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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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Popeyebird wrote a review Jan 2013
Saint Paul, Minnesota494 contributions141 helpful votes
We spent 3 nights at the lodge and it was sublime. The historic building is lovely but they have all of the modern conveniences that you would need. The view is spectacular and we had it from our oversized room and from our dinning room table . The food is chef driven and ample . Lunches were made for us on the days that we fished and hiked. Richard was our guide and he was wonderful in spotting the fish and helping us land them. Bill and Jenny were the best and our evening chats over sport events were delightful. A whole menu of activities to partake in is available even if you are not fisher people. Go for the ambiance , the food, the wine and to step back into time.
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Date of stay: January 2013
Rowan O wrote a review Dec 2012
Havelock North, New Zealand2 contributions
Bill and Jenny treat their guests as family, very welcoming and extremely accommodating. There is a full range of activities available, it is not just a fishing lodge, although they are well organised to cater for trout fishing, but we also enjoyed the bush walks, the quad bikes and trap shooting. The scenery is fantastic. The lodge has successfully combined history with modern conveniences to provide a facility with atmosphere and ambience. Full marks, worthy of a return visit.
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Date of stay: October 2012
FLYBCA wrote a review Sep 2012
Bozeman, Montana5 contributions
I cannot say enough about Lake Rotoroa. Bill & Jenny and the rest of the staff really do a top notch job ensuring that our stay was what we expected. Food is awesome and overall hospitality cannot be beat!
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Date of stay: March 2012
kashowler wrote a review Sep 2012
auckland4 contributions1 helpful vote
Lovely lodge on one of the most beautiful lakes in NZ. I was there in January 2012. Wonderful Hospitality. The manager and his wife were fantastic. Fantastic trip on the Lake in the lodge boat - highly recommend this. I felt like I was in Switzerland not NZ.
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Date of stay: January 2012
zitdoctor wrote a review Jan 2008
Salt Lake City,Utah2 contributions
This is a fly fishing lodge only. If you cannot fly fish, sight fishing, don't go. The guides are great, the fishing is great, as sight fly fishing results in 3 fish each a day. The fish are all 5 to 7 lbs. Brent and Sharlene are leaving in two months, and the place was bought by Everland, not to be confused with Neverland. The new owners are turning it into a rich mans club. so the average joe won't need to read this. The only drawback is sandflies, which are godawful. The new owners have not retained Brent and Sharlene, and they will regret it. For all you rich folks, bring your DEET. Ed and Ellen
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Date of stay: December 2007
Response from Bill M, Manager at Lake Rotoroa Lodge
Responded 26 Aug 2012
Since 2009 Lake Rotoroa Lodge has been under NZ Ownership and Management and the Everlands Group mentioed in the review has no further involvement. Continuous improvements to all the facilities including many new additions ensure that LRL continues to offer the warmest of welcomes to our many guests. We work hard to maintain the enviable reputation LRL has achieved worldwide. Bill McDermott General Manager
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