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Last updated: 13 January, 2023
Expert travel writer: Mark Chipperfield

This small property has a deservedly outstanding reputation, attracting discerning travellers from around the globe.

Each of the 12 rooms has large picture windows to take in sweeping views of Lake Wakitpu, plus special touches like a private steam room and generous lounge room – and fewer rooms mean it’s intimate, quiet and private.

More country hunting lodge than opulent luxury retreat, it’s the ideal base to explore this part of New Zealand – Glenorchy is the best base for exploring the Otago Region.

There are outdoor activities on tap – notably wine tours and jetboating on the Dart River. The lodge offers its own activities too including horse riding, fly fishing and mountain biking.

They can also arrange a helicopter flight to Milford Sound and the Franz Josef glacier, and Queenstown’s plethora of adventures are a 45-minute drive.

Or simply surrender to the awe-inspiring landscape – the pristine alpine countryside, framed by snow-capped mountains.

Surrounding area

Surrounded by impressive manicured gardens, the lodge overlooks the wide expanse of Lake Wakitpu. (For an added touch of glamour, the property has its own private boat jetty).

Beyond the gardens is wild, pristine alpine countryside, framed by snow-capped mountains. The township of Glenorchy, a base for exploring the Otago region, is nearby.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Hike the Routeburn Track

South Island, New Zealand[20.6 miles]

A 32km, 2- to 4-day world-renowned hike, through forested valleys, crystal-clear alpine lakes, and mountain passes with sweeping views.

Best for ages: 13+ | £150 | 2-4 days

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