Experience Wild New Zealand
Wilderness Lodges are recognised as New Zealand's premier nature discovery & wilderness destinations. They have been at the forefront of the eco-tourism and conservation for 29 years and remain New Zealand owned and operated by the McSweeney-Saunders Family.
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.
For those who appreciate detail, we maintain a document library with various resources outlining different aspects of the Wilderness Lodge operation. Take a look if you want to find out more about wildlife, sheep farming or conservation projects.