Unusual Accommodation – Pagoda Lodge, Kerikeri

Pagoda Lodge was established in the 1930’s by a Scotsman with a passion for collecting Imperial treasures. A number of unusual accommodation options have been added over the years making Pagoda Lodge a unique place to spend the night.

Pagoda Lodge, built in the 1930's

Pagoda Lodge, built in the 1930’s

We were lucky enough to get a tour of the property set in a large, tranquil garden, and alongside a river. There are numerous accommodation options, I have included those that are the most unusual, see Pagoda Lodge website for the full range. We weren’t able to go inside all of the accommodation but the following gives an overview of the property and its unique features.

Gypsy Caravans
The cute little gypsy caravans have a raised bed draped with romantic curtains. They have their own fridge, and tea and coffee making facilities, you might like to add your own bottle of bubbly to share overlooking the water.

Gypsy Caravan at Pagoda Lodge

Gypsy Caravan at Pagoda Lodge

Relax by the river

Relax by the river

Interior of gypsy caravan

Interior of gypsy caravan

Safari Tents
The Safari Tents have a camping feel without the leaky air bed and the hassle of putting them up. The tents have electric lights, a fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, furnishings and real beds. They each have their own deck facing the garden or river. There’s a 3 room tent suitable for a family, and 2 room tents suitable for couples.

Sit on the deck of a Safari Tent

Sit on the deck of a Safari Tent

Inside a Safari Tent

Inside a Safari Tent

Pear Tree House, the Silver Ferns caravan, and the Wheel House are other unusual places to sleep.

Pear Tree House

Pear Tree House

Silver Ferns Caravan

Silver Ferns Caravan

Wheel House

Wheel House

The Boathouse
If I had to choose a favourite at Pagoda Lodge it would be The Boathouse with its subtle nautical theme and water view from the bed. The Boathouse has a small kitchenette/sitting room, and outdoor decks.

The Boathouse at Pagoda Lodge

The Boathouse at Pagoda Lodge

The Boathouse interior

The Boathouse interior

Bed with a view …

Bed with a view

Bed with a view

The view

The view

The unusual options listed aren’t self contained, below are photos of the communal kitchen (one open side), bathroom facilities, and dining area (also used for weddings on the property).

Communal kitchen

Communal kitchen

Communal bathroom

Communal bathroom

Communal dining area

Communal dining area

Pagoda Lodge is rated well on review sites including Trip Advisor and it’s well worth checking out if you’re looking for somewhere unusual to stay in the Bay of Islands. Pagoda Lodge is a peaceful place where you can relax with the Buddha statues in the garden, join the ducks paddling on the river, or take a short drive to colourful Parrot Place.

Find Pagoda Lodge at 81 Pa Road in Kerikeri. Phone: 09 407 8617.

Buddha in the garden

Buddha in the garden

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