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EvdWRotterdam
Rotterdam

A unique experience and a hidden gem.

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 Apr 2024
This was one of the absolute highlights of our 1 month trip through New Zealand. The place is situated in the middle of a natural reserve and prime forest, all within walking distance. The rooms are comfortable and quiet, and well proportioned. Anne and Gerry are perfect hosts, friendly, knowledgable and passionate. Don't miss doing the guided walk with Gerry, as he is an encyclopedia of knowledge, and full of enthusiasm. We only have one regret, we wished we could have stayed longer.
Date of stay: March 2024
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 11 Apr 2024
Kia ora EvdWRotterdam,

Thanks for your enthusiastic review and for sharing your experience. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your Wilderness Lodge experience.

Kind wishes,

Anne Saunders and Gerry McSweeney
Owner-Managers
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Reviewed 4 April 2024

I loved my stay at the Wilderness Lodge. Upon arrival Anne, the lodge co-owner, gave me a tour of the property, and she and the staff were all extraordinarily pleasant and knew me by name for my entire two night visit. The work that Anne and Gerry have done to protect the rainforest and make it accessible to guests is amazing - I hiked each of the trails multiple times, and Gerry's trail guides made every fern and tree all the more interesting. The two (free) guided walks that Gerry led were highlights of the visit; he is so passionate that I could probably listen to him talk about lichens for an hour. Both the rainforest walk that he led and the glow worm walk were great, and I can't imagine anyone being more enthusiastic about sharing knowledge of this special area.

Aside from the rainforest, the lodge itself is excellent. Despite being off the grid the power, internet, hot water and everything else worked as well as you would find in any city hotel. Dinner each night was a delicious three course meal, and breakfast each morning included cooked options as well as fruit and pastries. The room was quiet, in great condition, and extremely comfortable.

If I'm ever back in New Zealand I will most definitely return to the Wilderness Lodge. It was a great nature destination, the hosts are both inspiring human beings, and the stay has been a highlight of my trip to New Zealand.

Date of stay: April 2024
Trip type: Travelled solo
Thank Ryan H
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Wilderness Lodges of New Zealand, Owner at Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2024

Kia ora Ryanh557,

Thanks for your review. It really gives us a buzz to hear our guests describe their visit as a highlight of their New Zealand travels. We hope you can return some day.

Kind wishes,

Anne Saunders and Gerry McSweeney
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Reviewed 28 February 2024

What a treat! Family of 4 stayed in 2 rooms for 2 nights and enjoyed every minute of it. Several very interesting guided hikes around the property, including a great/informative late-night stroll led by the proprietor (Jerry) to see glow worms, the night sky, etc. Excellent meals, very friendly staff, and very comfortable rooms/facilities. Anne is most helpful in the lodge and coordinated whatever we needed. Highly recommend.

Date of stay: February 2024
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Wilderness Lodges of New Zealand, Owner at Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2024

Kia ora RussKeeper2022,

Thanks for your recommendation and for sharing a review here. It's great to share our special part of New Zealand with guests from around NZ and further afield.

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Anne Saunders and Gerry McSweeney
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Reviewed 24 February 2024

Perfect place on the westcoast of New Zealand. We had the rooms with view of the river, our own terrasse facing the river. Beautiful place. Free washing machines and dryers (very helpful). Cosy living room with large fireplace and lots of books to have a drink and chat. Very very friendly and helpful staff. Ann and Gerry are present and help you. It's all very personel. The tours are great and very interesting.

Room tip: they over a lot ob gear for trecking in rainy weather boot, coats etc.
Date of stay: February 2024
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Wilderness Lodges of New Zealand, Owner at Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2024

Kia ora Christine8046,

Thanks for sharing here on TripAdvisor. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us.

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Anne Saunders and Gerry McSweeney
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Reviewed 14 February 2024 via mobile

Absolutely had a fabulous time, so good we didn’t want to leave. Hosts Gerry, Anne and their team are so welcoming. The natural environment is stunning but what sets this place apart is the additional activities enabling guests to learn about the local fauna, flora and history. The food, accommodation and surroundings are all stunning. A must stay for nature lovers, highly recommended.

Room tip: We loved having dinner with other travellers, every night we sat with other guests in the lounge and dinning room
Date of stay: February 2024
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Happyhensonja
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Wilderness Lodges of New Zealand, Owner at Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2024

Kia ora Happyhensonja,

We are pleased to hear that all the elements of your time with us more than met expectations. Our team work hard to make sure all our guests have a very special Wilderness Lodge experience and we do really appreciate the feedback.

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Anne Saunders and Gerry McSweeney
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Reviewed 6 February 2024 via mobile

If I'm absolutely honest, my experience, of Wilderness Lodge was that it was simply the best experience of my time in New Zealand. At the point you arrive you step into a luxury oasis of peace and tranquility where everything is perfect and you can be as organised or relaxed as you want to be. Rather than wax lyrical about the quality of the food, the comfort of the rooms,vthe surrounding environment I'll just wholeheartedly support the reviews of others and say, go there - I defy you to be disappointed!

Date of stay: February 2024
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Adrian W
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Wilderness Lodges of New Zealand, Owner at Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2024

Kia ora Adrian,

Thanks for sharing your experience with the TripAdvisor community. It is a highlight for us and our team when someone says their time with us was their best New Zealand experience. Thank you and we would be delighted to host you again one day.

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Anne Saunders and Gerry McSweeney
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