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Reviewed 29 October 2023

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.

Date of stay: September 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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Thank Rosanne B
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Management response:Responded 2 December 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
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Reviewed 27 October 2023 via mobile

Returning after 40 years when I came here as a young child from the moment we stepped into the
Lodge we were surrounded by forests and birdsong - beautiful place and beautiful hosts who are so welcoming and passionate about their piece of paradise and conservation.
Staying for 4 days/three nights you could not ask for more - cosy warm rooms with wonderful views , delish meals, so many sights to take in ,. We took every opportunity to go on the daily tours with Gerry and learn so much gaining a much wider appreciation of nature in an untouched part of New Zealand . Sitting on the beach watching endangered clumsy and delightful Fiordland crested penguins was simply a once in a lifetime experience - - a labour of love for Gerry and Anne .
Beautiful walks around the lodge and kayaking on the lake . waking up to birdsong and Moorpark at night .loved meeting the other guest and the conversations over dinner

Room tip: Spray bug spray each day - Bigs won’t be an issue if you are consistent with the spray!
Date of stay: October 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Jacinta W
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Management response:Responded 2 December 2023

Kia ora Jacinta W,

Thanks for your review. Returning after 40 years must be a record we think! We are really please you enjoyed your Wilderness Lodge experience.

Hope to see you again some time!

Kind wishes,

Anne Saunders & Gerry McSweeney
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Reviewed 16 October 2023

We stayed at the Wilderness Lodge during the first week of the 2023-2024 season and enjoyed learning so much about this part of the West Coast from Gerry and Anne. The accommodations were especially relaxing, it was our favorite accommodation on our three-week trip. We took took advantage of all of the opportunities to get outdoors - we kayaked Lake Moeraki and hiked the trails on the property as well as others nearby. The meals were particularly delicious after a week of pub food along the West Coast.

A highlight was seeing twelve Fiordland Crested Penguins with Gerry! This is a truly special place in New Zealand and we were so glad to have learned about it.

Date of stay: September 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Will S
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Management response:Responded 2 December 2023

Kia ora 518wills,

Thanks for sharing your review, we really appreciate it. We feel honoured to be the highlight of your three weeks in NZ!

Kind wishes,

Anne Saunders & Gerry McSweeney
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Reviewed 8 October 2023

This is an experience you will never be able to have elsewhere. Anne and Gerry are the consumate hosts with friendly helpful and caring staff who cannot do enough for you. Their unique approach to wildlife conservation in combination with providing lifetime experiences for all their guests no matter what age or ability is far beyond any thing I have ever experienced and should be a model for operators everywhere. I went for penguins - and came away with the most authentic incomparable experience of all NZ flora and fauna possible. And when this is combined with superb accommodation food and wine - I run out of superlatives. Long may they continue this wonderful tradition. If the thought of Fiordland Crested Penguins, or any penguin has ever crossed your cerebral cortex, don't wait any longer - just book.

Room tip: Watch out for sandflies - take insect repellant. You'll do just fine.
Date of stay: October 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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Thank Neisha W
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Reviewed 17 September 2023

We went for the penguin experience (& we weren’t disappointed!) but there is so much more to this place. The setting is beautiful, the lounge area very comfortable, the food delicious & plentiful, the bar is always open!
We had a beautiful river view room which was perfect too.
We came away rested & with a new wealth of knowledge about the local flora & fauna.

Room tip: Take good shoes for track walking & a rain coat. Do take advantage of the complimentary daily talk or guided walk.
Date of stay: September 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Vicki M
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