Whakaipo Lodge Summer Concert Saturday 23rd February 2019, 4-7pm. Ticket sales here.

TWO GREAT KIWI BANDS for the ONE TICKET PRICE!! As featured in the latest "Dish" magazine's What's On page & NZ Herald  "He Tangata" story!

Celebrate the final days of Summer at Whakaipo Lodge's Summer Concert fundraiser. First up is the ANDREW LONDON TRIO with their new album "Standard Deviations" and lots of good, old stuff too. Then LAURA COLLINS & the BACK PORCH BLUES BAND return for a true "Back Porch" experience to round out this fabulous, annual Summer musical event.

Tickets are $30 and are selling fast so please get in quick before they sell out.
For more information and easy, online ticket sales please go to EventFinda. Sales of four or more tickets can be purchased directly through Whakaipo Lodge
Proceeds from the concert will once again assist Bike Taupo and Kids Bike Taupo in their awesome work for the Taupo community.
There will be refreshments on site: the VOLCANIC COFFEE cart, BAMO'S EMPANADA Food Truck and local, artisan chocolatier: VOLCANIC CHOCOLATES.
Bring along picnic hampers & gazebos/umbrellas, rug or chairs, a hat, sunblock and a chilled out vibe. We'll see you there!

Wellington based LAURA COLLINS and the BACK PORCH BLUES BAND will be loving the blues ‘live’ as always. This band are dynamic, masterful and all about entertainment. LAURA, who is up front from the very start, with high energy, cheek and vocal strength leads and celebrates her band – and gives them licence to shine. And shine they do, with WAYNE MASON, well-known singer songwriter, master of boogie ‘burning it up’ on the keys and adding his iconic voice to the vocal mix. Think Fats Domino, think Dr John, think Professor Longhair and you’ll be in the right honky tonk. JOHN O'CONNOR will be ‘eating it up’ on lead guitar, never self-indulgent – just soulful and astonishing. He’s played with everyone along the way, from BB King to Kiri Te Kanawa. The rhythm section brings a warm acoustic volume with GEORGE BARRIS on tasty upright bass and PETER COGSWELL on the ‘back porch’ drums proving that you don’t need to be loud to groove. Expect to hear a little Fats Domino, Beth Hart, Bonnie Raitt, Nina Simone, John Lee Hooker, some of Laura’s own and others she can put her stamp on, all with their roots in the blues. Laura says "Blues comes straight from the heart and that’s just how I like it, it’s accessible, joyful, heart full music and not only that it makes me want to move – what’s not to like?”

Andrew London has been a regular at Whakaipo Lodge's Concerts. The ANDREW LONDON TRIO's satirical, whimsical and comedic songs are wrapped in a 1940s ‘Hot Club’ swing, jazz, blues or country-style package. Line up includes KIRSTEN LONDON on bass and NILS OLSEN on saxophone. Their new album, 'Standard Deviations,’ will also feature and is a selection of 16 of their favourite and most-requested jazz and swing standards. 
Hope to see you there!

What to do in Taupo...

Whether you are an adventure seeker or prefer a more relaxed style of recreation there’s something for everyone in this little slice of paradise.

Garth & Angie can help you book a range of activities which they’re sure will provide very special memories. In the guest lounge there are lots of guide books, maps & pictures of the area that you can look through to whet your appetite or reminisce after your adventure. Find out your hosts’ pick of the gems of the area. For some ideas check out the video below.


  • Tongariro National Park
  • Hawkes Bay wineries
  • Taupo & Rotorua thermal and cultural experience


  • Jet boating
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Para-sailing
  • Tandem skydiving
  • Kayaking
  • Gliding
  • Taupo Bungy Jumping
  • White Water Rafting
  • Three volcanoes helicopter flight
  • Three volcanoes float plane flight