We had a truly wonderful stay at the Wilderness Lodge. They present the best of the local area so well.
The Lodge facilities were excellent. The dining room and common areas have teriffic views and are nicely done. There is also a good library with lots of interesting material on the ecology of the area, New Zealand, etc. The food and service were delightful. They have an excellent bar for drinks and wine before and after dinner. The rooms were very nice and fit with the spirit of a first class, outdoor-oriented lodge.
We found the staff to be informative and helpful, from Dave, the manager, to all of the others. They went out of their way to make this a teriffic stay. Dr. Gerry McSweeny, one of the owners and a leading New Zealand environmentalist, hand sheered a Merino sheep during a discussion of their goals with the farm and nature reserve.
The activities offered were really outstanding. There are guided hikes and activities which are included in the price that are fun and informative. They have marked trails around the Lodge which were interesting. More extended outings are offered at extra cost. We did one hike/kyaking trip which was spectacular and well worth the cost. Our guide for that was Niki, who was so knowledgable and thoughtful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy stylish accommodation, fine food, and an exciting and diverse programme of guided nature and sheep farming adventures in the heart of the Southern Alps. The lodge sits on a 4000 acre working sheep farm and nature reserve, surrounded by the peaks of Arthur's Pass National Park. Guests can unwind in comfort or choose more active relaxation. Explore private trails or join an expert guide to hike alpine valleys, search for wildlife, and kayak upon mountain lakes. A highlight for guests are the sheep farm discovery trips every second afternoon. Join a farmer guide to watch sheepdogs working, hand feed lambs and learn about sheep shearing and merino wool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wilderness Lodge Arthurs Pass Hotel Arthurs Pass