Braemar Station Cottages
We headed to the South Island specifically to have a ride on the newly formed Alps to Ocean bike trail in the Mackenzie Country. The word was out that completion of some of the tracks would be by Christmas – wrong. They are getting there slowly but the a few logistical problems which need to be overcome first.
DOC info brochure indicates that the start of the ride is opposite the Hermitage over the Tasman river. The only problem is getting there. The idea is to get a helicopter ride from one side to the other but no one could tell us how much this would cost. We had figures of $150 each, BUT if there were only two of you, this would double. I can tell you for sure, bikers will not enjoy having their wallets emptied at the start of a trip like this, even if you do love helicopter rides.
So, they only alternative is to start the ride on the eastern side of the river so we did our planning around how to achieve this. The best way is to get to the first night’s accommodation, at Braemar Station where there are two cottages and the shearers, quarters to choose from. From there it’s possible to bike up to the start and back on the first day.
We had the Hilltop cottage which was just perfect for our requirements. The cottage was basic but had all you would want in this beautiful part of the country. It was clean, had a great bed and nice outlook onto farmland and the stunning torquoise waters of Lake Pukaki. This accommodation is great value for money and if you want a little piece and quiet in fabulous surroundings, this surely is the place to go. We couldnt speak highly enough of owner/ host Julia McKenzie. She was such a delightful person to deal with, super friendly and no request appeared to be too much trouble for her.
Julia operates a very smoothly run business and we can highly recommend a stay at the station.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Braemar Station is a working High Country Station located on the eastern side of Lake Pukaki at the foot of Mt Cook (New Zealand's highest mountain). We have 3 self contained houses available for short term stays. All have stunning views of the surrounding mountains and Mt Cook. We are located 30 minutes drive from Lake Tekapo township. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Braemar Station Hotel Lake Tekapo