The sheer scale of this eco-conscious retreat is breathtaking. Four rustic suites give access to acres of alpine terrain and mountain/Lake Wanaka views, along with adjoining country sheep stations over 55 hectares designed to regenerate the area after years of intensive farming. Exclusive-use bookings open up stays to all suites and the farmhouse kitchen, plus a games room and the hot tub – without other parties spoiling the sanctity. On the food side, Manu Whenua’s resident chef lays on bespoke plates constructed using local ingredients and tailored to guests’ needs. But if you visit for one reason alone, then pick the fantastic outdoors experiences, with mountain biking, safaris, heli-hiking and horse riding among the proliferating open-air options.