Mahu Whenua

Name of resort/hotel

Mahu Whenua Ridgeline Homestead & Eco Sanctuary


Year opened




Mahu Whenua is a rural, high country sheep station on the South Island of New Zealand with magnificent lake and mountain views. The station stretches 550-square kilometres from Wanaka to Queenstown.


Walking distance to:

While not walking distance, the township of Wanaka is just 20 minutes drive away. A long-favourite destination for New Zealanders, Wanaka welcomes guests from around the world wanting to experience the immense mountains, serene valleys and rivers and charming restaurants, shops and cafes. It is just a short distance by air to Milford Sound and the Fjordland region.


Size and style:

The lodge offers four luxurious Ridgeline Suites, with uninterrupted views of Mt Aspiring National Park, Lake Wanaka or the Motatapu Valley and stables. Each rustic-style suite sleeps two guests, features a king size bed and ensuite with bath. The lodge can also be booked exclusively for up to 12 guests.


Guest profile:

Discerning frequent travellers wanting to experience a truly unique New Zealand holiday – somewhere close enough to Wanaka and Queenstown, yet in complete privacy.


Family friendly:



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On site dining facilities:

Mahu Whenua has its own on-site chef, who tailors the all-inclusive menu to your specific requirements. Pre-dinner canapés as well as premium selection wine and beverages are included. Guests can take an on-site cooking class, go on a gourmet safari or have a gourmet picnic prepared to take on an excursion.  


On-site facilities:






No, but guests are able to book a personal trainer, yoga and pilates instructors.


Yes, on demand


Eco and community initiatives:

The owner’s vision is to regenerate the land after years of high-country farming. Sustainable practises include native bird enclosures, native planting (1.36 million plants) and a full-time pest eradication program. 90 per cent of the land is protected by covenants (Queen Elizabeth II trust). Guests can feed the native birds and take conservation tours.


Concierge recommends:

Arrive by helicopter and partake in on-site experiences such as a 4WD excursion, horse riding and heli-skiing. 


Celebrity guests?

Yes, but we don't kiss and tell. 


The Mahu Whenua Living Room






Turndown service

Yes, daily

24 hour reception


24 hour room service


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Weather to go

New Zealand’s climate is largely temperate, and in some places the weather can go from one season (e.g. sunny) to another (e.g. rainy) in the space of a day! The inland alpine areas can be as cold as minus 10 degrees celsius and snowy in winter (June - August), and the ski season begins in June, running through September and sometimes into October. 

High season is during summer, from December to February, with temperatures between 20 and 30 degrees celsius, and the UV rays are strong - best to pack sunscreen if you’re travelling there in summer.


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