Private Bush Retreat

Lodge | Upper Hutt City | #10754

9.3/10 (32 ratings)
  • 10 people
  • Studio
  • 6 beds
  • 1 bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • Pets ok
  • No smoking


  • Situated 570 metres above sea level, this is the highest accommodation in Wellington
  • This is a walker, tramper, biker, outdoor enthusiast, wildlife lover delight
  • Rustic and private self servicing rural getaway for up to ten people

An enchanting private bush retreat to get away from it all.

Set in the beautiful rural Akatarawa Valley, approx 1 hour from Wellington, you will be able to leave the busy city behind and instead enjoy bundles of space to explore. Here, you will be able to curl up and read a book, explore many walking tracks full of native bush while enjoying the songs of local native birds. Don't be surprised if you even see a deer or pig roaming the tracks!

Guided tramps to suit the walkers level of fitness are available and if you want to bring your bike, there are suitable tracks for mountain biking.

The lodge layout is similar to an open plan tramping lodge and provides self servicing accommodation for up to 10 people. It has two mezzanine sleeping areas, with separate shower and toilet. The outdoor bath will give you a chance to unwind under the stars.

Heating for the hut is provided by an open fire place and there is a wood range for cooking. Fire wood is provided.

Antler Lodge is off the road and up a steep gravel road, and does require either rear wheel drive or 4 wheel

drive vehicle. Safe parking of cars is therefore right beside the lodge. If you don't have a 4 wheel drive vehicle, transportation can be provided up/down to the lodge if required, and your vehicle can be parked at the bottom of the hill safely on private land.

Children can enjoy a place to roam and explore for hours, play on our rope swing, or snuggle down in the hidden bedroom! Rivers for swimming are close by and you can even visit glow worm grottos.

Local Valley attractions include Staglands Wildlife Reserve and Café as well as two blueberry farms for berry picking in summer.

Antler Lodge is suitable for families, tramping groups, wildlife enthusiasts, and those just wanting to escape to the country.

Catering is available by prior arrangement. A helipad at the lodge allows for a 15 minute flight from Queens Wharf.

Firearms are not permitted but wildlife photography is encouraged!

Special conditions: Smoking allowed outside only. Prices are negotiable for longer term stays, or larger groups at Antler Lodge. Please enquire via email.


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Bath tub
  • Fireplace
  • Mobile coverage - Spark
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • Shower
  • Spa bath

Bed layouts

  • Open plan

    2 x Bunk bed
    1 x Double bed
    1 x Fold-out sofa bed
    1 x Mattress/Futon/Air bed
    1 x Queen bed

Availability & rates*

Maybe booked

  • Cleaning: Visitors to clean-up and leave the property as found.
  • Extras: Linen $10.00 per person (optional)
  • Multi-night stay: Get 1 FREE night when you stay for 4 nights or longer. Not valid for periods where a last minute discount applies. Free night applies to lowest priced night.

*Pricing may vary depending on the dates you choose and the number of guests. Additional charges (extras) and minimum stay criteria may also apply. Service fees may also apply.

Reviews (41)

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  • This is more than accommodation

    This is more than accommodation. It is an experience. Had a fantastic time.

    LisaClark 100%|2x May 2017

  • Stunning location

    Stunning location

    ShareeC3 new member Apr 2017

  • This lodge is the perfect getaway

    This lodge is the perfect getaway. It isn't on the grid and it doesn't matter. The LEDs provide plenty of light but better still, remember to take plenty of candles with you. The lodge is easily heated by the wood burner stove and Larry makes sure there is more than enough wood to keep it going. There is also a huge open fire but we never felt the need to light it. The outside bath is a lot of fun too and is also heated by the wood stove. We didn't want for a thing and enjoyed a wonderful break.

    Alan&Ann 100%|4x Apr 2017

  • We absolutely LOVED Antler Lodge! And cannot wait to come back

    We absolutely LOVED Antler Lodge! And cannot wait to come back. Very well equip with all the essentials. Great getting back to basic with no electricity, but does have running hot water, fire oven and gas stove which is all you need. Not too far away from the city but you feel you are so removed from the hustle and bustle. Would highly recommend this to everyone!

    IsyH6165 new member Apr 2017

  • Quiet, peaceful and just perfect for taking a break!

    Quiet, peaceful and just perfect for taking a break!

    sonjek478 100%|5x Mar 2017

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