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The Riverside Restaurant

Enjoy one of New Zealand's finest restaurant outlooks. Lawns sculpted to the water's edge where the river glides gently beneath tall rainforest before dropping through the Moeraki Rapids on its journey to the Tasman Sea.

Savour the flavours of a delectable Wilderness Lodge lamb backstrap during your New Zealand West Coast adventure holiday.

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 and service.  Seafood from the coast, local meats &delicious fresh fruit and vegetables are our specialty.

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

Our wine cellar holds some of New Zealand's finest wines. Central Otago Pinot Noirs feature alongside crisp Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs and finely-balance Hawke's Bay Syrahs. Alternatively, quench your thirst with a local beer or spirit mix.

Take a look at our wine and drinks list.

Enjoy delicious West Coast smoked salmon with avocado and shaved fennel when you dine in New Zealand.

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.


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

Stunning views, food and wine

Delicious food is integral to the Wilderness Lodge experience

  • “Stunning spot to relax & explore nature”

    The guides were wonderful and so willing to answer questions. We enjoyed the beautiful trails and have a new appreciation for the flora and fauna. The lodge itself is comfy with a welcoming elegance. food was delicious and staff pleasant and accommodating. I would return in a heartbeat.

  • “Penguins, fine food and family.”

    Myself, husband, adult children and partners had a rendezvous at the lodge. We joined the guided activities and also did our own thing. Each night we had gourmet meals and laughed a lot. If that wasn't enough we also got to see the tawaki penguins. Truly a holiday I will never forget.

  • “Holiday within a holiday.”

    The Wilderness Lodge is a unique holiday experience . Lovely rooms with very friendly and helpful staff. Excellent meals. Lots of activities from kayaking, to walking forest trails to trips with an expert guide. The hosts are excellent, very knowledgeable and committed to environmental work.


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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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