The Lodge

Riverrun has been designed as luxury accommodation by a leading local architect using almost 100 tonnes of reclaimed hardwood and native timber and beams as well as now unobtainable New Zealand kauri. The handcrafted wood gives the guest accommodation and living areas a special warmth, intimacy and history. Richly polished jarrah floors extend throughout both lounges, historic wharf timbers and massive railway beams show century old adze work. Much of the furniture and metalwork is handcrafted and designed exclusively for the lodge. Riverrun has two large living rooms to relax in, each with a log fire and opening onto deep lounging verandahs.  Fish, hike, bike, read, enjoy the conversation of other guests in the evenings on the lodge verandahs or retreat and relax.


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  • delicious breakfasts each morning including buffet and cooked menu selection
  • complimentary evening appetisers served daily
  • welcome glass of wine on the first night of your stay
  • refreshments, fresh fruit and home made cookies
  • guest tea/coffee making room with well stocked guest fridge
  • books, online movies, music and magazines
  • complimentary wireless internet
  • two ground floor lounges, roaring log fires, generous seating, deep verandahs, panoramic views
  • private outdoor cedar hot tub/spa
  • mountain bikes and fishing rods, ski equipment locker
  • onsite walks, riverside running and bike trails
  • advice and assistance with wanaka activities and guides to get the best out of your stay.


Wanaka is just 5-6 minutes drive away and well supplied with cafes and restaurants. In particular we recommend the following selection. Town can be busy over peak seasons so please let us know if you would like assistance booking evening dining during your stay. 

  • Bistro Gentil (fine dining, lovely location, a chance to see some local art and sculpture)
  • Relishes (a Wanaka institution, casual cafe style but always good)
  • Francesca's Italian Kitchen (buzzing and busy Italian, authentic, great atmosphere)
  • Mazunga (new, fine dining, getting good reviews from guests).

Please note that light evening appetisers are served at 6.30pm daily. A chance to chat, catch up with other guests and plan your next day.

About Riverrun

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Riverrun lies on the ancient terminal moraine of two glaciers, meeting at Halliday bluff. The property crosses the smaller Cardrona river and bounds the magnificent Clutha river, New Zealand's largest river. Walks, bike and running trails extend from the lodge along the Clutha, Cardrona and Hawea rivers for 10-30kms. It is a beautiful 12km ride along the Clutha river and lakeside track to Wanaka township. Guests can enjoy the benefit of local advice, walks along the escarpment, riverside rides or picnics or simply take in the valley and mountain views from the lodge verandahs. The property is a fine wool merino sheep farm, originally the "river run block" of a many thousand acre sheep "run." It was first developed by the Halliday brothers, who were suppliers and prospectors during the Cardrona gold rush of the 1880's. John and Meg had made many excursions to Wanaka and at the end of a hiking trip in Mt Aspiring National Park in 1995, took the not-difficult decision to move here. John had previously established the successful retail and manufacturing outdoor clothing and equipment company Kathmandu, in both New Zealand and Australia.