As the last stop of the TranzAlpine train journey before it reaches Greymouth, the quaint lakeside fishing settlement of Moana is the perfect place to make the most of all Lake Brunner has to offer. Hop off to explore and while you're at it, why not stay awhile? Here are a few reasons to start filling your calendar now.
Country Motel & Holiday Park
Nestled near Moana, the Lake Brunner Country Motel & Holiday Park is a unique complex covering six acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, with scenic reserve as a backdrop. Here you'll have your pick of cottages, cabin lodges, campervan park or tent sites. Either way, be sure to take advantage of the hot spa pool – perfect for some night time star-gazing.
There are only three things you'll want to do at Lake Brunner Lodge – sit back, relax and enjoy true kiwi hospitality. Hidden in the rolling foothills of Podocarp rainforest overlooking the lake, this classic wilderness retreat offers the ultimate escape from it all. From specific travel arrangements to dietary requests, the Lodge's friendly concierge will take care of anything you need.
Lake Brunner Hotel & Apartments
Who can resist a hotel with direct access to one of the best restaurants in town? Located in the Moana Village just a couple minutes' walk from the train station, the Lake Brunner Hotel & Apartments boast more than just unparalleled views of the lake and Southern Alps. You'll be an easy walking distance to the King Fisher restaurant and bar.
With family favourites like burgers and pizza on the menu and an array of beer and wine on tap, this local gem is a great spot to fill up – and warm up! Tucked inside you'll find a fireplace that's almost always roaring.
The TranzAlpine train can take you there
Travelling to Lake Brunner couldn't be easier with the TranzAlpine train running daily from Christchurch.
After a comfortable, scenic train ride complete with roomy seating, panoramic windows and a licensed café, you'll arrive at Moana station at 12:05 pm.
Usually, passengers hop off here to enjoy three hours of exploring before returning to Christchurch. However, now that you know everything this beloved lakeside town has to offer, it should be easy to imagine three hours turning into three days. And why not? When it comes to your dream South Island break, don't just test waters.
Dive right in and book your TranzAlpine train journey to Lake Brunner today.
Book your journey to Moana
Travel to Lake Brunner by train aboard the heavenly TranzAlpine. You can choose one of our day experiences or book a short escape and discover the magic of Moana.
Explore Moana & Lake Brunner
Set amidst spectacular West Coast scenery on the banks of Lake Brunner, Moana is a haven of tranquillity and relaxation, with wondrous walks, fabulous fishing, and heavenly hot tubs.
Find out more about this idyllic West Coast town and what it has to offer.