Conservation & Environment


Protecting Wild New Zealand

The Wilderness Lodges have been at the forefront of nature conservation since they were established by committed conservationists Anne Saunders and Dr Gerry McSweeney over 25 years ago. Prior to starting the Wilderness Lodges Gerry was the conservation director of Forest & Bird, New Zealand's largest environmental group. He continues his involvement in conservation as a Forest & Bird Conservation Ambassador, as member of the New Zealand Conservation Authority and as a member of the Nature Heritage Fund since it inception in 1990.

The first Wilderness Lodge at Lake Moeraki was set up to demonstrate that nature tourism could be an alternative to rainforest logging. By fostering eco-tourism & encouraging people to visit the West Coast it was possible to support communities that had traditionally relied upon destructive industries like logging. This concept was expanded with Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass to include sustainable farming. Both Wilderness Lodges have been recognised with 'Enviro-Gold' awards by hospitality ratings provider Qualmark.

Below is an outline of some environmental practices at 2 Wilderness Lodges. If you would like more information please contact us .

Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki

Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki shows it is possible to both protect nature and run a sustainable business

 Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki is intimately involved in penguin conservation.  

Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki is intimately involved in penguin conservation.
 


Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass

The Wilderness Lodge property is a haven for rare wildlife and an example of careful farming and land management.

 Participate in conservation projects run by the Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass

Participate in conservation projects run by the Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass


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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.

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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.

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