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Totara Lounge

Set in picturesque grounds, with mature trees, lovely gardens, character filled buildings and a warm and relaxed service venue – a very special place to celebrate the life of a loved one. 

Charlemagne Lodge has been owned by the Hope Family since 2019 and is well known in the community as an iconic Victorian style building full of old-world charm, recycled kauri, rimu, leadlight windows and detailed fittings. Although it appears to be 100 years old, it was built in the late 1990’s by skilled craftspeople. It was previously known as an attractive wedding venue.


With the help of many passionate people, we have been busy over the last couple of years enhancing the property’s existing character and grounds to create a stunning service venue and funeral home. Some new features include 50 additional car parks, extensive garden improvements, a liquor license, and additional outdoor café style seating.

Already, we have had many services in the Totara Lounge, in the gardens, musicians playing in the lounge or outdoor gazebo, mustangs and other classics on the lawn, traditional or high tea catering options, glass of bubbles served prior to and/or after the service. A recent living wake was a fantastic way of celebrating the life of a loved one while they are still with us. There are endless personalised options available.  

We are very proud of what we have achieved and would love to show you. Please call if you would like to visit.

A very special place to celebrate the life of a loved one

Totara Lounge
Gazebo in Totara Lounge garden
Outdoor seating for refreshments
Licensed bar available
Totara Lounge garden
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