In the foothills of the Southern Alps.
Although just an hour and a half drive from Christchurch, the South Island's largest city, the Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass is a world away from the bright lights - the only things lighting the night sky in this remote spot are millions of stars.
The lodge sits above the Waimakariri River valley, letting you enjoy the rugged beauty of the Southern Alps while staying in very comfortable rooms and suites. Join in ecology walks on this 3,000 hectare nature reserve, take part in farm activities like mustering and shearing or do some of the other wilderness activities further afield. Nearby lakes provide opportunities for kayaking, canoeing and fly fishing. There are wild flower walks, bush, glacier and mountain walks, bird-watching, mountain biking and photography trips and the chance to go mountaineering or climbing in the nearby Arthur's Pass National Park. And in winter there is skiing on five local ski fields.
The lodge has been complimented on its philosophy in combining nature protection with sustainable tourism and the tariff includes 1 - 2 hours a day of guided outdoor activities. The Maori name for this place is "Te Ko Awa a Aniwaniwa - Valley of the Mother of the Rainbows." It's easy to see why. The Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass is a sister property to the Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki on the West Coast. Twin lodge itineraries featuring the Lake Moeraki and Arthur's Pass Wilderness Lodges can be arranged, ensuring you get to experience both of these exceptional places.
- there are 4 luxurious Alpine Lodge suites with balconies opening to the forest and mountain views
- each suite has a super-king bed, gas fire and comfortable seating area
private bathrooms have spa baths with views across the valley
- there are also 16 4-star Mountain View rooms and 4 Garden rooms. These have either a king or queen bed and a single bed, all with private bathrooms. They also open to long views across the mountains and the Waimakariri River valley
- the Mountain View and Garden rooms are suitable for families and some have interconnecting doors.
- the more luxurious Alpine Lodge suites are suitable for 2 adults only
The Main Lodge
- the main lodge area is a large space with big log fire and expansive views over the surrounding mountains and national park
- the dining room opens off this area with larger shared tables and several smaller ones for more intimate dining
- there is a good library of nature and conservation books for guest reading
- local cuisine is highlighted with fresh lamb off the farm and other meats, fish and produce sourced as locally as possible
- dinner is a set menu meal with two options, which change daily (vegetarian and other dietary requirements catered for as well)
- transfers are available from Arthur’s Pass Railway Station to the lodge
- Tariff: High Season rates – 1 October to 30 April
- Rates are per night and include breakfast, dinner and 1 – 2 hours guided activities per day
- Alpine Lodge suite – $NZ 1178.00 for 2 people twin share; single $NZ 749.00
- Mountain View room – $NZ 898.00 for 2 people twin share; single $NZ 549.00
- Low Season rate – 1 May to 30 September
- Alpine Lodge suite – $NZ 998.00 for 2 people twin share; single $NZ 599.00
- Mountain View room – $NZ 798.00 for 2 people twin share; single $NZ 499.00
- 2 night minimum stay 20 Dec to Jan 10 and 1 Feb to 1 Mar, subject to availability
- Children (2 – 12 yrs) stay at half adult rate if sharing a room with 2 adults
- Surcharges and minimum stay requirements over main holiday times
- in addition to the 1 – 2 hours of complimentary nature and farm activities each day guests can pick from an extensive range of off-site activities
- these include kayaking and canoeing on nearby Lake Pearson
- bird-watching and plant spotting in the high alpine Mountain Beech forest environment
- explore the dry limestone landscape around Castle Hill and Cave Stream or head to the Craigieburn Forest Park – there’s excellent mountain biking here
walk to the Otira Glacier and Otira Cascades to see a beautiful range of high country native wildflowers
- customised full day trips are available, arranged to suit your personal interests and fitness levels
- fly fish for brown and rainbow trout in nearby rivers. This needs to be pre-booked before your arrival so a guide can be arranged