One of New Zealand's first established accommodation houses, this private Lodge is a famous trout fishing destination & environmental retreat. The seclusion of the Lodge is a major part of its attraction. While access is easy, the Lodge is in one of the most remote settings for New Zealand accommodation. The final stage of the magnificent drive leading to the Lodge is shingle road, flanked by pristine podocarp forest, with some trees dating back 600-1000 years. The nearest permanent house is six kilometers away.
The Lodge first obtained its reputation around the turn of the last century, a little more than 20 years after the first browns were released. New Zealand angling writers based themselves here, with the first guides to New Zealand trout fishing naming our Lodge at Mitchells as one of only two top destinations. And so Lake Brunner Lodge became part of New Zealand's fishing heritage. Excellent trout are caught here. The average size varies from stream to river but is in the 3.5 to 5lb range.
There are wonderful learning fisheries with a high volume of small (3 to 5lbs) trout, beautiful spring creeks, demanding clear water stalking, and the next trout you find could be a trophy. Light rods, floating lines, short casts, dry fly and nymph are the tools of choice. Great sport! Fly fishing at its best. The spin cast fisher will also find excellent sport. Here the fishery varies with different species, and provides the opportunity for exciting days for the novice fishing for a day as part of a holiday, and for the expert.
Our wish is for it to be an area that people can come to for a friendly and relaxing break: find all staff and management happy to please their requirements so they can leave here feeling refreshed and back to nature from the experience in this special place.
The building was purpose built as a hotel in 1868 by the Morgan family. The previous owners purchased the property in 1985 with the intent of developing quality, comfortable country accommodation. The present owners wish to continue in the same style. Extensive renovation of the Lodge remained loyal to the architecture and style of the 1930s, while incorporating the comfort of modern conveniences.
The traditional style of the Lodge established by the Morgan family continues today, where informal hospitality encourages guests to mingle in a setting isolated from the rest of New Zealand. The Lodge is private, ensuring no intrusion by casual diners.
Guests are invited to treat the Lodge as their own home. Timetables do not apply and arrangements are made to suit individual expectations. Although there are general patterns of time, the daily programme is one that guests set for themselves.
The Lodge cuisine is considered amongst the finest in the South Island. Local produce, particularly freshly caught fish from the seaport of Greymouth, is a feature of the superb cuisine provided by the Lodge's chef. The Lodge generates its own electricity with a micro hydro plant. Springs in the forest provide the Lodge's fresh water.
Nearby attractions and activities:
- Wild Trophy Brown Trout fishery.
- Fly fishing.
- Duck shooting.
- The Trans Alpine express one of the great train trips.
- A special and unique activity that we provide is a complimentary guided walk through the pre-historic podocarp forest immediately around the Lodge. The walk leads up to Carew Falls, the source of water for our own electricity generation plant.
- Guided walks through sub-alpine flora in Arthurs Pass National Park, the beech forests and karst (limestone) land and sea scapes of Paparoa National Park.
- Guided birdwatching.
- Guided canoe trips down the local rivers, some of which will allow guests to see the rare native mistletoe.
- Different generations of limestone caves, floating under a myriad of glow worms. Underworld rafting, adventure caving, scenic caving.
- Horse riding trips on wild beaches, through native forests, karst (limestone) landscapes, river valleys, and beech forest.
- Aquarium with an indoor fishing lake.
- Marine biologist on site for queries.
- Numerous potters and art galleries in the area available for guests.
- Skiing at several smaller skifields over Arthurs Pass on the Christchurch road.
- Areas worth visiting include the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks, Woods Creek Track, Brunner mine site and the Coast Road.
Only three hours drive from Christchurch and very close to the Tranz Alpine train.
- Mountain bikes, canoes, dinghies and kayaks are available to guests at no charge.
- Corporate rates provided on request.
- Rates include canapes, three course dinner, bed and continental or cooked breakfast. Refreshments are available throughout the day to suit the needs of the guests.
- The only additional charges are for guided activities, alcoholic beverages and Government Goods and Services Tax (12.5%).
- The high season is from: 1 November through to 30 April and the low season is from 1 May through to 31 October.
- Children: 0-5 years no charge (if in same room as parents); 6-16 year half the single adult rate.
- Rates may vary seasonally, for longer stays, for club membership, and for bookings within certain times of arrival.
- Deposits to secure reservations: 25% (may be by credit card guarantee) non-refundable in the event of cancellation within 30 days of arrival.
- Full payment is non-refundable for cancellation within 7 days of cancellation. This is also the policy of the NZ Lodge Association.
Guided Fishing (excluding 12.5% GST):
- Season rate for fishing and guiding applies
- Per guide/per full day $NZ 605 plus gst(guide can take one or two anglers)
- Fishing Licences are required and are available at the Lodge $NZ 17 per day or $NZ 34 per week
- Costs include transport, lunch and equipment
- Costs do not include fishing licence
- Equipment is available for hire for unguided fishing
- Rates may vary with seasonal packages - please enquire.
Guided Environmental Tours (excluding 12.5% GST)
- Per guide/per day: $NZ 300 minimum
- If three to four persons or more $NZ 130 per person
- A guide will take a maximum of 4 persons.
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One of New Zealand's first established accommodation houses, this private Lodge is a famous trout fishing destination & environmental retreat. Now also Qualmark 5 star, with luxury boutique accommodation, the seclusion of the Lodge is a major part of its attraction. While access is easy, the Lodge is in one of...
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