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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 High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
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Shuttle bus service
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lhowardpt wrote a review Dec 2014
Henley-on-thames, United Kingdom14 contributions11 helpful votes
Absolutely fabulous place to stay, exceptionally comfortable room, exquisite food, wonderful host and magnificent views of the mountains and lake. Wonderful walking tracks close by and definitely the best quad biking experience I have been on in NZ. Thank you Bill
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Date of stay: November 2014
Response from lakelodge1, General Manager at Lake Rotoroa Lodge
Responded 6 Feb 2015
pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and had a great time 'exploring' the countryside.
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John E wrote a review Nov 2014
Oxford, United Kingdom32 contributions17 helpful votes
Exceptional service. Bill the manager could not have been more helpful or friendly, made our stay amazing with his suggestions of activities and helpfulness in organising everything. the lodge is incredibly comfortable with fantastic views of the lake & mountains. We had the place to ourselves so it was particularly quiet and relaxing, but I think it would be even when much fuller. The food is simply top-class. We enjoyed the lovely walk to the nearby waterfall and an expedition on the hybrid mountain bikes (not in perfect condition, but they worked). The quad bike track is by far the best I've seen anywhere. note that, as with many beautiful places in NZ flies can be an issue when outside, so either cover up or use bug spray. I look forward to a return visit.
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Date of stay: November 2014
Response from lakelodge1, General Manager at Lake Rotoroa Lodge
Responded 25 Nov 2014
we love to read guest comments and when there are 'suggestions' that' we need to improve on something we take notice. The bikes had all been recently serviced locally in a small community hence some 'hybrid' parts on two of them to keep them safely operable. Really pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to welcoming you all back some time.
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PBLII wrote a review Apr 2014
Boston16 contributions9 helpful votes
If you have been fortunate enough to experience the private fishing and hunting lodges founded around the world in late 19th and early 20th centuries, you will know what to expect when you visit the Lake Rotoroa Lodge. If you haven't had this experience, I recommend it enthusiastically. At LRL, you will be treated as a member of a club, not a passing traveler - warm, friendly service, excellent food, unobtrusive attention to your needs and interests. If you like to fish, you have some of the best NZ trout rivers to choose from and excellent guides. If not, Bill and Jenny can arrange almost any other activity you can imagine - I particularly recommend the hiking. The Lodge has been updated recently without losing its charm and "clubby" feel.
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Date of stay: February 2014
Response from lakelodge1, General Manager at Lake Rotoroa Lodge
Responded 1 May 2014
Many thanks-always easy with such nice guests. As I write, further renovations are taking place as we continue to enhance guest comforts. We look forward to next season with a further revamp of facilities.
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Rob B wrote a review Apr 2014
Denver, Colorado2 contributions
Our expectations for LRL were very high and I'm pleased to be able to say that they were exceeded. You might think that with all of it's history dating back to 1920 the lodge might be excused for resting on it's laurels but the way Bill, Jenny and Alasdair treat their guests you'd think that the lodge was making it's very first impression. Everything is well thought out - the rooms, location, service - Bill and Jenny are wonderful hosts, and little touches like laundry facilities, top notch fishing gear and heated floors in the bathrooms leave you wanting for nothing. Alasdair's cooking would be considered exceptional in London, NYC or Paris - which just puts it over the moon for a fishing lodge in New Zealand - every meal - breakfast, lunch and dinner was simply spectacular.
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Date of stay: April 2014
Response from lakelodge1, General Manager at Lake Rotoroa Lodge
Responded 9 Apr 2014
Thank you for the generous comments about your stay with us at LRL. It was a real pleasure having you stay with us and thank you again for choosing Lake Rotoroa Lodge for your New Zealand fly fishing adventure. Bill McDermott General Manager
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RaelynandGregg wrote a review Jan 2014
Motueka, New Zealand23 contributions5 helpful votes
This was our 3rd visit to Lake Rotoroa Lodge and were we impressed (again)! The recent refurbishments are refreshing and Alister (the Chef) cooks a mean Salmon...Bill & Jenny attended to our every need, and some...they are brilliant! The whole place runs like clockwork, and we are already looking forward to visit number 4!
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Date of stay: January 2014
Response from lakelodge1, General Manager at Lake Rotoroa Lodge
Responded 18 Jan 2014
Many thanks for the kind words. It is always a special pleasure welcoming returning guests to LRL. The new refurbishments have been received especially well and we are proud to show them off. We look forward to welcoming you on your next visit. Bill
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New ZealandSouth IslandNelson-Tasman RegionMurchison
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