Arthur’s Pass Wilderness Lodge has long been a client favorite, and on my most recent trip to New Zealand, I finally was able to experience for myself. And it didn’t disappoint! Located near the beautiful Arthur’s Pass National Park, the lodge provides a quintessential Kiwi farm experience, within the stunning backdrop of New Zealand’s Southern Alps . And there is no shortage of activities – Birders, nature lovers, farm enthusiasts, and avid hikers will all fall in love with this locale.
Top things to do:
Visit the Sheep Farm. This is a must do! A true Kiwi sheep farmer will teach out all about sheep shearing and the wool trade. If you are lucky, you can hand feed sheep and see the sheep dogs work!
Guided Nature Walks. These depart twice a day, are complimentary, and showcase the stunning nature reserve around the lodge.
Walking Trails. There are over 25 kilometers of private trails just on the property itself. Or visit the neighboring National Park for some more challenging options. These can be done on your own, but for a more in depth experience, I would recommend booking a private guide.
Eat and Socialize. One of the best parts of the day is cocktail hour. It is a great time to mingle with other guests to chat through your adventures of the day. And then it’s on to an incredible dinner of local kiwi produce.
I can’t recommend this lodge enough. Michael and Hannah, the managers, really make you feel at home and add that special Kiwi touch. I would recommend a minimum 2 night stay, but you could easily stay longer.
Insider Tip. Splurge and stay in one of the 4 Alpine View Lodge room. Lots of extra space for lounging during your down time, and beautiful views out to the native bush.
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