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Arthur's Pass Activities


Guided Nature and Sheep Farm Adventures

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.

These exciting guided nature adventures offer something for everyone.

  • kayak tranquil mountain lakes

    kayak tranquil mountain lakes

  • get 'hands on' on a real working sheep

    get 'hands on' on a real working sheep

  • hike mountain trails

    hike mountain trails

  • join expert naturalist guides

    join expert naturalist guides

  • learn about merino wool from a sheep farmer guide

    learn about merino wool from a sheep farmer guide

  • assist with practical conservation projects

    assist with practical conservation projects

  • immerse yourself in the natural world

    immerse yourself in the natural world

  • discover Southern Alps plants and animals

    discover Southern Alps plants and animals

  • explore the path less travelled

    explore the path less travelled

  • feed orphan lambs on the farm

    feed orphan lambs on the farm


Experience Wilderness Your Way...

COMPLIMENTARY GUIDED ACTIVITIES

Included in the daily tariff, twice daily activities offer a fascinating introduction to natural history & farming life.

HALF & FULL DAY GUIDED TRIPS

These are offered at an extra charge and are great for exploring further afield.

EXCLUSIVE GUIDING

Hire your own guide for a day of fully customised discovery.

SELF GUIDED DISCOVERY

Hike 25km of private walking trails, explore the farm & National Park.

Join expert guides to discover the spectacular Wilderness Lodge property & explore neighbouring Arthur's Pass National Park.

Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass provides the perfect base for exploring the Southern Alps

Complimentary Guided Activities

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 tour.

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. A great trip for learning about the Wilderness Lodge conservation projects.
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.

Hike the spectacular 6000 acre Wilderness Lodge sheep farm in New Zealand

Guided Walk on the Wilderness Lodge Property


Half & Full Day Guided Trips

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 conditions and may be booked on your arrival. Duration is generally 3-6 hours and prices range from NZ$140 - $250 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.


Exclusive Guiding

Hire a private guide for a day of exclusive wilderness discovery. This can be fully customised to your particular interests and fitness level. It 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$990 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$279pp. A 50% surcharge applies on NZ public holidays.

As well as accommodation, Wilderness Lodge offers an exciting guided activities programme, including tramping and hiking

Hike Arthur's Pass National Park

Crisp mountain air and alpine scenery, good for the soul and the appetite.


Self Guided Discovery

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.
Wilderness Lodge guided trip to explore Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti, New Zealand


  • “Super Place!”


    It would be impossible to find a more attentive and dedicated staff. The entire lodge was fantastic. The restaurant and food were above first class. The hiking was fantastic, as were the guided trips. Our favorite was the sheep dog and shearing demo!


    RJ DRIVER, MILTON, PA
  • “Paradise.”


    Great location, amazing walking trails,wonderful food, warm comfortable rooms with great views over the flats to the snow capped mountains. Greg, Nicola and Steven made sure our stay was memorable.


    MELISSA J, THE NETHERLANDS
  • “The New Zealand you imagined.”


    If you are looking for nature experiences where you can hike without seeing another person, excellent food, and a comfortable place to sleep, then the Wilderness Lodge is for you. This was our favorite place in all of NZ.


    CHRISTOPHER T, EUSTIS, FLORIDA

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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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