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Mahu Whenua Ridgeline Homestead & Eco Sanctuary

Wanaka, Central Otago and the Southern Lakes, New Zealand

At a Glance

  • Mahu Whenua is an adventurous retreat, perfect for special occasions with family and friends

  • Just 20-minutes from Wanaka, makes the property easily accessible

  • Extending over 500 square km, enjoy unspoiled landscapes all to yourself

  • The Ridgeline Suites have a luxurious farmhouse feel with beautiful interiors, open fireplaces and outstanding views over Lake Wanaka

  • From farm tours and picnics to heli-skiing and mountain biking, there's plenty to do here

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The climate in New Zealand is incredibly pleasant, with warm and balmy summers and cold crisp winter months with wonderful clear, blue skies. The warmer high-season months of November to April are perfect for outdoor exploration. The colder months of June to August are the best time to ski.

Both North and South Islands are drier on the east coast, rather than on the west, where mountain ranges act as a trap for the moisture-rich winds from the Tasman Sea. It is also worth remembering that it is usually a few degrees cooler on the South Island than the North Island and as New Zealand has a maritime climate, the weather can change rapidly.

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Insider's View

Head down to the stables located within Mahu Whenua for a private lesson or enjoy a hack out on one of their beautiful horses.

If you're looking for total privacy away from the crowds, the property can be exclusively hired out, accommodating up to 12 guests.

Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your vacation to Mahu Whenua Ridgeline Homestead & Eco Sanctuary or take a look at our itineraries to Central Otago and the Southern Lakes

Description

Mahu Whenua Ridgeline Homestead & Eco Sanctuary is a luxury lodge in the heart of the southern lakes. One of New Zealand's most picturesque landscapes, the opulent farmhouse is a home away from home, with plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained.

Mahu Whenua Ridgeline Homestead & Eco Sanctuary is a heavenly property which sits across 500 square kilometers of outstanding natural beauty, all protected by the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust. Maori for 'healing the land', this is far more than your average eco-lodge, and, located just 20-minutes away from Wanaka, it could not be easier to get to.

One of the southern lakes most opulent retreats, Mahu Whenua is made up of four luxurious suites, as well as offering the possibility to be hired exclusively for special occasions (sleeping up to 12). Inside, expect big open fireplaces, Wanaka schist stone walls mixed with recycled woods and a rustic yet opulent farmhouse feel. Each suite features plush beds adorned with cosy throws where you can sit and admire the views from your window. With outdoor seating and bathroom views to die for, it'll be hard to leave.

With the owner's focus on sustainable farming practices and protecting the land, Mahu Whenua is one of the largest privately owned conservation in New Zealand. Spend endless time exploring the different areas of this beautiful region, your concierge can advise you on how to make the most of your time.

After a day exploring Central Otago and the Southern Lakes by foot, 4x4 or even plane, return for some delicious lodge-style cuisine. An afternoon with a cup of warming tea and a piece of cake, cheese platters on the terrace with some wine or pre-dinner canapés by the fire, the team of chefs can cater to your every whim. Each stay includes breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as morning and afternoon teas, canapés, any refreshments including wine and other beverages. Guests can also request picnics which can be served up during their time exploring the great outdoors.

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Accommodation

Four luxurious Ridgeline Suites offer guests outstanding vistas and plenty of privacy. Sleeping up to two people, they each feature a king or king-split bed and en suite with bath tub. Two of the suites are located inside the Homestead offering views of Lake Wanaka and the mountains beyond. Meanwhile the two Cottage Suites can be found next to the Homestead, tucked away in a native beech forest overlooking the Motatapu River, mountains and stables.

For those wishing to hire out Mahu Whenua for exclusive use, 12 guests can be accommodated in the four suites plus the Komako family bunkroom which sleeps up to four.

Childcare

Children are welcome at Mahu Whenua Ridgleline Homestead & Eco Sanctuary but please be aware each room can only sleep up to two people. With exclusive-use bookings, the Komako family bunkroom is great for families and can sleep up to four. There is also a nanny room in the Homestead which can sleep two extra staff if you require childcare.

Facilities

Guests staying at Mahu Whenua have unlimited access to all of the Homestead facilities. Cosy up by one of the open fireplaces, enjoy a glass of wine in the large open planned living area and take in the expansive views. A delicious variety of hearty yet fine cuisine will be prepared in the fully equipped farmhouse kitchen. Sit down to an evening of fine wines and great gastronomy in one of two dining areas. There is also a games room, library, pool table, as well as plenty of storage and dry room.

Outside, enjoy some alfresco dining in the two dining areas, relax in the spa pool (hot tub), enjoy an early morning swim in the sheltered swimming pool or simply sunbathe on the large decking area overlooking the breathtaking views.

Activities

Experience the beauty of New Zealand at Mahu Whenua. There's an extensive list of activities to enjoy both at the property or further afield. A personal concierge on site can help you make the most of your stay.

Perfect for active guests, you'll want to spend as much time outside as in the Homestead itself. Explore the four private high country stations, the alpine lakes and shepherd's lodges by 4WD, mountain bike, horse riding or simply hiking. Back at the Homestead, experience the working farm in action or alternatively indulge with some spa treatments, yoga or cooking classes. Guests can also go hunting and fishing nearby which can be arranged by the property.

Just a short distance by air, you can visit the famous Fiordland region. A helicopter can pick you up from right outside the property from where you will take off and fly over mountains, glaciers and the wild West Coast. Stop for a mountain top lunch before heading back for a relaxing afternoon.

Experiences

  • Bike the Wineries of Central Otago

    Explore the vineyards and scenic wine lands of Central Otago by bike on this self-guided winery tour and visit some of the region’s most well-known wineries.

  • Dusky Sound Heli Tour

    Take to the skies for a spectacular view of the pristine rainforests and islands and inlets of Dusky Sound. Landing on a floating heli-pad you will hike the deserted coves and fish the abundant waters of the fiord.

  • Horse Riding in Glenorchy

    Saddle up and roam the stunning scenery on horse back, starting at Glenorchy - a world-famous horse trekking destination where you can wander great wide open spaces and marvel at the region's beauty on a tranquil horse riding adventure.

  • Jet Boating & Walking in Matukituki Valley (Shared)

    Deep in the Matukituki Valley, this exciting half day jet boating adventure will take you beneath the breath-taking scenery of mountains and glaciers, Lord of the Rings and Hobbit locations, into the World Heritage Mount Aspiring National Park.

  • Lake Wanaka Cruise and Island Nature Walk (Shared)

    The magical nature reserve of Mou Waho Island is home to the rare flightless Buff Weka, and a picturesque spot to explore the bush, or simply sit back and relax on the beach after a scenic boat cruise across Lake Wanaka to the island.

  • Paddle Lake Wanaka - Half Day Tour (Shared)

    Paddle out onto Lake Wanaka, exploring its pristine coastline from a kayak with your guide.

  • Private Helicopter Charter Fiordland Traverse

    The remote and dramatically beautiful landscape of the West Coast, Fiordland and World Heritage Park are best discovered by helicopter, high above the rugged peaks, expansive waterways and pristine wildernesses of the region.

  • TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak with Gourmet BBQ Lunch (Shared)

    Discover Queenstown’s pioneering history as you travel across Lake Wakatipu aboard the 103-year old steamship TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner.

Location & directions

Wanaka, Central Otago and the Southern Lakes, New Zealand

Mahu Whenua is located near Wanaka in the Southern Lakes of the South Island of New Zealand. Although set within a glacial setting with mountains, lakes and rivers, it is also just a 20-minute drive from Wanaka.

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