… sharing its vision, history & heritage with all who grace the Estate
Immerse yourself in the timeless charm of old world elegance and style and enjoy the unique heritage of the North Island’s oldest luxury lodge and estate.
In the late nineteenth century, at the height of the romantic Victorian era where new frontiers still beckoned and exceptional individuals possessing vision, drive, and a pioneering spirit could change the world, a distinguished gentleman by the name of Dr Frederik Raynor and his new bride became entranced and captivated by the untouched beauty of this region on the North Island. With its natural bushlands, clear star-studded country skies, rushing rivers, crystal-clear lakes and steaming mineral pools welling up from the depths of the earth Dr Raynor set out to find the perfect spot to call home.
In 1898 Dr Raynor discovered that perfect magical location, a north facing site, enjoying sunshine all day, all year, no matter the season; a site situated on an elevated knoll that looked out over sweeping views of the distant soft rolling hills, the many bays and the calm pristine waters of Lake Rotoiti… and so it was at this exclusive, secluded spot that Moose Lodge was born.
In a little over a century, with only 5 guardians, Moose Lodge’s legacy has been lovingly kept and preserved while each guardian has contributed their style over the years. While instilling personal touches and adding modern improvements, all renovations have always stayed true to the heritage and core aesthetics of the property. Each one has been mindful of the essence, spirit and style of the Estate and has ensured the soul of this magnificent property is central and protected.
From one man’s dream of a country hideaway has risen a vision of genteel elegant luxury, a shining beacon of sophistication that has enticed the rich and famous and the crème de la crème of high society for decades. Today a plethora of very private guests seeking an estate to recharge, reconnect, replenish their souls and enjoy the beautiful things in life grace the Estate. They join a long list of recognisable personalities, from celebrities and heads of state, to royalty, all sharing a common love for simple elegance of this magnificent property.
Join us, enter your name into the annals of the Estate’s history, and walk in the footsteps of royalty. Share in a truly unique experience that has amazed generations of guests and discover the timeless beauty of Moose Lodge Estate.
Classic comfortable bedrooms with views of the lake, forest & gardens
The 2 Royal Tours of the British Monarchy gave us the Queen Suite, the Prince Charles and the Princess Anne Suites. The Asian Heads of State gave us the Emperor Suite. Other suites showcase the characters of the long list of distinguished international guests who have made Moose Lodge their special stop in New Zealand. Each Suite is individually and beautifully appointed with its own character.
Guests arrive at their country estate which has not a single hotel room. Moose Lodge has only proper bedrooms complete with ensuites, verandas and great views. The suites have no televisions, mini bars and like grand houses, our staff are at their service throughout their stay. Guests are encouraged to use the whole lodge as their own home away from home and enjoy the use of the library, the billiards room, enjoy your wine in the lounges, have a therapeutic soak in our hot mineral baths or dive into the clear cool waters of the lake. The Estate is yours to enjoy.
The perfect dining experience
Dining at Moose Lodge is a walk back in time to an era when food, wine and company took centre stage. The lodge chefs recapture the lost classic dishes of a simpler time, paying special attention to serve spray-free, clean simple produce that this country has to offer. Dine in candlelight to soft old-time music and silver service where silver tea pots are still used. Although dietary requirements are always considered in preparing our meals, we apologise that we are unable to cater to special religious restrictions.
Whether it is a beautiful afternoon tea or high tea, a festive meal, a special celebration or a wedding, our team tailors every event and creates a unique, memorable occasion for you to keep.
Every dining experience is a beautiful one and our aim is to assist in making memories that last a lifetime.
100-acre estate that has all you need for your small, tailored & private corporate event
Our experienced team will organise all your Meeting, Incentive & Corporate Golf & recreational requirements.
An exclusive, private100-acre Estate
The Estate has its own private golf course, lakefront, mineral baths, spa treatments, private jetty and helipad. Our guests do not have to leave the Estate to enjoy the facilities and outdoor recreation, only some of which are highlighted below.
From golf to kayaking and exploring the shores of Lake Rotoiti to relaxing in any of our lakeside or lodge hot mineral baths, from petanque and croquet, giant chess and lawn games to fly fishing off the jetty, there is so much to do while staying with us.
Birdwatchers will be delighted with the birdsong and beautiful birds who make the Estate home. Guests will be one with Nature watching pet sheep, alpacas, free ranging hens and Indian Runner ducks, rainbow trout in the spawning stream or pheasant and quail calling and scurrying to and from the scrublands.
Guides are available to take guests boat fishing or fly fish the surrounding rivers. Should our guests feel the need for added tourist attractions our team will assist in planning and booking your activities for you.