Fodor's Expert Review Arthur's Pass Wilderness Lodge
State Hwy. 73, Arthur's Pass, Canterbury, 7580, New Zealand Fodor's Choice
Surrounded by spectacular peaks, beech forests, and serene lakes, this sophisticated back-to-nature lodge shares 6,000 acres with its own high-country merino sheep station and nature reserve in a valley called Te Ko Awa a Aniwaniwa (Valley of the Mother of Rainbows). Rooms have balcony views of this incredible area. Full-day guided trips can take you to limestone caves, a tranquil lake, a glacier basin, or to spots where you might glimpse rare alpine plants and kea (native mountain parrot); you'll soon share the owners' passion for preserving this environment. There is a sister lodge at Lake Moeraki on the West Coast.
- on alternate days, you can muster sheep with border collies and help blade-shear sheep the old-fashioned way
- quite remote if you like shopping
Rate Includes: Closed June and July, Some meals