There are some places in the world that are immediately Instagram worthy. These days if you can’t post your experience on Insta, were you even there?

The West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island is one of those places. It ticks all the nature boxes with mountains cloaked in mist-shrouded rainforest dotted with colonies of Fiordland crested penguins, rivers flowing into lakes and down to the turbulent Tasman Sea. It is also the location of the Wilderness Lodge at Lake Moeraki, about 300km southwest down the road from Greymouth.

Wilderness Lodge is a perfect location to experience the best of what the West Coast has to offer, but despite superfast fibre running along state highway 6 at the end of the driveway, connecting to the internet remained a challenge – frustrating for guests and management in a modern, always connected world.

For co-owner Gerry McSweeny, the lack of a fibre connection is more significant than delays in updating social media, and centre more on the advantages that the internet provides to running a vibrant and popular hospitality business.