Rimu Lodge

Explore the untamed wilderness of the South Island’s west coast.

Sometimes called “the land that time forgot” this is a region of snow-covered mountains, forest and gentle farmland where the Hokitika River runs down to the sea.

Rimu Lodge is a boutique hotel surrounded by magnificent nature yet close to the small town of Hokitika with its award-winning cafes. It is architecturally designed to take advantage of the wonderful views over the Hokitika River Valley.

This Qualmark rated 5-star lodge features 4 guest rooms, each decorated with a quiet elegance and facing north east with views over the valley. All rooms have en suite bathrooms and are furnished with super king/twin, king or queen beds. The two ground floor rooms open onto a large deck whilst the upstairs rooms have access to the main deck from the ‘great room’.

The Great Room

The Great Room is a large, cosy communal sitting room with an open fire and a dining area for breakfast, opening out onto a large deck. The lodge is in the perfect location for exploring this magnificent region by car, on foot or by bike. Discover gorges and waterfalls, seascapes, peaceful towns and craft galleries.

Rimu Lodge Great Room

Accommodation Details

  • Explore the village of Hokitika, home to craft artists, sculptors, jewellers, painters and poets.
  • On clear nights enjoy star gazing from the deck, with no light pollution.
  • Follow some of the walking trails around Hokitika.
  • Visit Hokitika Gorge where the water is a beautiful turquoise blue due to the alluvial silt from the glaciers and Southern alps (25 minutes from lodge).
  • Take an easy 15 minute walk to the swing bridge.
  • Enjoy some of the lovely walks at Lake Kaniere with short easy walks to Dorothy Waterfalls and Canoe Cove.
  • Go fishing at Lake Kaniere or on the Hokitika River
  • Cycle wilderness trails through spectacular scenery
  • Drive to Punakaiki (pancake rocks) with its huge blow hole (1h 25 minutes)
  • Explore nearby Paparoa National Park with its coastal forest, limestone cliffs, canyons, mysterious caves and spectacular coastline.
  • 4 guest suites with separate entrance to all suites
  • Large ensuite bathrooms with hairdryers, toiletries, heated towel racks
  • Flatscreen TVs
  • Free Wi-Fi and telephone facilities
  • Central heating and double-glazed windows
  • Table and comfortable chairs for your comfort
  • Refrigerator and complimentary tea and coffee facilities.
  • Communal lounge/dining area with open fireplace

Rimu Lodge is within walking distance of Hokitika, the largest town in Westland District at the mouth of Hokitika River. The lodge is a great place to stay as part of a self-drive itinerary following the west coast of the South Island between Nelson to Queenstown. Hokitika offers a range of retail, banking and craft shops and galleries. Holitika Airport is 10 kms away.

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