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Wish You Were Here: Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet, New Zealand

It's nice that places like this actually exist.

New Zealand sure know how to combine nature and luxury and nowhere is this better exemplified than the ridiculously lush Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet.

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This place is an adventurer’s paradise – the lodge is located inland on New Zealand’s South Island, about a five hour drive from Christchurch. Nestled near the picturesque Roys Bay, Whare Kea is a great base for those keen on heading out into the great wilderness to partake in a few of those thrill-seeking activities that NZ is most famous for.

There’s cycling, horse-riding, scenic flights and local alpine skiing at Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone Resort. For a notch down in the thrill stakes, there’s the local Central Otago winery for a bit of afternoon schmoozing.

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The lodge sits on the shores of Lake Wanaka, which is like a perfect blue mirror that reflects the stunning mountain ranges that surround it. Each of the rooms at Whare Kea have floor to ceiling windows, so the view really is the focal point. Rooms are super luxurious and the lodge is ideal for small groups who intend on using it as a base for the greater Wanaka region.

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Lodge guests also have access to Whare Kea’s eco-chic chalet which sits 1750 metres high on the edge of Mount Aspiring National Park. After a 20 minute helicopter ride from the Wanaka township below, you can enjoy remote luxury with a glorious view. If you’re curious about what the weather will look like up at the chalet, Whare Kea have a useful live feed from the top of the mountain.

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Prices start at $2900 per night, with the lodge housing 12 people at a time. Sweet as.

(All images: Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet)

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