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Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki

State Highway 6 30 km north of Haast, Lake Moeraki, Westland Tai Poutini National Park 7842 New Zealand
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Discover wilderness in comfort and style at New Zealand's premier nature lodge. Established by dedicated conservationists, Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki offers an experience like no other. Walk from your room into a natural paradise of ancient rainforest, kayak pristine lakes and explore rugged coastline. Enjoy fresh local food, fine wine, and warm hospitality. Join naturalist guides to discover spectacular wild landscape and search for penguins, seals, and other rare wildlife in the heart of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Canoeing
Hiking
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Highchairs available
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Breakfast buffet
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Fishing
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Non-smoking hotel
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State Highway 6 30 km north of Haast, Lake Moeraki, Westland Tai Poutini National Park 7842 New Zealand
Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki
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Happyhensonja wrote a review 13 Feb
Sydney, Australia105 contributions41 helpful votes
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Absolutely had a fabulous time, so good we didn’t want to leave. Hosts Gerry, Anne and their team are so welcoming. The natural environment is stunning but what sets this place apart is the additional activities enabling guests to learn about the local fauna, flora and history. The food, accommodation and surroundings are all stunning. A must stay for nature lovers, highly recommended.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Adrian W wrote a review 5 Feb
Hertford, United Kingdom246 contributions127 helpful votes
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If I'm absolutely honest, my experience, of Wilderness Lodge was that it was simply the best experience of my time in New Zealand. At the point you arrive you step into a luxury oasis of peace and tranquility where everything is perfect and you can be as organised or relaxed as you want to be. Rather than wax lyrical about the quality of the food, the comfort of the rooms,vthe surrounding environment I'll just wholeheartedly support the reviews of others and say, go there - I defy you to be disappointed!
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Bill F wrote a review Jan 2024
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My wife and I stayed at WL-LM in December 2023; thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The proprietors, Anne and Jerry along with the staff (Claire in particular) made us feel welcome the minute we checked in. Like their sister property at Arthurs Pass, this is an environmentally friendly destination - which should be on anyone's list to stay when driving the west coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Numerous on-site hiking options (easy) along with guided outings (kayaking) and star gazing (led by Jerry - a noted eco pioneer) are not to be missed. Dinners were delightful (shared with other guests (if you choose)); rooms were very comfortable and clean. One very nice feature of the lodge was access to a washer and dryer free of charge for guests.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Take advantage of the onsite hiking, and guided tours.
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azmichaelwills wrote a review Dec 2023
Scottsdale, Arizona5 contributions
This place is was the perfect stop on our three week trip. The staff and owners are incredibly friendly and full of knowledge not just about the area but all of New Zealand! The activities available are fun and a great way to get out and about in the area. The rooms are spotless and very comfortable and the food was all top notch!
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Room Tip: There is plenty of time to relax so make sure to engage in their activities!
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CeyGo wrote a review Dec 2023
Toronto26 contributions4 helpful votes
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I went to Lake Moeraki Wildnerss lodge to view the fiord crested penguins . Although it was the end of the season for viewing , i still had a great experience on the penguin viewing tour . There are many walking / hiking tours you can also do on your own while there I stayed 3 days / 4 nights - it probably could have been a day shorter ( I’m really not much of a hiker unless there are penguins involved ) but I had booked around the availability of busses from Queenstown The owners and staff were all very friendly and knowledgeable The food was quite good with variety of options depending on dietary restrictions.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Beware of the sandflies .. they are awful . I had deet but my hands still got eaten and the it...
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Spottypottamous wrote a review Dec 2023
Kanab, Utah58 contributions12 helpful votes
Perfect! Lovely. Wonderful! Excellent! Would return. Nice beds, lovely river view, good breakfast, cooked to order, fruit of choice available, nice wine. I went for the penguin-viewing and they delivered. There is a fee because a guide is required, but you see penguins at a private and remote location. I love this place. Kudos to the owners, Gerry and Anne. What a superb facility they have developed. Victoria
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Room Tip: Go on every nature walk offered. Guides, Claire and James are friendly, smart, kind and helpful....
