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Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

We were lucky enough to be the only guests when we stayed for two nights in September. We were met by Gerry and the Tui's at the door, a fantastic welcome. Both Anne and Gerry were perfect hosts, Gerry for his amazing energy and infectious enthusiasm and Anne for her delicious cooking and easy going personality. The lodge appealed to us so much that we decided to book, even though we prefer to travel to places where we can be low key and blend into the background, as a same sex couple it can be worrying waiting to see what reaction you get! Full marks to both Gerry and Anne, there was not a flicker of a reaction or judgement, we were treated with respect and kindness and felt totally comfortable. Particularly comfortable after dinner, Anne's food was amazing, amongst the best meals we had in NZ, sprouts in parmesan were a revelation (am still hoping for the recipe)
What Gerry describes as the 'hard' walk is absolutely that. It is challenging, but so well worth the effort to be able to see penguins, fur seals and, of course, Humphrey. Hats off to Gerry for being able to carry both of us across some deep streams, and then have to carry our heavy coats in his rucksack because it got so warm with the effort of climing 600 feet up a cliff!!! The amount of knowledge Gerry has at his fingertips about the flora and fauna around him is amazing, and his ability to share it. We loved the glow worms, the peace on the lake when kayaking and the extraordinary birdlife.
The room was beautiful, with a river view, and one of the most comfortable beds ever. If you are thinking of going and you love wildlife, good food, scenery and a little adventure, just go!

Room Tip: Choose a river view room if you can.
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

My wife, daughter and I spent a night at the Wilderness Lodge, and wished we had been able to stay longer. We were made very welcome by Gerry and enjoyed a number of activities, including walking through the temperate rain forest to Munro Beach, kayaking on the lake (wonderfully peaceful), feeding the eels and seeking out the glowworms in the evening. This was all interspersed with great food and relaxing in the lounge overlooking the river. We would highly recommend a stay here.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank DenCh2013
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

This was my favorite experience of our New Zealand holiday. Loved everything about this stay. The kayaking, Black swans, feeding giant eels, nature walks, food, service. Everything was superb. If ever in New Zealand again, I will be back.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

We had a few wonderful days here enjoying the wildlife and the wonderful hospitality of Ann & Gerry & their staff. We had a lovely room overlooking the lake and enjoyed the great meals, but most of all its the walks and the closeness to nature that is the winner, as the wild life here is fantastic, we saw more bird life in this area than anywhere else we visited in the Sth Island, which included both the Milford & Routeburn walks.

This is a testament to Ann's & Gerry's efforts over a number of decades to firstly preserve the forests and then to engage the Govt to provide a reasonably effective control of the voracious stoats and rats that are destroying the bird life across NZ. We hope the Govt has learnt from this and applies the same methodology across a wider area.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Paul J
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

This was our second visit, the first 3 years ago and we naturally thought whether the standards achieved last time could be maintained. We were not disappointed! The lodge was as we remembered, the quality of the rooms, the food and the staff were as good as ever with no request refused. The lodge was not full, indeed on one night we were the only guests which does help in maintaining the quality on what was on offer. The walks, the written guides and the lake are not be missed although watch out for the sand flies if you take a walk down to Monro beach (get some repellent). A wonderful relaxing and spectacular place to stay.

Room Tip: Lake view rooms are great.
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Ian5982
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