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The harsh and hauntingly beautiful landscapes of the Southern Alps will take your breath away. Mt Potts Lodge is nestled close to the rugged Potts Range at the headwaters of the Rangitata River in Canterbury. Take a breath, take refuge, soak in the scenery and replenish your soul.
Travel the inland roads from Christchurch or Ashburton through the Canterbury plains, the largest area of flat land in New Zealand. Dwarfed by the huge Southern Alps is Methven, a popular winter resort and gateway to nearby Mount Hutt ski field.
The area was made world-famous as the backdrop to ‘Edoras’ in the Lord of the Rings films. Edoras, the fortress city of the Rohan people, found its home among the wild, rocky tussock terrain on Mount Sunday, at Mount Potts Station.
“The room was recently renovated and was excellent. The staff were al friendly and helpful. The only down was the fact that the restaurant was not running due to the chef leaving shortly before we arrived. We managed with the microwave in the room and the help of the staff. The walking in the surrounding area is challenging but rewarding and the scenery is amazing.”
“We have spent wonderful days in Mt Potts Lodge. Surroundings was amazing, En Suite rooms comfortable and staff really friendly. Climbing Mt. Sunday is not difficult and offers beautiful views. And climbing Mt. Potts is more challenging one day trip but offers much more beautiful view to the valley.”
“My main purpose in visiting Mt Potts Lodge was to be able to get out and enjoy some nature and scenery I might otherwise have a hard time accessing. While I love a good tramp, I am not yet in the habit of gearing up for several days out in the wild, living in huts – although certainly if you wanted this, Mt Potts would be an excellent waystation as it’s right near the newly-formed Te Araroa track that crosses all of New Zealand. Rather, I was able to stay out tramping all day at several various locations which offer one-day hikes with stunning scenery, and then retire to my very comfortable en suite room at the Lodge. It has underfloor heating which the staff will adjust for you readily if it is too hot or too cold but it keeps your room at a cozy and even temperature. The staff were always friendly and helpful and I found the prices on food and drink reasonable especially considering the lengths they go to to bring it out here (the last 25 km to the Lodge is gravel road).”
“We spent our last night on the south island at the Mt Potts Lodge and what a special last night that was! The staff was very friendly and helpful. We checked in and then headed out for sunset on Mount Sunday. We didn’t bother to keep track of time and unfortunately by the time we returned (late) the kitchen was closed. But the chef was kind enough to prepare a meal for our family anyway. After dinner we spent some time with both the chef and the gentleman that checked us in and enjoyed hearing about the area. I really wish we had allotted more time to stay here. The rooms are clean and modern, and the location just can’t be beat!”
“We stayed for a couple of nights in this extremely spectacular setting and couldn’t have been more comfortable. Hosts were friendly and helpful. A large group was expected one night for dinner and we were invited to join afterwards at our private table and enjoy the food prepared. Despite the wind and cold the room was wonderfully warm thanks to under floor heating. Couldn’t recommend highly enough.”
“The draw for us to stay here was Mt Sunday and its role in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. However, this location has a magic thats very much of its own and its appeal is far more broad. We stayed in the Stag Hill Cottage. Whilst not luxurious, it is very comfortable and well equipped and has a country charm which suits the location.”