This was our third stay at Wilderness Lodge, and the first time that we managed to stay for more than one night.
The lodge is sympathetically designed to its surroundings and is to be found nestled in between the trees. As a purpose built eco lodge, the whole building revolves around the fabulous views towards the front. We stayed in the Mountain View rooms, which are comfortable. The rooms are becoming slightly dated, but with views like those, you won't be paying attention to the decor! Having said that, all of the fittings are in good condition and there's everything that you need to enjoy your stay and a few extra touches to make it special (fresh flowers on the coffee table and fruit).
There is a programme of activities, which offers two inclusive activities a day and the option to pay for additional activities. We didn't make the most of these, choosing to explore some of the on property walks instead. Maps of the walks are provided at the Lodge and are well signposted. There are also wellies and drying facilities provided for days when the weather is cooperating!
The dinner was fantastic, as ever, which is quite a feat to accomplish, given how far away from everything the Lodge is. The home reared lamb is always particularly special. Following how much effort had clearly been put into the evening meal, breakfast felt a little disappointing. The food was still acceptable, but nowhere near the high standards set at dinner.
If you're looking a for a place to relax and enjoy nature, Wilderness Lodge is ideal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy stylish accommodation, fine food, and an exciting and diverse programme of guided nature and sheep farming adventures in the heart of the Southern Alps. The lodge sits on a 4000 acre working sheep farm and nature reserve, surrounded by the peaks of Arthur's Pass National Park. Guests can unwind in comfort or choose more active relaxation. Explore private trails or join an expert guide to hike alpine valleys, search for wildlife, and kayak upon mountain lakes. A highlight for guests are the sheep farm discovery trips every second afternoon. Join a farmer guide to watch sheepdogs working, hand feed lambs and learn about sheep shearing and merino wool. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Wilderness Lodge Arthurs Pass Hotel Arthurs Pass