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Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet

5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   494 Mt. Aspiring Road | PO Box 115, Wanaka 9343, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

I recently had the pleasure of spending 10 days in this little piece of paradise in spectacular central Otago. The location alone, secluded and right on Lake Wanaka was enough to make this trip a memorable one, add to this attentive and intuitive staff who make you feel extremely welcome and contribute to the relaxed atmosphere of the place and... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

We have five glorious at Whare Kea Lodge and Chalet - absolutely exceeded our wildest dreams!! First the Lodge: what a setting! Every morning we awoke to the sun rise over Lake Wanaka from our Lake Wanuka suite.. then we'd walk down to the Millineum path along the river, whether a nature walk towards 'the knob" or the one hour... More

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Louise M, Owner at Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet, responded to this review

What a lovely review – thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience of an amazing five nights with us here at Whare Kea. It sounds like you have had an incredible time, with so many activities exploring the gorgeous Lake Wanaka region. We will be sure to pass your kind words, and praise, onto both... More

Pasadena, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We indulged in the Whare Kea experience near the end of our recent trip to New Zealand and it was a wonderful highlight of our visit. I liken Whare Kea to a great English country house hotel, but adapted to its spectacular New World location. There is an understated luxury to the service and ambiance, dinner is a two-hour feast... More

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Louise M, Owner at Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review of your stay with us here at Whare Kea – we are delighted to hear that this was a highlight of your trip to New Zealand. We are so pleased that you enjoyed our beautiful location with it’s ever changing lake and mountain views, James’ fine cuisine and our attentive hosts. We... More

Tokyo, Japan
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014 via mobile

We spent two days here as part of our wedding in Wanaka and really couldn't have hoped for better. The staff were kind, caring, helpful, attentive, thoughtful. In general, wonderful. Then there's the food. Golly! We've been fortunate to eat in some of the world's better restaurants and we thought James' creations are right up there with the best. The... More

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Louise M, Owner at Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet, responded to this review

Thank you for your valued feedback – the pleasure was truly ours in having you choose Whare Kea as part of such an important lifetime event for you both. It is so wonderful to hear that our team took such great care of you and that James’ cuisine was some of the best that you have ever experienced, your feedback... More

Fairfax, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

The Whare Kea Lodge must be one of the most expensive in New Zealand. It is not worth it. Let's start with the good things. The setting is terrific. Great views of the lake. The public "living room" is spectacular. The food is very unique and a real treat. But, the facility is poor at best. The rooms are very... More

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Louise M, Owner at Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our property. Obviously it is very disappointing to receive a bad review and we truly value the opinions of our customers and we sincerely apologise that our staff or the Lodge did not meet your expectations. Our number one priority is to ensure that our guests experience is the very best it... More

Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

If you are considering Whare Kea Lodge you can choose to stay in the main Lodge (in master suites or deluxe rooms), or in separate accommodation at the Cottage. The property is in a stunning location on the shores of Wanaka Lake ringed by grazing farmland, with unrestricted views across the lake and direct shoreline walking access through a hung... More

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Louise M, Owner at Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet, responded to this review

So wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your time with us here at the Whare Kea Cottage. We have only just recently brought the cottage online for guests, at an entry level for those wanting a little more space, or travelling with friends and family, yet still wanting to enjoy the luxuries of the main lodge – such as James’... More

Verbier
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10 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Was very excited 5 star and Relais Château on the beautiful lake at Wanaka but we were quickly disappointed . Hardly any staff when we arrived just a young girl so no one to help with luggage The room we were shown into was so hot sleeping would have been impossible I asked to see the manager but she could... More

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Louise M, Owner at Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet, responded to this review

We are so sorry to hear that your stay with us did not meet your expectations. Please know that our team here at Whare Kea Lodge take great pride in delivering the best experience possible, and therefore your review is taken very seriously. If any guest notifies us of any concerns, we will always strive to address these as soon... More

Westhampton, Massachusetts, Usa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

On the eve of our departure from Whare Kea, I feel compelled to write and say that our time here was nothing short of delicious... in all ways. The lodge is beautiful. Simple, elegant, light-filled decor amplifies the astounding natural beauty outside its windows. The staff (Gill, Sarah, Anna) are welcoming and accommodating without being intrusive. Meals are a feast... More

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Louise M, Owner at Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review of your time with us here at Whare Kea. It is fantastic to hear that you enjoyed James and Matt’s cuisine, our lovely hosts and our gorgeous surrounds. Lake Wanaka has given us an incredible canvas to work with, and we love sharing this area with our guests. Thank you for choosing... More

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88 reviews 88 reviews
51 hotel reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Being situated slightly out of town on a hillside overlooking the lake, Whare Kea probably occupies the best site in Wanaka. It is possible to walk down to the lake and along the shoreline to several small coves and into Wanaka. We were welcomed by Gill, who throughout our stay proved herself to be an excellent hostess. Gill was friendly,... More

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Louise M, Owner at Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet, responded to this review

It is fantastic to hear that Gill was such an excellent hostess and that you enjoyed Chef James cuisine as much as we do - we are so fortunate to have such an incredible talent creating master pieces from our kitchen. We do welcome any guest dietary requirements and likes/dislikes in advance by email, as James enjoys preparing the perfect... More

Zug, Switzerland
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Out of the 5 or so luxury lodges we stayed at over a two and a half week trip covering both islands of NZ, Whare Kea represented the best experience. While it does not have the same brand recognition of the likes of Cape Kidnappers and Eagles Nest, in my opinion it delivered a better experience and far better value... More

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Louise M, Owner at Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review of your time here in Wanaka. To hear that Whare Kea was your favourite experience throughout your luxury lodge tour of New Zealand, is simply fantastic. Our staff do truly enjoy sharing our wonderful region with our guests, and many of the local touring companies are owner-operated – ensuring that every experience... More

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Address: 494 Mt. Aspiring Road | PO Box 115, Wanaka 9343, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet 5*
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Whare Kea Lodge is a private retreat located on the shores of glacial Lake Wanaka in the South Island of New Zealand. The 6 room lakeside lodge has a perfect combination of expansive views and small-scale intimacy, sophistication and informality matched with fresh and innovative cuisine and superb service. Whare Kea Chalet is perched high (1750m) in the Southern Alps - a unique and exclusive hideaway that is accessed by helicopter only. All the comforts are elevated to the 2 bedroom mountain chalet - solar electricity, hot running water, comfy beds, divine cuisine, chalet host and mountain guide. ... more   less 
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