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 small especially given the price. Even more troubling they seemed to have really skimped on soundproofing. If you want to get to know your neighbors personal habits, this is the place. The terraces, if they can be called that, are only 3-4 feet wide and are all interconnected with no privacy screens. So, given that the wall facing the lake is all glass, as soon as your neighbor steps outside they are looking in your room. The layout of the facility is so poor that even the staff must pass by the window walls to get to other facilities. Bottom line, there is no privacy.
While the setting is wonderful there is no attempt to integrate it into the adjacent areas.
Finally, the staff is distant and disinterested. Probably the result of what appear to be overbearing owners. They say all the right things but offer no enthusiasm and you get the impression they would really rather be somewhere else.
Bottom line, come for dinner as the food is memorable, but avoid the stay. It is not worth it.
- 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