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.
- 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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