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Location & Travel Notes

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The Wilderness Lodges are located in two of the most wild and natural corners of New Zealand

Travel Times to South Island Destinations

Approx. Travel Time Destination (linked to google maps)
1-2 hrs Fox Glacier, Franz Josef
2-3 hrs Wanaka
3-4 hrs Queenstown, Hokitika, Greymouth
4-5 hrs Punakaiki
5-6 hrs Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass, Te Anau
Explore the Basalt Seacaves on the Moeraki Coast, South Island, New Zealand

Travelling to/from Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass

It is a comfortable 370km/5.5 hour journey to Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass up the spectacular West Coast, traversing rainforests, historic towns & mountains. See the route guides below.

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

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

Spend a few days at each Wilderness Lodge to truly experience South Island nature and wilderness.

Travelling to/from Queenstown & Wanaka

Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki is approximately 4 hours from Queenstown and 2.5 hours from Wanaka. The route guides describe this magnificent journey over the Haast Pass.

Wilderness Lodge Route Guide - Wanaka/Queenstown to Lake Moeraki

Wilderness Lodge Route Guide - Lake Moeraki to Queenstown/Wanaka

What to Bring...

The Lodge is open from September to May and enjoys mild temperatures and high sunshine hours even though annual rainfall is high. Every 3 or 4 days we usually get a burst of rain followed by clear, calm weather. Bring lightweight rain gear and good sturdy shoes/boots if you are keen for an active stay.

Take an evening stroll along Moeraki's incredible wilderness coastline on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island.

  • “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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