An authentic NZ ranch retreat


Facilities & services

  • 3-bedroom cottage
  • New hut


  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Fishing
  • Exploring the farm

Lake Heron Station is a high country working farm located in a remote spot in the Southern Alps of New Zealand’s South Island. It is an authentic, family owned ranch where you can experience real New Zealand high country life first-hand.

The accommodation is quite simple, a lovingly restored 3-bedroom cottage, but the setting is anything but sitting as it does surrounded by 19,600 hectares (43,000 acre) of ranchland set in a stunning basin, with a backdrop of glaciated mountains, tussock-covered hills, beech clad valleys and scenic Lake Heron.

There’s also the ‘New Hut’, built in 1923, accessible only accessible on foot, bike or by 4WD, updated as an eco cabin that is now a wonderful base for an exclusive high country sojourn.

Adventure, relaxation, and farm life are the heart of a visit to a Lake Heron Station, whether hiking, fishing, biking and kayaking in the summer, picking mushrooms in the autumn, skiing and skating on a frozen pond come winter or witnessing the lambing season in the spring.

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