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Timara Lodge is an elegant, private lodge, located in the Marlborough region at the northern end of New Zealand's beautiful South Island.

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The Lodge

Timara Lodge is proudly New Zealand owned and operated, and is located on 600 acres of land, which includes 25 acres of manicured English style gardens, and an imprssive 5 acre man made lake. The lodge borders the Spy Valley vineyard and winery.

The Lodge offers guests a relaxing and refined environment, and guests can rest easy with the knowledge that the Marlborough region is one of the sunniest in New Zealand.

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The beautiful pool area at Timara Lodge. A sample of the mouth watering cuisine at Timara Lodge. The beautiful Timara Lodge. Elegant and peaceful.

Guest Accommodation

Privacy and comfort are paramount at Timara Lodge.

All rooms have magical views over either the man made lake, the English style gardens, or to the distant mountains.

Your room has a king size bed (complete with fine italian linen), and it's own en suite bathroom, complete with hair dryer, heated towel rail, towels and toiletries. Some have their own spa bath-perfect for relaxing at day's end. Some also have a private sitting room.

Fine art, antiques and quality furnishings provide a feeling of luxury and refinement.

For your comfort, all rooms are air conditioned, non-smoking, and fully serviced.

Dining and Cuisine

Your host, Louis Schindler, has worked for some of Europe and New Zealand's leading restaurants.

His menus feature the very best kiwi produce, including lobster, salmon,

Timara Lodge host Louis Schindler

scallops, oysters and mussels from the Marlborough Sounds. New Zealand lamb, game and beef are carefully sourced from around New Zealand to ensure the best possible quality. Herbs and produce from the Lodge's own gardens ensure freshness. And a selection of wonderful desserts will leave you hungry for more.

And of course, Louis is happy to cater for any special dietary needs.

The Marlborough region is well known for the range and quality of it's wines. The Lodge specialises in wines from the Spy Valley range, but also has a large selection of locally produced vintages.

The Johnson Estate vineyards adjoin Timara, and are situated on the sunny southern side of Marlborough's Wairau Valley. Over 360 acres of free draining fertile soil produces eight varieties of premium grape for Spy Valley Wine.

At Spy Valley, the emphasis is on viticultural excellence. The result are wines that are classically Marlborough. Owning all our vineyards gives us total control of the winemaking process, and coupled with an extensive array of modern winemaking equipment, Spy Valley is able to consistently produce wines of outstanding quality.


Leisure time is yours to do as you please. You may choose to relax by the pool, or stroll through our wonderful gardens. Or perhaps a game of tennis. Our Spy Valley winery adjoins Timara Lodge-why not take a tour and sample the Marlborough region's acclaimed Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.

There are numerous other local wineries which also offer excellent lunch menus featuring the very best local produce.

If your desire is a more active stay, then a round of golf can be played at the nearby Fairhall Golf Course. Private gardens and boutique olive groves, fine art galleries and local craft studios are all within a short distance of the Lodge.

Other activities include bird watching and eco tours, cycling, walking, hunting, fishing (both fresh and salt water), 4 wheel driving, white water rafting, mountain biking, skiing, and horse trekking.

And of course a visit to Marlborough is not complete without sampling the wonders of the Marlborough Sounds. The sheltered waters comprise the Queen Charlotte, Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds. They provide a wonderful setting for sailing, diving, fishing, cruising, kayaking and viewing the abundance of local marine life.

And within 90 minutes drive, you can sample the very best of the Nelson and Kaikoura regions.

To conclude your day, why not read a book in our library? Or perhaps enjoy a vintage wine, cognac, or fine malt whisky with other guests.

The choice is yours. Do as little, or as much as you desire.

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The spectacular gardens at Timara Lodge. The beautiful man made lake at Timara Lodge. The Main Sitting Room at Timara Lodge.


When you stay with us, you can be assured of an unforgettable experience, as many of our guests testify.

Guest's Comments

We have found the most perfect place to stay in the world! Nothing is missing!! What an exceptional place you have made it with your genuine hospitality, meticulous standards and thoroughly 'unstuffy' atmosphere and the best food we had tasted all holiday! We hope to return to New Zealand one day and Timara Lodge will be top of our list.S&D O, Cobham, Surrey, UK.

Dear Michal & Louis, thank you for this most incredible experience! From the moment we arrived, we felt as if we were sharing a country home with good friends. Louis, every meal was exquisite and the wine pairings perfect! (Wow, that white chocolate custard!). Michal, your hospitality put us perfectly at ease - thanks - and thanks for introducing me to Pimms! I will miss the view of the lake from the breakfast room. Thank you again for an extraordinary experience.T&M M, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Michal & Louis - the property of course is amazingly beautiful but we were most impressed with the quality of the service. The meals we've eaten have been without a doubt the best in New Zealand from Stewart Island to Cape Reinga. Thank you for being such gracious hosts. PS If anyone else is reading this, Louis' bacon is not to be missed!HC & MR, New York, USA.

We had a wonderful stay in charming Timara Lodge. The garden is more beautiful than ever. We hope very much that Louis and Michal will stay in this stunning establishment for a long time. It is wonderful to have such a charming, cheerful couple as hosts. And the knowledge from Louis of how to turn nature's treasures into tasteful delicacies. We will come again!U&G O, Germany.

Truly one of the best experiences we've ever had at home or in our travels. Michal & Louis are two of the nicest most talented people we've met. We look forward to coming back soon. Thank you.J&M F, Kirkland, Washington, USA.

Dear Louis and Michal, We just wanted to say what a marvellous time we had during our stay at Timara Lodge last week - Timara goes way beyond hospitality. Michal and Louis make you feel as if you are staying with friends for the weekend! Thanks for looking after us so well.D & S E, Summerseat, Bury, UK

Superb Michal & Louis, and the staff are great! Best dinners in New Zealand. Thank you for making our visit a wonderful experience! If we can't adopt you - will you adopt us?L&B S, Doylestown, PA, USA

We feel privileged to have shared Timara with Michal & Louis. Sublime food, dispensed by a beautiful couple. We wish you every success for the future.T&S L, UK.

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