From B & B to an all-in­clu­sive venue


The own­ers of what was once only in­tended to be a bed and break­fast have cel­e­brated their venue’s va­ri­ety.

Linda and Steve Mor­ri­son of the Tairoa Lodge in­vited the pub­lic to come through their ac­com­mo­da­tion, come-cater­ing, comeevent space for an open day.

‘‘We thought, let’s tell the world what we’ve got,’’ Linda said.

The open day in­cluded guided tours around the his­toric grounds, en­ter­tain­ment and all­day food and bev­er­age.

Linda said there was a steady flow of peo­ple through­out the day.

‘‘There was al­ways some­body hav­ing a cof­fee or hav­ing lunch,’’ she said. ‘‘It was a fun day.’’

The Mor­risons have been in busi­ness for 17 years and Tairoa Lodge is now an all-in­clu­sive venue - but that was never the grand plan.

The busi­ness moved at the pace the fam­ily al­lowed, open­ing a bed and break­fast in the 1875 home­stead when their twins were nine months old.

Linda said when they were asked if they had self con­tained ac­com­mo­da­tion they moved a cot­tage onto the land.

‘‘Then some­one said, ‘can you cater?’ And I went, yeah, we can do that,’’ she said. ‘‘My staff say I never say no to any­thing. It’s usu­ally like ‘wow, that sounds ex­cit­ing, let’s give it a go’.’’

Tairoa Lodge now also has a church hall - which has re­cently been ex­tended - and caters for all over Taranaki.

‘‘One day we’d have peo­ple stay­ing, the next day we’d have a lit­tle con­fer­ence for 10 peo­ple so we’d move all our fur­ni­ture around, the next night it might we a lit­tle din­ner for 15,’’ Linda said.

How­ever, she said they still have peo­ple who don’t know what the Tairoa Lodge is.

‘‘Un­less you come to a func­tion, it’s not like you drive by and you see us and you think what’s that, what’s in there?’’ she said. ‘‘That’s why we thought we’d open the doors to the pub­lic so they could come through and have a look.’’

Linda said some lo­cals didn’t know much about the lodge ei­ther. ‘‘I feel like every­one in South Taranaki must have been here at least three times - we’ve had so many peo­ple here,’’ Linda said. ‘‘But peo­ple go, ‘oh, I’ve never been here’.’’

Linda said this is her pas­sion ‘‘ev­ery day is not the same, and that’s fan­tas­tic.’’

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