Great Outdoors Blog

  • From Lake to Plate - a day out fishing with Adventure Wanaka

    Posted on December 09, 2013
    Fishing on gorgeous Lake Wanaka and seeing our catch turn into a devine dish prepared by Chef James Stapley back at Whare Kea Lodge.

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  • Wanaka's Autumn Vines and the Harvest

    Posted on May 02, 2013
    Lake Wanaka - It's golden lined shores are ripe for the picking. Another year and another vintage to look forward to. Featuring Rippon Vineyard, our next door neighbours.

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  • A new feature on the deck at Whare Kea Lodge

    Posted on April 05, 2013
    Just imagine- a long day on the mountain skiing, then come back to our Chimnea roaring away on the deck as your helicopter flies off and a bevearge arrives in your hand.

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  • Artists in Residence at the Whare Kea Chalet

    Posted on April 05, 2013
    Here is a link to Martin Hill's most recent blog posting. Martin & Philippa have been enduring the Autumn blasts these last 7 days. Outside every day creating sculptures around the Whare Kea Chalet.

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  • The Extreme Adventure

    Posted on March 14, 2013
    Driven, Enthusiastic and Full of Life! Thank you Jus & Rob for sharing your incredible tale with us. The achievment that is hiking into the Whare Kea Chalet to an altitude of 1750m.

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  • A River Journey.

    Posted on March 09, 2013
    Wanaka River Journeys - A jetboat experience on the mighty Matukituki River.

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  • ECO Wanaka - A beach pick up.

    Posted on March 09, 2013
    Local operator ECO Wanaka collects you from the beach infront of the lodge and takes you on a trip to a local sanctury reserve island Mou Waho.

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  • A Ridgeline Adventure

    Posted on March 09, 2013
    A morning with a local 4x4 safari operation into the back country & history of Wanaka.

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  • Nothing Doubt'ful About It.

    Posted on March 09, 2013
    A helicopter scenic flight from the Whare Kea Lodge lawn into Fiordland and the sounds of Dusky & Doubtful.

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  • Peaking Fly Fishing Perfection

    Posted on February 01, 2013
    A day trip in the helicopter from Whare Kea Lodge to a secret West Coast stream and a quick stop at the Whare Kea Chalet for a glass of local bubbles and to regail some exagerated fishing stories.

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  • A Budding Prerequisite.

    Posted on October 30, 2012
    Budding, Spring, Wineries and Local People

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  • Late Winter - A Chalet Lunch

    Posted on September 24, 2012
    Gourmet lunch with altitude at The Chalet on Mount Aspiring

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 Craig Somerville fly fishing.

Craig Somerville - Front of House Manager

Craig Somerville, a Scot from the shores of Loch Lomond, initially came to New Zealand as it is fly-fishing paradise.  " I like to think that at Whare Kea we have a good balance of friendly modern international service with a Kiwi touch, and always with the highest of standards."