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):
- Sitting above the shores of Lake Wanaka, Whare Kea is the perfect luxury accommodation for families or groups of friends wishing to soak up the splendour of the area a private location. Our superbly comfortable lakeside lodge offers an ideal combination of shared and also private spaces well suited to accommodate small groups of up to 12 guest whether you prefer rest & relaxation or want to experience Wanaka's myriad of outdoor pursuits. Our fully equipped kitchen at Whare Kea allows guests to self-cater whilst looking out at the stunning vistas over Lake Wanaka. Alternatively, catering can be arranged. Additional Services to compliment your stay are extensive & unlimited with our property manager available to tailor make your exclusive retreat. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Whare Kea Hotel