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Arthurs Pass Wilderness Lodge
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Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass is nestled in mountain beech forest, midway between Greymouth and Christchurch. ...

Discover wild nature in our spectacular mountain setting and experience life on our 2,400 hectare nature reserve and high country merino sheep station. Walk from your room into a natural paradise of beech forest, tussock clearings, moss-lined streams and lakes.

The highlight of the Lodge is a daily programme of nature discovery activities.

On arrival we give you a copy of our current activities programme, maps and information on our walk network, forest and tussock nature trails. Forget your car for a couple of days and settle in and explore.

Our naturalist guides will help you learn about high country life and explore nature in this special place the first Maori visitors called "Te Ko Awa a Aniwaniwa - Valley of the Mother of the Rainbows.".

You can also explore further afield in Arthur's Pass National Park, Craigieburn Forest Park and Torlesse Conservation Park. Join a canoe trip in our safe, stable canoes on lovely Lake Pearson or Lake Sarah to look for Crested Grebe, Scaup, Paradise Ducks and other wetland birds.

Food and Wine
The mountains of Arthur's Pass National Park provide a magnificent backdrop to the superb food and wine we offer in our Mt Rolleston restaurant. We offer a "table of the house" menu for our evening meal and this changes every night. Our menu offers 2 choices and a vegetarian option is also available.

Enjoy our own Wilderness Lodge lamb and a selection of the best of New Zealand's fish, meats, fruit and vegetables. Join other guests from around the world for dinner or if you prefer, dine at your own table. If you have special dietary requirements please let us know and our chefs will be more than happy to accommodate these.

Complimentary Nature Activities
Each day the Wilderness Lodge offers two complimentary nature and farm trips...

These short trips provide a wonderful introduction to the ecology, wildlife and sheep farming activities on the Wilderness Lodge property. They are led by knowledgable local guides, last about an hour & a half and are included in the tariff of a Wilderness Lodge stay. These activities vary daily and typically happen in the morning or late afternoon.

The Wilderness Lodge Farm
A stay at Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass is a great opportunity to experience life on a working merino sheep farm...

On our complimentary Farm Discovery Trips you will see sheepdogs in action, hand feed lambs and learn about sheep shearing and merino wool. These trips run every second afternoon so if you stay two nights or more you will be able to join one of these special trips. Discovering the farm with a real farmer as a guide is a highlight for many visitors to the Wilderness Lodge. This is no tourist farm but an real working station home to 3000 sheep. Getting out to explore the Wilderness Lodge farm is very different to the auditorium sheep shows on offer in New Zealand's larger tourist destinations.

The Wilderness Lodge Farm was first settled in 1860 by the Goldney brothers and named Cora Lynn after a locality in the Dumfries district in their native Scotland. Originally 13,000 hectares (33,000 acres), much of the high mountain areas became part of neighbouring Arthur's Pass National Park and today it encompasses 2,400 hectares (6,000 acres) of the Upper Waimakariri Basin. The farm was once owned by New Zealand author David McLeod who wrote a delightful series of books chronicling early sheep farming life in Arthur's Pass. On returning from a farm visit you can settle into the Wilderness Lodge library with one of these books and see what has changed with farming life (and what remains the same).

Our programme of guided trips and a 30km network of walking trails across the property provides guests with a wealth of opportunities for exploring the farm and appreciating the rich cultural traditions of sheep farming in the New Zealand high country. Join a guide or explore on your own and if you see any farm work happening ask if you might lend a hand. Willing helpers are much appreciated.


Arthurs Pass Wilderness Lodge has 20 Mountain View Rooms and 4 Alpine Lodges

Mountain View Rooms

  • Our Mountain View Rooms have magnificent views out over the Waimakariri River Valley and Southern Alps.
  • Open the full length feature doors to take in the views across the Waimakariri River to the Arthur's Pass National Park.
  • Suitable for a couple or 2 adults with one child under 12 years sharing
  • Each room has its own bathroom and tea and coffee making facilities.
  • Rooms with an interconnecting door are available for families.

