A total wilderness experience...
Welcome to the Makarora Tourist Centre - accommodation, restaurant and activities in one of New Zealand's most idyllic mountain settings.  

This idyllic resort is set amongst the lush rainforest and majestic mountains of the Southern Alps and borders Mt Aspiring World Heritage National Park. The scenery here is exceptional with views over the wild Makarora river, into some of this country's most beautiful and untouched valleys. There are many things to do all at your doorstep, from a number of lovely short bush walks (one of which rewards you with a view of glow worms, if you walk it at night) to more demanding tramps and a series of adventurous activities, Helicopter and Plane flights, Jet boating, Fishing, the Blue pools, and more. We are 1 hour from Wanaka and 1 hour from Haast on state highway 6, the perfect location to relax and enjoy the surroundings from the cafe, bar, swimming pool, or at your accommodation. Your stay will be something to remember.

Tariffs (2 persons per night)

Secluded A-frame Chalets  with ensuites  $120.00,  
Cabins $85, double rooms $70.00.  
En suited Dorm rooms $30.00pp and
Campervan powered sites $14pp, kids under 5 years are free,
Tent sites $12pp.

For more detailed info, click the accommodation link below!

With this gorgeous valley location, the resort provides a friendly and complete wilderness retreat for individuals, families and groups away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Makarora offers opportunities for both the adventure seeker and those wanting to take time out in our awe inspiring surroundings.

The Resort offers:

So whether youíre after adventure or relaxation, Makarora is the place for you. Stay a night or two in our private chalet accommodation or pitch a tent. Relax in our licensed restaurant by the open fireplace, or outside on our sunny verandah. Get out and see the National Park by taking a thrilling jet boat ride or a scenic flight. Take the fishing rod for a meander down to the river, or get the pack out for a multi day hike.

This is where the magic happens!

Come to Makarora for your total wilderness experience...

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Our valley...

Our valley location offers countless opportunities for exploring our stunning and remote surroundings.

The Young, Wilkin and Siberia Valleys, and Mt Shrimpton are all in a few minutes reach - by hiking, with a thrilling jet boat ride, scenic fixed wing or helicopter flight.

Makarora is an ideal destination for tramping with a selection of multi day walks in the area and there is also great hunting and fishing.


From August 2011, we will be open to new applications from the public, to become part of our unique team and spend the Summer season working at the Resort. We take on staff for the Restaurant, Bar, Kitchen and Housekeeping departments, as well as Reception. Some experience and complete fluency in English, is essential.

For more info, contact us at info@makarora.co.nz or call us direct, (03) 443 8372! Looking forward to seeing you here!