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Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass

Arthurs Pass, New Zealand

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

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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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Insider's View

Don’t miss the opportunity to see a working merino sheep farm in action with farmer Neil and his sheep dogs.

The night sky here is spectacular, and staff are happy to show you the main constellations after dinner.

Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday to Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass or take a look at our itineraries to Canterbury and the West Coast

Description

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.

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.

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Experiences

  • Dolphin Encounter off the coast of Kaikoura - Shared

    Make one of life's dream a reality and not only watch dolphins in the wild but get the chance to swim with them as well, just off the coast of Kiakoura.

Holiday Ideas

  • Active South Island

    Christchurch, Arthur's Pass, Lake Heron, Wanaka, Fiordland

    from £7500 pp inc flights & transfers for 14 nights

    • Ideal trip for active types, with hiking, kayaking and outdoors activities aplenty
    • Get off the beaten track to hidden gems like Lake Heron Station, a high country working sheep farm
    • Road trip around South Island, driving a 4x4
  • Epic New Zealand

    Christchurch, Arthurs Pass, Franz Josef & Southern Lakes

    from £9100 pp inc flights & transfers for 13 nights

    • Ideal for those that want to escape the crowds and enjoy the breath-taking landscapes of Aotearoa all to themselves
    • Explore some of New Zealand's most remote wilderness areas
    • From glaciers to mountains, lakes to rolling farmlands - this itinerary explores it all.

Location & directions

Arthurs Pass, New Zealand

Wilderness Lodge is located just off the Grand Alpine Highway, 15 kilometres 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.

How to get there

Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass is approximately a two hour drive from Christchurch, or three and a half hours from Franz Joseph glacier.

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Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday to Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass or take a look at our itineraries to Canterbury and the West Coast

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