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Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki

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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Reviewed 7 December 2015

Luxury eco resort with beautiful rooms, top food and service. Lounge with fireplace and beautiful books was cosy and relaxing on a grey day. Kayaking on the lake in the mist was really pretty - wished we could have ridden the river rapids. Walk out to the beach (30 mins) through the ferny forest to see seals and if you're...

Thank Ros H
Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 29 November 2015

Anne and Gerry looked after us so well. Everything was just brilliant. The food, the room and all the guided activities. My main aim here was to see the Fiordland Penguin and so we booked the 3 night Spring special package. Gerry took us down to a secret location and we spent 2 hours with the penguins. A truly magical...

Thank TrevorMP
Seattle, Washington
Reviewed 8 November 2015

My husband and I recently stayed at the Lake Wilderness Lodge. This had come highly recommended by our travel agent but I was unprepared for the amazing experience of seeing (really seeing with Gerry's help) the tropical rain forests, beaches and Fiordland Yellow Crested penguins (we saw 11!). The rooms were nice with incredible views and the food was good,...

Thank RhondaL98122
Reviewed 29 September 2015 via mobile

Me and my partner took the tawaki penguin guided walk with this amazing company. We had the best time experiencing these amazing creatures, it has to be one of my best wildlife tours in the world. The highlight of the trip has to be gerri the guide, the work he has done and is still involved in is unbelievable and...

Thank Lain w
Perth, Australia
Reviewed 24 September 2015

There really aren't enough words to describe how wonderful our stay at Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge was - it was just magical! My husband and I stayed for two nights in early September and had just the most wonderful couple of days. It was absolutely the highlight of our trip and we would highly recommend anyone to stay in this...

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Tawaki, Owner at Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki, responded to this review

Thanks Mark and Sandy for your very kind words. We really enjoy sharing our lovely wilderness with enthusiastic guests such as yourselves. Our Spring (September to early December) is a particularly exciting time to come to Lake Moeraki. You saw the Tawaki penguins up close, the second rarest of the world's18 penguin species. They are only here until December 5....

New Zealand
Reviewed 2 September 2015

My daughter and I stayed one night during a week in the deep south while I was researching the history of the NZ conservation movement for an upcoming book. This was the best accommodation by far on the trip. Gerry is a legend in the movement and I had been urged to visit him and the lodge by other interviewees...

Thank Cordt
Tawaki, Owner at Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki, responded to this review

Thanks Chris for your kind words and historical perspective. Although for our visitors the most important aspect is that they enjoy lovely accommodations, food, wine and adventures and great company, we like to think the most important aspect to the Wilderness Lodge is the protection of landscape and wildlife. If you come back here in 5, 10 or 20 years...

Sunnyvale, California
Reviewed 5 August 2015

The highlight of our trip to New Zealand was the stay at the Wilderness Lodge and the hiking though Te Wahipounamu. The food was excellent and the naturalists running the lodge were outstanding with great stories of the park founding and the role that they played in it. We really enjoyed our spacious room with a great view of the...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 11 April 2015

This very luxurious and well laid out lodge is in fact in the wilderness. It is situated on the side of Lake Maoreki with rain forest all around it. Some guided walks and kayaking are included in the price and some other walks at an additional charge. The whole area is stunning. The lodge and rooms are very comfortable, the...

Thank Jackie B
Tawaki, Owner at Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki, responded to this review

Dear Jackie, Thanks for your review. We are pleased to hear that your time with us was a highlight of your NZ travels and that you enjoyed the location, food, service and guided activities. Glad we could help reunite you with your possessions. Kind wishes, Anne Saunders and Gerry McSweeney Owner Managers

Carlisle, Massachusetts
Reviewed 1 April 2015

Like its sibling at Arthur's Pass, the Lodge combines genuine creature comforts and intimacy with nature. Offering a postcard view on the river that empties Lake Moeraki into the Tasman Sea, the Lodge has a comfortable lounge and a restaurant with first-class food. There are well laid out walks through the temperate rain forest, including one to Monro Beach. Better...

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Tawaki, Owner at Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki, responded to this review

Dear Jdarr, Great to hear you enjoyed your time with us here and also at Wilderness Lodge Arthur’s Pass. We love sharing these special places with our guests and it is excellent that you managed to make the most of your time here. Kind wishes, Anne Saunders and Gerry McSweeney Owner Managers

Atlanta, GA
Reviewed 28 March 2015

Our two night stay at Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki was one of the highlights of our trip to New Zealand. To start with, the setting is simply spectacular along the shore of the fast-moving Moeraki River. The lodge itself is beautiful and very comfortable, as was our room with its nice river view. We also enjoyed the meals and the...

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Tawaki, Owner at Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki, responded to this review

Dear Rob103, Thanks for sharing your Wilderness Lodge experience. We try our very best to make all our guests time with us special and memorable. You certainly made the most of your time here! Kind wishes, Anne Saunders and Gerry McSweeney Owner-Managers

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  • Breakfast included
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Public Wifi
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Breakfast included
  • Self-Serve Laundry
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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 

Additional Information about Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki

Address: State Highway 6 | 30 km north of Haast, Lake Moeraki, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7842, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Lake Moeraki
Price Range: $337 - $412 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki 4.5*
Number of rooms: 28
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