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Wilderness Lodge Arthurs Pass
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Reviewed 8 October 2017

What an unexpected thrill our visit was to this highly succesfull blend of Wilderness lodge and busy alpine sheep farm. This combination really enhanced our visit.
Greg was a wonderful host and guide ,taking us around ,he soon realized that we were not intrepid mountaineers and catered our rambles to more sedate trails.
Nicola was a superlative hostess with timely refeshing cuppas by the fireside and ensuring our comfort or showing the extensive wine list.
Stephen excelled in providing the most magnificent fare. We enjoyed the consultations over menues.
The days activities outside were well balanced by the abundance of wonderful produce and fine dining,which we relished in comfortable lounge and dining areas.
Vistas of snow peaks from every window and remnents of snow on trails thrilled us. It was another world.
Down at the farm shearing was in full swing and we were delighted to witness this age old method with hand shears.
It could have been strange being the only guests at the time but it gave us an incredible freedom to enjoy all the lodge had to offer.
A huge thank you to Nicola,Greg and Stephen at the lodge and Leonie at the farm .
Arriving from the Tranz Alpine then heading on to the west coast back on the train this stop was a definite highlight of our whole trip.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Tawaki, Owner at Wilderness Lodge Arthurs Pass, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Dear Robert and Susan,

Your review captures all the best reasons for visiting the Wilderness Lodge during the shoulder season. Great that you enjoyed the food, the farm and the special experience of having the lodge to yourselves!

Kind Wishes,

Anne Saunders and Gerry McSweeney
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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Going to Arthur's Pass Wilderness Lodge was the best decision! The rooms have the best view to the mountains, the staff is friendly and professional and the food is amazing! This is a high class level place and the prices worth the experience! The best: the sheep tour and the rainbow track! Highly recommended!

Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Tawaki, Owner at Wilderness Lodge Arthurs Pass, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Dear Pablo,

Great to hear you enjoyed your stay with our team and that you appreciated the location, the walking trails, the food and the sheep farm.

Kind Wishes,

Anne Saunders and Dr Gerry McSweeney
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Reviewed 26 September 2017

Great location,amazing walking trails (especially after it has been snowing),wonderful food,warm comfortable rooms with great views over the flats to the snow capped mountains.
Greg,Nicola and Steven made sure our stay was memorable.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Tawaki, Owner at Wilderness Lodge Arthurs Pass, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2017

Dear Melissa,

We really appreciate you sharing your review. Great that you enjoyed your time with Nicola, Greg and Steven, and that you were able to get out exploring after the snow.

Kind wishes,

Anne Saunders and Gerry McSweeney
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Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

A beautiful lodge in a wonderful location staffed by absolutely great people who all went out of their way to assure we had a first rate experience--despite constant freezing rain. Those thoughtfully provided wellies and yellow slicker
not just to enhance the decor. Neither are the roaring wood stoves.

Very comfortable accomodations and by far the best chef imaginable. Everything he prepared, from breads to soups to desserts to a perfect rack of lamb, were world class. Steven would be the toast of the town in any great city anywhere in the world.

We came up by TranzAlpine and we're met by Greg who made it his business to look after us during our entire stay, to include giving us a brief driving tour at the end of our stay, showing us the little village chapel, the national park exhibit center with its American-style stage coach, and staying faithfully by our sides until the TranzAlpine back to Christchurch came roaring out of the tunnel and we were safely back on board.

Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank DC196
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Tawaki, Owner at Wilderness Lodge Arthurs Pass, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2017

Dear DC196,

Thanks so much for sharing your experience - we couldn't ask for a better review to start the 2017/18 season! Great to hear how much you enjoyed your time and we're glad the inclement weather didn't dampen your spirits.

Kind Wishes,

Anne Saunders and Dr Gerry McSweeney
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Reviewed 13 May 2017

We found this to be a lovely place. The lodge was modern and well maintained. It fits into the forest very well. The food was delicious. The hosts were very helpful. Greg is quite the naturalist and does twice daily free nature walks. There are numerous hikes in the area (from easy to hard). You can also get to the park via the alpine railway that runs between Christchurch and Greymouth (the lodge will pick you up from the rail station).

Room Tip: There are four apartment style rooms separate from the main lodge with private balconies.
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  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Terry P
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Tawaki, Owner at Wilderness Lodge Arthurs Pass, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2017

Dear Terry,

Thanks for your review. We appreciate hearing that you enjoyed the Lodge's setting, the food and the guided activities.

Kind Wishes,

Anne Saunders and Dr Gerry McSweeney
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Additional Information about Wilderness Lodge Arthurs Pass

Address: Cora Lynn Road | 16km east of Arthurs Pass Village, Arthur's Pass National Park, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Arthur's Pass National Park
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Arthur's Pass National Park
Price Range: €296 - €385 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Wilderness Lodge Arthurs Pass 4.5*
Number of rooms: 24
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 
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