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Atop a plateau overlooking some of New Zealand's most spectacular wilderness. The 55,000 hectare estate comprises of four adjoining high country sheep stations that stretch from Glendhu Bay in Wanaka all the way to Arrowtown, near Queenstown. The Homestead itself is just 20 minutes from central Wanaka.
Mahu Whenua is made up of four luxurious suites that sleep up to two people each, or it’s available for up to 12 guests if booked exclusively. It’s the perfect place to take in some classic New Zealand scenery – grand mountains, alpine lakes, meandering rivers and winding valleys. Guests can enjoy the sprawling farmhouse kitchen, a large living room, library and games room, not to mention the stables, swimming pool and spa. The Homestead’s eco credentials are undeniable too – it’s entirely run on solar power and has an on-site water supply.
“Healing the land”
From the start, the owner’s vision has been to regenerate the land on the stations. In addition to introducing sustainable farming practices, he has started an extensive plant regeneration and native bird breeding programme which has been an enormous success.
To ensure that the owner’s conservation initiatives continue, more than 90% of the land has been protected by covenants (Queen Elizabeth II National Trust), making it the largest conservation undertaking on private land in New Zealand’s history. The name Mahu Whenua aptly translates to “healing the land”.