Stayed for four nights with my wife and three year old. Mt.Nicholas Lodge is a small three room homestead set in 100,000 acres of a sheep and cattle ranch. To give you an idea, the place is simply massive and is comprises a lake within its property, a couple of montain ranges,genrates its own electricity, farms its own organic vegetables and the air is crisp . You can drive some 80kms and still be withing the property. One of the few places in the world where the photographs look as good as the real thing due to the clean air. Its a working farm and they have some 30,000 head of sheep and cattle. The homestead is managed by Bruce and Adrienne.
I found this place on the internet and it had no reviews on trip advisor and therefore took a chance inspite of the relatively high price (but full board including drinks). The place is accessible mainly by boat. Hence the four stars for location. But that is part of the charm of the place. Spectacular scenery apart, the place is made special by Adrienne , Bruce, their two cats, lucy the goat..... In four days my daughter who is usually wary of stangers was happy to stay with Adrienne while we took a three hour tour of the property. If rest and relaxation and some solitude is what you need, this is the place you have always been looking for. Adrienne and Bruce are the warmest, sweetest people you could meet.
Only caveat is that if you are looking to use this as a base for going around Queenstown, you would be a bit inconvenienced due to the boat trip across the lake (frequency is low) or the long drive to Te Anau.
But if you are looking for some solitude and relaxation, away from the crowd, you can't beat this place. Activities include hunting, kayaking, hiking with not another soul to be seen, fishing etc The setting and scenery is spectacular. The atmosphere s really special given that its a very cosy setting and they typically have one family staying at a time(no guarantees).
They have recently switched from an all inclusive to an ala carte rate which I am not a fan off but thanks Adrienne and Bruce for a lovely vacation.
PS: I am not usually given to gushing reviews and this is the only place I have ever give a five star rating so you know its special
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A genuine homestead accommodation experience at the heart of a New Zealand High Country Station on the shores of Lake Wakatipu Queenstown. Whether you're looking for a secluded private destination in which to relax, or are keen to actively experience the New Zealand outdoors - tramping, hunting or fishing - Mt Nicholas Station and Lodge provide an unparalleled environment and experience. You won't want to leave. ... more less