Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet
A peaceful retreat and an adventurer’s paradise
Standing on the shore of Lake Wanaka in New Zealand’s Central Otago region, Whare Kea is a luxury lodge that appears to float on the water, with the snowy peaks of the Southern Alps forming a breathtaking backdrop.
The elegantly designed Lodge, with four Deluxe Rooms & Two Master Suites, set amid stands of trees on picturesque farmland is at once a private haven and an ideal base for sophisticated visitors wanting to enjoy the wealth of leisure activities on offer in the Lake Wanaka area.
Whare Kea also offers the unique experience of a private exclusive alpine chalet high in the peaks of the Southern Alps, reached via a 20-minute helicopter flight with Aspiring Helicopters.
Whare Kea- pronounced "Faree Kea" translates to house of the kea in Maori. The Kea is the world's only alpine parrot which lives all year round above the snow line in the surrounding mountains. Whare Kea Lodge and Chalet are proud to support the Kea Conservation Trust which assists with the conservation of the wild Kea in their natural habitat.
Whare Kea opened in 1996 and became a member of the internationally recognised Relais & Châteaux family in 2003. Relais & Chateaux is an exclusive collection of 500 of the finest hotels, lodges and gourmet restaurants in 60 countries.
In 2004 Whare Kea Chalet won the prestigious Relais & Châteaux Environment Design award for excellence.
In 2012 The Whare Kea Book- WANAKA Earth to Heaven at Whare Kea won Best Wine and Food Matching Cookbook in New Zealand. It then went on to becoming a 4th place getter in the "Best Cookbook of the Year" category at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Paris.
In 2013 Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet owner Louise Myer accepted the R&C Woman of the Year Award on behalf of the Whare Kea team. Recently Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet was announced as 2014 New Zealand Lodge of the Year by Australian Hotel Management Magazine.
From July 2015, Whare Kea Lodge will be going back to its roots, returning the luxury lodge to its original purpose - being available to groups for exclusive use. For more information, please view our media release - A New Chapter for Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet.