Lake Stella Mountain Huts & Hikers Haven

Stay on the mountain on Mt Lyford's only on mountain accommodation in the heart of Mt Lyford Adventure Park.

This is a truly unique adventure in the mountains sleeping close to the stars and above the clouds.


When staying at Lake Stella you are situated in the old ski basin so you have your own hiking basin in the winter with your very own tree run which is just above the huts. The Ski Resort is also only 5 mins drive around the corner and we can offer discounted lift passes for mid week not including school holidays. We also offer ice skating on the lake when conditions are right and on our backyard ice skate rink in the old ski field car park. Snow shoe hire is also available.


In the summer you can hike, bike or drive to the Lake and accommodation through the beautiful native bush and up the ski area road. You can climb three mountains from here or go out the back where the Ski Resort is and bike the ski trails and road including Fragglerock MTB track and Tinline track which takes you to the base of Mt Tinline and the Tinline Tarns with 6 waterfalls and cascades to discover plus Simpson stream and Tinline Creek with stunning views of the Clarence River from one way and the mighty Waiau River from the other. Keep your eye out for our native Falcon & Kea and have chance encounters with other alpine animals.

The main hut "Stella Hut" which was built in the late 80's has shared cooking and toilet facilities a dining and bar area and a sleeping loft. The four huts also uses these facilities but offer a private area with couch, queen size bed, wood fired hot tub & little cracker wood burner. It is a bit like glamping in a mountain environment in beautifully built insulated cabins. 

This is an experience in the mountains like none other offered in New Zealand.

"Awesome place, beautiful views, all round an amazing experience!" Dane

"Incredible spot! Amazing wood fired bath under the stars. Anight we won't forget. Great hosts with lots of knowledge of the area. We will be back to explore the mountains!" Dan

"We couldn't have asked for anything more- wonderful stay in an idyllic location. We would definitely recommend and hope to go back!" Lindsay

"Lovely cabin high up in the mountains, overlooking the lake, with a mini fire that kept the place super warm. I'm planning to return to experience the ski fields and ice skating!" Shaye

"Amazing spot! Highly recommend to all. The hot tub under the stars at the top of a beautiful mountain was priceless. Also enjoyed the bike track." Alex

"Amazing place! Would love to come back." Jason

"Absolutely loved our stay! What a stunning location, totally relaxing, really enjoyed the wood fired hot tubs and going for walks. My partner loved biking from top of the mountain to the bottom. Every thing you need and nothing you don't! We will definitely return." Danielle



TEL: 027 629 8083

E-MAIL: lakestella@xtra.co.nz

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