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Lake Brunner Eco Lodge

1950 Kumara Inchbonnie Road Westland, 7875 New Zealand
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#79 of 245 lodges in South Island
Location
4.4
Cleanliness
4.8
Service
4.5
Value
4.4
Hidden on the southern shore of Lake Brunner, surrounded by some of the oldest protected podocarp rainforest in the world, Lake Brunner Eco Lodge is a classic wilderness retreat with native birds and plants, glow worms, waterfalls and one of the best stargazing spots on the West Coast. This historic, cosy lodge was built in 1935 by the owners at the time, Mr and Mrs Morgan who owned and ran the lodge for many years, along with their son. The Morgan’s were ahead of their time in harnessing the power of the Carew Falls, situated behind the lodge, by creating their own hydro-power system, that we still use today. The interior of the building features elegant rimu panelling and regal fireplaces throughout, reflecting the times and geography if the Mitchells area, both in regard to its milling history and the West Coast climate. The lodge features large windows throughout so that the surrounding forest and lake can truly be appreciated, no matter the weather. The lodge features three lake view suites, four forest view suites, one two-bedroom cottage, Mitchells Restaurant and Bar for dining, lounge areas, billiards and darts room and library, all finished in the same beautiful aesthetic and designed for the utmost comfort and luxury. Lastly we have our own private hot tub nestled in the surrounding forest, only a minutes walk from your suite. The environment around us offers many ways to further explore the West Coast Landscape. From angling for brown trout in Lake Brunner, or salmon in the surrounding Crooked, Arnold, Ahaura and Taramakau rivers to hiking the nearby Mount French or Te Kinga tracks. The Lake Brunner Eco Lodge experience extends far beyond the lodge.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Billiards
Darts
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Highchairs available
Meeting rooms
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Fishing
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Non-smoking hotel
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
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3.0 of 5 stars
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Great View
Charming

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1950 Kumara Inchbonnie Road Westland, 7875 New Zealand
Lake Brunner Eco Lodge
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Hokitika Airport
21.6 mi
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Christchurch Intl Airport
82.2 mi
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Melissa S wrote a review Mar 2024
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Amazing spot, beautiful hospitality and well presented clean accommodation. We took advantage of their Wild Food Festival package, and it went without a hitch. Would highly recommend. Thank you Brenda and Co for an amazing well organised event!
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Brenda Lynch, Owner at Lake Brunner Eco Lodge
Responded Mar 11, 2024
Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and that our Wildfood Festival package exceeded your expectations. We appreciate your recommendation and hope to welcome you back again soon!
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Johnsotr wrote a review Feb 2024
Sewickley, Pennsylvania362 contributions105 helpful votes
My wife and I spent 4 wonderful nights at the Lodge. From the first welcome until our leave taking we were made to feel like family. Contrary to what Booking.com says, your room rate includes a Continental breakfast and an excellent 3 course dinner. We met several interesting and friendly other guests and received great advice about local activities. Be sure to ask Brenda to take you to the glow worms in the bush at night. Lake Brunner itself is beautiful and great for boating and fishing. Many of the guests are multiple repeaters which we would be also if we lived on the South Island! Highly recommended!!
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Come prepared to make new friends!
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Response from Brenda Lynch, Owner at Lake Brunner Eco Lodge
Responded Feb 8, 2024
Thank you for your review. I really enjoyed meeting you both and getting to know you during your stay with us.
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Culture42811353393 wrote a review Aug 2023
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The location was fantastic and the weather was beautiful. I couldn't fault our accommodation and service and our meal. My husband did a guided fishing afternoon and he thoroughly enjoyed it. Would recommend to anyone to visit.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Aug 30, 2023
Thanks for your review. We are delighted that you had a great guided fishing experience!
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margaretsX207PF wrote a review Aug 2023
Tokoroa15 contributions1 helpful vote
The lodge is absolutely beautiful set between native bush and the lake. Lovely furnishings reflecting the period /style of the lodge. Exceptionally comfortable bed. Very friendly and welcoming host who went above and beyond taking us to see the glow worms at night. The hot tub was a treat Dinner was delicious and breakfast plentiful.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Responded Aug 30, 2023
Thanks for your review Margaret. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us! We really love taking our guests to see the glow worms at night.
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Caitlin J wrote a review Aug 2023
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I stayed in the cottage for one night with my husband and our young baby. Our only regret is not staying longer. The cottage is the perfect mix of rustic off the grid living (gas cooking, wood fire with wetback) with just enough modern touches (Netflix and wifi) to keep anyone happy. The business is family owned, and it shows in the care and attention the staff pay to their customers. Walking distance to lake Brunner for fishing or walking, and a great restaurant on site. Highly recommend to anyone.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Response from Brenda Lynch, Owner at Lake Brunner Eco Lodge
Responded Aug 20, 2023
Thanks Caitlin for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your time in our cottage in our small piece of paradise. We hope you come again soon.
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Natasha S wrote a review Aug 2023
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Stunning location and property. Fantastic venue for work conference without any distractions. Beautiful walk to the waterfall for all levels. Can’t wait to bring family and friends back to share the experience and the untouched beauty of Lake Bruner
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Traveled on business
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Responded Aug 6, 2023
Thanks Natasha for you review. We are glad that your work conference was a success and we look forward to hosting you again with your family in the future.
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Mollymes wrote a review Jun 2023
West Coast Region, New Zealand200 contributions19 helpful votes
We stopped in for lunch on Sunday and were warmly welcomed by Brenda. We had the crispy buttermilk chicken burger, chips, and a glass of wine. All was delicious. We had a nice and leisurely lunch which was efficiently served by the lovely waitress. Perfect for a spontaneous Sunday drive. We had been there last year and had heard the property owners had taken over the business, which was very obvious by the improvement of both food quality and excellent service. We will be back. Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: June 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Jun 30, 2023
Thanks Elizabeth for your review. We really enjoyed meeting you and are glad that you enjoyed your visit to the lodge. We can't wait to see you again.
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AucklandTraveller wrote a review Mar 2023
Christchurch, New Zealand95 contributions41 helpful votes
What a beautiful old Arts and Crafts building with very spacious rooms overlooking the lake. The setting is beautiful and there are lovely short walks nearby. It just needs to be run by devoted enthusiasts….
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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jfieldfit wrote a review Sep 2022
94 contributions18 helpful votes
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Really awesome spot located off the beaten track. Beautiful old Lodge in a very tranquil surroundings. The manager was very knowledgeable about the surroundings and the West Coast in general. As a bonus the two dogs that live on site were very friendly and full of character. Would return.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Darryl B wrote a review Sep 2022
15 contributions3 helpful votes
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Excellent stay with Lake Brunner Eco Lodge. The staff couldn't have done more to make our stay the special weekend we had hoped for, wines were chosen with care and the chefs a gem. Lunch and dinners are tantalizing morsels prepared to perfection. Staff always happy to go out of their way to pick up from Moana Station and make recommendations for short walks. We enjoyed walking to the waterfall behind the lodge and along the foreshore as well as bonus canoeing on the lake. Finished with a romantic hot tub under a full moon in an arbour of tree ferns.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Lake Brunner Eco Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Lake Brunner Eco Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Lake Brunner Eco Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Lake Brunner Eco Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Is Lake Brunner Eco Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.