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Responded 8 Dec 2023
Kia ora Victoria, Thanks so much for sharing a review here. We appreciate hearing how much you enjoyed your time with us, the hospitality and the guided nature activities. Kind wishes, Anned Saunders and Gerry McSweeney Owner-Managers
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Dan C wrote a review Dec 2023
Chicago, Illinois286 contributions151 helpful votes
My favorite stay while in NZ (South Island). You will arrive @ lands end when you get here yet the accommodations are first class. Here are some words that describe what this place is about: ecotourism lodging in comfort, guided nature walks & excursions, birding, native NZ plant and animal species, owner operated with a passion for conservation (Jerry & Anne), remote, relaxing, hiking trails, kayaking, top notch food, drink & service, knowledgeable staff, geology, peaceful ... I would return in a heartbeat if I could but it's on the other side of the world from me
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Responded 3 Dec 2023
Kia ora DanC296, Thanks for sharing a review here on TripAdvisor, we really appreciate it and would love to see you again one day if you do return. Kind wishes, Anne Saunders and Gerry McSweeney Owner-Managers
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James L wrote a review Dec 2023
Los Angeles, California188 contributions79 helpful votes
Come to the Wilderness Lodge for almost all of the activities that New Zealand could offer. The hosts, Gerry and Ann, will give you some many options on things to do each and every day you stay there. The main building of the Lodge is right next to Moeraki River with lovely views out the living room and dining room windows. The Lodge rooms are not particularly special but don't plan on spending a lot of time indoors when there is so much to do outside. Everything is great here but you are doing yourself a great disservice if you don't sign up for Gerry's trip to see the penguins. Truly memorable.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Room Tip: Bring bug spray for all of your adventures.
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Responded 3 Dec 2023
Kia ora Jamesl680, Thanks for sharing your experience at both Wilderness Lodges. We love to share our special part of New Zealand with our guests and it's great to hear feedback like yours. King wishes, Anne Saunders and Gerry McSweeney Owner-Managers
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sarahkilbertus2018 wrote a review Nov 2023
Toronto, Canada5 contributions2 helpful votes
We were really excited to stay at this lodge after reading all the positive reviews, however overall we were disappointed. The main issue, in my opinion, is that it's overpriced for the quality of the lodging and food that is available. We stayed in a rainforest room. The room itself was clean and the bed comfortable, however the furnishings are very dated and certainly not luxury as advertised. The bathroom in particular left a lot to be desired. It was an open bathroom with a shower that was completely open (no walls, no glass, no bathtub), just a flimsy curtain that you pulled around you, with the water draining into the floor that communicated with the rest of the bathroom. The shower water temperature would fluctuate from warm to very hot. Ordinarily I wouldn’t mind this if I knew this was what I was paying for. But at $500+ per person, per night, the furnishings don’t fit the cost. I would expect more luxury to be frank. Breakfast and dinner are included, but lunch is not (and costs $35 per person for a takeaway picnic), and alcohol and other beverages are also not included. The quality of the food was just ok. Portions were on the small side, and the flavour was minimal. The clientele is an older crowd, so if you are younger, bear this in mind. The activities that were included were fun, but again, not worth the high price tag. The other activities that cost extra also appeared extraordinarily overpriced! $180 per person to walk down to a beach to view penguins seemed excessive. We took the free walk down to nearby Monroe beach and saw a few penguins on our own, for free. The hosts were very nice and clearly care about their property and put a lot into making it eco friendly, which is fantastic, however the host also tended to make jibs against us (we are Canadian). Making a joke once at someone’s expense I can understand, but he did this several times which we found odd. Had the price been $500 per night, rather than per person, and actually “all inclusive”, it would be more reasonable and in line with what you are actually getting.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Responded 1 Dec 2023
Kia ora Sarahkilbertus2018, Thanks for sharing a review with the TripAdvisor community. We pleased you enjoyed the setting and the nature- friendly elements of your stay. We are sorry that overall your experience didn't match expectations. We pride ourselves on offering a comprehensive experience involving great accommodation, food and nature discovery so it's disappointing to have fallen short on this occasion.Apologies if our humour missed the mark - we love hosting Canadians (and all nationalities)! We would point out that our guided penguin discovery trips are a highlight for many guests. The experience includes expert guides, comprehensive interpretation and the chance to visit unadvertised locations with up close viewing. Our pricing also incorporates access fees and a contribution to penguin conservation work. Those who choose to participate really value them. Kind wishes, Anne Saunders & Gerry McSweeney Owner-Managers
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Rosanne B wrote a review Oct 2023
Brisbane, Australia4 contributions
I have been to the Wilderness Lodge before and it always exceeds my expectations. This time I was part of a small group doing a photography workshop with New Zealand Photography Workshops. The hosts, Anne and Gerry, go out of their way to ensure that your stay is both memorable, in terms of location, comfort and delicious food, and also, educative about the location and its flora and fauna. The highlight for me is the guided Tawaki penguin tour. Watching these beautiful animals in their natural habitat is fantastic.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Responded 1 Dec 2023
Kia ora RosanneB844, Thanks for sharing your experience. We love welcoming returning guests and it is a pleasure to share our special corner of Aotearoa/New Zealand. We hope to see you again, Anne Saunders and Gerry McSweeney Owner-Managers
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Which popular attractions are close to Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki?
Nearby attractions include Knights Point Lookout (1.8 km) and Monro Beach (0.08 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Is Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.1 km away from the centre of Lake Moeraki.
Are any cleaning services offered at Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki?
Yes, self serve laundry and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Does Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Does Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.
Is Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.