Wanaka is a delight in all seasons
Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet is ideally located to access the vast array of activities that Wanaka has on offer - from skiing to golf, canyoning to wine tasting, scenic flights to fishing and many, many more! The team at Whare Kea Lodge and Chalet have extensive local knowledge and have experienced all of the regions adventures, and are more than happy to assist you with your plans during your stay with us.
Airborne - including Milford and Doubtful Sounds
Only when airborne can you fully take in the grandeur of this region – the latticed rivers, the lakes, the Fiords, National Parks and mountains with tumbling waterfalls cascading to the valleys below. Take to the skies by Helicopter, Vintage Tiger Moth or well appointed Cessna Aircraft .
Wanaka is well suited for exploring by bike, with a variety of mountain-biking trails in the district. Cyclists can choose from gentle paths through serene countryside to more challenging descents from mountain slopes
An exhilarating challenge, canyoning involves climbing, jumping, abseiling down waterfalls, swimming and floating through spectacular rock formations.
Experience luxury at altitude. The exlusive Whare Kea Chalet sits at 1750m on the edge of Mt Aspiring National Park with outstanding 360degree views including Mt Apiring, Mt Cook and the glaciers. Luxury overnight accommodation and day trip options are available.
Enjoy a cooking class with Whare Kea's award-winning Executive Chef James Stapley. Classes are focused on getting the best out of seasonal ingredients and preparing restaurant-quality dishes at home.
Relax and revitalise with a wide range of luxurious treatments from the Element Day Spa at Whare Kea Lodge. Designed to relieve your stress, strains and re-balance your body, mind and soul.
You don’t have to travel far from Whare Kea to find your own piece of paradise in which to fish, with the lake and nearby rivers / streams brimming with salmon and trout. Bring your catch back to the lodge for Chef James to cook !
Four Wheel Drive Safari
New Zealand is renowned for its superb golf courses. But in Central Otago, set among the most stunning scenery, the views could well interrupt the concentration of even the most dedicated golfer.
Timber Creek has a stable of 16 horses, including thoroughbreds, and offers a range of rides tailored to your equestrian skills.
For hunters seeking game in the hinterland of Wanaka, tahr is the ultimate target, for New Zealand is the only place in the world where this magnificent beast can be freely hunted.
New Zealander Sir Charles William Feilden Hamilton, more commonly known as Bill Hamilton, is credited with developing the jetboat from a desire to navigate rivers too shallow for propeller boats.
The Wanaka region offers the gamut of kayaking options, from a gentle paddle at your leisure on the lake to scenic river trips and bracing action through rapids.
Lake Cruise to Mou Waho Island
Get picked up from the beach below Whare Kea Lodge and cruise for 35 mins by boat with Eco Wanaka Adventures to the magical Mou Waho Island Nature reserve.
Mountaineering is a serious pursuit and taking a guide is recommended. Around these parts experts, who have traversed the international slopes and guided the “greats”, are sought after for a journey up the summits known for their amazing grandeur.
For a full wilderness rafting experience, the Landsborough River is hard to beat. It’s usually a two- or three-day camping trip covering 50-odd kilometres, accessed by helicopter or fixed-wing plane, though some operators offer a one-day option.
Skiing - Resort, Heli & Touring
During the winter months the Lake Wanaka region is a skiers dream. With easy access to three of the South Island major Ski Resorts and thousands of hectares of untouched heliski terrain. Whare Kea’s chalet, at 1750 metres above sea level on the slopes of Dragonfly Peak, makes an ideal base for skiing in a dramatic alpine setting.
Wanaka has a wealth of tramping options that take you into the unrivalled alpine surrounds, with trips ranging from one to eight days. Many are around the three- to four-day mark and all are recommended during fair weather in the months of November to April.
With an international reputation, especially for Pinot Noir, the Central Otago vineyards are a must-visit. Take a private tour for a half or full day through the region – meet the winemakers and sample some of the award-winning wines.
Beautiful walks abound in the lodge’s immediate environs where you can take in spectacular vistas of the lake and surrounding mountains. A track following the contour of the lake leads to the delightful town of Wanaka in around an hour.
Whare Kea Lodge Boating
Springtime at Wanaka. Sprouts of green leaves. Sprigs of pink blossom. Golden daffodils. Cloud-white fleece on newborn lambs. Puffy white breasts of the wood pigeons gorging on bursting willow buds. A sky filled with bird wings – terns, dotterels, pied stilts and oystercatchers returning from a northern winter to breed on the river banks.