We will definitely return here. The lodge was lovely, our room had a view of the river and beautiful native birds visiting the kowhai trees. The food was to a very high standard and the often disappointed vegetarian in our group found their meals to be excellent as well.
Gerry and Ann, the founders of the lodge, were truly amazing hosts, a fountain of knowledge, passionate about the star of the show, the nature, as well as being extremely accommodating and very easy to get along with. We were there at the end of September and saw penguins and the resident sea elephant. It was still low season and while the rainforest was getting it's fair share of rain we managed to take our trips during sunny breaks between downpours. It is definitely worth staying at least a couple of nights so you can be sure to see some sun. The sandfly population was mercifully low at this time of year. This is an experience not to be missed, an expertly run tourist operation in a spectacular part of New Zealand.
- 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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