Riverrun Lodge


At the heart of New Zealand’s spectacular Southern Alps, on the shores of Lake Wanaka, the luxurious Riverrun Lodge is perfectly located for outdoor activities.


Mountain biking, climbing, hiking or skiing – the mountain setting lends itself to countless adventure sports. Look forward to refined accommodation, scenic landscapes and exciting days.


The Riverrun Lodge’s rooms are all exceedingly comfortable and spacious. Exposed timber beams lend the interior its cosy flair. The lounges read more » are decked out with polished floorboards and two fireplaces radiating warmth and flickering light.


Hand-crafted furniture and cast-iron balustrades add a rustic touch to the design. The beauty of the interior design is met all the way by Mother Nature’s graces outside. Both lounges boast a veranda commanding a breathtaking mountain panorama.


And, of course, there are plenty of comfortable armchairs, a CD-player, TV, a DVD library as well as music CDs and a selection of books and magazines. Everything is in place to keep you entertained even on a rainy day.


John and Meg, the two owners, constructed the Riverrun Lodge six years ago on their 400 hectares large property. The location is perfect: Despite the wilderness setting, Wanaka is only a five and Queenstown only a sixty minutes’ drive away.


It does not come as a surprise that the two former globetrotters immediately fell in love with the Queenstown region. Having finally settled down, they pledged to make their guests supremely comfortable and to always be at their side to plan adventures around Lake Wanaka.


In the morning, wake up to enjoy the view down from the steep riverbanks of the Clutha River, New Zealand’s largest river. A day of exciting activities amidst the pristine nature lies ahead… Welcome to the Riverrun Lodge on Lake Wanaka in the Southern Alps!


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The Riverrun Lodge’s timber construction has a fascinating peculiarity: Its open architecture captures the sunlight magnificently and channels it to illuminate the lounges decked out in a warm, ochre read more » colour scheme.


The friendly and cosy ambience spells holiday – make yourself at home! The comfortable rooms are equipped with finest linen, extra-large towels, fragrant soaps and eiderdown bedding.


The Clutha rooms are slightly larger and boast king-sized beds and a TV with video. Almost as large, the Cardrona rooms are fitted with queen-sized beds and feature a direct access to the veranda. Extra beds are available on request.


Of course, every unit offers a luxurious ensuite bathroom. The stunning view of the Southern Alps is another common feature. And to ensure your absolute comfort, there are books, magazines, chocolate, nuts, courtesy tea and coffee and a beverage service.


Should you need to stay in touch, a fax machine and internet are available on request. However, it is much more recommendable to spend your time in the garden whirlpool with a view of the snow-capped peaks and Lake Wanaka’s golden terraces.


Inhale deeply, savouring the crisp mountain air and admire the romantic sunsets from the veranda. A glass of wine at hand, chat to the other guests or cuddle up with your loved one.


The Riverrun’s cuisine is both extraordinarily delicious and balanced. The chef focuses on local produce that includes fresh fish, lamb, chicken and a variety of vegetables. Indulge in the healthy culinary magic served – no regrets!


The Riverrun Lodge on Lake Wanaka sublimely unites gracious charm with supreme comforts and privacy in a stunning setting. What else could you possibly wish for? Should there be something … just let us know!


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Lake Wanaka: Back in the 90s, it was still a laid-back insider’s destination for those wanting to escape from it all. Having preserved its quiet flair, it Lake Wanaka has nevertheless developed into read more » one of New Zealand’s major tourism destinations.


Lake Wanaka offers a set of characteristics that are hard to find elsewhere: Gardens, glaciers and mountains are all side by side. Explore lush lowlands, snow-capped peaks, deep valleys, crystal-clear rivers and glittering lakes.


The serene tranquillity and gorgeous mountain panorama are just perfect for supreme relaxation. Tie up your hiking boots and set off exploring. The summer months from December to March are hot and dry, the nights mild.


The air is rich with the fragrance from pine trees, roses and lupines. The summer is also the perfect time for water sports: The Wanaka Lake and Clutha River allow for waterskiing, swimming, fishing, sailing or kayaking to name just a few…


From the water to the air: A tandem paragliding flight is another exciting option and parasailing is also being offered. Two paragliding schools in Wanaka offer these thrilling activities.


And, just in case there should be some rain, the indoor activities include the NZ Fighter Pilots Museum, the Puzzling World and the famous Wanaka Beerworks – one of New Zealand’s finest beer breweries.


Wanaka is also the departure point for helicopter and aircraft transfers to New Zealand’s west coast as well as to the Mount Aspiring National Park and the Milford Sound.


A change of season, the autumn months from end of March to mid May paint the landscape in colours of bright red and orange. The spectacular sceneries make it the perfect time of year for trekking or mountain bike tours.


June to September are the winter months and Wanaka is famous for its world-class skiing: Cardrona offers just the right skiing for families and Treble Cone is paradise for the more advanced two-board artist.


No matter the time of year, having spent a long day out and about, treat yourself to a relaxing massage applied by caring hands followed by a sundowner. Later, settle down on the veranda and indulge in a delicious dinner accompanied by one of the excellent New Zealand wines.


And when –once again- your eyes drift over to the backdrop of mountain peaks and the twinkling night sky, you can be sure that you have arrived... just like John and Meg: In a mountain paradise on Lake Wanaka, at the Riverrun Lodge!


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