Jackson’s Retreat Alpine Holiday Park – your gateway to the Wild West Coast & Greater Glacier Region

There’s so much to see and do at Jackson’s Retreat Alpine Holiday Park!

Tena koutou ma nga mihi – Hello welcome and thank you for choosing Jackson’s Retreat to be part of your South Island holiday adventure. We are here to advise, assist and care to ensure you have a memorable stay with us.

Manaakitanga – sharing exceptional and natural hospitality, knowledge and beliefs based on mutual respect between host and visitor.

Inspired Adventures exclusive to Park guests – do you need inspiration to extend your stay we don’t want you missing out!

Click a link below to find out more about each activity or event you can get involved in when staying with us!


Our Tiaki promise

Our Tiaki promise -To care for the People & The Place KAUPAPA - A set of values, principles and a plan which people have agreed on as a foundation for their actions KAITIAKITANGA - The relationship between everything and everybody in the natural world – there is no distinction between ...
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Ngarimu Walking Track

Walk through the bush Tent Sites to the Rain Forest bush line and you’ll find….. Track : Quartz Mine Site – 3 hours return trip, Take a beautiful Rain Forest bush walk to the historic Quartz Mine where quartz was crushed for its gold content. Meander your way through pristine NZ ...
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Glow worms

Glow Worm Dells – your next night-time adventure! We have 4 sites to check out! Did you know - the light from a glow worm comes from an organ which is the equivalent of a human kidney! These little glowing wonders of nature can be seen along the creek banks ...
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Local flora and fauna

Birdwatching – some of NZ's rear breeds have $ rewards – but you must have photographic evidence! Jackson's Retreat is lucky to share the home of an extensive range of native birds. Many of our native birds are critical for dispersing seeds and pollination of native trees. Kereru, which was ...
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Aquatic Life – pristine & crystal clear

Humphries creek has our friendly eels which you can feed and spot the local adult Inanga. The annual whitebait migration was an important mahinga kai resource for Māori all around Aotearoa. Certain districts were famed for their special products, for example, in the Waikato inanga (whitebait) were especially valued. Inanga ...
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Hiking, Cycling & Trails for feet and wheels

The Bald Range - our southern range Rangi Taipo has an altitude of 1400m, widely tramped to the Kelly Range and up to Arthurs Pass. There is a beautiful river & bush trail for both feet & wheels along the Taipo River approx 5min drive West of our Park. Mt ...
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Stargazing at the Jacksons Retreat

Star gazing – The South Island of New Zealand has the largest Dark Sky reserve 3400sq/kms than anywhere on planet Earth! New Zealand, also known as Aotearoa and The Land of the Long White Cloud. But when the clouds clear our night sky offers some of the best stargazing opportunities ...
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Sunset at the park

Sunset @ The Park We might not have a West Coast ocean sunset to boast of but when our surrounding mountains go through the change of light and Mt Alexandra with her snow-capped peak catching the sunset and turning pink, all are a truly magical sight for the eyes and ...
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Boating

For your adrenaline rush Jet Boating on the Mighty Taramakau River or you can choose to play on Lake Poerua or Lake Brunner. Contact us to find out more about outdoor adventure and activities available when you stay at Jackson’s Retreat Alpine Holiday Park ...
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Skiing on the Southern Alps

SKIING ON THE SOUTHERN ALPS – Jackson's Retreat back yard! Temple Basin Ski Field – 20 min drive East of Jackson's Retreat https://www.templebasin.co.nz Ungroomed ski and snowboarder's paradise in Arthur's Pass National Park, New Zealand. Craigieburn Valley Ski Area – 1hr drive East of Jackson's Retreat. Located in the heart ...
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Arthur’s Pass

Arthurs Pass - The township and the pass are named after Sir Arthur Dudley Dobson (1841–1934). Arthur Dobson had been tasked by the Chief Surveyor, Thomas Cass, to find out if there was an available pass out of the Waimakariri watershed into valleys running to the West Coast. In 1864, ...
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Lake Brunner

Lake Brunner is the largest lake in the northwestern South Island of New Zealand, covering an area of 40 km². The lake's outflow is the Arnold River, a tributary of the Grey River. The lake lies 31 kilometres to the southeast of Greymouth. The main settlement close to the lake ...
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Jack’s Mill Schoolhouse

History and culture – Visit Jack's Mill School one of the quirkiest sites on the West Coast, a historic miniature bungalow designed, built and furnished entirely by school children. When to come: Year round What you will experience: A lake that's awesome for jet boating, yachting, paddle boarding and fishing ...
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Around Lake Brunner Cycle Race

Around Lake Brunner Cycle Race - only a 20min drive from Jackson's Retreat to the start line! Around Brunner started as a 130km sealed circuit cycle ride taking you through some of the most stunning scenery New Zealand has to offer. In 2015 the Enduro, 2 laps of the traditional ...
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Kathmandu Coast 2 Coast

Kathmandu Coast 2 Coast – The Coast to Coast has become almost a right of passage for multisport athletes from around the world with over 20,000 people having completed the event in the 38 years to date. Being a world premier multi-sport event and a benchmark by which every other ...
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Wild Food Festival – only 67 kms from Jackson’s Retreat!

Wild Food Festival – The name says it all! Only 67 km's from Jackson's Retreat Hokitika woman Claire Bryant instigated the very first celebration of local wild foods. Her wine cellar was very well stocked with a home brew of West Coast gorse flower wine and people were clamoring for ...
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Jackson’s Retreat Alpine Holiday Park

West Coasts Unique Holiday Accommodation

Come and stay at Jackson’s Retreat Alpine Holiday Park and enjoy a range of West Coast events. Find out more about our unique West Coast holiday accommodation.