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The Summit Lodge

The Summit Lodge
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4 Admiral Road, Masterton
06 372 7757
The Summit Lodge was opened in December 2009 and is constructed with sustainability in mind. Double glazing, insulation, low water use fixtures and fittings, rainwater collection and grey water system.  The lodge is single storey and features wide doorways and corridors to ensure easy access for all.  One room provides a wheelchair accessible bathroom.  

In what started out as a sheep paddock, the lodge now sits in a large, established garden planted along permaculture principles.  Many native plants and a few 'exotics' provide habitat for birds and bees!  In addition to the wildlife, the lodge is home to 7 friendly alpacas, a Labrador dog, Dexter; 5 cats and a number of chickens.

The Summit Lodge hosts, Tracey and Jim, are known for their warm hospitality and tasty cooking!  Home baking is always available and breakfasts feature home baked bread, fresh fruit, home made muesli as well as  eggs from our free range chickens and locally sourced organic bacon and sausages.  People with dietary needs such as vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free can all be catered for.

A great location to explore the Wairarapa - the coastline, the Tararua ranges, Stone Henge Aotearoa, The Vintage Aviation Collection, white kiwi-birds at Pukaha Mount Bruce as well as the many fabulous wineries. 

Environment Friendly Action

We conserve heat We conserve water We employ alternative energy resources: wind/solar/water We recycle where possible We compost food waste We use sustainable toilet/grey water waste disposal We use bio-degradable cleaning agents We instruct staff in green practices We mention green/eco issues on our website We conserve/care for wildlife in our area/ natural pest eradication We participate in community environmental initiatives

Dietary Selections: We offer

Vegetarian Locally sourced food Home-grown spray-free produce


3 en-suite rooms, large guest lounge, air conditioning, spa/hot tub, alpaca meet and feed, home baking, home grown veg, sociable dining, large garden

Total Capacity



Bigscreen TV Phone & WIFI Satellite TV


Breakfast included, dinners and picnic lunches available on request, additional cost. Meals include seasonal fruit and veg from the garden, home made jams and preserves, free range eggs from on-site chickens, organic locally sourced bacon, locally sourced meat (lamb, venison), home baking, home made muesli and home baked bread. Wine is from local Gladstone wineries

Tariff Includes

bed and breakfast


From Carterton turn into Park Road at the (only) roundabout, proceed to T junction, turn left (Carters Line), proceed approx. 4km, turn right toward Gladstone onto Gladstone Rd. Proceed approx. 8km to next T junction (Wheelwrights opposite), turn left then right after 200 meters into Admiral Road, The Summit Lodge is on the right.
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