One of the most well recognised wilderness properties in New Zealand is the Arthur's Pass Wilderness Lodge which sits high above the Waimakariri River valley in inland Canterbury. Tucked under the Southern Alps it offers a rare opportunity to stay in and explore a stunning sub-alpine environment.
This huge 2400 hectare property is part nature reserve and part working farm. Over half the property has been left to return to native forest and high grasslands, helping to increase the biodiversity of this beautiful area. The remainder is run as a high country farm, specialising in merino sheep which are particularly suited to this location. During your stay you will get to experience both worlds with lots of hiking and exploring on offer, as well as farm tours and demonstrations of various rural tasks like sheep shearing and mustering. There are 3000 sheep on the property so there’s plenty to be done. In winter there are several ski areas nearby as well.
Arthur’s Pass Wilderness Lodge is also close to the Arthur’s Pass National Park, with its unique alpine environment. Each day your stay includes up to 1 1/2 hours of guided activities, allowing you to explore the farm and bushlands close to the lodge. Other activities include hiking and mountaineering, kayaking, fly fishing for trout, mountain biking, wild flower and waterfall walks, glacier visits and bird-watching.
Accommodation at the lodge is essentially 4 star, but very comfortable. There are also several 5 star suites with luxurious beds, full bathrooms with spa baths and a private deck. All the rooms have amazing mountain and valley views. The lodge overlooks Mt Rolleston, the Waimakariri River valley and surrounding native forest. The 4-course dinner has a set menu with two choices nightly, plus options for vegetarians.
Arthur’s Pass Wilderness Lodge is a full immersion experience. If you want to experience New Zealand wilderness then this is a great place to start. Staff are knowledgeable and caring about the environment and impart a lot of information to guests during their day. We recommend a minimum 2 night stay, and more if possible.
Joint stays can be arranged with sister lodge, Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge, down on the coast in the South Westland World Heritage Area.
Contact us for details on Arthur's Pass Wilderness Lodge and Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge.
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