WANAKA: Earth to Heaven at Whare Kea

Spirit of adventure meets top cuisine

Wanaka: Earth to Heaven at Whare Kea celebrates all that makes this region so special – the scenery, the people, the adventures and the food.

In the guise of a beautiful coffee table book, Wanaka profiles a cast of colourful locals whose spirit brings the region to life, from Everest-grade mountain guides to artisan food and wine producers.

Their stories are laced with more than 40 recipes from the lodge’s award-winning executive chef, James Stapley, and breathtaking images by top photographer Kieran Scott, which show this spectacular adventure playground rivals better-known Queenstown.

Produced by Martyn and Louise Myer in collaboration with editor and journalist Michal McKay, the book unfolds in four sections following Wanaka’s distinct seasons, with corresponding seasonal menus by Stapley. Each section uncovers a wealth of experiences available on the doorstep of Whare Kea Lodge and the mountaintop chalet.

Wanaka: Earth to Heaven at Whare Kea was the winner of the 2012 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for New Zealand and won fourth place in the Best Cookbook of the Year category of the awards. It is published by Godwit, an imprint of Random House New Zealand.

The book is available for purchase by emailing us or by visiting following bookstores in Australia, Aus$65, Sydney: Lesley McKay's Bookshop, Woollahra, Berkelouw Books, Paddington, Newtown and Rose Bay, Hill of Content Bookshop and select Myer stores; Melbourne: My Bookshop by Corrie Perkin, Hawkesburn, Mary Martin Bookshop, Southgate, The Avenue Bookstore, Albert Park and select Myer stores; Adelaide, Imprints, Dymmocks, Rundle Mall; Brisbane: Riverbend Books, Bulimba.

What the media say

“Is this a new genre? Coffee table stonker (its 366 pages weigh more than a laptop) meets luxe lifestyle magazine meets haute cuisine cookbook meets celebration of a region’s characters?” – Cameron Williamson, travel editor, Dominion Post, Wellington

“Written by Michal McKay with stunning photographs by Kieran Scott, the book covers the geography and environment of the area as well as some of its people, food producers and winemakers.” – Wish magazine, The Australian, December 2011

“New Zealand does two things well: landcapes and food.” – Life and Leisure magazine, Australian Financial Review, December 2011 

Whare Kea book

$75 book + Postage

“This is a coffee table book par excellence. It will be a long time I suspect before I see another book quite as beautiful as this one.
It’s the book for anyone who wants to have a little bit of alpine magic at home with them — whether they live in Wanaka, Wellington, Australia, London or the US.”
- Beattie’s Blog, September 2011.

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