My husband and I have been walking the length of New Zealand on the Te Araroa Trail. It was wonderful to walk off the trail after a very long, tiring day and into a warm welcome at this lodge. Our accommodation was perfect in an ensuite unit, and Toni and Dean were both extremely helpful. They even let us use ther laundry. Toni supplied us with a delicious afternoon tea and we appreciated the little touches like a thermos of milk which was provided.
Dinner was home cooking at its very best, delicious and generous and I loved the fact that we were both served the same quantities - no discrimination here!
After a comfortable, quiet night and a great breakfast next day, we felt our batteries were recharged, and we reluctantly left this delightful place. Dean drove us around to the other side of the Rakaia River and we resumed our journey, with a fantastic packed lunch to keep the energy levels up. Every trail walker needs a night or two in luxury, and the package deal for dinner, bed, breakfast and transport was great value, we highly recommend Lake Coleridge Lodge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lake Coleridge Lodge (Canterbury's best kept secret) offers exceptional value for money hospitality in the stunning Rakaia River Valley and Southern Alps. Open all year, visitors can see the area in all its dramatic seasons. Enjoy our sauna, spa and chip & putt golf or many of the popular activities like hiking, mountain biking, horse riding and 4WD adventures. Numerous beautiful alpine lakes offer a picturesque and tranquil environment with world-class salmon and trout fishing. At nearby Terrace Downs Resort there are a range of activities including golf on one of New Zealand’s top courses. In winter, some of the South Island’s finest ski fields are close by including Mt Hutt, Porters and Mt Olympus. Just an hour’s drive from Christchurch International Airport, the Lodge is surrounded by history with a nationally significant Arboretum and New Zealand’s first state-owned hydroelectric power station, both just a short stroll away. Perfect for couples, groups and corporate escapes, discover the Canterbury High Country from our comfortable lodge. ... more less
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