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Grasmere Lodge

Cass, South Island, New Zealand

Grasmere Lodge is a secluded high-country ranch retreat of unrivalled charm tucked into the alps of New Zealand's South Island. Dating back to 1858, this homestead is rich in history and reflects this in its traditional warm New Zealand hospitality.

At a Glance

  • Grasmere is a unique, back country station, offering a privileged few the chance to experience rural New Zealand in luxury

  • Grasmere provides a wide range of outdoor activities for those seeking a more adventurous vacation

  • Take the train from Christchurch to Cass, for a unique way to arrive

  • The old building is one of the highest and longest-inhabited in the high country, although it has been enlarged and altered over the years

  • The chefs check which fruit and vegetables are available in the markets and order accordingly, rather than bringing in exotic ingredients to try to impress

Insider's View

The night sky here at Grasmere is magical, on clear nights you can pick out the Milky Way! Gaze up at the stunning sky and watch the shooting stars high above the mountains.

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

Grassmere has the best horse riding in the whole of New Zealand. The passionate team here have been riding on the land for many years and their horses are so well trained. It’s as if the horses know where they are going which is surprising seeing as every ride is different, climbing mountains, crossing rivers and winding around rocky terrain.

Katie Kennard

Insider's View

Book in early to ensure availability in the two bedroom River View Cottage, which is in the most stunning setting, looking out at the mountains and removed from the main lodge, ensuring total privacy.

Sarah Rowan

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Grasmere Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Canterbury and the West Coast

Description

By virtue of its dramatic location amid 7000ft towering peaks near Arthurs Pass, its ever-changing climate and unashamed emphasis on quality and quiet comfort, Grasmere will always be an unparalleled experience.

The main lodge building houses some of the rooms and suites but there is also a alpine style chalet building with more accommodation and a spacious two-bedroom cottage perfect for two couples or a family and fully equipped with kitchen, laundry room, TV snug etc. Whichever room suits you, all are decorated with the rich colors of the Tussock Hills, have original artworks adorning the walls and have comfortable seating areas, iPod docking stations, Jacuzzi baths and private decks or patios.

Whether enjoying fresh hearty breakfasts on the terrace, a picnic in a secluded riverside location, or a five course menu, meals at Grasmere are prepared with the finest, freshest, locally sourced ingredients and are simple and elegant. The lodge is a relaxed environment and there are pre dinner drinks and canapés are served each evening before the nightly dinner party commences. Families or couples who want some private time together can choose to dine by the fireside or in the conservatory.

This traditional New Zealand high country station encompasses 13,000 acres of farmland, home to some 3000 fine-wool Merino sheep, 200 Red Deer and 200 Black Angus Beef Cattle. Fishing, hunting, mountain biking, hiking, picnicking, horse riding and taking to the rivers for water sports are just some of the activities in this beautiful area but enjoying the holistic mountain spa or simply relaxing by the Lodge's beautiful pool are also equally refreshing.

Accommodation

Within the lodge there are six Lake View Deluxe Rooms which have views over the lawn and deer farm to the lake and mountains beyond. Also in the lodge, the Grassmere Junior Suites have a larger open plan living area with fireplace and can connect to a deluxe room to form and two-bedroom suite. A short walk from the lodge, the alpine Mountain Chalet has four spacious two-bedroom cottage with full kitchen.

Childcare

Children are welcome at Grasmere Lodge and there are several interconnecting room options as well as a wonderful two-bedroom cottage. Children who love the great outdoors will enjoy the mountain and farm activities and the lodge offers family dining in a separate room hence ensuring peace for the other guests. During the adults only pre-dinner drinks, the lodge can provide unsupervised entertainment for the children in the library if required.

Facilities

Locally grown delicious produce is served in the lodge's dining room and the conversation with other guests at pre-dinner drinks or at the communal table is as central to the experience at Grasmere Lodge as the food. Dinners for families or couples can also be arranged in other parts of the lodge. There is a wine cellar with 5000 bottles, a library, gym, heated outdoor pool, mountain spa, tennis courts, games such as petanque, chess, snooker/pool table, table tennis, croquet and three pianos.

Activities

Included in your stay at Grasmere Lodge is a 4WD sightseeing trip of the property and its surrounds, kayaks and a Canadian canoe (perfect for bird watching and picnicking), fishing on the lodge's rivers and lakes, walking, hiking and mountain biking. The lodge can also arrange for horse riding, guided hiking, trout fishing, deer hunting, scenic flights, clay pigeon shooting and rafting amongst other activities.

Location & Directions

Cass, South Island, New Zealand

Grasmere Lodge is a secluded high-country ranch retreat tucked away in the heart of the Southern Alps of New Zealand

When to go

The climate in New Zealand is incredibly pleasant, with warm and balmy summers and cold crisp winter months with wonderful clear, blue skies. The warmer high-season months of November to April are perfect for outdoor exploration. The colder months of June to August are the best time to ski.

Both North and South Islands are drier on the east coast, rather than on the west, where mountain ranges act as a trap for the moisture-rich winds from the Tasman Sea. It is also worth remembering that it is usually a few degrees cooler on the South Island than the North Island and as New Zealand has a maritime climate, the weather can change rapidly.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Grasmere Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Canterbury and the West Coast

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