ACCOMMODATION

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ARROWSMITH LODGE

Lakefront accommodation with a backdrop of stunning mountain ranges and panoramic views across Lake Heron barely 20 metres away. This renovated former shearers’ quarters offers premium accommodation for up to 10 people.
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THE WOOLSHED

Ideal for larger groups and can be set up to suit a range of needs. For those extra large groups it is a great option. Built in 1997 the wool shed boasts a clean and tidy wool room with stretchers supplied for marae style sleeping arrangements.
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LAKE HERON CAMPGROUND

With direct access to the lake, a pretty stream to let the children paddle in on those hot summer days and surrounded by beautiful mature trees that provide shady spots for those hot summer evenings. Options of a season pass or casual bookings.

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backcountry huts

There are 2 huts – Wildman Hut and Top Hut (this one belongs to DOC) These huts are accessed via the Station 4WD tracks and are accessible dependent on weather and conditions. You will need to contact us prior to access.

ARROWSMITH LODGE

Arrowsmith Lodge is more than just another lodge…
Extensive bifold windows along the lounge open onto the front deck, so without even stepping outside you are drawn into nature. A more private deck at the back offers guests the choice of a secluded spa pool or BBQ area. Three bedrooms with adjoining bathrooms allow for a variety of sleeping arrangements. The lodge boasts top of the line furnishings including a leather lounge suite, 42 inch television and Sky TV.
Arrowsmith Lodge sleeps 10 with a selection of high quality bunk beds, linen and bedding provided and there is a private spa pool on the rear deck. When staying here, your party will have exclusive use of the lodge for your stay.

Why Bunks?

Because the building was originally the shearers’ quarters, the sleeping areas are not huge.
However clever design has resulted in bedrooms that are not only functional, but extremely comfortable.
The beds are not your standard bunk beds, being wider than usual and featuring top quality mattresses, linen and bedding. The first two bedrooms feature a set of single bunk beds each (sleeping two persons each room), while the third bedroom sleeps eight persons in four sets of single bunk beds. You will be pleasantly surprised by how comfortable these beds are and the adjoining spacious, modern bathrooms feature high quality showers, basins, WCs, heated towel rails and heat lamps.

 

Catering

Arrowsmith Lodge is 30km away from the nearest settlement of Mt Somers so all food requirements should be taken in. This is not a problem with a fully equipped kitchen and all the modern amenities including dishwasher, oven, and microwave and a dining area suitable for 12 people with views over the lake, mountains and beyond. Only 45 minutes drive away, Methven has a great array of cafes, restaurants and retail shops, should civilisation beckon!

Stunning Views

Arrowsmith Lodge is lakefront accommodation with a backdrop of stunning mountain ranges. From the front lounge enjoy panoramic views across Lake Heron barely 20 metres away, and the magnificent surrounds of Mt Arrowsmith Station. Leave all your worries behind and relax in this amazing spot. Corporate groups, team building exercises, hunting and fishing parties, couples and family groups can all be accommodated at Arrowsmith Lodge.

Tariff

$200 per night – 2 people *$50 per additional person per night
Please contact us for more information or hit the button below to make a booking.

MT ARROWSMITH WOOLSHED

A working woolshed on a high country station with an amazing location to boot!
For those extra large groups the Mt Arrowsmith wool shed is a great option. Built in 1997 the wool shed boasts a clean and tidy wool room.
A well appointed modern kitchen and cooking facilities with a servery, a toilet and shower room add to the package.
School groups, hunt clubs and pony clubs in the past have all enjoyed the practicality of this accommodation. Being in close proximity to the lake your group can enjoy pristine scenery, study the birdlife, swim, kayak and fish right at the front door, while having access to the well maintained farm tracks for mountain biking, hiking and horse trekking.
Horse paddocks and yards are also available for your equine friends.
The cost for the Woolshed is $25 per person a night with a minimum fee of $100 – click here to contact us for information, availability and bookings.

lake heron campground

An idyllic but basic campground with direct access to the lake.
On the 1st weekend of November every year brings a new trout and salmon fishing season. People from far and wide descend on the quaint Lake Heron campground. You can purchase a seasons ticket for $250, this entitles you to a single site, use of the toilets provided and to leave your caravan on site for six months. The campground has direct access to the lake, a pretty stream to let the children paddle in on those hot summer days and is surrounded by beautiful mature trees that provide shady spots for those hot summer evenings.
The campground boasts a family friendly atmosphere that has generations of families coming back year after year, but if you’re just passing through tent sites can be purchased for $20.00 per night. This idyllic but basic campground has an honesty box system – please respect this great New Zealand tradition. For further information or to make a booking, please click here.

BACKCOUNTRY HUTS

Wildman Hut and Top Hut both accessed via the Station 4WD tracks
4WD tracks

Over the summer months The Arrowsmith 4WD track is open for use, with a 40km round track that takes in the spectacular views over the Cameron Valley and the Arrowsmith Range. You then meander your way over the saddle into the Ashburton Headwaters, stopping at the old musterers’ hut on the way for a rest and a brew of billy tea. The track then follows the Ashburton River with its mighty rapids and steep ravines down around the Ribbonwood Hill and back into the fertile flats of home. The track is bulldozed after winter every year but great care should always be taken while driving on this track, a good four wheel drive truck with mud tyres and an experienced driver is a must.
It is recommended that two trucks drive together, should one get stuck.

The Wildman Hut ( Arrowsmith Station Private Hut)
Located on the true left of the Ashburton River on the flat where the 4×4 track meets the valley floor. In clear conditions, this hut can be seen from the track higher up the hill as you are descending the steeper part of the track. The Wildman Hut which sleeps 6 people, has all cooking utensils, cutlery and plates provided but visitors are asked to bring a bag of firewood (cut up small) if they wish to use the wood stove.
The Top Ashburton DOC Hut
Accessing this hut is a 15 minute drive, or a 45 minute walk further up the valley over the Ashburton River (true right). This hut sleeps 8, and has a large open fire. Visitors must bring their own firewood, cooking and eating utensils. A 3/4 hour walk up river will bring you to the head of the Ashburton valley.

The farm track will not be open during wet weather or snow and care must be taken if crossing the Ashburton River as rain can cause the rivers to flood quickly making them unpassable.

The Top Ashburton DOC Hut

Accessing this hut is a 15 minute drive, or a 45 minute walk further up the valley over the Ashburton River (true right). This hut sleeps 8, and has a large open fire. Visitors must bring their own firewood, cooking and eating utensils. A 3/4 hour walk up river will bring you to the head of the Ashburton valley.

The farm track will not be open during wet weather or snow and care must be taken if crossing the Ashburton River as rain can cause the rivers to flood quickly making them unpassable.

To arrange access to the Huts and an update on track conditions, you will need to email or phone us.
Fee of $25 per vehicle paid by arrangement. Click here for our contact details.