We have been to NZ four times in the last three years, but unfortunately did not stay at Lake Rotoroa Lodge until our third trip. We liked it so much we returned only nine months later. If you are going to NZ to fish, tour the wine country, bird watch, or just enjoy the scenery consider adding LRL to your itinerary. LRL is a comfortable old lodge (many dead animal heads on the walls), but the facilities are up to date. Large attractive rooms, unbelievable views. There is a nice bar, and stately dining room. Meals are served at large tables. While the facilities are superb, the real attraction is the Kiwi contingent managing LRL, cooking the meals, and guiding the fishermen. On arrival you will be greeted by either Brent or Sharleen who run the place for a Pennsylvania company. The food is sublime. Dean and Jo, the chefs, are world class. Great Kiwi wine list. The fishing guides are some of the best in NZ, with deserved international reputations. The fishing is on public water, but I have never encountered another fisherman. Some of the guests can be a bore at dinner, but that is not a fault of the lodge. It ain't cheap, but it is worth the price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Along a quiet country lane that winds its way through the Gowan River valley lies Lake Rotoroa Lodge. It is nestled at the northern tip of New Zealand's spectacular Southern Alps.This isolated and unspoiled location is surrounded by the forests of the Nelson Lakes National Park. Lake Rotoroa is considered the jewel in the crown of the park: its tranquil waters reflect a magnificent vista of snow-capped mountains and lush native bush.From the lodge's idyllic and romantic lakeside location, guests can gaze along the length of Lake Rotoroa to the towering peaks of the Travers Range, and lapping at the foot of the lodge lawn, the waters of the Gowan River may just cause them to become lost in thoughts of some of the world's finest brown trout fishing that can begin just a few short steps away. Enjoy this stunning view from the lodge's open-fired sitting room, dining room or, indeed, from many of our guest rooms.The Nelson Lakes National Park, with its alpine environment, is just one of three National Parks that surround the city of Nelson (1½ hours away). The Abel Tasman National Park is coastal (offering some of the very finest, golden beaches in the world, together with the internationally renowned Abel Tasman Track) and New Zealand's most recently designated National Park, Kahurangi, is one of the world's great wilderness environments. There are times of the year when it really is possible to swim in the ocean in the morning and ski in the mountains in the afternoon! ... more less
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