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“Quiet beauty spot”
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Lake Paringa Lodge
Reviewed 13 February 2012

My sister and I stayed at Lake Paringa Lodge for one night on a road trip from Queenstown up the West Coast, as we had decided that we could manage to aim beyond Haast, but didn't want to arrive in Fox Glacier late in the day, so this seemed to be the ideal half-way point between Haast and Fox. I booked online the day before, and communications from the owners were very prompt and helpful, advising us to make sure we brought all our own food as there were no local shops or eateries. In hindsight, it would have been best to buy a cool-bag and stock up in Queenstown before we left, as the little grocery store at Haast had no fresh fruit or meat, and we ended up visiting the service station at Haast Junction and the little store at Haast Beach before we rounded up all the ingredients for our evening meal.

The lodge was just off the road at Lake Paringa, and was set on the edge of the lake. The cabins themselves were basic, but they were very clean and comfortable and had all the essentials. The location was wonderfully quiet and in the morning the lake looked spectacular in the rising fog.

We found the owners very helpful - the boss came and lit the barbecue for us when we couldn't figure it out - and happy to give touring advice. We had a "semi self-catering" cabin, so we used the communal kitchen. It was big and well-equipped, and there was an adjoining lounge with a TV if we'd felt the need to watch it.

This is a budget option, not a resort, but offers good value and clean, comfortable lodgings that would ideally suit families and keen fisherman. We got to Fox Glacier in about an hour, so for us, it was the perfect spot to spend the night.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 January 2012

We stayed for 3 nights and it was everything we wanted. We had 2 adjoining units with 2 doubles and a single bed in each between 2 adults and 3 kids. 1 kitchen and 2 bathrooms were more than enough. The units were clean, tidy and simple. The grounds are nicely kept and the backdrop of the lake is beautiful, even stunning at times. For a base in South Westland it is hard to go past this place for relaxing simplicity. The owner, Ken, was very accommodating and friendly and added to our enjoyment.

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Reviewed 10 March 2011

What a beautiful location to recharge the batteries and partake in some fly fishing !
This Lodge ain't the Hilton, but what it lacks in creature comforts it more than makes up for in good old fashioned charm and serenity.
Very clean, very tidy, the units are very roomy and the beds comfortable...and oh so quiet !
Set right on the edge of gorgeous Lake Paringa it's gotta be an anglers El Dorado !

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Lake Paringa Lodge

Address: State Highway 6, Lake Paringa, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Fox Glacier
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Ranked #3 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Fox Glacier
Number of rooms: 17

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