The Lodge at the French Village, private and quiet

Lodge | Carterton | #4618

9.8/10 (28 ratings)
  • 10 people
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 4 beds
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • Pets ok
  • No smoking


  • Tranquility, no cell phone reception but there is a land line.
  • Walks in the Tararua Forest Park, or on the property, or lounge about and read,.
  • Beautiful spring water out of the tap, the air smells invigorating, sounds of the river, and birds.

Nestled in New Zealand native bush, alongside the Mangatarere river, this lodge offers peace, privacy and tranquility. It has walks, swimming holes, fishing, exploring, birdlife and space. From the property you can access the Tararua Forest National Park.

1 1/2 hours from Wellington driving time.

25 minutes from Masterton, Carterton, Greytown

There is no cell phone reception which is challenging for some.....but great once you get used to it.

You can climb the ridge behind the lodge, with your phone, and enjoy panoramic views of the Wairarapa and get reception and the added bonus of a work out.

The river is refreshing to swim in over summer. And there is that lovely sound only a river can make.

Smells are fresh. Invigorating.

There are a couple of waterfalls to visit as well.

There are DOC tracks to walk, and we can pick you up and bring you back. 1 track goes to Holdsworth, the other comes out at the Waiohine Gorge, you can organise with me to be picked up, then enjoy the cafes before returning to the lodge.

Special conditions: Deposit required, non refundable Smoking Outside


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Bath tub
  • Cot available
  • Easy access
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Highchair
  • Kayak(s)
  • Life jackets
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • Shower
  • Special events venue
  • Telephone (local calls)
  • Toddler safe
  • Washing machine
  • Wheelchair access

Bed layouts

  • East bedroom

    2 x Bunk bed

  • East bedroom

    1 x Bunk bed

  • Skylight room

    1 x Queen bed

Availability & rates*

Maybe booked

  • Cleaning: Visitors to clean-up and leave the property as found.
  • Extras: Linen $20.00 per person (required)
  • Last minute bookings: 10% off for stays over the next 7 nights

  • Mates rates: 10% off for members with 5 positive reviews from other Owners/Managers

  • Multi-night stay: Get 1 FREE night when you stay for 5 nights or longer. Not valid for periods where a last minute discount applies. Free night applies to lowest priced night.

  • Multi-night stay: Get 1 FREE night when you stay for 5 nights or longer. Not valid for periods where a last minute discount applies. Free night applies to lowest priced night.

Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
Year round
11-Dec-16 to 11-Dec-17
$160+/night $190+/night
For up to 4 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $48/night; Children: $25/night;

*Pricing may vary depending on the dates you choose and the number of guests. Additional charges (extras) and minimum stay criteria may also apply. Bookings paid for through Bookabach online payments incur a 3% credit card transaction fee.

Reviews (36)

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  • Stunning property! We will definitely be back to stay

    Stunning property! We will definitely be back to stay. Perfect.

    hilaen96 100%|3x Dec 2016

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    iainsallan 100%|1x Nov 2016

  • Wonderful secluded spot

    Wonderful secluded spot. Warm and toasty in the evening with the fire. A really special atmosphere.

    petent127 100%|13x Nov 2016

  • What an awesome location

    What an awesome location. We throughly enjoyed the isolation and beauty of the area. Staying at the lodge was was a fantastic experience.

    LloydO19 100%|2x Nov 2016

  • Lovely place , beautiful surroundings

    Lovely place , beautiful surroundings. Just be aware it is in an actual village so if you are looking for complete privacy the lodge my not work for you. But at the same time the hosts where very nice and left us to ourselves. Highly recommend.??

    SamL8436 100%|1x Oct 2016

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