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lionhart22
Rotorua, New Zealand

Great Wilderness location

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 Mar 2024
Great location with sighting of Devils and Possums on our lodge patio each evening. Spacious and good spec accommodation. Friendly hosts with a free guided walk with Len to the river to see Platypus (which did show themselves on the second evening). Good breakfast provisions. Remote location so evening meals available served in your lodge. Excellent home cooked meals cooked by Pat. Fantastic views of Leven Canyon nearby and Kaydale Lodge Gardens worth a visit.
Date of stay: February 2024
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 March 2024

The cabins are rustic and comfortable, and well stocked with basic pantry items and cooking utensils. Each cabin has different bedding configuration.
Each evening, Paddymellons, Tasmanian Devils and Possums arrive to feed outside each cabin. There are platypus in the river, just a short stroll from each cabin.The hosts are very keen to ensure your stay is comfortable, and can provide information about the area and animals.

Date of stay: March 2024
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Thank Dianne B
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Reviewed 7 January 2024 via mobile

This place is such a hidden gem. Len (the host) is friendly and knowledgeable. The highlight is the animals. We saw platypus in the evening with Len, but also the next day when exploring the river by ourselves. Pademelons and Tasmanian Devils outside your cabin, birds galore, plus lizards and fish.

The kids enjoyed exploring around the river and cabins, being able to go into the bush or sit on the soft lush grass. We hiked the nearby Leven canyon to the Devils elbow, as well as the private walk on the property itself.

Our room was clean and well equipped, a full kitchen meant cooking was easy unlike many accommodation spots. It was summer so we didn't light the fire, but wish it had been colder because it looked so inviting. An added bonus is the use of the laundry at no cost.

We're already planning to come back for a longer stay, two nights just wasn't enough.

Date of stay: January 2024
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 January 2024

When we first arrived at our cabin with the host, we were told to 'wipe your feet' before entering our accommodation! That's the accommodation we'd actually paid to be in. While unpacking we found one and then a second drawer that fell to bits while we were trying to put our clothes away. There's a dearth of power points; there was a powerboard but not all of the sockets worked. A never-ending leaking tap in the bathroom wastes a lot of water - when we pointed this out (just in case they didn't know) they said they'd tried to fix it. Well, clearly fixing it requires new taps not just a new washer. There is no wardrobe, just two coat hangers. Nowhere to put your suitcase while you pack or unpack. All of the knives in the kitchen were so dull we couldn't cut anything and bought our own knife as we were there for 6 days. Each night one of the hosts comes around (about 9.30 pm) and puts out lots of chicken wings in front of each occupied cabin to attract the wildlife (mainly devils). However, what we didn't know (and weren't told upfront) is that they usually don't appear until well after midnight - we just couldn't stay up that late. The next morning there are often pieces left over, some of which are cleared up by the kookaburras and currawongs but they also attract a lot of flies, and we mean a LOT of flies, such that if you wanted to sit out on the cabin verandah, there was a constant background drone all the time. This is a very low tech stay with no TV or radio. There was no cling film or foil supplied in the kitchen, so again we had to buy our own, and no salt. The front verandah had several boards that are not secure and could cause a trip hazard. Good things: we were greeted with free port and chocolates; there were some basic condiments and a tiny pack of milk; plenty of towels; free platypus walk every night; free limitless wifi. The best thing was the location - absolutely stunning, mountains, a river, a forest walk all on your doorstep and far away from many other humans. At night there are many pademelons that browse on the grass in front of the cabins - they're very cute and you can view them from the comfort of your cabin, through the glass front door. Lots of other wildlife in the area including echidnas, possums, platypus, snakes, currawongs, kookaburras. The cabins need a serious upgrade but the location is stunning. FYI it's about a 2 hr drive from Launceston. The nearest shops are about an hour drive away in Ulverstone, so come prepared.

Date of stay: December 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Bob H
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Reviewed 29 December 2023

This is an excellent and unique experience to see Tasmanian Devils on the wild. There are no guarantees with nature but we got lucky. We were there two nights through Tasmanian Odyssey and Inala tours. Both excellent tour operators. We were very fortunate to see the devils on the second night along with brushtail possums. The owners are extremely nice and make you feel welcome with a great home cooked dinner. We’ve done extensive nature travel in many parts of the world and this was one of the most memorable.

Date of stay: November 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank harvey b
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Reviewed 6 December 2023

Stayed one night with our birding group in November and fell in love with this place. Absolutely beautiful location in the woods, with several extremely well-appointed cabins/bungalows designed for the nature lover. I only saw my cabin but assume all are essentially the same. It has a large open space with a queen bed and two bunk beds so you can sleep a family of 4, kitchenette, bath, and lovely fireplace with a sofa and comfortable easy chairs for relaxing. The front of the cabins are mostly windows, which allows you to turn the lights out in side and watch the nocturnal activities right outside your cabin. The proprietors were lovely people, making sure we had a great - albeit brief – stay. The dinner they served was delicious (no menu, family style) and they dropped some seed and other food to attract the night activity outside each cabin. Pademelons, Opossums, and even a Tasmanian Devil, showed up overnight to feed – and be quietly observed from the comfort of the cabins. In the morning, for birders, a slow walk around the property was lovely and productive. Cannot say enough how much I loved this place. I hope if I’m ever back in Tasmania again, I can stay here for a longer spell.

Date of stay: November 2023
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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