Luxurious Alpine Lodges

  • Our magnificent luxurious Alpine Lodges are nestled into sandstone rocks and mountain beech forest and have lovely mountain views.
  • Suitable for a couple or 2 adults only, these rooms are not available for children.
  • Large and stylish with gas fire and spa baths with views.
  • Ideal for those who want to treat themselves for their anniversary, honeymoon or a long stay holiday with us

Complimentary Nature Activities
Each day the Wilderness Lodge offers two complimentary nature and farm trips...

These short trips provide a wonderful introduction to the ecology, wildlife and sheep farming activities on the Wilderness Lodge property. They are led by knowledgeable local guides, last about an hour & a half and are included in the tariff of a Wilderness Lodge stay. These activities vary daily and typically happen in the morning or late afternoon.

McKay Moa Forest Discovery.
 Visit a biologically diverse part of the Wilderness Lodge farm now protected as a nature reserve. Discover bizarre 'inside out' shrubs that have evolved to resisted browsing by giant moa birds (now extinct). Search the riverbed for a rare animal found nowhere else on earth and take in sweeping views of the Southern Alps.


Special Sheep Farm Discovery.
 Get a taste of life on a real working sheep farm. Watch the border collie sheep dogs round up the sheep, hand feed tame rams, see the different breeds of sheep living on the farm and learn about sheep shearing & merino wool. A great chance to ask questions about farming and real highlight of any visit to the Wilderness Lodge.


Plants and Birds of the Mountain Beech Forest.
 Enter an enchanted world beneath the forest canopy and search for riflemen, brown creepers and other birds. With an ecologist guide discover rare mistletoes supporting many bellbirds and see how the forest 'invades' the surrounding grasslands and find Manuka (NZ tea tree) growing wild along the forest edge.


Stars of the Southern Night Sky.
After dinner in the Mount Rolleston Restaurant, join a lodge guide to wonder at the beauty of the night sky. With no air or light pollution conditions are perfect for star gazing See the Southern Cross, Milky Way, Clouds of Magellan and our planetary neighbours. Look for shooting stars and spot satellites.

Discover an Extensive Network of Walking Trails...
Our walk's network covers 30km (20 miles) across the 6000 acre Wilderness Lodge farm. Enjoy scenic viewpoints, moss-lined trails, evergreen beech forest and tussock grasslands. The trails cater to all abilities and can provide many hours of peaceful walking.

These include:

  • Rainbow Valley Nature Walk - is an easy 1 hour self-guided trail through beech forest and tussock clearings with great views
  • Broad Stream Walk - a 2 hour moderate fitness walk into a lovely beech forested valley with cascades, pools and lovely picnic areas
  • McKay Moa Forest and Wild Boar Hill - an easy 2 hour walk explores wild forest and shrub land filled with rare plants with sweeping views of the valley
  • Waimakariri Valley Walk is a longer (2-3 hour) but flat walk in the open Waimakariri Valley beneath ancient thornforest and alongside wetlands rich in birdlife
  • Mt. Bruce and Harper Saddle are longer (4 hour) harder mountain trips ideal for the fitter walking enthusiast.

Interested in Exploring Further Afield?
As well as exploring on your own and joining our complimentary activities you can also join in our longer guided wilderness adventures. Join a small group and accompany our skilled nature guides on full and half day trips into Arthur's Pass National Park and around the Waimakariri Basin. Alternatively, you may be interested in having your own guide for a specially-tailored day of exclusive guiding. This option may suit special-interest travellers (bird watching, geology, etc) or those keen to make the most of a short stay.

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GPS: -43.027867,171.647387

This accommodation is available as part of on of our Custom Itineraries or holidays, please visit our home page to learn more about how we can help you with your holiday.

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See also Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki

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