Mahu Whenua Ridge­line Homestead

New Zealand’s new­est lux­ury lodge and eco-sanc­tu­ary is now even more ac­ces­si­ble for vis­i­tors to Wanaka and Queen­stown.

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Mahu Whenua Ridge­line Homestead and Eco Sanc­tu­ary has in­tro­duced a ‘lodge style’ in­di­vid­ual suite ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tion to cater for de­mand fol­low­ing its re­cent launch. Gen­eral Man­ager, Fiona Stevens, said trav­el­ling cou­ples or those cel­e­brat­ing a wed­ding or spe­cial an­niver­sary, along with cor­po­rate groups, groups of friends or smaller fam­i­lies would suit the new room of­fer­ings.

The four lux­u­ri­ous Ridge­line Suites on of­fer are two self-con­tained Cot­tage Suites and two Homestead Suites within the orig­i­nal homestead build­ing and boast in­cred­i­ble moun­tain, lake or river views, along with supreme pri­vacy.

Sleep­ing up to two peo­ple each, and named af­ter the na­tive birds that fre­quent Mahu Whenua, each suite fea­tures a king or king-split bed and en­suite with bath. Vis­i­tors stay­ing in the suites will have a host and chef avail­able to them. They will also have ac­cess to all Homestead fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing two open fire­places, a large open liv­ing area with ex­pan­sive views, a fully equipped farm­house kitchen, two din­ing ar­eas, a media and games room, li­brary, pool ta­ble, plenty of stor­age and dry room.

Out­side, guests can take their pick from sev­eral spots to un­wind - two ad­di­tional din­ing ar­eas, a spa pool, shel­tered swim­ming pool and a large deck look­ing out to Lake Wanaka and Mt As­pir­ing Na­tional Park.

Ac­com­mo­da­tion in­cludes break­fast, lunch, din­ner, morn­ing and af­ter­noon teas, pre-din­ner canapés, re­fresh­ments and pic­nics, as well as pre­mium lo­cal wine and bev­er­ages served with din­ner.

Ms. Stevens said the own­ers were in­cred­i­bly ex­cited to an­nounce the new ac­com­mo­da­tion of­fer­ing and meet this de­mand so soon af­ter launch­ing. “We have a small but ded­i­cated and ex­tremely knowl­edge­able team on board to sup­port our guests in­clud­ing an in-house chef, concierge and pri­vate guides,” she said.

The Suites and main Homestead rooms have been re­fur­bished to fit with the homestead build­ings, their un­beat­able set­ting and the en­vi­ron­men­tal ethos of the high coun­try land and its owner, glob­ally-recog­nised record pro­ducer Robert ‘Mutt’ Lange (Sha­nia Twain’s ex-hus­band).

“Guests can revel in this con­ser­va­tion hide­away and never see an­other soul on the prop­erty, apart from guides or staff,” said Fiona. “The beauty of Mahu Whenua is that, while it bears all the hall­marks of an ex­tremely re­mote lo­ca­tion, it’s only a 20-minute drive from Wanaka.”

Guided on­site ex­pe­ri­ences in­clude horse trekking, overnight stays at shep­herds’ cottages around the sta­tion, heli-skiing, moun­tain bik­ing, 4WD ad­ven­tures, farm tours, pic­nics along­side pris­tine alpine rivers, back­coun­try tour­ing and well­ness ex­pe­ri­ences.

“Mahu Whenua is a truly unique lodge ex­pe­ri­ence and we are thrilled to be able to open it up to sin­gle trav­ellers and cou­ples alike, while con­tin­u­ing to of­fer full buy-out, ‘ex­clu­sive-use’ book­ings,” said Fiona.

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