Wilderness Lodges are recognised as New Zealand's premier nature discovery and wilderness accommodation destinations. They have been at the forefront of the eco-tourism and conservation for over 25 years. They remain New Zealand owned and operated by the McSweeney-Saunders Family.
Below is some background information on the Lodges.
The Wilderness Lodges were started by conservations/teachers Anne Saunders and Dr Gerry McSweeney in 1989. Read about their journey from forest conservation campaigners in the 1980s to the development their first Wilderness Lodge at Lake Moeraki, followed by a second incorporating sustainable sheep farming at Arthur's Pass.
Have a look for some travel ideas that combine stays at both the Wilderness Lodges. Visiting both lodges is an excellent way to experience the best of wild New Zealand.
We are passionate about celebrating NZ's natural world and wild landscapes. The environment is at the core of what the Wilderness Lodges do. We are actively involved in our own conservation projects and work closely with the wider community.
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.Get Directions or Learn More
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.Get Directions or Learn More