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“remote and relaxing” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki

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Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lake Moeraki
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NJ
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85 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“remote and relaxing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

Terrific location. Knowledgeable and welcoming hosts. Rooms are more motel than lodge-like, but comfortable. Good breakfasts and dinner. Be sure to go on the morning and night walks with Gerry McSweeney, the owner, to see the birds, learn about the ecology, and observe the glowworms!

Room Tip: River rooms have their own porch and river view. Not sure if the upcharge is justified.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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New Haven, Connecticut
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327 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2014 via mobile



A nice location south of Fox Glacier, by a stream, with good walking trails, kayaks to explore the lake, and morning and evening nature walks with the knowledgeable owner. See glow worms, eat venison, and enjoy well-made breakfasts in laid back surroundings. Free laundry facilities and a drying room are welcome amenities.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bethesda, MD
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111 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2014

Stayed here recently for two nights on a Back Roads cycling trip. The lodge is run by Gerry McSweeney (Ph.D., Ecology) and his wife, (Anne, always cheerful) who are committed to preserving the pristine area around the lodge. We were in relatively new en suite rooms that were spacious and nicely appointed. There is nothing around the lodge, so you have to have dinner there. The food at dinner was sophisticated, fresh and delicious and the breakfasts (a buffet of cold foods and made to order eggs, pancakes, etc.) was also very good.

Gerry is passionate about the environment and offers guided walks, kayaking on Lake Moeraki, and eel feeding. The "difficult" beach walk is really difficult and requires using a rope to walk/climb 400 feet back to the road. This walk features up close views of a fur seal colony and is well-worth the $60 (I think) charge.

No penguins when we were there; apparently they were molting.

Room Tip: We don't really know the value since it was included in the price of our trip.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hertfordshire
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167 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2014

We stayed in a rainforest view room for 3 nights including daily dinner and breakfast. The rooms and bathrooms are excellent. Each meal was beautifully cooked.
Wilderness lodge is located in the heart of the south west New Zealand world heritage area on the shores of Lake Moeraki and by the Moeraki River. It is surrounded by lowland temperate rainforest. The lodge plays an active part in conservation . It generates it's own power through a hydroelectric generator. You can go kayaking, walking in the forest or to the beach. We went with Gerry on a guided nature trip to see the nearby colony of up to 30 pairs of Fiordland crested penguins. Another day we went on a HARD TRIP! It is a challenging walk/climb. It starts with a rainforest walk to the beach. We then walked along the pebble beach to scramble over volcanic boulders. We saw several fur seals at close range before finally clambering up a steep 400' rainforest track. On our last evening we went for a stroll to see numerous glow-worms and giant eels.
What an incredible place to stay. Brilliant memories, lovely place and people.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Leeds
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15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2013

If you like to be in the company of a knowledgeable and friendly naturalist and guide then Gerry is the man. The highlight of our stay was the two of us spending the better part of an afternoon sitting on the beach with Gerrry watching the Fiordland Crested Penguins come down their track to the sea and some come from the sea back in to the forest. Thank goodness for digital cameras.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Sibelius5
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2013

We spent a wonderful day with Gerry kayaking on Lake Moeraki in the morning & visiting giant Rimu trees up to 2000 years old. In the afternoon we did the Lake Moeraki signature walk & were privileged to see fjordland crested up close . Evenings were spent feeding giant eels, glow worm spotting & star gazing.
Gerry is a fabulous guide & story teller and his enthusiasm is contagious.
The rooms are very comfortable, food good & staff v friendly & genuinely interested.
Their website is outdated & the lodge offers so much more than is evident online . This is a New Zealand treasure not to be missed!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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North Carolina
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25 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2013

With Gerry McSweeney as a knowledgeable and caring host and guide, how can you go wrong. He is a NZ treasure and strong advocate of ecologically sound practices and conservation. We took the coast hike with him and though we saw no dolphins were enchanted with his perspectives and obvious love of this beautiful and isolated area of west NZ. The price of lodging is high, but the food is truly superb, the company was great - learned much from others, especially an Australian family - and the room was very comfortable and open to the beautiful river and surroundings. We kayaked into the lake and explored the trails by ourselves, learning about the plants/trees and the interesting history of this region. We highly recommend this place to everyone: educational, relaxing, soothing, challenging physically (if you are up for that), and a great place to return to. One couple from Canada had visited ten years before and were determined to have the experience again, as well as his Arthur Pass location.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki
Address: State Highway 6 | 30 km north of Haast, Lake Moeraki, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7842, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Lake Moeraki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lake Moeraki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki 4.5*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Explore ancient protected rainforest and wild Tasman seacoast from the comfort of the Wilderness Lodge. A paradise for nature lovers in the heart of the 2.7 million hectare South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. ... more   less 
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