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   Rocky Range Lodge   

Rocky Range Lodge

159 The Half Mile
PO Box 323
Alexandra, Central Otago
New Zealand  1918
Architectural Type:  French Provincial
Established In:  1996
Phone: +64 (0)3-448-6150
Toll Free:  0800-153-293
Fax:  +64 (0)3-448-6155
Contact: Lisa & Colin STRANG
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Single Occupant Rate Is: NZ $325
Double Occupant Rate Is: NZ $400
Additional Occupant Rate Is: N/A
Accepted Payments: Cash, AMEX, MasterCard, Money Orders, Visa, Travellers Cheques
Deposit Amount Requested: 25% of total cost of stay
Minimum Stay Is: 1 night
Check In Time Is: 2 PM
Check Out Time Is: 11 AM
Cancellation Policy: Cancelled 30 days prior: 25% total cost of stay. Cancelled 48 hours prior: 100% for each room night.

On a hill above the Alexandra township, Rocky Range Bed and Breakfast lodge sits in a sea of wild purple thyme where ancient rocks are scattered like shipwrecks.

Beyond the bed and breakfast, lays a sweeping vista of the surrounding mountain ranges and river valleys. Such rugged beauty combined with a wonderful dry continental climate makes Central Otago as inviting as it is unique.

The splendour and serenity of this landscape is equally matched by a myriad of activities on offer throughout the region, making Rocky Range an ideally located vacation retreat, or an extra special honeymoon destination. Your hosts, Colin and Lisa, have lived and travelled throughout the world and have been fortunate to stay in a number of fine bed and breakfast lodges.

Colin and Lisa aim to provide the finest standard of accommodation to travellers or anyone seeking a place for quiet relaxation. Our Qualmark five star rating for Guest & Hosted Accommodation provides guests with assurance that our high standards are regularly evaluated.


Rocky Range provides luxury bed and breakfast accommodation for the discerning traveller, combining a spectacular setting with warm, inviting en-suite bedrooms and comfortable ambiance. Each room is tastefully decorated with unique colour schemes and exquisite furnishings.

From your suite, enjoy spectacular views of the Central Otago scenery from your individual Juliet balcony or cuddle up in one of our soft waffle weave cotton robes and slippers. Relax with a hot drink while enjoying a good book from our bookshelves.

Included in the bed and breakfast room rate is a gourmet appetizer tray and welcome glass of local wine on arrival, home baked bedtime snack and full breakfast. Breakfast choices reflect the varied heritage of your hosts, Colin and Lisa, ranging from Southern Buttermilk Pancakes to hearty Kiwi fare of eggs, bacon and tomatoes.

Your suite includes:

  • TV
  • Alarm clock
  • Tea and coffee facility
  • Individual Juliet balcony
  • Super king or queen bed
  • Down duvets and pillows
  • Fine Italian cotton sateen bed linens
  • Private en-suite bathroom with shower
  • Wool fleece electric blankets with dual controls
  • Hair dryer, iron & ironing board, toiletries and waffle cotton robes and slippers
  • Wireless Internet access, D-Link Wireless Network card and software for guest use

The Hawkdun Suite:

The Hawkdun Suite offers spectacular views of the beautiful Hawkdun Range. Facing east, the room enjoys breathtaking sunrises and warm morning sun. The colourful glow on the Hawkduns at sunset when they are covered with snow is a sight that should not be missed.

With its rich Bordeaux colour scheme, The Hawkdun Suite delivers a warm, romantic feel. An inviting king/twin size bed awaits you, exquisitely appointed with ornate Italian cotton sateen sheets, wool fleece electric blanket and down duvet and pillows. French doors lead to a private Juliet balcony overlooking dramatic rock formations and wild thyme against the backdrop of the Hawkdun Range.

The Dunstan Suite:

The Dunstan Suite faces due north and enjoys all day sun and dramatic views of the Dunstan Range. In the distance, the snow capped Pisa Range towers over the surrounding valley.

