Upper South Island and the West Coast Hotels


Alpine Lodge and Alpine Chalets

View from the terrace

At a Glance


  • if you haven't the time or budget for a backcountry lodge then this is a nice substitute
  • put aside a couple of hours to do a bushwalk


  • bring repellent for the sandflies
  • watch for wasps in mid-summer
  • book ahead in mid-summer

Alpine Lodge and Alpine Chalets Review

With the light wood paneling and dormer windows, the building may feel somewhat European-alpine, but the view out the window is all Kiwi—wetlands, forest, and mountains. Accommodations run from hotel rooms and 2 bedroom, self-contained apartments to backpacker dorms that include some private rooms. Although in the center of the village, the lodge is at the national park boundary, a short bushwalk away from Lake Rotoiti. A few two-bedroom apartments are good for families. The lodge bar and bistro restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a menu offering a good range of Kiwi fare—lamb shanks, steak, salmon, and they have a pizza oven. Sunday barbecues are legendary.

    Hotel Details

  • 28 rooms, some with whirl pool, 4 self-contained 2-bedroom apartments, 1 dorm
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 02-18-2014

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