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 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 unspoilt landscapes all to yourself
The Ridgeline Suites have a luxurious farmhouse feel with beautiful interiors, open fireplaces and outstanding views over Lake Wanaka
Mahu Whenua Ridgeline Homestead & Eco Sanctuary is a heavenly property which sits across 500 square kilometres 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.
When to visit
Head down to the stables located within Mahu Whenua for a private lesson or enjoy a hack out on one of their beautiful horses.
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.
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 lunch.