Testimonials

"THE ULTIMATE WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE!"

“SHEARWATER LODGE IS ABSOLUTELY UNIQUE”

“YOU HAVE BREATHTAKING MOUNTAINS AND BUSH”

“CREATING PARADISE IN PARADISE”

““TIME OUT" TREASURE”

“WONDERFUL OASIS OF PEACE AND TRANQUILITY”

“THE VIEWS & SCENERY ARE BEYOND DESCRIPTION, THE NIGHT SKY IS AMAZING”

“UNFUSSY LUXURY (WITH A FEW LAUGHS)”

“SPOIL YOURSELF AND ESCAPE TO THIS UNIQUE CORNER OF NEW ZEALAND”

“I SHALL RETURN ONE DAY TO THIS HEAVENLY PLACE CALLED SHEARWATER”

“TRULY REMARKABLE PROGRESS IN PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT”

“A MAGNIFICENT SPOT, THE BEST I HAVE BEEN TO”

“POSSIBLY THE MOST DIVERSE AND VARIED RANGE OF ECO SYSTEMS”

“STUNNING SPOT WITH SUCH A STUNNING LODGE”

“MAKING US FEEL SO WELCOME”

“WE CHOSE KAIKOURA WILDERNESS WALKS INSTEAD OF PARIS”

“We have hiked all over the world, but Shearwater Lodge is absolutely unique. It is unique because all involved make you feel at home, while running daily routine with total professionalism. Eva and myself feel very privileged to be able to be part of this paradise, thank you Nicky.”

Josef, Chapel Hill, USA

“Thanks for a wonderful 3 days. An absolutely incredibly experience! I really can’t put into words all of the truly wonderful aspects that make up this wilderness encounter. Plant life, stories, flower, and food, warmth, hospitality, family- home feeling & friendly vibe. I have to say I'm hooked! A great introduction to tramping & alpine for me, thank very much. I will be recommending to everyone I know. Please can I come back. Oh and the VIEWS.”

Therese, Auckland, NZ

“It's your singular delivery of unfussy luxury ( with a few laughs) that separates this Wilderness Lodge from the others. In this unique valley, in all its variety, that’s a winning proposition, see you again.”

LW, Wellington, NZ

“A unique and exhilarating few days – great company, guides, staff and location. Congratulations to Nicky & all the people who make this experience what it is, thank you. ”

Fiona, NSW, Australia

“Possibly the most diverse and varied range of eco systems it is possible to see in a day of walking. If that wasn't enough day two was stunning views I had ever seen. Add to this great food, and the friendliness of the guides and hosts you could want and you get one of the best experiences traveling has to offer anywhere. Thank you.”

Colin & Sharon, Chelmsford, UK

“Thank you so much for making us feel so welcome, wonderful hike and the lodge is one of the nicest places we have stayed. 5 Star food, 5 star lodge , 5 star views – will recommend on Trip Advisor.”

JE & AM, London, UK

“There is nothing more magical than seeing a dream come to life and we had a real sense of that this weekend – its been so special to share in this dream over the last few days. Nicky you and your team absolutely get the importance of the overall “experience”. You have breathtaking mountains and bush, a beautiful luxurious lodge, delicious food and sounds of the outback and you have wrapped it all up in your unique personalities and exquisite attention to detail and our experience has been one of total indulgence and we’ve felt absolutely spoilt. The perfect wedding anniversary. Thank you.”

Grant, Auckland, NZ

“Wonderful Oasis of peace and tranquility, thank you for looking after us so well. The picnic was a lovely surprise, thank you Lance for sharing your extensive knowledge with us for your expert guidance and gentle humour. How wonderful Nicky to see a dream realized.”

Wendy & Brian, Macclesfield, UK

"Great family atmosphere, the attention to detail was what made this trip outstanding in every way. I would recommend this walk to everyone. Spoil yourself and escape to this unique corner of New Zealand."

Andrew, Wanaka

"Truly exhilarating and memorable experience. Nicky and her team were knowledgeable and enthusiastic and demonstrated that truly remarkable progress can and should be made in protecting and enhancing our environment. Many thanks and best of luck with all your endeavours. Mike and Alison."

Mike, Ongar, Essex, UK

"I am speechless as what to say! Paradise!! This has been an amazing experience that will stay with me forever. Seeing the snow was such a bonus to our trip. Thank you for your great hospitality. Stunning spot with such a stunning lodge."

Danielle, Papamoa, NZ

“Simply glorious, great company, wonderful food and a  truly magical location. Congratulations to all the team for creating paradise in paradise.”

Jane, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

““Time Out" Treasure, I leave with a feeling of having been to a very special place. A chance to enjoy birdsong, and alpine splendour and return to the real world reality, relaxed and rested. Thank you Nicky and your team for your friendly hospitality.”

BK, Thames, NZ

“Fantastic 3 days. Every detail was perfect. The entire experience was spectacular. The views & scenery are beyond description, the night sky is amazing. Lance and Harry were wonderful guides. Nicky and Jude were brilliant hosts. It was the perfect end to our visit to Australia and New Zealand.”

Jack & Carol, Downington, Pensylvania, USA

"I shall return one day, With sons and daughter, To this heavenly place Called Shearwater, Where the girls have wings And the dogs have smiles Where the men have halos And where you walk for miles! "

Mac, Australia

"An awesome experience, top location, top accommodation and hospitality. All with a passionate leader and owner, what a great combination. Thank you for allowing me to share a magnificent spot, the best I have been to. Namaste."

BR, ACT, Australia

"Just wonderful, escape the city, breath the clean air. Good balance – some energetic walking, balanced with indulgent food. The lodge is wonderful. Thanks to your team Nicky, we had a great time. We chose Kaikoura Wilderness Walks instead of Paris and were not disappointed!!!!"

Greg & Rosemary, West Australia