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Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lake Moeraki
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North Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Jewel of NZ Trip”
Reviewed December 8, 2013

With Gerry McSweeney as a knowledgeable and caring host and guide, how can you go wrong. He is a NZ treasure and strong advocate of ecologically sound practices and conservation. We took the coast hike with him and though we saw no dolphins were enchanted with his perspectives and obvious love of this beautiful and isolated area of west NZ. The price of lodging is high, but the food is truly superb, the company was great - learned much from others, especially an Australian family - and the room was very comfortable and open to the beautiful river and surroundings. We kayaked into the lake and explored the trails by ourselves, learning about the plants/trees and the interesting history of this region. We highly recommend this place to everyone: educational, relaxing, soothing, challenging physically (if you are up for that), and a great place to return to. One couple from Canada had visited ten years before and were determined to have the experience again, as well as his Arthur Pass location.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Nanaimo B.C.
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Reviewed December 3, 2013

Moeraki Wilderness Lodge is located near the rugged west coast of New Zealand’s South Island, a little more than half way down the island. As the name implies it is a wilderness lodge although you would never guess it is by the way it looks. It’s a thoroughly modern, comfortable and well appointed lodge right in the middle of nowhere. It is comprised of a main building, which houses a lounge, dinning area, kitchen and offices. Surrounding the main building are a number of guest cottages or rooms of varying sizes and price ranges. However there are no inferior rooms here. All are beautifully decorated, roomy, with lovely views of the surrounding forests, creeks and gardens. Moeraki Lake is a short distance away and easy to hike to. On the property itself are hiking trails and you can kayak on the river, which is just next to the main building. The Lodge offers a free, guided hike with one of their knowledgeable guides, and is very informative. Our hike was an evening hike and our guide took us to see some of the glowworm sites in the area as well as some of the nighttime birds and animals.
The owner operator (s) of the Lodge are first rate, very friendly and keen to ensure that you have a good experience by offering information and tips on travel and the best strategies for viewing the reclusive and rare Fiordland Penguins that inhabit the brush covered headwalls that rise up behind Monro Beach, which is a short 45 minute hike from the Lodge out to the ocean.
During our travels in Australia and New Zealand we tended to book lower budget type accommodation but thought that we would use a visit to Moeraki Wilderness Lodge as our one extravagance and we were not disappointed. It offered a luxurious stay in a pristine wilderness area. Top marks of 5+. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 1, 2013 via mobile

Excellent accommodation. Superb food. Ideal hosts. Best of all was the guided tour to a secluded beach to see penguins heading to and from the ocean from their rain forest nesting spots. Gerry and Anne were hospitable, knowledgable and friendly without being intrusive. We stayed 3 nights which was an ideal amount of time.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hertfordshire
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Reviewed November 19, 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights and there were only 2 or 3 other couples but I know it is early season and they were expecting a large group just as we left. Gerry is very enthusiastic and incredibly knowledgeable about everything to do with Wildlife. We did the 'Hard' Trek with him and had a great time climbing some huge boulders and then hanging onto a rope as we hauled ourselves up the cliff face. The whole time he was pointing out trees, shrubs and wildlife to us. The following day we went with him in search of Penguins- what a success- we sat in torrential rain, not daring to move as lots of penguins all played on the rocks, preened themselves and jumped in and out of the sea. The Lodge itself was comfortable with tea/coffee making, hairdryer, toiletries etc. The food was excellent.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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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!

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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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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Cookeville, Tennessee
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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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Property: Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki
Address: State Highway 6 | 30 km north of Haast, Lake Moeraki, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7842, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Lake Moeraki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lake Moeraki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki 4.5*
Number of rooms: 28
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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