Join naturalist and sheep farmer guides to explore the heart of the Southern Alps. Discover alpine valleys and mountain lakes, search for rare wildlife and experience life on a working sheep farm. The Wilderness Lodge's exciting programme of guided adventure offers something for everyone.
Two complimentary guided nature or farm activities are included in the tariff each day. These are educational, fun and generally of around 1.5 hours duration. They are not too physically demanding. Every second afternoon we offer our famous 'Sheep Farm Discovery' trip.
Some of Our Complimentary Activities
High Country Sheep Farm Discovery
Let a real sheep farmer introduce you to life on the farm. Watch sheepdogs work, handfeed tame sheep and learn about shearing and merino wool.
McKay Moa Forest Adventure
A relaxed walk to explore the Wilderness Lodge reserves. Learn about bizarre 'moa shrubs' and enjoy panoramic mountain views. We may take our border collie sheepdogs and show you sheep herding.
Birds & Special Plants of the Beech Forest
Explore the mossy beech forest surrounding the lodge. Search for orchids, watch birdlife and see manuka (tea tree) recolonise the grasslands.
Stars of the Southern Sky
Join a guide to learn the stars of the southern sky. Spot constellations, satellites and planets. The clean air and lack of light pollution here makes for brilliant clear skies.
Our longer guided wilderness adventures are a great way to explore further afield with a small group and skilled guide. These are timed to fit with weather and don't need to be booked in advance of your arrival. Duration is generally 3-6 hours and prices range from NZ140 - NZ$200 per person.
Some of Our Half and Full Day Trips
Upper Otira Glacier Adventure
A superb challenging summer hike. Climb high into a glacial basin and enjoy mountain panoramas, alpine flowers, cascades culminating in a mountain picnic below Mt Rolleston.
Limestone Castles & Easy Kayaking
A relaxed guided tour/walk to a landscape made famous by the Narnia film 'The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe'. Paddle a gentle mountain lake and enjoy lunch amongst natural limestone castles.
Southern Alps Mountain Hike
Traverse beech forest to open mountain tops high above the Waimakariri River. Learn about alpine plants and enjoy lunch at a historic hut which once sheltered shepherds when this area was part of the Wilderness Lodge farm (now Arthur's Pass National Park).
Wonderful Waterfalls of Arthur's Pass
A special trip for waterfall and photography enthusiasts. Visit waterfalls and cascades throughout Arthur's Pass National Park and explore 'bonsai' mountain beech forests. Picnic beside a mountain stream.
You can hire a private guide for an exclusive day of wilderness discovery. The day can be fully customised to your particular interests and fitness level. This is perfect for photographers, botanists and other special interest travellers or those wanting to pack the most into their stay. Exclusive guiding must be booked in advance.
Maximise your Wilderness Lodge experience with a fully customised day of discovery.
The charge for exclusive guiding is NZ$890 per day for 1 or 2 people. This charge covers your personal guide, refreshments, picnic lunches, transport, conservation licence, 15% tax and equipment (kayaks etc). Additional persons are charged at NZ$249pp. A 50% surcharge applies on NZ public holidays.
Hike Arthur's Pass National Park
Alpine vistas, crisp mountain air & friendly company. What more could you ask for?
Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass offers plenty of options for exploring on your own. A network of private walking trails extend through the forests, across the farm and into the mountains. Or you may want to visit the neighbouring National Park. The lodge can provide maps and interpretive trail guides.
Sometimes you just want to do your own thing, in your own time.
“More than a Lodge, a terrific resort.”
My wife and I went with family and friends to celebrate our anniversary. We stayed two nights in Arthur's Pass and another two nights in the sister lodge at Lake Moreaki. We were very impressed with t...
“Great Escape into the Wilderness”
We (family of four) enjoyed the many personal touches that Michael and team displayed during our 2 day stay. Food, room, ambiance, walks in the woods and sheep shearing experiences made the entire sta...
Tom D, Singapore
“Comfort and education in the wilderness”
We stayed only one night, but we had two memorable walks in the wilderness. One was expertly lead by a knowledgeable guide with a real love and passion for the environment and nature. Excellent food i...
PGNM, Bristol, United Kingdom
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Wilderness Lodge Arthur’s Pass is located on Highway 73 between Christchurch and the West Coast. It is less than 2 hours drive from Christchurch and the towns of Greymouth & Hokitika and a comfortable 5.5 hours to Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki. The TranzAlpine train stops in Arthur’s Pass and transfers to/from the lodge are available.
Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki is located on the South Island’s West Coast between the Glaciers and Wanaka/Queenstown. It is a comfortable 5.5 hours drive from Wilderness Lodge Arthur’s Pass and 3.5 hours from Queenstown Airport. We have driving notes available for the journey north or south.