The Greenwood Guide to New Zealand

Blue Duck Lodge

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Please note that this guide was last updated a few years ago (2009), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

Dan Steele
Whakahoro, RD 2, Owhango, Central Plateau

Tel: + 64 (0)7-895-6276
Cell: + 64 (0)o cell phone reception
No fax number available

From the verandah I gazed up the steep horseshoe of cliff, bristling with native trees, which towers above Blue Duck Lodge. I stood stock still, revelling in a private concert of birdsong being performed with gusto before me.....

.... Tuis darted and flitted around the proud kahikatea across the river, a clear sign that Dan is making a difference here. He manages a natural and historic restoration project on 6,500 acres of Steele family land. Further progress can be seen within a short walk from the lodge, past the swimming hole and trout fishing spots, to rapids, where you’ll find the eponymous – and protected - blue ducks thriving. There are kiwis here too; you might hear them calling if you listen carefully at night from the wooden lodge, a place that feels appropriately natural and harmonious with the environment. The lodge is simple, but modern and very welcoming, especially if you’ve come in from a day of trekking over hilltops with views of Ngaruhoe and Ruapehu; or from one of the Maori pa sites; or to the historic Bridge to Nowhere. If you want more, just ask Dan about trout-fishing, horse-trekking, kayaking, jet-boating and hunting possums, goats, deer and pigs. Blue Duck Lodge offers an authentic New Zealand experience with a genuine “hard-case” Kiwi bloke as your host. The land surrounding this isolated lodge is a rare and unique treat; New Zealand at its idyllic best.

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Symbols: Off-street Parking    Children Welcome    Working Farm    Swimming in Pool/Sea/River    Good Hiking or Walking    Fishing    Self-catering Option    Horses available    Boats or Charters    Canoeing    History Tours    Bird-watching Enthusiasts    
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Rooms: 1 lodge with 3 rooms: 1 queen; 1 superking which can be converted to two singles; 1 mezzanine that sleeps 4 with two single beds and a fold-out futon; 1 bathroom with shower.
Prices: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Fully self-catered, but breakfast supplies can be arranged for $20 per person: includes wild bacon and fresh farm eggs.
Directions: See detailed directions and map on website.

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