08.07.2010 New Zealand, South Island

Established on the principle that tourism need not conflict with ecological responsibility or damage a region’s natural resources, the Wilderness Lodge at Lake Moeraki is an outstanding example of a destination that combines luxurious, adventurous travel with environmental responsibility to create an amazing, unforgettable New Zealand vacation package.

The facilities are comfortably appointed for guests of the lodge. There are two sets of rooms, the Rainforest and Riverview rooms. Rainforest rooms are set up for travelers on a budget or for small families, capable of serving two adults and one child up to 12 years of age. Each Rainforest room has a full bathroom, as well as fresh fruit delivered daily along with tea and coffee making facilities. Riverfront rooms are the higher-luxury option, with decks overlooking the Moeraki river rapids. They also include their own spa baths, along with separate shower units.

The menu fare at the lodge is as outstanding as the living accommodations, of course. Delicacies such as red wine mushroom soup, old dark beer ice cream with pecan pie and a delicious venison dish are available, as are special vegetarian creations per request. The lodge also has an exceptional wine list, as well as a variety of teas and coffees sure to match the palette of any connoisseur.

Of course, there are reasons to vacation beyond the immediate place one is staying. The lodge has a number of activities available for the adventurous. First are a number of nature walks, including the Lodge Signature Penguin and Seals tramping adventure, which includes views of the aforementioned creatures along with wine and refreshments on the beach following some boulder climbing. There is also the option to take an invigorating canoe trip down the Moeraki River, with one course for those who want a comfortable and leisurely afternoon and another for experienced boaters who demand a good, vigorous ride.

So whether you’re looking for a peaceful and quiet getaway amid beautiful, responsibly-tended surroundings or a clothes-soaked river-riding getaway, the Wilderness Lodge Moeraki is sure to deliver on your expectations.


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