The most fabulous place we have ever stayed -
perfect in every way.
Wilderness describes this place.
Birdsong wonderful.
Great value for money.
Good facilities, comfortable and spacious.

Welcome to Makarora

A "Back to Nature" Experience.

  • ‘A’ Frame Chalet accommodation
  • Café, Bar and Shop
  • Camping
  • Petrol & Diesel
  • Jet Boat Trips
  • Scenic Flights – Fixed Wing or Helicopter

65kms North of Wanaka - 80kms South of Haast
Aproximately 1/2 Way between the Glaciers and Queenstown on the Haast Pass Highway (SH6)

Tucked in under Mt Shrimpton, Makarora Tourist Centre with it's 'A' frame accommodation borders the Mt Aspiring World Heritage National Park. Across Sate Highway 6 and the licenced airstrip the Makarora River meanders it's way 10 kilometres to the head of Lake Wanaka. The little hanging valley, the Teal, looks down over the river towards the complex while the Wilkin and Young Valleys, with their towering mountains and native beech covered slopes, stand majestically to each side of the Teal.

Southern Alps Air, The Wilkin River Jets, and BackCountry Helicopters can show you this amazing area by jet-boating the Makarora and Wilkin Rivers or give you a birds eye view from the air whether you choose fix-winged or helicopter. Or perhaps you can take the opportunity to do the Siberia Experience, a combination of a flight, a bush walk and jet boat trip back to base from Kerin Forks. Our valley location offers countless opportunities for exploring our stunning and remote surroundings.

Adjacent to the complex there's a twenty minute nature walk through a small stand of podocarp forest teeming with bird life where sometimes glow worms can be seen at night. The Department of Conservation have developed this walk and labelled many species of native flora and historical relics from the time milling was the Valley's main industry. There are many other short or long walks nearby as well. Several lead off the State Highway 6 such as the Blue Pools where you can commonly see trout beneath the bridge. For trampers there are several 2-3 day journeys using the Department of Conservation huts provided.

Alternatively, you can just relax by the pool, read a book at your unit, have a meal from the café or drink at the bar enjoying the sunset from the deck, or take your fishing rod and get a brown or rainbow trout for your tea.

Over many years continuous planting at the camp has encouraged the native birds such as pigeons, tuis, bellbirds, wax eyes, fantails, tomtits and finches to flourish in our area. Some years during the spring, kakas have been seen feeding on the flax flowers next to one of the lodges. Of course, there are the blackbirds, thrushes, sparrows and chaffinches as well.

Bell bird

Makarora will appeal to those who appreciate joyous bird song, mountain spring water, being able to feel you can reach up and touch the stars at night, search for glow worms and listen to the rain on an iron roof. Your stay will really be something to remember.

  • units 1 & 2
  • group outside shop
  • tramping in valley
  • wilkin jet
  • mount aspiring
  • plane
  • top lodge
  • cafe and shop
  • jet boat
  • bottom lodge
Wilkin Valley

Siberia Valley

Young Valley

In appreciation of our natural environment Makarora Tourist Centre endeavors to be Eco- Friendly.

Our efforts include:

Recycle: When waste cannot be prevented there are recycling receptacles provided.

Reuse: We offer our guests the option of minimizing the daily service of their chalets.

Reduce: We use low energy light bulbs and have dispensers for soaps and shampoos to reduce waste. We endeavour to use 'green' cleaning products where possible, and ask guests to check that electrical equipment is switched off before leaving.

Composting: Our food scraps are not composted but go to feed the local farmers' pigs.

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