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Whare Kea is a luxurious private hire lodge surrounded by 60 acres of farmland on the shore of Lake Wanaka, and the perfect place for a family gathering or group of friends.
The lodge has two master suites and four deluxe bedrooms, and all the rooms have large en-suite bathrooms with large baths and access to a sundeck. The central living area is supremely cosy with an open fire, bar and dining area. Other creature comforts after a hard day's heli-skiing, heli-hiking or biking include a billiards room, massage room and wine cellar. The cuisine on offer is modern Mediterranean with the emphasis on fresh New Zealand produce complemented by the best New Zealand and Australian wines.
The Whare Kea Chalet is another property exclusive to guests, and reached via a scenic helicopter flight from the front lawn at Whare Kea. The Chalet is located high in the Buchanan mountain range next to the Mt Aspiring National Park. In the winter/spring months the Chalet is the perfect base for either heli-skiing or ski-touring. Each party of guests has a personal host to look after all their needs at the Chalet, and is accompanied by a qualified guide to ensure maximum enjoyment and safety in the mountains.
Why we love it
Whare Kea is pronounced 'faree kea' and means 'house of the kea' in Maori, named after the kea - the world's only alpine parrot - which lives high above the snowline in the surrounding mountains.
Katie, Original Traveller