Private Bush Retreat

Lodge | Upper Hutt City | #10754

9.5/10 (49 ratings)
  • 10 Guests
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • 6 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • Pets ok
  • No smoking


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 Cafe 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.

Extras: Linen (Optional, NZ$10.00 per person); NOTE: Under Kiwi bach tradition you are expected to: Clean the house and do the dishes before you leave;


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Fireplace
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo

Bed layouts

  • Open plan

    1 x Double bed
    2 x Fold-out sofa bed
    1 x Queen bed
    2 x Single bed


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*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 (58)

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  • Our stormiest visit yet! We had a great mid winter break- with...

    Our stormiest visit yet! We had a great mid winter break- with the lodge keeping us warm and dry :)

    cathps14 100%|12x Jul 2018

  • What a fantastic place! Amazing, we loved every minute of it

    What a fantastic place! Amazing, we loved every minute of it. Such a wonderful get away, we really felt like we were on top of the world and off the grid! Antler Lodge is perfect, great open plan space, beautifully warm coal range stove, so peaceful. Antler Lodge is so homely, we’ll definitely be back!

    BexS5629 100%|2x Jun 2018

  • Great place to relax and enjoy nature

    Great place to relax and enjoy nature. Amazing views, warm fire, better than expected shower and toilet. Really happy with the place, hope to visit again :)

    MichelleWhittaker 100%|4x May 2018

  • Ticked all our boxes! Exceeded our expectations! Larry made us feel like...

    Ticked all our boxes! Exceeded our expectations! Larry made us feel like family. We have found our new secret getaway, can't wait to visit again. Lodge is so well setup , we enjoyed the many bush walks, cooking on outdoor bbq, outdoor bath heated by wetback. A great place to unwind, relax and spend time as a family. Dart board was a hit! Swings in the bush for kids. Incredible sunsets. Larry has thought of everything, our 6 night stay was the best holiday we've ever had! Highly recommend to all

    BexH1916 100%|1x Jan 2018

  • This is such a cool place! Was so much fun cooking on...

    This is such a cool place! Was so much fun cooking on the wood range - there's heaps of cast iron pots and pans so if you're into cooking plan to have something simmering for the whole day. Outdoor bath was big enough for two and was so nice looking at the stars. New scrabble set with no missing pieces! Good shower with good pressure. A couple of nice bush walks on the property. Highly recommend :)

    gretap27 100%|12x Nov 2017

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