OverviewThe South Island of New Zealand is renowned for its mountainous terrain, crystalline lakes, and glaciers. Truly off-the-beaten-path, Makarora is a small community that lies within the Queenstown-Lakes district of the Otago region of the Island and sits at the head of Lake Wanaka, next to the famed Makarora River, known for its incredible crystal-clear waters and abundant trout population. Makarora is surrounded by alpine scenery and deep river valleys with lush temperate rainforest, all part of Mount Aspiring National Park, a magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Tucked into the corner of a remote valley at the very bottom of New Zealand’s sprawling Southern Alps sits Cedar Lodge, a peaceful haven surrounded by natural splendor. The Lodge is elegant in its simplicity and lets its surroundings do the work. It lies along the banks of the stunning Makarora River brimming with brown and rainbow trout, and is bordered by Mount Aspiring National Park, a lush reserve teaming with spectacular waterfalls, deep river valleys covered in Beech forests, and towering mountainsides. Boasting four rooms for up to eight guests, the Lodge’s chic yet minimal decor serves to magnify the brilliance of its surroundings and mirror the freedom and feel of the natural landscape, creating a tangible feel of the outdoors in the interior scape. Trout fly fishing, picturesque riverside picnic lunches, world-class dining, luxurious accommodations and awe-inspiring views await at this beautifully secluded property.
AccommodationsCedar Lodge sits on five acres of property and can cater up to eight people. There are four double occupancy rooms with either a king or a double bed and en suite bathrooms. Additionally, Cedar Lodge offers a lounge, dining area, in-room wifi, helicopter fly-out angling and heli-assisted hiking.
Amenities• Eleven Experience Manager
• Guiding Services
• Chef Prepared Meals
• Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Drinks
• Helicopter Fly-Out Angling and Heli-Assisted Hiking
• Helicopter Concession to Mt. Aspiring National Park
•Riverside Picnic Lunches
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Queenstown Airport (ZQN)
Cedar Lodge is set on the banks of the stunning Makarora River bordered by Mount Aspiring National Park in New Zealand's South Island. International guests fly to Auckland International Airport (AKL) and then take a 2-hour flight from Auckland to Queenstown Airport (ZQN). From Queenstown, it is approximately an 1h 45m drive to the lodge. For those arriving from Wanaka, it is approximately an 1-hour drive.