business is another new group in the Kaipara playing a range of country, bluegrass and Cajun music. The group of five includes piano accordians, guitars, mandolin, harmonica, flute, and featuring vocal harmonies.

The Black Swamp Project

Other young rising-stars will feature between the main acts.
Lochiel Wines will be available for purchase at the festival.
Tara Lodge is well-known for hosting fabulous entertainment and has plenty of parking available.


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