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The Farm


Stay on a New Zealand Sheep Farm

The Wilderness Lodge offers guests the chance to experience life on a real working sheep farm. The spectacular 6000 acre property is home to 3000 sheep (plus cattle, pigs, chickens and sheepdogs).

In a land of 30 million sheep, no New Zealand holiday is complete without a taste of life on a sheep farm.

Join a complimentary 'Sheep Farm Discovery Trip' to learn about farming life from a real farmer guide. These run every second day and will give you the chance to handfeed sheep, see sheepdogs herding, learn about sheep shearing and merino wool

 Join us to learn about farming life and get up close and personal with some woolly friends

Getting 'hands on' with Wilderness Lodges

Join us to learn about farming life and get up close and personal with some woolly friends

This is a very different experience to the packaged sheep farm demonstrations of the larger tourist destinations. Sheep were first raised here in the 1860's and the property continues to run a breeding programme focused on growing super fine merino wool. This wool supplies fashion labels and sportswear brands like Icebreaker (NZ), John Smedley (UK) and Smartwool (USA). Premium lamb is also produced for export and to supply the Wilderness Lodge Restaurant.

 With 2500 ewes (female sheep) lambing is a busy time on the Wilderness Lodge farm.

Merino Ewes with their Lambs

With 2500 ewes (female sheep) lambing is a busy time on the Wilderness Lodge farm.

The sheep and dogs are very friendly and in spring and early summer there are often orphan lambs to bottle fed. Our farmer guides take great pride in sharing their world with guests and exploring the Wilderness Lodge farm is a highlight for visitors of all ages.

 Shearing with old fashioned hand blades (big scissors) leaves sheep with more wool as protection against mountain weather.

Not a Tourist Gimmick

Shearing with old fashioned hand blades (big scissors) leaves sheep with more wool as protection against mountain weather.

 Orphan lambs like nothing better than meeting guests for a bottle of milk and a cuddle.

Orphan lambs like nothing better than meeting guests for a bottle of milk and a cuddle.


  • “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...


    SBF2, Houston
  • “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.

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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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