Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass
Arthur's Pass, New Zealand
Wilderness Lodge is a family-friendly eco-lodge in the dramatic Arthur’s Pass on New Zealand’s South Island. Set on a 4000 acre working sheep farm, you can enjoy nature walks, fly-fishing and sheep farm experiences.
At a Glance
A charming eco-lodge whose owners have replanted native species of trees and plants as part of their conservation ethic
A family business, with friendly and genuine staff
Fantastic three-course dinners served each evening
This is a real working farm, where you can see sheep-dogs in action and learn about sheep shearing and growing merino wool
Fabulous mountain views
Located in Arthur’s Pass surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery, Wilderness Lodge is a comfortable eco lodge with just twenty guest rooms. Owned by a family whose passion for conservation led them to reintroduce natural woodland and conserve the resident wildlife, its eco-credentials have won various awards. This is a real family business, with genuine Kiwi hospitality.
There are sixteen mountain view rooms in the main lodge, either on the ground or upper floors, each with a terrace or balcony and floor to ceiling glass doors allowing you to soak up the views whatever the weather. These rooms have a King size bed, or a Queen and a single, and several rooms interconnect, making this an ideal option for families. There’s a small lounge area and an ensuite bathroom with shower. Tucked into the trees are the four alpine lodge rooms, two on ground level and two above. These are more luxurious and cater to couples looking for a few additional home comforts and more space, including a bathroom with a Jacuzzi bathtub overlooking the forest, as well as a separate shower. The mountain views from these rooms are more obscured by trees, but the location is tranquil and the rooms are more modern.
Whilst the lodge as a whole is not luxurious, it offers a simple, comfortable base for exploring the Arthur’s Pass area, whether you’re on your way to or from the West Coast or heading elsewhere in South Island. The décor is a little dated in places, but it’s a good value and good quality option in the area, and the staff genuinely go out of their way to take care of you during your stay.
Activities are varied, and include nature walks with passionate guides who can tell you about every bird, insect and plant you encounter, fabulous star gazing, hiking trails if you want to get out and explore independently, fly-fishing, and the chance to experience traditional high country farm life on the next door merino sheep station, Cora Lynn.
Location & Directions
Arthur's Pass, New Zealand
Wilderness Lodge is located just off the Grand Alpine Highway, 15 kilometers east of Arthur’s Pass village. It’s an ideal spot between Christchurch and the West Coast and the journey here through the mountains is truly spectacular.
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.