10 great reasons to stay at Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki:

  • the coast near the lodge is one of the few places you’ll see the Tawaki (Fiordland Crested) Penguin - the season runs October to December

  • You’ll also see NZ Fur Seals and dolphins on Monro Beach

  • the Moeraki River runs right in front of the lodge, carrying water from Lake Moeraki to the sea

  • local activities include hiking and exploring, kayaking, bird-watching, and stunning beach walks

  • spend time at the Wilderness Lodge Arthur’s Pass to experience an alpine environment and working farm

  • The Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki sits in the stunning Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area in South Westland

  • follow rainforest trails, explore the wild coast or paddle a quiet lake

  • Accommodation is in very comfortable Riverview and Rainforest rooms, overlooking the Moeraki River or the surrounding forest

  • rooms have a king, or queen + single configuration. Some are interconnecting and great for families

  • dinner, breakfast and two short guided activities daily are included in the rate


Recognised now as the best place in the world to observe the gorgeous Tawaki, or Fiordland Penguin, the lodge offers bird-lovers a very special stay through October to December, when the Tawaki come ashore to breed in the surrounding temperate rainforest.

Although on the main highway the Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki is a remote place. It’s a very long way from anywhere, except the wild exposed coast, the still deep lake, the beautiful native forest and the rich selection of sea and bird life that crowds into this stunning World Heritage environment. It’s also only a 45 minute walk to the coast at Monro Beach. This wonderfully secluded patch of rocky coast is home to penguins, seals and sea birds. There’s a huge selection of outdoor activities and tours to join in throughout your stay including bird-watching, hiking, kayaking, ecology tours and historic walks. A 2 night minimum stay is recommended so you can experience all that this lodge offers.

There are 4 luxurious Riverview Rooms looking out to the Moeraki River and rapids. Rooms are spacious, with super-king beds, and each has a deck and outdoor seating. Bathrooms have spa baths and separate showers. There are also 20 Rainforest Rooms, with either a king bed, or a queen and single bed, overlooking verdant native forest. The Rainforest Rooms are suitable for families and some have interconnecting doors.

The lodge generates its own power from a mini hydro scheme on the river. Social spaces include two comfortable lounges and a library. All meals are served in the Riverview Restaurant, and the dinner menu changes daily, and features the best meats, fish and produce available. Regular talks are given in-house on the ecology and flora and fauna of this special area.

Two shorter guided nature activities a day are included in the tariff (1 – 1.5 hours). These include wildlife and forest walks, kayaking, glow-worm walks in the evening and eel feeding.

The  Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki is a sister property to the Wilderness Lodge Arthurs Pass in the foothills of the Southern Alps. 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.


rates at Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki - from $NZ 900 per room per night for 2