Rourou (Weave your own dinner plate/basket)
This activity starts at 5pm on the deck and involves a weaving lesson with our aunties on how to weave your own dinner plate, which you can also keep as a special memento of your time spent here with us at Kohutapu Lodge.
Meaning "to bear a weapon", is a martial art based on traditional Māori weapons.
This activity starts at 5pm on the grass area overlooking the lake and involves a lesson with our niece and nephew with the skilled use of sticks, and includes history on various training techniques undertaken by our warriors, which you will also have the chance to participate in.
This activity starts at 6pm in the kitchen and involves a lesson in the kitchen on how to cook Fried Bread, which we will be having with our meal this evening. You will have the hands on opportunity to make your own batch of dough, cook and taste it, along with a copy of the recipe to take home with you!
Hand-line to catch eels in the lake!
This activity happens after dinner when the sun has gone down and the eels come out! We will provide torches and take you down to the lake edge, where you will have your own hand line and will be able to catch an eel! Set the hinaki, traditional Maori eel trap, which we will collect in the morning.
Boat & Kayak Hire
We have 2 dinghy’s (4 people maximum in each) and 1 double kayak (can take 2 people) available for hire. See the trout rising around you as you paddle across the lake to an inlet where you will see beautiful clear water coming out from a spring.
Arrive by Float Plane
For those who really want a unique experience - arrive by floatplane from Rotorua, after taking in the surrounding landscapes – geothermal wonders, mountains, rivers, valleys and pristine lakes.
Deep Sea Fishing
Departs from the wharf at Whakatane (by arrangement)