Lake Coleridge Lodge, History

Lake Coleridge area and the Lodge is steeped in history. The Lodge was built in 1934 to accommodate staff working at the nearby Lake Coleridge Power Station, New Zealand’s first state-built hydro-electric station.

During most of last century, the Lodge was known as the Single Men’s Quarters. In the late 80s and early 90s, when increasing automation of the power station meant fewer staff were needed, the Lodge and other village houses owned by the NZ Electricity Department were sold and the new Lodge owners turned the building into Bed & Breakfast accommodation for the growing tourist market.

Over the years the building has seen many improvements including the addition of more guest rooms, a restaurant/ dining area and a golf course with holes named after some of the people who lived in the Single Men’s Quarters in the early days.

The Lodge library holds historical records about life in Lake Coleridge Village from when the power station was being built (1911-1914) through to more recent times. You can look through the photos and read stories left by past residents during your stay.

“The lodge’s has a fascinating history and is located in a quaint and relaxing part of Canterbury. Comfy and clean rooms and wonderful hosts” ANON