As other reviewers have said the surrounding scenery is beautiful, from the serene lakes to the spiky mountains. The view from the Lodge is only rivaled by the drama of the views from the Lodge's chalet. And the range of activity is fantastic, from ambling around the edge of Lake Wanaka to more serious hikes, climbing, canyoning and so on. There was no shortage of places to go and ways of exploring them. We were there as the autumn leaves were turning, with crisp air ideal for walking, and snow dusting the tops of some peaks.
While the town of Wanaka and surrounding towns are worth a visit, we didn't need to leave the Lodge for food and drink. Again as others have written, we have never experienced the diversity of gastronomic delight that each meal provided at the Lodge. We found not only the ingredients (which are local) and the portions exquisitely controlled.
We left with that feeling of deep revitalization that only this combination of activity and contemplation in natural surroundings can give. Where resorts create often an artificial feeling of tranquility, this had the authenticity that is deeply satisfying.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Whare Kea Hotel