Lake Brunner Lodge stands amongst timeless forests at the edge of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. An accommodation house since the West Coast was firs settled in the 1870s. Many rooms have uninterrupted views over the lake while others face the courtyard of mature rhododendrons.
The trout fishery at Lake Brunner Lodge is unique. It offers the angler the challenge of pitting skills against wild trophy brown trout in clear water and spectacular surroundings. There is a private spring creek on the property pus innumerable rivers and streams easily reached by your guides 4WD vehicle. The lodge has been recognized as a leading wild brown trout destination since the turn of the century.
Lake Brunner lodge reflects the interest of the owners attractive Marian van der Goes and her husband Ray Grubb, both keen outdoors people. The walls are hung with antique fishing rods, and paintings of the surrounding areas. Warm wood paneling, bookshelves fitted with books and exquisite turned native timber bowls and pottery, roses from the garden all enhance the feel of the main gathering room. Log fires burn in the hall, dinning and gathering room on cooler days. Guests gather around an informal self-serve bar each evening to discuss the day’s fishing before dinner. The dinning room looks out to an expanse of forest fringed lake. All guests are seated at one table. The chef offers an ever changing table d’hotel menu using the best New Zealand mean and fish, classic sauces and fresh produce. Lake Brunner cuisine has received outstanding reviews.
Trophy brown trout: The trout season is open October 1 through April 30. Some rivers are open May through September. Kahawai (cow-eye): Hard fighting salt water fish to 5 lbs. taken from Grey estuary. Fished from boat or shore. 10 fish an hour normal. Spring and summer. Atlantic salmon (salmo solar): Small but steadily increasing run Grey River late January and early February.
The nine Lake Brunner Lodge bedrooms are large, light and airy and simply decorated with furnishings crafted from heart native timbers all of individual design. All have private baths.
There are walking trails from the lodge leading to 100 foot Mitchells Waterfall in the mountains behind. Trails also wind around the lake and through the virgin forests. Mountain bikes and canoes are available. Pursuits for the non-fisher include rare bird sanctuaries, visits to woodcarvers, crafts people, and local spinners, garden tours, horseback riding, golf and just relaxing.
Lake Brunner Lodge Season: October 1 – April 30. Lodge open year-round.
No. of guests: 32
Conference, meeting facilities: Yes
Golf available: Yes
Non fishing Activities: Yes
Getting there: Transfer from Greymouth or Hokitika.
Example Rates – subject to change by operator
per person per night Rooms and Suites
|Room||Oct – Apr||May – Sept|
|Lake View Rooms|
|Double / Twin Share / Single||NZ$ 490||NZ$ 390|
|Double / Twin Share / Single||NZ$ 390||NZ$ 290|
|Extra person in room||NZ$ 55||NZ$ 55|
|Age 0-5 (if in same room as parents)||No Charge|
|Continental Breakfast||NZ$ 20|
|Full Breakfast||NZ$ 35|
|Five-Course Dinner||NZ$ 95|
|Picnic Hampers||from NZ$ 25|
Prices include 12.5% New Zealand Goods and Services Tax