Join us for Lunch in Luxury ~ Mahu Whenua Ridgeline Homestead & Eco-Sanctuary

We are delighted to open our doors, for a limited time only, and invite you to join us for lunch at Mahu Whenua Ridgeline Homestead & Eco-Sanctuary in the Motatau Valley with a trust-the-chef style taster menu, exclusively created for winter 2020.

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We are delighted to open our doors, for a limited time only, and invite you to join us for lunch at Mahu Whenua with a trust-the-chef style taster menu, created for winter 2020.

Mahu Whenua Ridgeline Homestead & Eco-Sanctuary is a totally unique luxury retreat located only 20 minutes’ from Central Wanaka. Situated on New Zealand’s largest privately owned conservation project, which covers 136,000 acres, the homestead offers the ultimate luxury escape, and a truly indulgent spot to enjoy a long lunch and soak up the views of Lake Wanaka. 

Tastes of Mahu Whenua

A brand new 5-course ‘trust the chef’ menu created by our resident chef Kayleigh Kilbey

$95 per person - minimum 6 guests

Wine pairing also available on request, guided by our in-house Sommelier

Available: Fridays/Saurdays/Sundays throughout winter


About the Chef...

Mahu Whenua’s resident head Chef, Kayleigh Kilbey, is originally from the South East of England, where she trained as a professional chef for three years, with a focus on classical French and modern British cuisine. Following her training, Kayleigh has developed her skills with extensive experience in kitchens across the world, having worked in various locations across Europe, Canada and Australia before joining us in New Zealand. 

Inspired in the kitchen by her mother from a very young age, Kayleigh was quick to progress in the industry undertaking her first head chef role aged just 24. Shortly after this, Kayleigh was promoted to executive chef aged just 25 years old based on her professionalism and passion for working with food. In the Mahu Whenua kitchen, Kayleigh’s dedicated focus is showcasing the freshest locally sourced New Zealand high-quality ingredients using her finely honed skills and sharing her passion for cooking with our guests.


Wine Pairing with an experienced Wine Maker....

Our Lead Host, Anna Ward, has had a strong interest in wine from a young age, inspired by her Grandfather, who made wine for his family and friends. Several years later she went on to study Winemaking through the Eastern Institute of Technology, while already working in the NZ Wine Industry. Since that time she has made wine in not only NZ, but also Burgundy, Alsace, Oregon, California, Tuscany, Venetto, and Piemonte. Her passion currently lies with Italy and its wines, and continues to be fuelled by her ongoing winemaking sojourns to Italy.

She relishes the opportunity to share her extensive wine knowledge with the Lodge Guests. Having worked in Central Otago, Marlborough, Canterbury, and Martinborough she has developed a comprehensive knowledge of the NZ Wine regions and their wines, and is an expert at pairing flavours to enhance your dining experience.

Want to make a day of it?

With an array of immersive onsite experiences available, chat to our reservations team about upgrading your lunch to spend the day with us so that you can enjoy a guided hike, an exclusive helicopter flight or conservation tour to learn about the unique environmental work which takes place on the property. 

As an intimate property, availability is limited and bookings are essential.

Please contact [email protected] to make a reservation.

Terms:  Dietary requirements must be advised in advance. Vehicle transfers can be arranged on request for an additional cost. Please enquire directly with us if you would like to visit for lunch with a smaller group size, or outside of Fri-Sun.  Bookings subject to availability.



Bookings available for small groups. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

Physical Address

Motatapu Road, Wanaka, Wanaka, Otago 9382, New Zealand



$95 per person. Wine pairing available on request for additional cost.

Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday 11:00AM – 3:00PM
Saturday 11:00AM – 3:00PM
Sunday 11:00AM – 3:00PM
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