Simply exterior of Wanaka, my house on New Zealand’s South Island, you would possibly discover one of the crucial unbelievable items of land on earth – provided that you recognize the place to look.
It’s a wild place with numerous historical past, a endless land of spiked mountains and hidden valleys, a luxurious lodge that entices, delights and surprises all. Would you imagine me if I advised you that it’s even an eco-sanctuary?
It’s title, Mahu Whenua, means “therapeutic the land” in Māori, probably the most good title for a really distinctive place.
I’m about to spill all of the tea, as my youthful sister would say, so hear up guys.
Mahu Whenua might be my favourite place I’ve ever had the pleasure of staying at – and as somebody who has been a nomad for many of her grownup life – that’s excessive reward certainly.
An intimate luxurious lodge and eco-sanctuary overlooking the mountains and lakes round Wanaka, New Zealand, it’s an actual treasure to behold. This stunning nook of New Zealand blew me away in ways in which I couldn’t even think about.
Traversing 4 historic excessive nation sheep stations between Wanaka and Queenstown, Mahu Whenua was initially constructed as a personal house (by Shania Twain!!) earlier than it was changed into a luxurious lodge, with 4 stunning suites to selected from to name your personal.
The home is divine, the folks there are beautiful, the views are unparalleled, however what makes Mahu Whenua so particular and really distinctive (in my humble and trustworthy opinion) is the imaginative and prescient of the proprietor to revive and heal the land again to its pre-human state, and what they’ve already achieved in that regard.
It’s not day by day you discover a place so steeped in conservation and thoughtfulness, a lodge really dedicated to turning into an eco-sanctuary.
These huge swathes of land across the Queenstown Lakes space of New Zealand had been as soon as house to many excessive nation sheep farms and stations, that took their toll on the land over time.
Mahu Whenua is devoted to restoring, therapeutic and defending this unbelievable a part of New Zealand.
Should you’re like me, you’ll have typically dreamed of getting actual energy to alter issues, to guard huge swathes of land, to assist declining species, however it might sound unattainable. What’s actually unbelievable is that the folks at Mahu Whenua have been in a position to really make an actual distinction right here.
They’ve drastically diminished farming in addition to launched sustainable farming practices right here, in addition to enacting intensive plant regeneration and native fowl breeding packages, to each cut back invasive pests on the property in addition to deliver again the native birdsong right here.
You may discover the land right here your self on a go to and even take part on a bit guided exploration of the farm and eco-sanctuary.
Greater than 1,000,000 native bushes and vegetation have been replanted round Mahu Whenua and exquisite creatures like pukeko and weka have slowly been launched, with greater than 25 hectares of predator-proof fencing on the property for fowl breeding packages.
To make sure that the current day conservation initiatives proceed eternally, the proprietor has protected greater than 90% of the land by covenants (Queen Elizabeth II Nationwide Belief), making it the most important conservation enterprise on personal land in New Zealand’s historical past.
Stretching from Glendhu Bay in Wanaka over the mountains to Arrowtown close to Queenstown, a keep at Mahu Whenua means that you’ve what is basically you’re personal personal nationwide park at your disposal.
Whereas there are public trails, just like the Motatapu Observe, on different elements of the 550 sq. kilometers of land, the world across the lodge and homestead is unique.
Right here you may spend your days strolling within the hills, biking down the paths, and even driving one of many many horses on the property on goal constructed trails. Something is feasible at Mahu Whenua.
Listed here are a few of my favourite photographs from a current keep out at Mahu Whenua in Wanaka – get pleasure from!
The copper tub within the Tui Suite is an all-time fave
Dawn from Mahu Whenua over Lake Wanaka
A keep at Mahu Whenua consists of all meals cooked by a personal chef on website
I stayed at Mahu Whenua in late autumn (early Could) which regularly brings low inversion clouds
The lounge on the homestead will blow you away
The stables at Mahu Whenua are spectacular and it’s price strolling over to only to say hiya to the horses
Exploring the property and admiring the native vegetation which are coming again
The Kereru Suite has an incredible balcony and wrap-around porch with views
Right here you may hang around on the homestead kitchen that at all times smells divine (with endless freshly baked cookies)
Many due to Mahu Whenua for internet hosting me in Wanaka – like at all times I’m preserving it actual – all opinions are my very own – like you possibly can anticipate much less from me!