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Wilderness Dining in the Riverside Restaurant...

Lawns sculpted to the water's edge with abundant wildlife and magnificent river and rainforest views give the Riverside Restaurant one of New Zealand's finest outlooks.

 Our chefs take great pride in celebrating New Zealand's produce

Wilderness Lodge Lamb Backstrap

Our chefs take great pride in celebrating New Zealand's produce

Relax, enjoy a drink and savour great West Coast wilderness food - seafood from the coast, game from the forest and delicious fresh fruit and vegetables are our speciality.

Choose to share an evening with fellow travellers or dine alone, soaking up the atmosphere and views.

Our wine cellar holds some of New Zealand's finest wines. Pinot Noir from nearby Central Otago features alongside crisp Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs and Hawke's Bay Syrahs. Alternatively, quench your thirst with a local West Coast beer or your favourite spirit mix. Please take a look at our wine and drinks list for details.

 One life's great pleasures is a well-earned meal to finish a day of adventure

West Coast Smoked Salmon with Avocado & Shaved Fennel

One life's great pleasures is a well-earned meal to finish a day of adventure

The Riverside Restaurant offers 'table d'hôte' dining and an evening menu that changes daily. Vegetarians and those with special dietary requirements are catered for - let us know in advance and we will prepare something special.

Sample Evening Menu

Welcome to the Riverside Restaurant

 Freshly baked bread with pomegranate syrup & Central Otago olive oil 


Aoraki Smoked Salmon Salad
with orange, fennel and radish


Mushroom and Red Wine Soup
with garlic croutons and micro-herbs


Pan Seared West Coast Venison
served medium rare with green beans, buttered new potatoes and a red currant jus


Baked Fillet of New Zealand Blue Cod
with a vegetable bouquet, potato gratin and a chive beurre blanc


Vegetarian Option on Request


 Old Fashioned Pecan Pie
with caramel sauce and Speights "Old Dark" ice-cream


Vanilla Poached Pear
with cinnamon sabayon and mini panna cotta

followed by

Freshly brewed tea, coffee and sweet treats served in the Moeraki Lounge

 One of New Zealand's finest restaurant outlooks

One of New Zealand's finest restaurant outlooks

  • “An oasis on the West Coast”

    My wife and I went with family and friends to celebrate our anniversary. We stayed two nights in Arthurs Pass and another two nights in the sister lodge at Lake Moreaki. We were very impressed with th...

    SBF2, Houston
  • “Just the very best!”

    This is a wonderful place to stay on a visit to New Zealand's west coast. Husband and wife team, Gerry and Anne, are wonderful hosts - welcoming, informative and totally participative. The rooms are v...

    Jasperco, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
  • “Stunning scenery, comfortable lodgings and welcoming hosts.”

    A haven from which to bush walk or kayak before enjoying lovely food overlooking the river and forest. Hosts Anne and Gerry are passionate and knowledgeable about the area and guided walks or stargazi...

    Melbournepk, Melbourne, Australia

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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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