Hiking & Biking – active fun holidays


You are looking for serious fun and action during your vacation? Then New Zealand should be on your list of places you need to see. It is known for its extreme sports, adventure tourism and strong mountaineering tradition. The great outdoors pursuit to try something fun and active – whether it is fishing, swimming, snowsports or surfing, or simply hiking and biking, New Zealand has everything that the active traveller desires. Its geographic isolation for 80 million years and its island biogeography is responsible for the country’s unique species of animals, fungi and plants as well as its great landscape for an active holiday. Venture south and discover the beauty of Te Ika-a-Maui and Te Waipounamu as well as a number of smaller islands and enjoy activities at its best in this corner of the world, whilst leaving the noise and hectic of the cities behind…

Adventurer’s Paradise
Whare Kea Lodge at Lake Wanaka in New Zealand is a peaceful retreat and an adventurer’s paradise. Standing on the shore of Lake Wanaka in New Zealand’s Central Otago region, this luxury lodge appears to float on the water, with snowy peaks of the Southern Alps forming the breathtaking backdrop. Whare Kea, a Relais & Chateaux property, is an elegantly designed lodge with four rooms and two suites, set amid stands of trees on picturesque farmland. It is the ideal base for sophisticated travellers wanting to enjoy the wealth of leisure activities on offer in the Lake Wanaka area.

Whare Kea – pronounced “Faree Kea” – translates to house of the kea in Maori. The Kea is the world’s only alpine parrot which lives all year round above the snow line in the surrounding mountains. Besides activities like mountain biking, skiing and hiking, Whare Kea also offers the unique experience of an alpine chalet high in the peaks of the Southern Alps, reached via a 20-minute helicopter flight, as an extension of your stay at the lodge with all the luxuries and adventures at altitude. The rooms and suites at Whare Kea are complimented by the fine cuisine prepared by the lodge’s award-winning executive Chef James Stapley, who creates the canapés and five course degustation, enjoyed by guests each evening and is the mastermind behind sumptuous yet subtle cuisine. Experience the wild and beautiful Southern Alps at the shore of Lake Wanaka in New Zealand and go on your very own adventure – by foot, skies or bike!

Generous Hospitality
Experience the artistic intimacy of Bushland Park Lodge & Retreat Whangamata, just less than two hours drive from Auckland Airport and discover the Great Outdoors of the stunning Coromandel Peninsula.

Exclusively three fortunate guest-couples can enjoy luxury accommodation with the best surroundings that New Zealand’s nature has to offer in two hectares manicured park gardens. Be active in your holidays and discover breathtaking mountain bike trails or the starting point for the Hauraki rail trail, one of the 23 Great Rides of New Zealand. Also bushwalks, ranging from 30 minutes to five hours are on Bushland Park Lodge & Retreat’s doorstep. At the lodge, each of the three intimate suites was developed with the traveller’s needs in mind. The warmth of a gas fire underlines the ambiance of the suite and provides a nice setting for enjoying a glass of complimentary port as a nightcap. After an adventurous day discovering white sandy beaches of the East Coast of the Coromandel Peninsula or the Wentworth Falls walking trail through pristine rainforest, guests at Bushland Park Lodge & Retreat can relax and trust their Chef to find the perfect combination of flavours and textures to create the ultimate dining experience. Discover the land of the “Lord of the Rings” and become an adventurer – Bushland Park Lodge & Retreat offers the perfect location for an active fun holiday, without compromising the luxuries of the sophisticated traveller.

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