I suppose someone has put together the 100 best places in the world to visit if you are interested in wilderness and conservation. Well this would have to be on that list.
Gerry is clearly a national expert on conservation, and will happily explain the pros and cons of 1080 (for eradicating rats), and indeed the whole history of conservation in New Zealand, since much of it revolves around his life-long efforts. But he has also put together some fabulous wilderness walks which really give you an insight into New Zealand flora and fauna. Anne is the most courteous hostess and there is a relaxed atmosphere about the whole place. When we arrived the weather was lovely (but about to break) so without ado they suggested that we took kayaks up their river to the lake. No gratuitous silly stuff about "Do you know how to use a Kayak?" Just get on with it and enjoy! How refreshing. The walk down to the sea is one of the most beautiful I have done in my life. A forest floor of moss and ferns, then vertical pillars of epiphytes on the lovely old trees. What a treat. The short walk around the lake is the kind of thing that Gerry and Anne seem to specialise in. We had experienced one of their walks in their other lovely property at Arthur's Pass. Discrete numbered pegs in the ground take you to the relevant place in a short guide which you pick up at reception. The result is that you can learn about the forest and how it works in your own time. I loved that. The food was lovely too.
Feeding the eels was extraordinary. I have never seen a live eel never mind fed and touched one, and the night time walk to see glow-worms was quite eerie.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover wilderness in comfort and style at New Zealand's premier nature lodge. Established by dedicated conservationists, Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki offers an experience like no other. Walk from your room into a natural paradise of ancient rainforest, kayak pristine lakes and hike rugged beaches. Enjoy fresh local food, fine wine, and warm hospitality. Join naturalist guides to discover spectacular wild landscape and search for penguins, seals, and other rare wildlife in the heart of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area. ... more less
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