Location & Local Activities

Makarora lies on the verge of the stunning Mt Aspiring National Park; a remote wilderness with high mountains and breathtaking river valleys. It is a walkers paradise with spectacular and unforgettable views.


Tramping/Walking: There are numerous well maintained DOC tracks and huts throughout this area.

Fishing: Within walking distance are the Wilkin, Makarora and Young Rivers. The rivers are able to be fished between November and March. The boat ramp on Lake Wanaka is 5 minutes’ drive and is accessible all year round. Guided trips can be arranged upon request.

Hunting: Use Wild Earth Lodge as your base for an unforgettable hunting trip. Guided trips can be arranged.

Jetboating: Wilkin River Jets operate from the Makarora Village. <href=”http://www.wilkinriverjets.co.nz”>Visit Wilkin River Jets.

Heli skiing: Experience the mountains that host the World Heli Challenge. Local operators available upon request.

Ocean fishing: Trips can be arranged at Jacksons Bay on the West Coast upon request.

Skiing/Snowboarding/Nordic Skiing: Treble Cone, Cardrona, Snow Park and Snow Farm are all within 70 minutes’ drive from our lodge.

Vineyards and wine tasting tours: Visit some of NZ’s best vineyards in Central Otago.

Classic Car Ride: Take an unforgettable ride with Pete in his AC Shelby Cobra…a truly magnificent experience on a clear blue day!