Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and connect with the romance and beauty of stunning Lake Brunner.
On a heavenly ascent through the Southern Alps to the tranquillity of this lakeside paradise, you'll enjoy the romance of rail and feel a warm glow inside on our two-day Lakeside Romantic Getaway.
- Relax aboard the TranzAlpine train as you travel through the stunning peaks, ravines, rivers, and valleys of the Southern Alps
- Wander the scenic walking trails around spectacular Lake Brunner
- Unwind in a freshly poured wood-fired hot tub
- Relax and enjoy blissful tranquillity surrounded by natural beauty
- Morning Tea
- 4-Star Accommodation at Hotel Lake Brunner
- TranzAlpine Scenic Journey
- Hot Tub with platter
- Breakfast at hotel
- Afternoon Tea aboard the TranzAlpine
- TranzAlpine Train
Your Lakeside Romantic Getaway to Lake Brunner will start with a scenic rail adventure through the Southern Alps to stunning Moana aboard the world-famous TranzAlpine.
Stepping onto the platform in Moana, you'll be greeted with remarkable alpine views.
Spend the rest of the day exploring the lake front walks, soaking in the hot tub, and dining at the Kingfisher Restaurant. As evening falls – step outside to experience a magical moment under the sparkling night sky.
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Christchurch to Moana by train
Your Romantic Lakeside Getaway begins the moment you board the TranzAlpine train at Christchurch Railway Station in the early morning.
Easing back in your seat, perhaps with a fresh barista coffee from the onboard café, you'll be enjoying the nostalgic romance of train travel before the train departs.
Your morning will flow through a series of picturesque vistas, from the patchwork paddocks of the Canterbury Plains, across the piedmont of the Torlesse Mountains, into the rugged ravines of the Waimakariri River gorge. With your morning tea being served, dreamy views of the Southern Alps and the mountains of Arthur's Pass will glide by your window.
After a short stop at Arthur's Pass, it will be time to descend through the 8.5km Otira tunnel beneath the Great Divide into the lush green valleys of the West Coast.
Stepping onto the platform at Moana, you can't help but fall in love with this spectacular place.
Your hotel is metres from the station, and the Lake is even closer. Everything you need is in your immediate vicinity. No need for cars, no buses, no taxis. You are free.
Explore Beautiful Lake Brunner
With a whole afternoon free to explore this charming little town and the stunning lake environs, you'll feel the weight of the world evaporate.
Options for the afternoon are elegantly simple—you don't need a map or any help from Trip Advisor. Simply stroll across the Arnold River bridge and wander around the lake. With sandy beaches leading into native forest, you won't need to go far to be completely immersed in nature.
But hiking the nearby hills is even more attractive—especially if you like a longer walk. Climbing Mount Te Kinga is the best option, with the first viewing point an hour's walk, and the second viewing point a healthy three-hour return. From here, you can see for miles across the lake and the nearby Arnold Valley. And, with the trail starting and ending in idyllic Iveagh Bay, you can go for a refreshing dip in the lake afterwards.
Soak in the Peace and Tranquility
With the sun going down over Lake Brunner, it's the perfect time to soak in the views from the soothing warmth of a wood-fired hot tub.
Lake Brunner Hotel is renowned for its relaxing hot tubs, freshly poured from natural spring water, wood-fired to a soothing 42°. Overlooking the lake and its spectacular surroundings, there is nothing more blissful at the end of the day than a warm soak in the great outdoors. And while you relax, you'll be served a charcuterie platter that you can enjoy with a glass of local wine.
Once you are completely relaxed, it will be time to take a few steps to your final destination for the day. The hotel's Kingfisher restaurant awaits, where you'll complete your evening's entertainment with dinner.
Enjoy a leisurely start to the day with breakfast at the hotel, and enjoy the blissfully unusual position of having nothing to do.
Shortly after 3pm, it will be time to board the TranzAlpine for your romantic journey back through the Southern Alps to Christchurch.
A Refreshing and Revitalising Morning
Enjoy a lazy morning by the lake with a deliciously indulgent breakfast followed by a stroll amidst the quiet serenity.
For a more invigorating start to the day, the welcoming waters of Lake Brunner are perfect for swimming—and the short trip around to Iveagh Bay with its boardwalk into the water makes the perfect place for an idyllic dip.
Mount Te Kinga trail also starts from Iveagh Bay, and with spectacular views across Lake Brunner just an hour's walk up the track, this is a great morning stroll. Cap it off with a revitalising dip back at the lake on your return.
Head back to the Hotel Lake Brunner for a relaxing lunch amidst the divine scenery of Lake Brunner before setting off to Moana Railway Station to board the TranzAlpine train back to Christchurch in the mid-afternoon.
Relaxing TranzAlpine Journey to Christchurch
By mid-afternoon, it will be time to return to Moana station and climb board the world-famous TranzAlpine train to Christchurch.
Relaxed, rejuvenated, and filled with the romance of Lake Brunner, the beautifully sculptured mountains of the Southern Alps will appear all the more glorious.
As a final treat, you'll enjoy afternoon tea whilst gliding through the lush valleys of Otira and across the high plains of Cass and Cragieburn aboard this wondrous train journey.
Arriving home, you'll feel the peace and tranquillity of beautiful Lake Brunner has journeyed home with you after this romantic two-day escape.
Take in the scenery as you explore Lake Brunner and Moana.
Enjoy a blend of comfort and divine views at the stunning Hotel Lake Brunner on this two day escape. Gaze at the surrounding mountains and forests, while relaxing in utter bliss.
Sit back and relax with a tranquil and serene atmosphere perfect for unwinding. Enjoy the hotel's historic charm and its spacious and elegantly furnished suites. With an excellent restaurant, bar, and lounge, offering a range of culinary delights and refreshing libations, there will be something for everyone.
Whether you're seeking a romantic getaway, or a solo retreat, Hotel Lake Brunner has everything you need to make your stay an unforgettable one.
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