Private Bush Retreat

Lodge | Upper Hutt City | #10754

9.5/10 (49 ratings)
  • 10 Guests
  • 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


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 (58)

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  • We just love the quiet and remote location :)

    We just love the quiet and remote location :)

    cathps14 100%|11x Oct 2017

  • Excellent - could not fault it

    Excellent - could not fault it. Looking forward to our next stay.

    mtn.campbell 100%|2x Oct 2017

  • Amazing place to be with mother nature

    Amazing place to be with mother nature .to just relax and have a good time absolutely loved it

    heathermc27 100%|3x Sep 2017

  • If you like the bush this was a perfect place

    If you like the bush this was a perfect place. The views were fantastic. The Lodge had everything one needed and more. Outside bath was great and heating/cooking was perfect. We did the loop tramp and enjoyed every minute. We had a great 2 days. We would reccommend it to other people.

    RobynLa11 100%|1x Sep 2017

  • This place is amazing

    This place is amazing. Nowhere like it.

    TomBach new member Aug 2017

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