One of the largest lakes in South Island of New Zealand, Lake Brunner is a beautiful recreational lake area with dramatic peaks, dense forests, scenic hiking trails and world-renowned wild brown trout fishing. You’ll find something for everyone in Lake Brunner, from fishing tours to glowworm trails to scenic railway rides in the Alps with the kids, all within reach of Lake Brunner holiday homes. Whether you want memories with the kids on a family trip, romance by the lake or exciting adventures in the natural environment, take a look at the best activities and options for Lake Brunner accommodation to prepare for your holiday.
Lake Brunner holiday homes
Lake Brunner holiday homes come in a broad range of options to suit every traveller and budget. You’ll find everything from budget family holiday homes to luxury apartments to cosy lakefront cottages for 2, all within reach of the best attractions in Lake Brunner. Find out more about your accommodation options to see what you can expect.
Lakefront cottages offer spectacular views of the lake and direct access to the beaches and outdoor fun. On a romantic retreat, having a lakefront cottage gives you intimate sunset views for dinner or drinks in the evening and a private spot for quality time together. Lakefront cottages are also good for a family trip, since you’ll have the lake and woodlands at your doorstep for fun outside.
Hotels and apartments
If you want a conventional holiday experience, you can book hotels and serviced apartments in Lake Brunner that give you convenient services. Hotels offer room service, concierge service, organised tours, onsite pools and spas and more. You’ll enjoy similar services with a serviced apartment, along with a self-contained unit that includes all the comforts of home. You’ll have laundry facilities and a full kitchen to prepare your own meals for your family and save on your trip.
Family holiday homes
Holiday homes are the most versatile option for your retreat, especially if you’re travelling with kids. You could find sprawling holiday homes that offer extra bedrooms and bathrooms, bunk beds for the kids, toys and games, entertainment systems, outdoor entertainment space and backyards to play. Many holiday homes are pet friendly, so you could bring the dog along for the trip. Holiday homes come in a full scope of budget options and locations, so you can stay close to town, on the waterfront or nestled in the woods. The Lake Brunner Retreat is the ideal option for a family stay, thanks to amenities like space for 9, television with cable, table football, a video library and games for kids.
Things to do in Lake Brunner
From glowworm tours to quirky historic schoolhouses to wild brown trout fishing, Lake Brunner has an array of unique experiences and attractions for all ages. Find out the best things to do in Lake Brunner to plan your itinerary.
One of the best romantic experiences you can have in Lake Brunner is the glowworm tour. You can track the Velenski Track near Moana after dark to see the landscape illuminated by glowworms for an enchanting experience. You’ll find many other glowworm caves near Moana to experience this unique phenomenon with the family. For unique souvenirs, you and your partner can try a pottery class at Kotuku Pottery and purchase handmade sculptures and homewares.
If you’re travelling with the kids, you’ll find a lot of fun experiences for the whole family in Lake Brunner. With young children, taking the Tranzalpine Train through the Southern Alps is a great way to see the scenery without strenuous hikes. The scenic ride runs from Greymouth to Christchurch and passes through Arthur’s Pass and the Southern Alps for scenic views. Another highlight for kids is the Jack’s Mill School, a historic school that was created entirely by children, complete with a bathtub, full kitchen, running water and electricity. You can tour the schoolhouse to see the children’s creation and the teacher’s innovative approach to hands-on learning.
Lake Brunner is an outdoor playground of lakeshore, waterways, mountains and ancient forest for outdoor adventure. Outdoor enthusiasts can experience watersports on the lake, such as jetboating and waterskiing, or hike the trails that surround the lake to see the views from the mountains. Fishing is another popular activity in Lake Brunner, and you can book guides to find the best fishing spots for wild brown trout fishing and make some memories with the kids. If you want more angling spots, you’ll find an array of lakes or rivers near the lake.