From plush velvet in winter to crisp French cotton toile in summer, the opulent plum toned fabrics give the Dunstan Suite a luxurious European flavour. The queen size bed offers pillow top comfort, draped in Italian cotton sateen sheets, wool fleece electric blanket and down duvet and pillows. French doors lead to a private Juliet balcony overlooking the terrace and gardens, set against the backdrop of the Dunstan Ranges.

The Obelisk Suite:

Oriented to the north and west is the Obelisk Suite, named for the rock obelisk that can be seen crowning the Old Man Range. Enjoy romantic sunsets from your Juliet balcony, which also overlooks the spa pool set among the rocks below.

The Obelisk Suite invites you to unwind with its cool sage colour scheme and soft furnishings. Blue sponge painted walls create a relaxing environment, and the amazing silk or quilted cotton duvets add to the lusciousness of this room. The exquisite Italian cotton sateen sheets, wool fleece electric blanket and down duvet and pillows make your queen size bed a haven for rest.

The Molyneux Suite:

The Molyneux Suite has a French feel - exquisite Aubusson or French toile patterned duvets, soft floral wool rug and French doors to a private Juliet balcony overlooking the herb garden. Watch the sun set over the Old Man Range from this west-facing room while sipping a cool glass of local wine.

Soft blue toned fabrics and rich gold walls give the Molyneux Suite a restful, luxurious feel. The super king bed is an opulent retreat, adorned with silky Italian cotton sateen sheets, a wool fleece electric blanket and cloud soft down pillows and duvet.

Your Room Rate Includes:


  • Home baked bedtime snack

  • Complimentary gourmet coffees

  • Complimentary selection of after dinner drinks

  • Evening appetizers with New Zealand wine or beer

  • A cooked gourmet breakfast is served in the solarium breakfast room, alfresco on the terrace or in the formal dining room

Facilities and complimentary guest services:

  • Mountain bikes

  • Laundry facilities

  • Under floor heating

  • Croquet and petanque/boules

  • Stone fireplace in guest lounge

  • Off street private parking area

  • Use of in-house library of books

  • Use of spa pool set among the rocks

  • Restaurant, airport transfer and activities reservation service

  • 100 acres of private grounds ideal for cycling, walking or a picnic

  • Guest lounge with 43" plasma screen, home theatre system and CD/DVD libraries

  • Flagged terrace enclosed by natural rock walls. Plenty of outdoor seating with magnificent views of surrounding mountain ranges. Outdoor brazier, sun umbrellas


There are a myriad of local activities for guests at Rocky Range to choose from. 4-wheel drive safaris venture into breathtaking mountain ranges, exploring local flora and fauna, as well as remnants of the area's colourful gold mining past.

Wine tours are available, enabling guests to see our local vineyards and sample the delicious Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Rieslings that the area is known for.

Marvel at the breathtaking gorges and abandoned mining settlements along the Clutha River while on a guided kayak trip or boat cruise.

Mountain biking enthusiasts will appreciate the nearby Otago Central Rail Trail, a three day off-road cycling tour of the region, as well as shorter rides for all levels of fitness.

Central Otago is home to some of the finest trout lakes and streams in the world. Rocky Range is pleased to offer guided fly fishing trips.

There are three eighteen hole and three 9 hole golf courses less than a half hour's drive from Rocky Range Lodge. Let us help you plan your next golfing holiday!

Spa Treaments:

Guests can enjoy relaxing spa treatments provided by Buff staff in the privacy and comfort of their Rocky Range guest suite.

If interested, please ask for current rates. Guests can choose from the following treatment options:

Pamper Package:

Indulge in 3 hours of pampering. This complete package involves a total body exfoliation and hydration, back/neck/shoulder and leg massage and a rejuvenating facial. Also includes nail and cuticle work followed by a buff for men and choice of colour for women.

