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Whare Kea Chalet


Photo: Courtesy of Whare Kea Chalet

494 Mt. Aspiring Rd.
Wanaka, 9343, New Zealand
TEL: 64 3 443-1400

The Altitude: 5,700 feet.


The Perch: Tucked into the glacial snow of the South Island’s Southern Alps, the steel-and-glass Whare Kea Chalet at first looks like a forest ranger’s hut as interpreted by architect I. M. Pei. But looks aren’t everything: those are solar cells adorning the A-frame roof; a small wind turbine whirs on-site.


The Journey: You’ll be picked up by helicopter in the nearby town of Queenstown, then lofted on a 20-minute ride over Lake Wanaka and among the craggy Southern Alps to the lodge. If you visit in winter, bring your “fat boys”—heli-skiing is big here, and a great way to carve your own path in the adjacent, powder-heavy Buchanans Range.


The Best View: There are only two rooms in the chalet; both have equally sweeping views. Look for Mount Aspiring, the Lucas Glaciers, and Aoraki/ Mount Cook—the highest peak in New Zealand—from your bed.


Open / Closes
  • Adults Only
  • Breakfast Included
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Laundry Service
  • Luxury Boutique Hotel
  • Maid Service
  • Meal Plan
  • Non-Traditional
  • Skiing
  • WiFi

Number of Rooms: 2

Number of Suites: 4

Year Opened: 1996



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