Hotel Lake Brunner. Built in the 1930’s with local timber to service the TranzAlpine Rail service, our way of life connects the East and West Coast's of the South Island, New Zealand. The Hotel once called the Chateau Moana, provides a warm and friendly environment for travellers and locals to share news and stories.
The name Brunner was bestowed on the lake, to recognise the explorer and surveyor Thomas Brunner, who with the help of his Maori guide Kehu, is considered to be the first European to see this supreme rain forest lake in January 1848. The lake, Moana Kotuku Whakaoho, was already a significant area to local Iwi, as it provided year round Kai (food) on their journey across the Southern Alps via the Taramakau Valley and onto the East Coast trading their sacred Pounamu stone.
Our friendly team at the Kingfisher want you to enjoy a memorable occasion at our Hotel.
A place to relax amongst great company after exploring our pristine wilderness lake and rain forest environment.
While in our company you will be treated as a King Fisher, regardless of what you’ve hooked today.
Great views across the lake. Big unit. Had everything we needed even a dishwasher. We didn't use the hotel bar or restaurant but it was great to know the option was there if we didn't feel like cooking. One of the better set-ups we experienced on our South Island driving holiday. We would stay again.
The staff were very helpful and they provided an excellent service. We ordered out meal which was delivered to our room at the time requested, a very lovely meal. The room was clean and comfortable with all that we required for our stay. Ill be very happy to return. Thank you Hotel Lake Brunner.
Comfortable and cosy room in the heart of lake Brunner. The pub and restaurant which is only metres always provides frosty brews and delicious meals. A must stay for anyone passing by!
The shower would be the best we have ever used in 50 years of motels. Such soft water and plenty of pressure. would go back just to use it Great view over the lake. Layout nice. Bar and restaurant was so close, nice staff friendly and informative. Booked a trip on a sightseeing boat while in the bar. who said booze and business don't mix.? Had a coffee in the station house cafe. next time stay longer and have a meal there as well.
This room was all about the view. The end of the room facing the lake was all glass and so it was like a massive T.V. screen with the lake-cam on all the time. Brilliant.
Lots of amazing walks on your doorstep, lake is great for fishing and water sports, Greymouth, Hokitika, and Arthurs Pass are all close
Lovely view of the lake and mountain from our room. Very comfortable beds with lots of space in our room, great location just a short stroll to the edge of the lake and two great restaurants less that 5 minutes walk
It was quite a pleasant surprise to come across this hotel. I wish I had a couple of extra days there. The hotel bar and restaurant were really buzzing. A great little place to stay for more than just one night. Highly recommend it.