Summer at The Black Shack

Long days lazing by the lake, fishing up Timaru Creek, or having a hit at the stunning Hawea Golf Course. This is what summer at The Black Shack is all about. Bring your mountain bike if you like, because there are some great tracks nearby. We have croquet and petanque available for you to use, and boat hire of ‘Sport’, our trusty outboard if you are a proficient boater.

There’s a plethora of fruit on the pear and apple tree out the back, an abundance of wildflowers around the Shack, plenty of picnicking space by the water and the sun doesn’t go down until 10pm. This a truly magical time of year.

Enjoy it all… you’re in Central Otago.

Stayed here just after Christmas, an incredibly relaxing and beautiful location. I woke up early one morning, and decided to go for a walk, I was blown away by the scenery, walking along the lake edge, surrounded by mountains and valleys. This has to be one of the more idyllic spots in New Zealand…”

Dan Edgerton

Ten reasons to stay at The Black Shack

  1. Spectacular views of the lake and mountains
  2. The fire bath – classic Kiwi ingenuity secluded amongst native bush. Great for stargazing!
  3. Sport – the Shack’s outboard speedboat available for hire for longstay guests
  4. Long lazy days by the lake – down here, the sun doesn’t set until 10pm in the summer
  5. Barbeque area is second to none
  6. Design features – contemporary artworks from local painters, ceramic artists and printmakers adorn the walls, along with our pithy book collection
  7. The games cupboard – now including Croquet, Petanque, Badminton, Cards, Backgammon, Monopoly, Poker and Operation
  8. Location, location! You’re in a secluded world of your own, yet just 5 mins drive from Hawea township
  9. Day trips to Bannockburn, Queenstown, Wanaka and the West Coast all within 2 hours away
  10. Once you’re here, you’ll find The Black Shack is truly inspiring. We’ve had glowing reports from renowned NZ poets Sue Wootton and Sam Hunt and 2 marriage proposals so far!
'Sport' - our trusty outboard boat

'Sport' - our trusty outboard boat

Lake Hawea provides peaceful and secluded fishing for a good population of brown and rainbow trout and a small population of quinnat salmon, which can be fished with artificial fly, spinner or bait (bag limit of 6). If fishing from a mechanically propelled boat, the boat must stay at least 100m from any angler fishing from the shore.