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Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki
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Reviewed March 19, 2007

Nearing the end of our stay we stayed in Lake Moeraki for just 1 night, which sits on the West Coast of NZ. Staying at this place was quite an experience that we really enjoyed; we actually wished we had been staying for at least 2 nights as there was a lot to do in the outdoors that we never got the chance to do. The lodge itself, sits in the middle of nowhere just off SH6. The theme throughout is all about ecology and the outdoors. When we arrived we were greeted by a warm welcome and also presented with an itinerary of suggested activities planned for that afternoon which included going on a rainforest walk which was fascinating. That evening after dinner the guests were invited to go and see the glow worms which were brilliant! We had to leave the following morning, but Kayaking was planned before breakfast at 8am and that looked like fun, also the hosts were going to take guests to watch the eels being fed- again sad that we missed all this.

The rooms were pretty basic but very clean and the beds were very comfortable, the bathroom was modern and clean. In the main house, free internet was available for guests use and you could help yourself to as much tea, coffee, fruit and biscuits as you liked. It had a really relaxed feel about it.

We really enjoyed dinner because it tasted like something that you would cook at home, tasty and simple. Now this was a great appeal to us, having stayed in hotels for 3 weeks and eating large meals it was a welcomed change.

Our only issue with staying here was that we got bitten to death by mosquitos or midges, so make sure you take some really good protection and cover up.

Overall we had a great stay here and a very unique experience that you just can’t get in a big 5 star hotel!

  • Stayed: March 2007, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank SheilaAndMatt
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Reviewed February 17, 2007

We have to consider the Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge experience one of our highlights, even though the food and service and facilities of the lodge itself did not begin to measure up to the price we paid. But ... we got to see glowworms on a darkened hillside at 10 p.m. ... we got to watch slimy, toothy eels being fed meat scraps in the river at 8 a.m. ... we got to hike in the rainforest on a sunny day with good interpretive handouts and experience Monro beach in all its glory ... priceless.

The facilities and service at the Arthur's Pass Wilderness Lodge were far, far superior to this lodge. It was actually quite surprising there would be such a big difference ... yet we could not have had the experiences we loved so much without staying at Lake Moeraki. So we recommend it. Just open that wallet and close your eyes for the brief moment you are paying. Then open your eyes, and take in everything else. It's incredible.

Stayed: February 2007
3  Thank WeTravel2Learn
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Reviewed December 18, 2006

This place is a little piece of Heaven if you love the outdoors and want to learn about New Zealand's nature and wildlife. We did, mainly under the expert eye of our guide Swade. We went for a glow worm walk in the dark and listened to the local More Pork owls calling- magic! We walked through native forest and took ourselves down through the forest to Monro beach - beautiful! But the highlight was walking thro' more forest and coming upon four penguins playing in a fresh water creek and then sitting on a remote beach in the pouring rain watching the penguins come and go - something we will never ever forget! The recently refurbished accommodation is very clean, warm and very comfortable. The public rooms all look onto a river and you can bird watch from both them and the bedrooms. The staff are very helpful and all manner of weather gear is provided from wellington boots upwards! The meals are super and you can opt to sit with other guests or to eat in your own group - part of the fun is mixing with others. The wines are great and there is a good bar and an excellent wildlife library. We didn't want to move on, but as we were about to go to the sister lodge at Arthur's Pass this wasn't too much of a hardship. Given the opportunity we would both love to return here, and if you are not into nature you don't need to take part in the activities - shame not to though!.

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank petally
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Reviewed November 4, 2006

This lodge is a piece of paradise if you enjoy kayaking, hiking and bird watching. Otherwise, the accommodations are nothing special and there really isn’t much to do that is not nature related. We stayed here specifically to see the Fiorland Crested penguins and enjoy nature. We were not disappointed.

Breakfast and dinner are included in the rate. Both were terrific and dinner was comparable to any fine dining restaurant. It was off season so everyone (all Americans) sat at one large table. Except for us, all the other guests were retired Fortune 500 executives and their wives.

The rooms were almost Motel 6-ish but the lodge location and activities made it worthwhile. Kayaks were available at anytime (both solo and tandem), guided tours (included in the room rate) were offered twice each day at 9am and 3pm and one night we had a night hike to see the glow worms. We also paid extra for two optional hikes to see the penguins and a kayak safari. We felt the attention and knowledge of the guide was worth the extra money.

We took the Newman’s bus from Queenstown and had no problem getting dropped off in front of the lodge. The van was even waiting for us when we arrived. Great place for nature lovers!

  • Stayed: October 2005, traveled as a couple
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10  Thank WISCGirl
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Reviewed April 2, 2006

We stayed for 3 nights (in the middle of a 7 week trip to NZ). The scenery is very good and the Lodge activities a great deal of fun (even out of Penguin season). I'd strongly recommend staying here long enough (2 nights or so) to participate in one or more walks or kayak trips with the resident guide Swade. He is knowledgeable and entertaining and a real character.

The rooms are spacious. They are a little basic but are being upgraded. Don't let the more serious "eco" side of the marketing deter you- its a fun place. The meals and the wine list are good; kayaks and kit are free for use on the lake; the free guest laundry is very useful too. There is also a drying room. The common areas are comfortable and drinks and fruit are available throughout the day. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: February 2006
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7  Thank First_Wandering_Brit
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