The Story of the Lodge
A spirit of adventure and love of the Wanaka region lie at the heart of Whare Kea
Whare Kea Lodge is set on the shores of Lake Wanaka. The fourth largest lake in New Zealand, it is a vast mirror of clear blue waters reflecting the Southern Alps just beyond, home of globally recognised ski fields and the dramatic Mount Aspiring National Park.
Martyn and Louise Myer, of Melbourne’s Myer retail dynasty, discovered this paradise when they first came to heli-ski in the area twenty years ago. They developed a passion not only for New Zealand, but particularly for Wanaka. They returned time and time again.
Inside Whare Kea Lodge the atmosphere is relaxed, with a slightly Scandinavian air. There are three lounge spaces, a sumptuous open fire, a bar, dining area, and a games room with a billiard table and TV. Secreted away is a cellar and massage room where guests are able to have their aching muscles soothed by specialists. Two master suites and four deluxe rooms house up to twelve guests. And the lodge can be taken over exclusively, as frequently occurs with high-profile guests seeking privacy and peace with a warm relaxed ambience.
The modern furnishings mixed with classic antiques and artifacts, plus artworks by New Zealand artists create a low-key elegance. Louise worked with Chris Hansson of Melbourne design firm Inarc to perfect the interiors. Comfort is paramount. The bathrooms feature under-floor heating and walk-in double-headed showers, plus deep baths looking out to the views. Aesop skin care - an Australian brand of global repute – ensures a luxurious bathing routine. And the beds are bliss.
Sundecks overlook a vast lawn where helicopters land to take guests to the mountains, and an outdoor spa sits nearby among the spinnaker grass.