Glenorchy, New Zealand

Lodge Lorien


Window-walled wonder lair


Lakeside in Glenorchy





Soaring views are in no short supply at Lodge Lorien, where lapping Lake Wakatipu borders 450-acres of pristine gardens and windowed walls provide endless gaze-worthy angles. Sitting between Glenorchy and Queenstown, in the Otago region, this four-bedroom lodge is shaped with local quarried schist stone, accented with wooden beams, and finished with kaleidoscopic-Kiwi artwork that add a characterful touch. The homespun feel comes out in wood-burning fireplaces and a pouffe-filled cinema room; but you’re unlikely to spend days residing inside when heli-skiing down Rees Valley, kayaking through Fiordland National Park, and chopper-fuelled travels are on the itinerary.

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First Glance

  • It’s hard to notice much when such dramatic views draw the eye at this 1,100-square-metre lodge; but if you manage to cast a glance within its walls, you’ll find four spacious bedrooms, all with walk-in wardrobes and grand ensuite bathrooms, on the ground floor, as well as a formal eight-seater dining room, living room and fully equipped kitchen with dark cabinetry and an industrial finish that’s warmed by a restored wooden breakfast bar.
  • Downstairs, there’s an in-house spa with a hydrotherapy shower, sauna and space for on-call masseurs to set up; a spacious games room, where little Smiths can play a (perhaps informal) round of pool, while the adults linger by the stocked bar or sample a local Pinot Noir from the wine cellar; and a cinema room that speaks for itself.
  • Modern minimalism exudes, but wood panelling, cosy furnishings, and log-burning fires add a cosy feel throughout.
  • On-call service means you won’t be short of supplies; door-to-door grocery shopping can be arranged, a private chef is available for any number of meals, activity-packed itineraries are on offer, or stay in and request an in-room massage.
  • And of course, the property’s panoramic windowed walls and sliding doors ensure you’re never far from a soul-soothing view.

Villa highlights

  • Panoramic glacier views
  • Open-plan living
  • On-call service

Sleeping arrangements

  • The lodge’s four bedrooms are all located on the ground floor and are named after the views they offer (Ari, Greenstone, Humboldts, and Larkins).
  • The 64-square-metre master suite (Ari) has a super-king bed with a pouffe and two chairs looking out over the Ari Mountains and Lake Wakatipu. There’s a walk-in wardrobe and a dark-stone ensuite bathroom with an open shower and standalone bath tub with a mountain-facing view. This room also connects to the den, where there’s a gas fireplace.
  • Down a sectioned-off hallway, you’ll find the final three rooms. The 40-square-metre Greenstone room has two twin beds (can be combined into a super-king) and doors leading out to the lodge’s wraparound terrace with views of Greenstone Valley. There’s also a walk-in wardrobe and a spacious ensuite bathroom with an open shower and standalone bath tub overlooking Round Peak and the Thomson Mountains.
  • The 46-square-metre Humboldts room has a super-king bed and dramatic views over the Humboldts and Thomson mountain ranges. There’s a walk-in wardrobe and a large ensuite bathroom, where you’ll find a double-open shower and a standalone bath tub.
  • The final 40-square-metre Larkins room has a super-king bed, east-facing views over Mount Larkins and direct access to the courtyard (where an open fireplace awaits). The room also has a walk-in wardrobe and an open shower.
  • All of the rooms have Real World sustainable amenities.

Key kit

  • Free WiFi
  • Flatscreen TVs in all the bedrooms and living areas
  • Gym with Technogym equipment
  • Real World bath products, robes, and slippers
  • Steam room
  • Hot tub
  • Three indoor fireplaces, and one outdoor
  • Furnished wraparound terrace and courtyard
  • Built-in barbecue
  • Daily housekeeping
  • On-call concierge
  • Private chef (on request)
  • Five-car garage
  • Land Rover Defender for your use
  • Helipad


  • There may not be a pool, but you won’t miss it with all the freshwater lakes around.
  • Go kayaking and paddle boarding on Lake Wakatipu, or a little further afield through Fiordland National Park; crayfish-dive off the West Coast; or spend the day heli fly fishing.
  • There’s also a hot tub overlooking the Humboldt Mountains.


  • Lodge Lorien is surrounded by 450 acres of Wyuna Reserve's manicured gardens, with alfresco dining spaces dotted along the mountain-facing wraparound terrace. There’s also a courtyard with a fireplace and sofas.
  • This glass-walled retreat impressively overlooks Lake Wakatipu, the encompassing mountains and their glaciers from almost every point in the house (including the bath tub).
  • There are six nearby golf courses’ (all within an hour's drive); Glenorchy, Millbrook, Hills Golf Course; Jacks Point; Arrowtown, and Queenstown.
  • Given its vast natural surroundings, the lodge ensures sustainability is at the core of its practice. Plastic is avoided as much as possible throughout the property; all water is naturally sourced and filtered from rainfall; food consumed and cooked is locally produced and supplied to reduce food miles; local conservation efforts to protect endangered wildlife are supported by Lodge Lorien's owners; and all laundry and recycling are done on-site to minimise waste and energy consumption.


  • Fly into Queenstown, where you can hop in a hire car for an hour to reach Lodge Lorien.
  • Lodge Lorien can arrange transfers from the airport for between NZ$300 and NZ$500, depending on your chosen mode of transport.
  • If you’d rather arrive in style, take a helicopter from the airport and land at the lodge’s private helipad in 20 minutes.

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