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“A True Wilderness Retreat” 5 of 5 stars
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Wilderness Lodge Arthurs Pass
Cora Lynn Road | 16km east of Arthurs Pass Village, Arthur's Pass National Park, New Zealand   |  
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Singapore, Singapore
1 review
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“A True Wilderness Retreat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

Our group of 7 adults stayed 2 nights at the lodge and we all enjoyed ourselves tremendously. It is a quiet little retreat with a very relaxed ambience. The service was excellent and the staff were friendly and helpful. There are many trails on the property that you can explore on your own. The older folks in our group enjoyed the guided walks and the visit to the sheep farm, where we all got to feed the animals and watch a sheep shearing and herding demonstration. Dinner was especially delicious and so was the breakfast (especially the croissants - the best we've ever tasted). Our group also took the opportunity to drive out to Castle Hill and Arthur's Pass. Overall, highly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights as part of our tour of NZ. Having seen the website we expected something special - and this was simply out of this world. It is situated in the most beautiful location imaginable. It is completely to a very high standard indeed despite being in the depths of the wilderness (and probably one of the most beautiful and dramatic wildernesses on Earth).

The room was excellent.

The walks were excellent.

The sheep farm visit was excellent - thank you Neil).

The food and hotel facilities were excellent - ( thank you Anne).

And the ecology trips were excellent - thank you Jerry).

Yes, it isn't cheap. But in terms of value, it is, quite simply, phenomenal. Hopefully, we will return. Soon.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, IL
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61 reviews 61 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2012

I feel a bit conflicted not providing top scores, but with a cost of almost $1,000 per night for a couple, can't. Just glad our U.S. dollar made it a bit more reasonable. I stupidly booked this hotel thinking the room was $500 per night, not realizing it was per person. As an FYI, those rates quoted above by TA seem to be per person as well. Unfortunately, the weather was cold and rainy, and we couldn't take advantage of all this place had to offer during the summer season. We did manage to go on a couple of short hikes and really appreciated having private trails and incredible vistas. Drinking crystal clear water from the streams was a treat!The sheep shearing demonstration was very impressive and the morning walk with Michael (owners' son) was interesting and informative. Here's what bothered us: that we had to pay a premium price for wine at the "guest mingling hour" before dinner (would have thought that would be gratis) as well as with dinner, and also pay for snacks that were left out in the main reception area ($3.50 for a bag of chips) - I would call that nickel and diming given the $1k per night we paid! Also, I was annoyed at having to walk a distance to use the laundry on the premises, only to find the washers constantly in use by a family who decided to do a week's worth of clothing. Ugh. There wasn't any bell service, so we also had to lug our bags a distance from parking lot to the room. The upside is the beauty of the area and the fact the owners took much care in being environmentally conscious in the development and nuturing of the area. The view from our room was breathtaking. The service was warm and friendly. It made for some nice memories, but I am still guilty about the expense.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London England
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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

Have 2 nights and do some of the walks with Michael , its great to go with a guide who can tell you so much about the wildlife. Fabulous rooms, great community feeling but with luxury - would have no hesitation in recommending.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Taiwan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

We love the complimentary tours that wilderness lodge provided. It was educational and fun. We learned lots knowledge about the plants, birds in the area and enjoyed the views at the same time. The room was cute, quiet and comfortable. Claire and Yvonne were very helpful and friendly and the service of the lodge was efficient and great. We had various meals and were very satisfied. Wonderful people and place to stay with, but it’s a bit overpriced.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Keller, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

This 5-6,000 acre working sheep station high in the mountains of the South Island provided a truly glorious stay for our family. While it rained the day that we stayed there (wish we could have stayed longer), that did not deter Michael and Nicki from taking us on their orientation tours through the forests and fields and across the large stream running through their land.

The guided tours were well conducted, with less than ten people, quite personal, and well informed. We were also attended by two sheep dogs (one "in training"). Because we were only there for the single night, and because the sheep herding and shearing tour was scheduled for the following day, we were provided with a short version of that tour, after the regular one finished. My wife, who loves dogs, really apreciated this extra effort on Michael's part.

The dinner and breakfast were both very well attended and afforded plenty of food, even for our group which were on a bicycle trip around the South Island. The food was well prepared and tasty.

This is a really good way to find out about sheep raising and a way to get a knowledgeably guided tour of the local flora, fauna, and geology.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights in Sept 2009 and couldn't have had a better time.
The owner Gerry is a wealth of knowledge and his love of the area and dedication to preserving it is inspiring.
Stargazing the southern sky, visiting the sheep shed, exploring the rock formations - if Gerry offers to take you, go with him!
The lodge's location and ambience is fantastic. Great food and service. Beautiful walks.
Well worth the cost of the visit.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Cora Lynn Road | 16km east of Arthurs Pass Village, Arthur's Pass National Park, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Arthur's Pass National Park
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Arthur's Pass National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
2,400 hectares (6,000 acres) of our own private nature reserve and working farm surrounded by Arthur's Pass National Park. Discover spectacular mountains, lake canoeing, 30km of walking trails, alpine flowers and moss carpeted beech forest. Enjoy our high country farm featuring merino sheep shearing and sheepdog displays every second day. ... more   less 
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