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Cross Hill Domes | Lake Hawea

Located within the parklike surroundings of The Camp, Cross Hill Lodge and Domes have their own entrance and are nestled on the hill in their own exclusive area. Cross Hill Lodge & Domes celebrates the magic of human connection on the land with high country hospitality and premium comfort in a remote, peaceful setting.

Each of the six domes at Cross Hill has a 40sqm interior with a 30sqm deck, perfect to relax on and let your body absorb the surrounding forest and nature. The floor to ceiling windows enable guests to lie beneath the stars at night, cocooned, safe and warm (or cool) from the outside elements and the morning sunrises are out of this world.

All guests have exclusive access to Cross Hill Lodge which features an outdoor hot tub, plentiful lawn area, BBQ, undercover outdoor deck for dining, indoor dining and lounge room, The Whiskey Room and Massage Room.

Day 1 | Arrive & Relax

A unique Geo-Dome experience at lake Hawea. Offering high country hospitality at its best, guests at Cross Hill Lodge & Domes become part of the family. Use your own private geo dome as a base from which to explore the region, before sharing stories of your day with your host team and other guests.

The dramatic mountain skyline that surrounds the nest of domes reminds you that you are on the edge of the mountains. While the sky provides you with the temperament of the weather in real time and due to our Island geography, it constantly changes. The abundant birdlife and amazing night skies complete this eco escape.

In the evening, be delighted by the culinary delights from the lodge chef. Indulge in a locally produced and seasonal three course dinner enjoyed with other guests - where stories are shared, and memories are made.

Day 2 | A day on the river

After breakfast this morning your private guide will greet you at Cross Hill Domes, and after changing into either wetsuits or splash pants, you will drive the 2 mins to the ‘put in’ below the Hawea Dam.

The Hawea is a grade 2 river with a mix of fun rapids and deep blue/green swimming holes, numerous secluded picnic spots, rock jumps and swings. Swim, paddle and laugh your way downstream.  At lunch your guide will pull into a private location where a gourmet cooked lunch awaits, complemented by beverages and fresh juices. After lunch, your journey continues with stops for swings and small rock jumps.  At the ‘take out’ you be transferred the short distance back to base to get changed and enjoy some chilled refreshments before being driven back to your accommodation at Cross Hill Domes.

This evening may be that ideal time to book the Hot Tub!

Day 3 | A day at leisure 

There’s plenty to keep you as relaxed or as busy as you wish; from massages at The Lodge (included in your package is a 1-hour massage per person), walks to the lakefront, soaking in the hot tub, biking, fishing, paddle boarding, exploring The Camp or taking a stroll into the Lake Hawea township.

Perhaps spend some time in ‘The Whiskey Room’ which is located at a quiet end of The Lodge and is the perfect place to get some peace and quiet. A place to watch a bit of TV or curl-up and read a book and just have some quiet time to yourself.?Sited to make the most of the morning light, when others have chosen to head out for the day, grab a coffee and settle into the lush environment designed to soothe and relax. Alternatively, after dinner why not retire with a glass of whiskey or port to continue the conversations started over dinner with other guests for a perfect end to the day.

Day 4 | Homeward bound

Enjoy one final breakfast at Cross Hill Domes before departing.

Looking for a longer getaway? Talk to the team about combining some of our Short Breaks to create a unique ‘Hop’ throughout New Zealand.

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  • 3 nights’ accommodation in a Geo Dome at Cross Hills   
  • Three course Dinner & Cooked/Continental Breakfast daily
  • Hot Tub access (to guarantee your space, please book in advance)
  • Full use of all lodge facilities
  • Inflatable Kayaking experience on the Hawea River
  • Complimentary Ultra-Fast Broadband Wi-Fi
  • One hour massage per person


Easier than a hotel stay and you don't have to lift a finger!

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