Lakeland Station - Waikare Cabin

Lakeland Station - Waikare Cabin

Kai Iwi Lakes, Northland

Lakeland Station - Waikare Cabin is 30 minutes from Dargaville, and 3 hours from Central Auckland. 

The escape consists of two off-grid cabins. The kitchen and living cabin sit at the top of a hill, with beautiful views out to the Kai Iwi Lakes. A spacious deck at the front has plenty of room for outdoor living as well as a large outdoor bath. To the rear of the kitchen and living cabin is a semi-outdoor bathroom.

The bedroom cabin is about 30 metres away at the bottom of the hill, tucked away into a sheltered, private position.

The cabins are simply and tastefully decorated. Natural linens adorn the bed, with ply linings on the walls giving a sense of warmth and comfort.

With very few accommodation options in the area, Lakeland Station - Waikare Cabin is uniquely special. Nowhere else will you enjoy such stunning views over Lakes Waikare and Taharoa - and the Tasman Sea beyond. Take in amazing sunsets, sunrises and the moonlight shimmering over the lakes - all from your own private little glamping spot on the hill.

FROM $250 p/n

  • Sleeps 2

A $50 Single Night Surcharge applies on top of the nightly rate when booking a single night. You will need to add this charge during the booking process. The calendar below will specify where one-night bookings are allowed.


570 Kai Iwi Lakes Road, Omamari 0373


Lakeland Station - Waikare Cabin is 30 minutes from Dargaville, and 3 hours from Central Auckland. 

Follow the Google Maps to Kai Iwi Lakes Road. The address above is the address of your hosts' house, with the turn off to your campsite being just before you get to this address. Once you get to Kai Iwi Lakes Road, follow the directions in your pre-arrival email closely so you don't miss this turn-off.

Note: You will receive a pre-arrival email with your host's contact details 5 days prior to your stay. If you have booked within 5 days and haven't received a pre-arrival email shortly after booking, please email us at [email protected].

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  • Eating and Drinking

    Lakeland Station - Waikare Cabin is self-catering. Just bring your own food and drink, and cook meals using the single-ring gas cooker and Weber BBQ. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.

    If you fancy a meal out, The Kaihu Pub is a 15-minute drive away. For Fish and Chips, head to Sharkeys at Baylys Beach, 35 minutes away. Over December and January, there is a food caravan at the campground at nearby Pine Beach. Hours vary, but it's generally open every day from Christmas to the end of January, then weekends through February and March.

    Other options in Dargaville (30 minutes away) include The Northern Wairoa Hotel, Blah Blah Blah CaféShiraz Indian Restaurant, Providence Café, and Pad Thai Café.

    The nearest store for stocking up on food and supplies is in Dargaville, 30 minutes away.

  • Things to do

    Lakeland Station - Waikare Cabin is a spot to kick back, relax and take in the sparkling lake views. 

    If you are keen to enjoy the area, there's plenty to do, starting with the beautiful Kai Iwi Lakes. These are amongst the largest and best dune lakes in New Zealand. Walk, run or bike the tracks around the three lakes and enjoy a swim anywhere along the trail.

    If you're keen to explore the local beaches, head out to Omamari (a 10-minute drive) and check out Ripiro Beach – the longest driveable beach in NZ (4WD essential!).

    For keen walkers, Trounson Kauri Park is DOC’s first mainland island in Northland. It has an easy 40 minute loop track. Guided Kiwi Walk tours at night are available to book through the Kauri Coast Top 10.

  • Your hosts

    Your hosts at Lakeland Station are Lee Greer and Jemma O'Donnell, along with children, Austin, Anya and Brooke.

    Lakeland Station is a 600-hectare beef farm, with areas of forestry and native bush. The farm has been in Lee's family since the early 1980s, with Jemma and Lee moving from Auckland and purchasing the home block in 2016. The property was in a rundown state when they took it on, and they've worked hard to return it to a working farm. They take a lot of pride in seeing the improvements, particularly the environmental work they're doing in and around the Kai Iwi Lakes. They work closely with the Northland Regional Council carrying out pest control operations and working on restoring several wetland areas.

    Lee and Jemma love being so close to the coast and the beautiful Kai Iwi Lakes. Offering glamping to guests is a perfect fit with their farm and means they can share their special location with others. They now have two escapes on the same property - Waikare Cabin and Rotorima Retreat.


  • "

    Had an amazing time, would definitely book again.


    - 15 Sep 2023

    1 / 12

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    Our stay at Lakeland Station was perfect. Relaxing, peaceful, great views, facilities and hosts. Highly recommend!


    - 30 Aug 2023

    2 / 12

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    We really enjoyed our stay at Lakeland Station. Amazing setting on the hill, looking down over the lakes. It was also great for stargazing.


    - 21 Aug 2023

    3 / 12

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    Such a beautiful setting with amazing views. If “peaceful” was a place, this would be it. The cabins have all you need to make your stay as comfortable as possible. You will not want to leave this place. Thoroughly enjoyed my stay.


    - 31 Jul 2023

    4 / 12

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    The pictures of Lakeside Station is amazing. But experiencing it on your own is another level of enjoyment, its hard to describe in words.


    - 01 May 2023

    5 / 12

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    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Lakeland Station. We especially loved the lovely view of Kai Iwi lakes and staying in the cosy cabin.


    - 26 Apr 2023

    6 / 12

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    Fabulous stay! It’s such a beautiful property! So peaceful and it has everything you need and perfect for a little getaway. Jemma and her husband are amazing hosts and super helpful. Would highly recommend.


    - 12 Apr 2023

    7 / 12

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    Such a stunning location! Absolute bliss overlooking the lakes and being tucked away for privacy. Will return for sure.


    - 16 Jan 2023

    8 / 12

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    I appreciated the quick responses from the hosts, and I loved how smooth and easy the access was! I also loved the outdoor bath and how isolated it was.


    - 25 Oct 2022

    9 / 12

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    Very nice place. Great host and stunning views. Will definitely be back.


    - 12 Oct 2022

    10 / 12

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    A fantastic place, incredible view and setting, and you have all the amenities needed for a relaxing weekend stay.


    - 28 Sep 2022

    11 / 12

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    A beautiful cabin set with an amazing view! Really enjoyed the outdoor bath!


    - 12 Sep 2022

    12 / 12

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