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Lake Rotoroa Lodge

Gowan Valley Road, RD 3, Murchison 7077 New Zealand
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#5 of 5 hotels in Murchison
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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Free breakfast
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Non-smoking hotel
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Deanna P wrote a review Oct 2013
Mackay, Australia5 contributions
Three nights at the lodge was a surprise birthday present for my husband. On arrival the scenery was spectacular, nestled by the lake and river with breathtaking views of the snow capped mountains. We were the first guests of the season and we enjoyed the first stage of a total refurb. The eclectic mix of old and new was warm, inviting and set the mood for our stay. Bill and Jenny were the perfect hosts, nothing was too hard. The food and service was fantastic thanks to chef Wayne and Debbie. Fishing guide Richard was the best! My husband landed two spectacular brown trout 5.7lb and 4lb.
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Date of stay: October 2013
Response from lakelodge1, General Manager at Lake Rotoroa Lodge
Responded 8 Oct 2013
Thank you for the kind comments on the lodge and our new refurbishments. Stage 1 has added a completely new feeling of comfort and luxury to the lodge. The addition of the separate media room will be well received as a space for catching up on world news, watching movies or simply to relax and read a book. We also added under floor insulation for increased comfort. Stage 2 will begin at the conclusion of this season and will feature a conservatory on the second level, a screened front porch and a stonework fire place. The lodge will also undergo a complete repaint. We will put up photos once all the work is completed. Bill
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pattyt268 wrote a review Apr 2013
glenwood springs3 contributions
I recently accompanied my husband and son on a grand fly-fishing trip to Lake Rotoroa Lodge. It was a trip of a lifetime. The historic ambiance of the lodge was a nostalgic step back in time but with a luxurious touch. Bill and his wife Jenny and their staff were spectacular hosts and made us feel very welcome. Allistar, the chef, presented amazing meals. Our fishing guide, Richard, was fun-hearted, very talented and such a gentleman. The 4.5 to 6.5 lb. trout the boys caught were out of this world, as was the spectacular scenery along the way. Our rooms were beautifully appointed with stunning views of the lake. Sitting by a roaring fire with cocktails before dinner was the icing on the cake. We cherish our memories of our 4 fantastic days at the lodge and look forward
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Date of stay: March 2013
Response from lakelodge1, Manager at Lake Rotoroa Lodge
Responded 14 Aug 2013
Many thanks for the kind review about the Lodge and our wonderful team. We do our very best to ensure everyone gets to enjoy a special place in a special part of New Zealand.
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Tom E wrote a review Feb 2013
Oxted46 contributions22 helpful votes
To get to the Lodge you have to drive 5 miles from the main road - surely it can't be here, and then you arrive and take five minutes to take in the view - it is simply beautiful. The welcome was warm and friendly, the rooms gorgeous (get a front one if you can). Only one of us fished - excellent apparently - and we spent the day around the lake and touring the farm, though there is very much more one could do. The food was excellent and the wine cellar literally that - you went in to make your choice, a very special way to enjoy making the choice! Bill McDermott and his staff went every possible extra mile to ensure we enjoyed our stay and thanks to them for an experience that will stay with us for a long time.
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Date of stay: October 2012
Response from lakelodge1, Manager at Lake Rotoroa Lodge
Responded 14 Aug 2013
Pleased we could make your stay with us a memorable experience. There are mountain lakes and there are mountain lakes but like many of our guests, we think the vista from Lake Rotoroa Lodge is simply magic.
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Andy M wrote a review Feb 2013
Sydney1 contribution
We stayed at the lodge for several nights, and were swept off our feet by the staff's warm nature and service-plus hospitality. The lodge very much in theme (hunting/fishing lodge), but with a high-end, luxurious touch. The chef Alistair is a wizard - cannot speak highly enough of his cooking - we stayed 5 nights & he presented a terrific variety of delicious 3 course dinners & hearty breakfasts (try his breakfast omelette!). The manager Bill, his wife Jenny, and the staff ran a very professional lodge - always friendly and professional, and couldn't do enough to make our stay more pleasant. Finally, if there to fish, the lodge's fishing guides (Richard & Hans) are great company and a wealth of knowledge on fly fishing & local rivers (my casting improved 100%!). Can highly
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Date of stay: February 2013
Response from lakelodge1, General Manager at Lake Rotoroa Lodge
Responded 1 May 2014
Thanks very much guys-it was great fun having you all here and we look forward to doing it again some time.
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Karen S wrote a review Feb 2013
Murchison, New Zealand3 contributions
The welcome we received at Lake Rotoroa was amazing. The lodge is set in the most stunning of locations and Bill and his staff cannot do enough to make your stay memorable. Our room was so comfortable with stunning views over the lake. My husband spent the time fly fishing with one of the guides and said it was a unique experience and one of the best. Bill organised for the rest of our party of 4 to go Quad biking around the farm which was great fun. There are also wonderful walks around the lake and a water taxi to help you to explore. I had the most wonderful time with my camera. The chef at The Lodge provides the most delicious dinners each evening together with packed lunches. It was an unforgettable stay and all 4 of us loved every minute of it. Karen S
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Date of stay: January 2013
New ZealandSouth IslandNelson-Tasman RegionMurchison
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