About Tara Lodge





wisteria in bloom at Tara Lodge







The Long Lawn at Tara Lodge


Mangawhai at its most magical....... where it is | activities | what it is | Tara Lodge's owners

There's a peaceful garden in the rolling downland near Mangawhai; a place of woods and glades, birdsong and soft green lawns. Within the garden there's a century-old homestead, and within the homestead there's a wonderful surprise!

Tara Lodge's owners Liz and Les Holsted have given Tara Lodge a big heart and one of the warmest welcomes you could expect anywhere.

Tara Lodge is a working tamarillo orchard, a small beef holding, a venue for weddings and special events, and an exquisite boutique homestay.

Let Tara Lodge work its magic on you too.

Where it is:

Tara Lodge looks out westwards to the wood-clad Brynderwyn Hills and over rolling green pastures towards Wellsford in the east, in an area local residents affectionately know as "the Tara". It is just 5 minutes drive from the township of Mangawhai and its beaches. The Tara is envied for its rich volcanic soil and lush greenness.

Mangawhai is a beach township on the east coast, an easy 1.5 hours' drive north of Auckland on State Highway 1.

It lies just inside the sub-tropical region of Northland, giving it very warm summers and temperate winters. Mangawhai is a popular holiday spot for many northern New Zealanders, boasts a wonderful surf beach, a safe harbour, towering hills behind and is only a half-hour drive from the west coast's much wilder scenery and world-renowned fishing spots.

Click here for Wises map - http://www.wises.co.nz/l/Northland/Mangawhai/Tara+Road/


Les Holsted and his mate
popular Matakana Farmers Markettranquility at Tara Lodge
Beach walks - Mangawhai surf beach is 5 minutes drive away
Bush walks - both through our property or there is a variety of Department of Conservation walkways within a short drive
Fishing - you can either go by yourself from the beach or hire one of the fishing charters that are based in Mangawhai
Diving - the beautiful waters around this coast are renowned for their dive spots
Golf - Mangawhai Golf Club is located right in the centre of Mangawhai, a 5 minute drive from our property. It is an 18 hole all weather championship course with a fully equipped Pro Shop
Mountain biking
Surfing & swimming - Mangawhai has both an estuary and a patrolled surf beach. Other wonderful surfing & swimming spots are within easy reach - Langs Beach, Pakiri Beach, Te Arai Beach
Dolphin experience - our property is a 90 minute drive to the Bay of Islands and the world renowned Dolphin Experience, where you are guaranteed a visit from the dolphins and possibly even a swim with them!
Markets - Mangawhai Village has a growers' market on Saturday mornings; the famous Matakana Farmers Market is a 35 minute drive away; several others small towns in the vicinity have markets periodically.
Kauri Forests - we have our very own Kauri trees on our property and the world renowned Tane Mahuta forest giant is within an hour's drive, as is the beautiful Maungataroto Kauri Museum with its working exhibits and extensive furniture display.
Wake boarding and water skiing at the nearby Tomarata Lakes or the harbour estuary
We can assist you with bookings for any of these activities.

Check out the Mangawhai website www.mangawhai.co.nz and www.mangawhai.co.nz/hiddenmangawhai

What it is:

Tara Lodge is a piece of paradise tucked right at the top of The Tara. Les & Liz have been inspired by the beautiful gardens in English stately homes and have designed the gardens to maximise the setting and the feeling of the place. Tara Lodge encompasses 30 acres of lush pasture including 4 acres of native bush which hide 6 huge Kauri trees possibly 700+ years old, a "Fairy Dell", a Poplar Walk, and The Long Lawn with its fountain and formal setting - the perfect place for a wedding.

Tara Lodge homesteadthe dining room at Tara Lodgetime stands still at Tara Lodge

Meet Tara Lodge's Owners:

With her great sense of fun, lively personality and talent for sensing exactly what her guests are looking for, Liz Holsted is an outstanding hostess. Liz owned and operated an events management consultancy in the city for ten years, organising events as diverse as weddings and wine festivals, birthday parties and corporate fun days. She has run conferences, trade exhibitions and major public events in New Zealand and internationally, and is now putting her many talents into making Tara Lodge a place of singular charm.

Sharing his wife's hospitable, fun-loving nature, Les Holsted is the perfect host. After 26 years of owning a successful insurance brokerage in Auckland, Les finds life at Tara a far cry from his former life, but wouldn't trade it for the world. He's wildly enthusiastic about making new friends from around the world, sharing his special knowledge of wine and his fast developing love of landscaping, and helping his guests enjoy the best of Tara Lodge.

The couple feel very privileged to own Tara Lodge and love to share their special place with guests. When you leave, you'll feel you've made two great new friends!

Les & Liz Holsted of Tara Lodgea moment to yourself at Tara Lodgememories made at Tara Lodge
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