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Location & Travel Guide

Locations of New Zealand's two Wilderness Lodges

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Travel Times to South Island Destinations

Approx. Travel Time Destination
1-2 hrs Christchurch Airport, Christchurch City, Greymouth, Hokitika
2-3 hrs Punakaiki
3-4 hrs Franz Josef, Tekapo
4-5 hrs Fox Glacier, Kaikoura, Mt Cook
5-6 hrs Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki, Nelson, Abel Tasman, Blenheim

Travelling to/from Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki

It is a comfortable 370km drive (5.5 hours) to Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki. The journey crosses Arthur's Pass before passing historic gold towns and West Coast beaches. It passes Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. You should depart by around 9am to allow a couple of hours for a walk or flight at the Glaciers. The route guides below outline the journey.

Wilderness Lodge Route Guide - Arthur's Pass to Lake Moeraki

Wilderness Lodge Route Guide - Lake Moeraki to Arthur's Pass



Travelling to/from Christchurch

It is less than two hours' easy drive to either central Christchurch or Christchurch International Airport. The route guides below outline the journey.

Wilderness Lodge Route Guide - Christchurch to Arthur's Pass

Wilderness Lodge Route Guide - Arthur's Pass to Christchurch

Stay a few nights at each Wilderness Lodge to experience the full range of the South Island's wild natural places.

What to Bring?

Like everywhere in New Zealand, travellers should be prepared for a wide range of weather conditions. The Lodge is open from September to May. The climate in winter is characterised by settled weather with infrequent snow. Summer temperatures can be up to 30°C (85°F) but do bring some warmer clothes, lightweight rain gear and good footwear if you plan to be active.

Mt Cook Buttercup flowering in Arthur's Pass National Park, South Island, NZ

The alpine plants of Arthur's Pass put on spectacular flowering displays through the spring & summer months.

  • “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!

  • “Paradise.”

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

  • “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.


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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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