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Lake Rotoroa Lodge

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Gowan Valley Road, RD 3, Murchison 7077 New Zealand
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Along a quiet country lane that winds its way through the Gowan River valley lies Lake Rotoroa Lodge. It is nestled at the northern tip of New Zealand's spectacular Southern Alps.This isolated and unspoiled location is surrounded by the forests of the Nelson Lakes National Park. Lake Rotoroa is considered the jewel in the crown of the park: its tranquil waters reflect a magnificent vista of snow-capped mountains and lush native bush.From the lodge's idyllic and romantic lakeside location, guests can gaze along the length of Lake Rotoroa to the towering peaks of the Travers Range, and lapping at the foot of the lodge lawn, the waters of the Gowan River may just cause them to become lost in thoughts of some of the world's finest brown trout fishing that can begin just a few short steps away. Enjoy this stunning view from the lodge's open-fired sitting room, dining room or, indeed, from many of our guest rooms.The Nelson Lakes National Park, with its alpine environment, is just one of three National Parks that surround the city of Nelson (1½ hours away). The Abel Tasman National Park is coastal (offering some of the very finest, golden beaches in the world, together with the internationally renowned Abel Tasman Track) and New Zealand's most recently designated National Park, Kahurangi, is one of the world's great wilderness environments. There are times of the year when it really is possible to swim in the ocean in the morning and ski in the mountains in the afternoon!
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Paul D wrote a review Mar 2017
Napier, New Zealand22 contributions20 helpful votes
We are not sure when it closed, but this accommodation is not open any longer. It's a great location, but the sand flies here are the most intense of any place in the region. Don't visit unless you have insect repellant .
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Date of stay: March 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Heather E wrote a review Mar 2016
Alexandria, Virginia4 contributions3 helpful votes
My husband is a fly-fisherman and has stayed at the lodge for the past three years for approx. 4 nights and I have stayed the past two years for 4 nights. We can't say enough positive things about how much we truly love staying there. The staff (Bill and Jeannie) are the best! Bill is extremely knowledgeable about all things and we enjoy our conversations with him immensely. Jeannie is kind and always happy with a warm smile. They both go above and beyond to help with anything and everything you need. Alistair (the chef) is at a Michelin level! And the location is positively stunning and peaceful. We highly recommend it! Thank you Bill, Jeannie and Alistair!
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Date of stay: February 2016
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Room Tip: All of the rooms are unique and lovely
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newmarket18 wrote a review Feb 2016
Greater Sydney, Australia178 contributions127 helpful votes
We had the misfortune to book at this "Lodge " for one night . Cost - Room only basis $630NZD .On arrival mid afternoon, we found a gracious old home situated in a beautiful position overlooking a beautiful lake. A middle aged woman (Housekeeper ) greeted us - no concierge , in fact no other staff , in fact no staff at all as the housekeeper did not stay at the property . Interior of the house is dated , bedroom very average - no TV , no bath , cannot open the windows because of the sandflies/ mosquitos (we were still badly bitten during the night ) and then the news - no dining room , no cook or chef , no room service , no food - nada .In other words if you do not want to drive the 40Km to Murchison - tough - go to bed without dinner - which we did . What did we get for $630 - a bog standard B class hotel room , no service at all , an adequate breakfast (nothing special) and nothing else Why would you stay here ? I have no idea. I thought the days of the great NZ rip off were over (there are so many outstanding resorts of world class quality now in NZ )but clearly this is not the case Avoid this place .
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Date of stay: January 2016
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Room Tip: Avoid. Do not stay here .Read the Review from French travellers - same experience except they got...
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TAHES wrote a review Feb 2016
Stratham, NH277 contributions154 helpful votes
My husband and I stayed at the lodge for 3 nights. My husband is a fly fisherman and he had 2 days of fantastic fly fishing for trout with a guide. Alistair, the chef, could prepare meals at any Michelin star restaurant in the world. The four course meals were well presented and amazing. They were by far the best we have had in New Zealand. The duck risotto, tender lamb medallions, fresh scallops, tenderloin, and more were all cooked to perfection. The desserts would have made any pastry chef proud. Bill promptly answered all of my questions via e-mail before our arrival. Jennie is absolutely the best. She is always happy and ready to assist you in any way she can. She does it all- from serving the meals, to answering guest's questions, to helping the other staff, and to wonderful conversation. The only area for improvement I would suggest is to upgrade the mountain bikes and kayaks for non-fishing guests.
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Date of stay: February 2016
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Michael A wrote a review Feb 2015
37 contributions18 helpful votes
We had a flat battery at the Lake car park nearby and frantically searched for help. I found the manager's house and asked if he had jump leads while he was eating dinner with his wife. He stopped what he was doing, found some jump leads and gave me a lift to the car park and started the car for me. Fixed what felt like a very worrying situation for us as it is in the middle of a national park. Can't thank him enough for his assistance as he went out of his way to help. The lodge is excellent and is in a fantastic location. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: February 2015Trip type: Travelled with friends
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New ZealandSouth IslandNelson-Tasman RegionMurchison
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Frequently Asked Questions about Lake Rotoroa Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Lake Rotoroa Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Kawatiri Historic Railway Walk (5.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Lake Rotoroa Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Lake Rotoroa Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Lake Rotoroa Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Is Lake Rotoroa Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.