Explore the lakes, coastline, rainforest and unique wildlife of New Zealand's spectacular West Coast from Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki, near Haast on the South Island


Wilderness Lodge is located in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage-listed area in the southwest of New Zealand's South Island. Surrounded by lakes, rivers, rainforests and a dramatic coastline, it is a haven for nature lovers and active travellers, with the Lodge offering a variety of guided nature-based experiences and discovery tours. The Lodge has been actively involved in penguin conservation for over 30 years and is the best place in New Zealand to see the rare Tawaki (Fiordland crested penguins) in their natural habitat. The spacious, comfortable guest rooms feature beautiful views of the rainforest or Moeraki River and you'll enjoy delicious breakfasts and multi-course dinners showcasing local produce as part of your all-inclusive stay.

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What's Included
  • Daily cooked and continental breakfast
  • Gourmet four-course dinner each evening
  • Fresh fruit and flowers in your room
  • Access to lodge facilities including a library, guest laundry, walking trails and kayaks
  • Twice daily complimentary guided activities (nature walks, kayak instruction, cultural tours)*

*Additional half and full-day experiences including Tawaki Penguin discovery tours are available at cost

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Location & Access

Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki is located along the South Island's West Coast, 90 km south of Franz Josef/Waiau (about 90 minutes by road), 30 km north of Haast and 240-270 km north of Queenstown (about 3.5 hours by road). Private transfers can be arranged, or let us help plan a self-drive itinerary featuring Lake Moeraki.

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What You Need to Know
Best Room

Riverview Room

Suitable For

Couples, families and private groups

Best Nearby Walk

Monro Beach Walk

Best Nearby Park

Te Wahipounamu and Mt Aspiring National Park

Best Food & Wine Experience

The Riverside Restaurant's daily changing menu showcases fresh, West Coast ingredients including seafood from the coast and local farm produce

Best Place for Relaxation

Relax riverside or enjoy a gentle paddle on the lake


September to early May (Wilderness Lodge is closed from early May to August); Tawaki breeding season occurs from August to early December

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