Spa Essential:

This divine treatment begins with a soothing back massage followed by a rejuvenating facial using essential oil complexes chosen for their regenerative properties. Allow your therapist to ease tension and stress away, leaving your skin rebalanced and glowing. 90 minutes.


More than the traditional facial. Using award-winning anti-ageing formulations, we will revitalize your skin. Enjoy deep cleansing, an AHA exfoliation and facial massage. While your modulating mask sets, you will be treated to a relaxing foot and lower leg massage. This treatment is finished off with hydrating facial creams. 75 minutes.


Reap the benefits of massage including elimination of toxins, improved circulation and relief from muscle tension and stress. Our therapists will leave you in a deep state of relaxation. 60 minutes or 90 minutes.

Deluxe Spa Manicure/Pedicure:

Your hands and feet will love you for this. Treatment begins with a soak in mineral salts or essential oils. Attention is given to cuticle work, nail reshaping and the removal of calloused or hard skin. Then enjoy an exfoliation treatment, massage, mask and finally colour for women or a buff for men. 60 minutes.

Guided Fishing:

Rocky Range is pleased to offer guided fly fishing packages in cooperation with Maniototo Fly Fishing.

Your guides, Murray and Frasier McKnight, are intimately familiar with the back country of the Maniototo Region. Murray has operated Maniototo Fly Fishing for 15 years, and has fished in the area for over 50 years. Frasier has worked with his father in the business for the past 3 years, after returning to New Zealand from overseas. Frasier has over 20 year fishing experience in the Maniototo.

Guided Fly Fishing packages include:

  • Packed lunch

  • Full day's guided fishing

  • All necessary licenses and permits

  • Top quality fishing gear (if required)

  • Transport to and from the fishing area via 4 wheel drive

  • Bed & Breakfast accommodation at Rocky Range Lodge. Home style kiwi dinners available with advance notice.

Your Hosts:

Your hosts, Lisa and Colin Strang, would enjoy the opportunity to share the Rocky Range experience with you.

Lisa is originally from the United States, where she spent her early career travelling the globe, mainly to Africa, the Middle East and South America. An active outdoor person, Lisa moved to New Zealand seeking that "kiwi lifestyle." Lisa loves to play golf, mountain bike, hike and fish. In addition to hosting guests at Rocky Range, Lisa is contracted to a New Zealand venture capital broker, helping small companies to raise funds.

Colin was born and raised in Central Otago and spent many years as a commercial traveller in the region. If you want to know anything about any back road in the area, Colin is the man to speak to! He is a very keen golfer and shares Lisa's interest in travelling, tramping, fishing and cycling. Colin has been a financial advisor in Dunedin for over 30 years and is currently expanding his business into Central Otago.

Lisa and Colin share a love for excellent conversation served up with a fine glass of wine. They both look forward to seeing you soon at Rocky Range.

The Details

Rocky Range Lodge

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Web Page:  Yes


Languages Spoken:  English


Types of Breakfasts:  Full

Special Meals Available:  Yes


Room Types:  Luxury Rooms


Private Bathrooms:  Yes

Handicap Accessible:  No

Smoking:  No

Consumption of Alcohol:  Yes

Children:  No

Pets:  No


Amenities/Features:  BBQ, Satellite TV, TV, Fireplace, Sundeck, Jacuzzi, Garden, Beverage Tray


Nearby Activities:  Bicycling, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Golfing, Fishing, Sea Kayaking, Whitewater Rafting, Water Skiing, Downhill Skiing, X Country Skiing, Hang Gliding, Parasailing, Windsurfing, Shopping, Sight Seeing, Historical Places


Suitable For:  Pleasure, Relaxation, Business, Anniversaries, Honeymoons, Romance


Near To:  Lakes, Rivers, Wine Country, Orchards, Mountains, Countryside, Nature & Parks, Canyons, Alpine Meadows


Sunsets:  Yes
Sunrises:  Yes
Foliage:  Yes
Open:  All Year


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