Whare Kea Lodge and Chalet, Wanaka, New Zealand

Whare Kea Lodge is set on the shores of a sparkling Alpine lake in the South Island of New Zealand. With stunning views overlooking the lake and mountain ranges behind, it truly is a haven that enables you to relax in style, with the knowledge that there is a world of adventure just outside your door. The lodge is set up perfectly to accommodate only 12 guests, and is the ultimate place to book out in its entirety. The massive windows allow the sunlight to stream in while showcasing the magnificent scenery in the distance, and the roaring fire keeps the lodge (and you) toasty and warm.

Whare Kea Lodge

The best produce in the region is crafted into sumptuous delights by award-winning chef James Stapley. Guests that stay for three nights or more receive a complimentary cooking class using the finest ingredients available, including fresh organic vegetables from James’s own garden.

Whare Kea Lodge even boasts its own mountain chalet perched high up in the ranges of Mt Aspiring National Park. The chalet is set up to accommodate overnight guests (don’t worry, the chef will come too!) and is also available to guests of the lodge for day trips. The helicopter will pick you up from the lodge’s lawn and take you on a breath-taking 20 minute scenic flight to the chalet. In the mountains you may even see a Kea – the cheeky mountain parrot that Whare Kea Lodge is named after.

Just minutes from the township of Wanaka and just an hour from Queenstown airport, the accommodation is perfectly positioned to allow its guests to easily explore the area. A quick heli ride will have you on one of the nearby ski areas for a day on the slopes in a jiffy – don’t forget to try out the outdoor spa under the stars when you return. There are mountain biking and walking tracks just outside your door, and a multitude of vineyards to explore in the area.

Angela Schrider is Director at NZ Snow Tours.

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