Lake Moeraki, New Zealand
Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki has been at the forefront of nature conservation for more than three decades. After campaigning to have the area protected, Anne Saunders and Gerry McSweeney established the lodge in 1989 to demonstrate the value of ecotourism as a sustainable alternative to native forest logging. Anne and Gerry continue to own and run the lodge today. Few places on Earth can match the natural setting of the lodge, situated in the heart of the 6.7 million-acre South West New Zealand World Heritage Area, Te Wahipounamu. Guests are accommodated in 28 spacious rooms, all stylishly appointed with deluxe beds (a king, or a queen and a single), blonde wood furniture, contemporary bathrooms, tea and coffee facilities, fresh fruit, flowers and home-baked goods. Free satellite broadband Internet is available for guests' use, and a complimentary guest laundry is available.
The lodge serves outstanding meals incorporating fresh local produce, coastal seafood and farm-raised lamb. A team of local naturalist guides led by conservation biologist & Wilderness Lodge founder, Dr. Gerry McSweeney, offers rain forest and beach nature walks, kayaking excursions on Lake Moeraki, and guided fishing for brown trout. A network of forest trails and kayaks are also available for guests to enjoy at their leisure.