Whare Kea Lodge and Chalet
Situated on the shores of New Zealand’s Lake Wanaka with breathtaking views of the Southern Alps, Whare Kea was realized by Martyn and Louise Myer of the prominent Melbourne retail family. The striking lodge in timber and glass has six superbly comfortable guest suites and spacious lounge and dining areas accented with contemporary furniture, paintings and decorative pieces by New Zealand artists. Flavorful seasonal menus highlighting local produce are by celebrated British-born chef, James Stapley. Whare Kea has the unexpected luxury of an alpine chalet, set at 1,750 metres. Reached via a 20-minute helicopter flight, this is a unique base for day trips throughout the year and overnight stays in summer, with diversions including hiking and heli-skiing. For more information, visit www.wharekealodge.com.