10 great reasons to stay at the Wilderness Lodge Arthur’s Pass:
a highlight for many is the chance to join in the activities on the farm
the Wilderness Lodge Farm is 4,000 acres and is home to 3,000 sheep and 120 Angus cattle (plus pigs, chickens & sheep-dogs)
other activities include kayaking, hiking, mountain hikes, a glacier basin walk and guided waterfall walk
longer hikes are 3 - 6 hours and range from deep river valleys to mountain tops
the 2 shorter guided activities each day include a farm discovery tour, moa forest and beech forest walks and a dark sky tour to see the spectacular starry night sky
The Wilderness Lodge Arthur’s Pass combines an alpine lodge experience with a high country farm stay
accommodation is in 4 luxury Alpine View Lodge rooms and 20 Mountain View rooms, all with amazing views of the surrounding environment
meals are taken in the on-site Rolleston Restaurant. Dinner is a table d’hôte style on a daily changing set menu
much of the food is raised on the property such as the lamb, bacon and ham, eggs, honey and herbs
dinner, breakfast and two shorter guided activities are included in the daily rate
Although just an hour and a half drive from Christchurch, the South Island's largest city, the Wilderness Lodge Arthur’s Pass is a world away from the bright lights - the only things lighting the night sky in this remote spot are millions of stars.
The lodge sits above the Waimakariri River valley, letting you enjoy the rugged beauty of the Southern Alps while staying in very comfortable rooms and suites. Join in ecology walks, take part in farm activities like mustering and shearing or some of the other wilderness activities further afield. Nearby lakes provide opportunities for kayaking, canoeing and fly fishing. There are wild flower walks, bush, glacier and mountain walks, bird-watching, mountain biking and photography trips and the chance to go mountaineering or climbing in the nearby Arthur’s Pass National Park.
The lodge is well known for its ecological focus, combining nature protection with sustainable tourism, and the tariff includes 1 - 2 hours a day of guided outdoor activities. The Maori name for this place is "Te Ko Awa a Aniwaniwa - Valley of the Mother of the Rainbows." It's easy to see why.
The 4 luxurious Alpine Lodge suites have balconies opening to the forest and mountain views. Each suite has a super-king bed, gas fire and comfortable seating area, and private bathrooms with spa baths and views across the valley. The 20 Mountain View rooms have either a king or queen bed and a single bed. They also open to long views across the mountains and the Waimakariri River valley. These rooms are suitable for families; some are interconnecting. The more luxurious Alpine Lodge suites are suitable for 2 adults only.
The main lodge area is a large space with big log fire and expansive views over the surrounding mountains and national park. The dining room opens off this area with larger shared tables and several smaller ones for more intimate dining. Local cuisine is showcased with fresh lamb off the farm and other meats, fish and produce sourced as locally as possible. Dinner is a set menu meal with two options, which change daily (vegetarian and other dietary requirements catered for as well).
In addition to the 1 – 2 hours of complimentary nature and farm activities each day guests can pick from an extensive range of other activities. These include kayaking and canoeing on nearby Lake Pearson, and bird-watching and plant spotting in the high alpine Mountain Beech forest environment. Explore the dry limestone landscape around Castle Hill and Cave Stream or head to the Craigieburn Forest Park where there’s excellent mountain biking. Walk to the Otira Glacier and Otira Cascades to see a beautiful range of high country native wildflowers. Fly fish for brown and rainbow trout in nearby rivers. This needs to be pre-booked before your arrival so a guide can be arranged. Customised full day trips are available, arranged to suit your personal interests and fitness levels. And there is a good library of nature and conservation books for guest reading.
The Wilderness Lodge Arthur’s Pass is a sister property to the Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki on the West Coast. Twin lodge itineraries featuring the Lake Moeraki and Arthur's Pass Wilderness Lodges can be arranged, ensuring you get to experience both of these exceptional places.